K-pop group SuperM are making their world television debut today (Oct. 9) on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
The seven-member group performed their new single “Jopping”, but before they hit the stage, they had some important business to take care of.
The Korean pop singers — Baekhyun, Kai, Taemin, Taeyong, Mark, Ten and Lucas — had to teach Ellen how to “jop.”
“You have to tell me what ‘jopping’ means,” Ellen asked the group. Kai then got up to demonstrate the “jumping and popping” dance move.
The group mates convinced the TV host to try the move herself. “You have to try it once,” they begged. Ellen cracked a joke about popping something else.
“I’m gonna pull a muscle,” Ellen joked before joining SuperM as they all “jopped” together.
During the interview, the popular boy band talked about being referred to as the “Avengers of K-pop.”
Mark explained, “There was a time where we were called the ‘Avengers of K-pop’ and so we wanted to kind of like bring the fans together and use the word from the actual movie and we actually came up with: ‘If I say ‘Super M’ they all say ‘Super M assemble.'”
The guys once tested it out in front of their fans but “it didn’t look like they quite liked it,” said Mark.
Ellen switched gears and made sure she asked one very important question: “I need to know for the world: Are you all single?” Mark responded, “Wait, why are you always curious about this?” to which Ellen explained, “It’s my job.”
To conclude their appearance on the show, SuperM brought Ellen a very special gift.
“We know that you’re a great supporter for gorillas in Africa and so we actually brought you a little something,” said Mark. Out came Andy Zenor, a producer on the “Ellen Show”, with a $50,000 donation cheque for the Ellen Fund to support global conservation efforts for endangered species.
SuperM is the newest K-pop group to enter the North American music industry. They were created by SM Entertainment, a Korean management company contributing to the K-pop movement, by assembling the members from other, well-established K-pop boy bands.