V, Jungkook, Jimin, Suga, Jin, RM, and J-Hope performed their new single “Boy With Luv” for the first time live, attired in black suits with pops of color. They did not disappoint, with their signature high-energy precision dance moves and killer vocals.
They also took to the stage to do “Mic Drop.”
The “SNL” audience — and host Emma Stone, who introduced the singers — were thrilled.
Stone had gushed to Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” earlier in the week: “I just saw their soundcheck today and I involuntarily screamed. It was like, ‘Ahhh!’ It was like a chemical reaction that happens. They’re incredible.”
The BTS appearance was teased with a pre-show “SNL” video featuring fangirl Stone and comedy cast members playing teens at a slumber party waiting for the big event. Real-deal fans started camping out Monday at 30 Rock in New York for the chance to get last-minute tickets to see the group.
BTS’ seven-track album, “Map of the Soul: Persona,” which includes “Boy With Luv,” was released Friday.
The “Boy With Luv” video features Halsey. But she’s at the Coachella music festival in California and didn’t appear in the “SNL” performance. The “Eastside” singer is scheduled to perform with BTS May 1 at the Billboard Music Awards.
The band became the first Korean group to attend and appear onstage at the Grammys in February.