Ronan Keating, a member of the successful 90s Irish boy band Boyzone and now radio DJ host of a breakfast show on Magic Radio in the UK, warned BTS against creating a new global boyband.
His statement came after the recent announcement of Big Hit Entertainment‘s partnership with Universal Music Group to debut a global boyband in 2022.
Here’s the advice I give BTS, don’t do it. Louis Walsh and myself had this idea, we should start a boyband while Boyzone were at their peak. And we did, we started a boyband called Westlife and they became bigger than Boyzone. It’s like BTS what are you thinking? Is this what you want? It’s not big and it’s not clever boys. They’ll be big but it’s not clever. So yeah there’s my advice, walk away.
— Ronan Keating
His opinion was met with much anger and disbelief from ARMY, as it was clear that Ronan had not done much research on the situation prior. Fans made it clear on Twitter that it wasn’t BTS who was launching the boyband, but their agency Big Hit Entertainment.
This is an all around no for me. The total lack of research, the condescending tone, and let's forget the cringe worthy last paragraph.
BTS are a band. They aren't doing any searching for any other band. BTS are full grown men, they know what they're doing. BTS are just fine.
— ☔🌱RainEdition⁷ ᴮᴱ (@_RainEdition_) February 22, 2021
He also offered his own advice for those who will audition, which only served to add more fuel to the flames.
That’s really important, you know reach for the mirror and grab that heart and pull it towards yours… if you can get that right the Korean Louis Walsh will love you… It’s about looking down that lens and making that boy or girl believe that you are looking into their eyes and that it’s you that they want in your life, in their heart and in your bed.
— Ronan Keating
If you listen to army talk about BTS, you’ll realise that it isn’t about the fantasy of having them in our beds, it’s about what they’ve taught us. They’ve taught us self love, they’ve taught us kindness, they’ve taught us to stand up for ourselves when no one else will.
— ᴮᴱOnly one hope, only one soul ⁷ (@RexHope3) February 22, 2021
He literally just called Bang PD “Korean Louis Walsh”…out of all the insults and names that Bang PD has been called, that one might be the worst!!
— LVH2066 ᴮᴱ ⟭⟬⁷ Part 2 (@LuLuvsOT7) February 22, 2021