SNL has had some big-time musical guests this season, including Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, and Greta Van Fleet. But none of them inspired a week-long campout outside 30 Rockefeller Episode. In anticipation of this weekend’s episode with host Emma Stone, fans of the K-pop group BTS have been sleeping outside the building where SNL films in an attempt for standby tickets.
BTS is one of the biggest musical acts in the world. The seven-piece boy band has a pair of number-one albums in the United States (the only Korean group to have one, let alone two), a sold-out worldwide tour, and billions of streams online, and the ARMY has arrived in New York City, cold weather be dammed.
“Heard one girl say she’s leaving because the nights too cold. Forgot to make a sign so about three people every hour asking what we’re waiting for. Multiple trucks honking random throughout the night,” Twitter user @lilleshuynh wrote. “Line reached a point around 9 p.m. Tuesday night where it had to be split in two because of the parking garage.” She estimated that as of Wednesday afternoon, there are 60 people in line. (The line started forming on Monday.)
SNL took notice of the line and turned the promo for Saturday’s episode into Stone and the female cast members sharing their excitement over the imminent arrival of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook. (For what it’s worth, real-life BTS fans are making sure that anyone in attendance of the live taping knows to be respectful and not scream the entire time.) It’s like Backstreet Boys taking over Times Square on TRL all over again, a reference most BTS fans won’t understand (because they’re not a million years old, like me). You do you, youth.