Pyeongchang 2018

K-pop fans buzzing about big names at the Olympics

K-pop fans will be watching Pyeongchang for stars instead of sports as they anticipate some of the biggest South Korean acts in the world appearing on the global stage.

Could a surprise be in store for the Opening Ceremony?

EXO perform for the Opening Ceremony ahead of the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon Asiad Stadium on September 19, 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

By Nicole Winchester, for CBC Sports

The Opening Ceremony acts for ​the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang have been announced, and they lean toward a distinctly indie rock-slash-folksy vibe with Bolbbalgan4's Ahn Ji Young and Guckkasten's Ha Hyun Woo performing. 

That hasn't stopped K-pop fans from buzzing about a possible surprise performance from the biggest K-pop names in the world today.

Could BTS be a secret guest at the Opening Ceremony? Some fans think it's unlikely because one of their members, Namjoon, had surgery for a deviated septum this week.

Meanwhile, news about potential Closing Ceremony performances has already caused great excitement in K-pop circles.

EXO has experience with sports ceremonies, as member Baekhyun sang the South Korean national anthem for the IOC's opening ceremony. EXO also performed in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Incheon Asia Games.

CL stars in one of K-pop's biggest girl groups, 2NE1, while also doubling as a solo artist who had success in North America with her 2015 jam 'Hello B----es'.

Needless to say, even though CL's performance isn't confirmed, the hype is real. As is the hashtag: #EXOlympics.

Or could there be the ultimate mashup?

If you want to hear (and see) what all of the tweets are about, here's a few fan fave videos to catch up on K-pop's big names.

BTS - 'Blood, Sweat, and Tears'

EXO - 'Monster'

CL - 'The Baddest Female'

Or check out CBC Music's K-pop playlist, with some of the best of K-pop, curated for you!