Radio Host Ronan Keating Takes Heat From ARMYs After Advising BTS Against Creating A New Boyband— Here’s Why

He said what?

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.

Ronan Keating | @ronanofficial/Twitter

His statement came after the recent announcement of Big Hit Entertainment‘s partnership with Universal Music Group to debut a global boyband in 2022.

BTS | @bts_bighit/Twitter

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.

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