'America's Next Top Model' Nabs K-Pop Groups 2NE1 and BTOB for Upcoming Season
The news follows 2NE1 appearing on an episode of "The Bachelor" in January
K-pop stars are getting ready for their close-up -- with Tyra Banks. girl group 2NE1 and boy band BTOB reportedly slated to appear on the supermodel's long-running "America's Next Top Model" series, currently filming its upcoming season in South Korea.
2NE1's record label YG Entertainment reported the quintet was asked to appear as guests for the season finale.
2NE1 has made waves not only for their music -- via their recent record-breaking album and will.i.am collaborations -- but also for their funky-fierce style. The group's leader CL is a regular at New York Fashion Week, while designer Jeremy Scott calls the Korean phenoms his muses. The designer's influence was noticeably present in the girls' recent video for new song "Happy."
It's the latest U.S. television slot for 2NE1, who invaded American homes after an appearance on "The Bachelor" during which the group taught Juan Pablo Galavis and the contestants dance moves to their K-pop hits and brought them onstage for a domestic concert. Despite the curious pairing, the episode showed 2NE1 in a positive light, highlighting the group's English skills and idol status.
Meanwhile, seven-member male group BTOB appears to have been tapped for a challenge.
Spoiler alert: According to tweets by the show's veteran judge Miss J Alexander, the catwalk coach and "ANTM" contestants danced to the group's latest single "Beep Beep" and faced critiques from the band afterward.
"Beep Beep" currently sits at No. 65 on the K-Pop Hot 100 after peaking at No. 44. The official video has earned 1.7 million views on YouTube to date. In 2012, Billboard Korea selected BTOB as one of 10 K-pop rookies who looked prime to make a splash on the charts.
As the The Hollywood Reporter noted, Banks and co. have caused a media frenzy in the country since their two-week stay began on March 21. The season begins airing in August.