Since the beginning of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, fans have been looking forward to seeing CL and EXO perform at the Closing Ceremony this coming Sunday, February 25th.
South Korean channels broadcasted a sneak peek into the Closing Ceremony rehearsals and fans got excited to see CL and EXO.
The rehearsal footage showed EXO performing one of their hits, “Growl”.
And CL standing solo as she sang “I Am The Best” by 2NE1.
CL and EXO will be performing a number of their hit songs, along with other inspiring and breathtaking performances themed the “Next Wave”.
In an interview, CL and EXO shared how they are honored to be a part of the Closing Ceremony.
“It’s a festival to celebrate the successful ending of the Olympics, so I hope everyone will have fun watching. I won’t say much about the performance, as I know words won’t describe it well enough. It’s simply best shown on stage, so please don’t miss it.” — CL
Baekhyun revealed how he felt about taking on this huge responsibility.
“It’s such an honor to be a part of the Closing Ceremony, but it’s also a great responsibility. So we practiced under quite a bit of pressure. But now we’re just excited for this Sunday. I can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve put together.” — EXO’s Baekhyun
And Suho was amazed at how they were even chosen for the honorary performance.
“It still doesn’t feel real. I grew up watching the opening and closing ceremonies of the past Olympics. And I would watch the groups perform and think it’s simply amazing. So, for EXO to be able to perform at the PyeongChang Olympics Closing Ceremony, I’m in awe. I think I’ll cry when the performance is over.” — EXO’s Suho
EXO had been invited to perform at the Closing Ceremony because of the group’s debut concept of having “celestial powers from an alternate universe”. The Olympic committee decided that it fits well with the “Next Wave” theme of the Closing Ceremony.
CL also fits into the “Next Wave” as she is one of the many K-Pop stars to venture out of Korea and promote her music and style to the rest of the world.
But there are rumors that another K-Pop artist will also be performing at the ceremony!
A detail to look out for at the #PyeongChang2018 Olympic closer on Sunday: An official at the organizing committee said there will be another previously unannounced K-pop guest along with EXO and CL.
— 장동우 Chang Dong-woo (@odissy) February 22, 2018
Some guess the surprise guest will be PSY, as his mega-hit song “Gangnam Style” repeatedly played during the Opening Ceremony.
Watch the official coverage of the Closing Ceremony rehearsals here: