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Time for a new era! J-Hope One of the seven members of the iconic K-pop group btstook to the stage alone in Times Square for a performance as part of Dick Clark’s Rocking New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2023! Fans around the world watched the South Korean work his act on the world’s biggest stage, and he did not disappoint.

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Wearing a cream sweater, bucket hat and bright pink sneakers, J-Hope performed his solo tracks “= (Equal Sign)” and “Chicken Noodle Soup” as well as a remix of Smash BTS’ song “Butter” . Stones pelted with rain from every angle. Yes, it was raining hard when the K-Pop star went through his set, and he did it like a true pro with a big, bright smile on his face.

Earlier in the night, J-Hope rehearsed in very cold, wet weather, making sure he and his dancers would nail every important move despite the less than ideal conditions. Dressed in oversized sweatshirts with their hoods all the way up, J-Hope and his dancers gave a glimpse of what’s to come Twitter for the ‘Rockin’ Eve’ account.

Arguably, this is the first major performance from the BTS solo member since the band announced they were going on hiatus to fulfill their mandatory military duty. It is not expected that BTS will reunite as a group until 2025, so group members who are not yet eligible for recruitment have started doing their own solo work. Meanwhile, the first members of the recruiting group Ginnie Reported for duty on Tuesday (December 13). Before starting his 18 months in uniform, 30-year-old Jin showed off his newly shaved head on Korean app Wavers, joking that his look is “cuter” than expected (h/t) people,

But J-Hope wasn’t alone in Times Square. with resident host ryan seacrestTwo big bands performing at the center of the world on NYE complete the roster. Duran Duran And new version The two came together to perform their hits live from the center of all the action of NYE!

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