The Korea Herald


Girls’ Generation captivates U.S. talk shows


Published : Feb. 2, 2012 - 15:06

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K-pop girl group debuts on major American TV networks with “The Boys”

Amidst overseas and domestic press interest in the mainstream appeal of K-pop in the U.S., nine-member girl group Girls’ Generation made their American TV network debut on CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Jan. 31 (Feb. 1 in Seoul) and followed it up with an appearance on ABC’s “LIVE! With Kelly Ripa.”

Nine-member South Korean girl group Girls’ Generation made their major American broadcast TV network debut on CBS’ Nine-member South Korean girl group Girls’ Generation made their major American broadcast TV network debut on CBS’ "Late Show with David Letterman" on Tuesday, Jan. 31 (Wednesday, Feb. 2 Seoul time) (Photo credit: S.M. Entertainment)

Fans hoping for a lengthy appearance might have been disappointed by the relatively brief showing the popular K-pop idols made on both talk shows.

Sans interview, Girls’ Generation performed the Teddy Riley-produced remix of their U.S. debut single “The Boys” to a live band in the Ed Sullivan Theater.

Decked out in skin-baring black outfits, the girls worked the stage with slinky moves and perfectly in sync choreography. Guest Bill Murray joined them on stage for the closing.

The following morning, the group performed their single on “LIVE! With Kelly Ripa” followed by a brief, casual interview with host Kelly Ripa and guest co-host Howie Mandel.

Ripa appeared pleasantly surprised by the warm audience response to Girls’ Generation, saying: “I’ve never seen such audience participation in my life, congratulations.”

“We were just saying you are such a gorgeous group of women,” Ripa praised the girls.

Guest co-host Mandel had the audience and the girls laughing when he said, “I loved the dancing. Your moves were tremendous. It reminded me of me.”

A representative of Girls’ Generation’s agency S.M. Entertainment said that the talk show appearances were not about targeting an adult audience so much as introducing the group to “general viewers.”

“Those in their teens can learn about Girls’ Generation through various channels like the Internet,” the representative explained over the phone.

According to the representative, plans for an official U.S. debut have yet to be made as well as future plans with their U.S. label Interscope Records.

“I think we will continue to do promotions,” the representative said regarding working with Interscope.

Meanwhile, K-pop continues to hit American TV this week with South Korean girl group the Wonder Girls’ upcoming TV movie, which is scheduled to start airing on TeenNick on Feb. 2 in the States and the following day in Korea.

By Jean Oh

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