BTS’s Jungkook Earns A New Nickname From Locals Following His Legendary World Cup Performance

He’s been likened to a legendary musician!

BTS‘s Jungkook has earned many nicknames since debuting in 2013. Whether it’s “Golden maknae,” “Triple Threat,” “Bunny,” and many more, ARMYs love giving Jungkook fitting names to match his talent, visuals, and charisma.

BTS’s Jungkook | @jungkook.97/Instagram

Well, it seems like Jungkook might have earned a new nickname after his historic performance at the World Cup opening ceremony.

On November 20, Jungkook made headlines when he performed the song “Dreamers” at the event, gaining attention for his truly legendary performance.

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During the performance, both ARMYs and the members of BTS couldn’t stop cheering on the group’s youngest member.

BTS Jimin’s supporting message for Jungkook, calling him cool | Weverse

BTS’s Suga posting about Jungkook’s performance | @agustd/Instagram

After landing in Korea, V and Yeontan watched the performance | @thv/Instagram

Of course, ARMYs and the members of BTS supported Jungkook, but it seems that he also captured the hearts of locals (non-K-Pop fans). On social media, those watching the World Cup couldn’t stop praising the idol’s performance, cheering him on for such an impactful stage.

In particular, many ARMYs noticed that Jungkook seemingly earned a new nickname during his performance.

In tweets found by ARMYs, many locals couldn’t stop comparing Jungkook to legendary performer Michael Jackson. Not only was the phrase “Michael Jackson” trending during the event…

But those who were watching the event couldn’t stop talking about the aura Jungkook had and compared him to the iconic singer.

Even ARMYs watching the performance revealed that their own family members had compared Jungkook to Michael Jackson.

It isn’t the first time Jungkook has been compared to Michael Jackson.

In 2021, music critic Kim Young Dae recently wrote an article for Rolling Stones Korea reviewing the group’s track “Butter.” In the article, he praised Jungkook for his presence on stage and compared him to two legendary performers in the business: Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars!

Jungkook is so outstanding in creating a sense of rhythm & groove through his staccato & syncopation that he reminds me of Michael Jackson or Bruno Mars.

— Kim Young Dae

As expected, Jungkook captured not only the hearts of ARMYs with his performance but even those who might not be BTS fans. It isn’t surprising that the idol gained over two million followers after the performance ended, and it showcases his influence.

You can read more about reactions to the performance below.

10 ARMY Reactions To BTS Jungkook’s FIFA World Cup Performance That Prove He Was The Main Event

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