BTS: Jungkook Is ‘Nervous’ to Perform in Front of ARMY Again

On Nov. 27, BTS will kick off the first of four Permission to Dance On Stage — LA concerts at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. Leading up to the concerts, the members of BTS appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden. During the talk show appearance, Jungkook admitted he felt “nervous” about performing in front of BTS fans for the first time in two years.

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Jungkook is nervous to perform for BTS fans

On Nov. 21, BTS performed “My Universe” with Coldplay and their single “Butter” at the 2021 American Music Awards. At the award show, the band won Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop Duo or Group, and Favorite Pop Song for “Butter.”

Following the AMAs, BTS earned their second Grammy Award nomination and were nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Butter” at the upcoming 2022 Grammy Awards.

On The Late Late Show with James Corden, Corden asked the band members if they still get nervous.

“I was nervous today,” Jungkook said. “It’s been over two years since we last saw our fans. It’s been a long time so I’ve become very nervous.”

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BTS put on virtual performances during the pandemic

In 2020, BTS were originally supposed to embark on a world tour called the Map of the Soul Tour. Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the tour was postponed and eventually canceled.

Over the course of 2020 and 2021, BTS put on multiple online concerts called “Bang Bang Con The Live,” “Map of the Soul ON:E,” “BTS 2021 MUSTER SOWOOZOO,” and most recently “Permission to Dance On Stage.”

On The Late Late Show with James Corden, the members of BTS discussed how they stayed connected with fans throughout the pandemic.

“At first we were very bitter about this whole situation,” Suga said. “It was very difficult. But I think there’s more we learned from the situation. From the time we were briefly apart, we learned how precious everything is.”

He continued, “The performances, the fans… it was a chance to think about once again how precious it all is. I think we tried to see less of the bad and more of the good.”

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Corden commented that the members of BTS appeared to be closer than ever, and V agreed.

“I spent a lot of time together with the members,” V said. “For example, the seven of us would shoot some content together. We lived more like entertainers than singers. It really made us work together even better.”

BTS will perform four in-person concerts in LA

On Nov. 27, Nov. 28, Dec. 1, and Dec. 2, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook will put on Permission to Dance On Stage — LA. The shows will be the septet’s first in-person concerts in front of ARMY since their Love Yourself era concluded in 2019 with Love Yourself: Speak Yourself [The Final] in Seoul.