On December 16th, MBC aired their final episode of their survival audition show Extreme Debut: Wild Idol, announcing their debut line up.
The debut line up is comprised of seven members and it was announced that their group name would officially be T.A.N to stand for “To All Nations.”
The final episode of Wild Idol had celebrity guest stars like Kim Jong Kook, choreographer Lia Kim, Oh My Girl‘s Seunghee, Girls’ Generation‘s Hyoyeon, 2PM‘s Jun.K, Tiger JK, and more.
The seven final debut members are as follows:
1. Lee Changsun
2. Bang Taehoon
3. Kim Jiseong
4. Seo Sunghyuk
5. Lee Jaejun
6. Kim Hyunyeob
7. Lim Jooahn
I’m so grateful to the younger members. I really wanted to debut in front of my grandma, but she actually passed away two weeks ago. I really wanted to show her, so I feel really regretful. I feel like I was really sensitive toward the younger members, so I’m really sorry and grateful.
—Lee Chang Sun, Wild Idol
MBC’s Official Wild Idol Twitter account tweeted a picture of the new group’s official name and emblem.
T.A.N (To All Nations)
Twitter : https://t.co/WGQaCUeoIY
— MBC 극한데뷔 야생돌 (@mbc_wildidol) December 16, 2021
As we previously mentioned, T.A.N stands for “To All Nations” and is supposed to represent the group’s wishes to bring their music beyond just South Korea. They’re set to debut in 2022.
“To All Nations – to surpass South Korea and promote across the globe”
Netizens were quick to notice a couple things though.
Not MBC acting like bangtan's crazy ex now god
— ᴮᴱNisa⁷ (@nisaaaaBTS) December 17, 2021
" Can I copy your homework "
"Sure just don't make it obvious" pic.twitter.com/t6JHFb9XH3
— ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ ⁷ 🌌 (semi ia 📚📌) (@___planetbee__) December 17, 2021
Some felt bad for the members of T.A.N because the name wasn’t their choice, but the network’s.
I actually feel a bit pity to the member of that group. People who don't know about their survival program will think that it's a cover group, now I wonder what will their fandom named be? 😅
— Pearls ⚪ (@tweetiaa) December 17, 2021
Lol they just don't get it. No matter what companies/groups/whoever else do, they simply CANNOT replicate the success of 방탄소년단! It all comes down to talent, passion, hardwork, teamwork, management etc. They're forgetting other variables in success🤷🏽♀️ Companies should just… pic.twitter.com/a1v3ljFura
— 🐳🐙Just here for 방탄소년단⁷ (@2_3_ddaeng) December 17, 2021
Reminds me of that episode in friends where there was a duplicate of ross
— 2!3! Erase All Sad Memories (@Courage2Exist) December 17, 2021
These survival shows realize they will never have 2nd BTS like even if they had same name & everything,there's only 1 BTS that's it
Naming group TAN & the fact owner of survival show is mbc,the one that have beef with BTS,cause BTS decided to go to NYE over going to mbc NY show
— ᴮᴱikram⁷⟭⟬🪐🌌(zergdouniot7 sworded)IA (@seoktr) December 17, 2021
One netizen explained the meaning of the logo.
the logo represents their tower, that tower has been with them since episode 1, that tower plays a big part on the show. TAN means to To All Nations. MBC opened group name suggestion and choose their name from there. it has a good meaning too. this is the cruelest survival show
— taehan 🍊 (@wildidol2233) December 17, 2021
While it was never confirmed that BTS and MBC have bad blood, lots of ARMYs came to the conclusion after BTS skipped the MBC end of year music festival to perform at Times Square in New York. People seem to think that MBC then took action against other Big Hit artists in retaliation.
As ARMYs on Twitter had a bit of fun comparing the new group’s similarities to BTS, K-Netizens also noticed the similarities.
Although the name and logo do seem similar to those of BTS, that does not undermine the hard work of the 7 boys who made it to the debut line up. What are your thoughts on the situation?