America’s Got Talent — and now America has BTS too.
The Korean septet appeared at the start of Tuesday night’s episode of AGT, kicking off the semifinal show with a performance of their August-released single “Idol.” It was the first time BTS — RM, Suga, V, Jungkook, Jimin, Jin, and J-Hope — appeared on the competition program. It is also their inaugural performance on a Stateside prime-time television series. In the past, they’ve appeared at the Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards and Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, along with several late-night and daytime talk show appearances.
Though the group performed the Love Yourself: Answer track solo — plus some help from a crew of dancers — an alternate version of “Idol” with a bonus verse from Nicki Minaj recently debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 11. Love Yourself: Answer topped the Billboard 200 on the chart dated Sept. 8 following the album’s Aug. 24 release.
Earlier, AGT shared a clip of BTS with judge Tyra Banks, a self-proclaimed fan of the group, giving a short rendition of “Idol.”
AGT tweeted out a clip from the show, declaring BTS “the biggest boy band in the world on the world’s biggest stage.”
— America’s Got Talent (@AGT) September 13, 2018
The AGT performance coincides with the group’s concert Wednesday night in Oakland, California, at the Oracle Arena, the group’s fifth sold-out arena show in the state. The group heads to Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday for the sixth show of their dozen sold-out Stateside stops of the Love Yourself world tour. The local leg concludes Oct. 6 at New York’s Citi Field, the first-ever solo stadium concert for a Korean act in the U.S.
The finale episodes of this season of America’s Got Talent begin live on Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. The results show will air the next day, where the winner of season 13 will be announced.