2020 KBS Song Festival: Will NCT, SEVENTEEN not record for Gayo Daechukje festival? Agencies update Covid status
The annual festival organized by the national broadcast channel KBC will be recorded this year without an audience in keeping with safety protocols in the times of coronavirus
After SEVENTEEN, it seems that NCT members are now at risk of contracting the coronavirus after band members came in contact with a makeup artist who had been in proximity to a hair salon staff who tested positive for the virus. All members of the band will hence go forward with testing as a precautionary measure, said their agency SM Entertainment. The agency said in a press release, "It became known today that NCT’s makeup staff crossed paths with a confirmed case at the hair salon. Their ‘KBS Song Festival’ prerecording scheduled for today was inevitably canceled in order for all of the members to receive COVID-19 testing as a preemptive measure. The status of future scheduled activities will be discussed depending on the test results."
Previously it was reported that SEVENTEEN also come in touch with the same salon staff and their agency Pledis Entertainment confirmed that the members were tested for coronavirus. In a press release, they stated, "The hair salon visited by SEVENTEEN on December 16 was also visited by someone who tested positive for COVID-19. We were informed today that this confirmed case visited at the same time as SEVENTEEN and that some paths crossed. Health authorities did not officially request for SEVENTEEN to receive testing, but for the safety of the artists and staff, all members received COVID-19 testing today as a preemptive measure, and they are self-quarantining until the test results are released. We apologize for causing concern to fans, and we will do our best for the health and safety of all of our artists."
Following this, the lineup at the KBS Song Festival 'Gayo Daechukje' 2020 has changed but the show will air as planned. It will be hosted by TVXQ‘s Yunho, ASTRO‘s Cha Eun Woo, and Shin Ye Eun. The show will be available to stream on Viki and will air in Korea on December 18 at 8:30 p.m. The lineup now includes NU’EST, The Boyz, MAMAMOO, MOMOLAND, MONSTA X, Stray Kids, ASTRO, ENHYPEN, GFRIEND, TXT, GOT7, IZ*ONE, (G)I-DLE, Oh My Girl, ITZY, and aespa In addition, BTS, TWICE, Park Jin Young, Sunmi, Kim Yeon Ja and Seol Woon Do, Jessi and GOT7’s Jackson, SHINee’s Taemin, and Paul Kim will also be a part of the festival line up!
Other K-pop idols who have recently tested positive for the virus include Golden Child member Jaehyun.