Athletes bid farewell to Pyeongchang on Sunday at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
But among the usual speeches, rituals, and parades, K-pop and a kid guitarist came out on top. Or they were the crowd-pleasers, anyway — the closing ceremony is blessedly free of competition.
13-year-old guitarist Yang Tae-hwan played a variation on “Winter” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as part of a celebration of “hallyu” — a term used to describe the “Korean wave” of ubiquity that Korean popular culture has achieved over the past several decades.
The performance was delightful, and he was wearing a big turtleneck, so the internet loved him. Naturally.
Then, of course, there were the K-pop stars. The singer and rapper CL performed a track called “The Baddest Female,” which contains the lyric “Not bad meaning ‘bad’, but bad meaning ‘good,’ you know?” and is my new favorite song.
And then there was the superstar group EXO, who closed out the program. In case you were wondering how excited people were about their appearance, fans live-tweeted the entire ceremony with the hashtag #Olympics_EXO — even if EXO was nowhere near the stage.
They appear to have delivered the goods.
Not bad for one night.