Pop Culture dictionary Idol Challenge [ahyd-l chal-inj] What does Idol Challenge mean? The Idol Challenge is a viral dance trend where participants post videos of themselves recreating the choreography of the song "IDOL" by K-pop stars BTS. Make sure to use the hashtag "#IDOLCHALLENGE." Related words Gangnam Style, Harlem Shake, Running Man Challenge, yeet, mannequin challenge, In My Feelings Challenge, mask off, Black Beatles Where does Idol Challenge come from? Twitter The Idol Challenge started after the K-pop band BTS released a little song onto YouTube on August 24, 2018. The song, called “IDOL,” was paired with an impressive dance routine, and within 24 hours, it earned more than 45 million views. We forgot to mention that BTS, or the Bangtan Boys, is one of the biggest music phenomena of 2018 and a massively popular K-pop group that has crossover success in the US and around the world. Congratulations to BTS! 'IDOL' now holds the record for the biggest music video debut in YouTube history, earning over 45 million views in its first 24 hours. https://t.co/ZqZmVpbIJF pic.twitter.com/G3cx51eRmC — YouTube (@YouTube) August 28, 2018 On the same day as the video’s release, Twitter user @sonia_oolo uploaded a video with the hashtag “#IDOLCHALLENGE.” The video showed a young boy nailing all the BTS dance moves. This song is so fire 🔥❤️💜 @BTS_twt @BigHitEnt @bts_bighit @NICKIMINAJ #idolchallenge #idol #BTSxNicki #Answerishere #AnswerIsComing pic.twitter.com/WnmvGhi6R7 — Sonia Atieno (@sonia_oloo) August 24, 2018 The challenge really took off when on August 27, 2018 when J-Hope, a member of BTS, posted a video of himself on the social app Tik Tok complete with the “#IDOLCHALLENGE” hashtag. #HopeOnTheStreet in malta 얼쑤~#URSOO #IDOL #IDOLCHALLENGE pic.twitter.com/E9xRRuwDi5 — 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) August 27, 2018 Cementing the Idol Challenge as a viral internet dance craze was a remix of the song “IDOL” with American rapper Nicki Minaj. The end of the remix video, released on September 6th, features a compilation of people doing the Idol Challenge. 6.viki.io Examples of Idol Challenge The video featured the hashtag #IDOLCHALLENGE and even though BTS didn't officially announce that the challenge was a thing, the message was clear: the "Idol" dance challenge had arrived and BTS wanted their ARMY to get in on the fun. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, August, 2018 I went to a lookout on top of a mountain and since we were getting lit to Idol I thought I might as well try dancing the #IDOLCHALLENGE since I never did it when it was trending aksksjsk IM SORRY IF ITS WRONG AND HORRIBLE OK I’VE NEVER PHYSICALLY DONE THE DANCE BEFORE @BTS_twt @honeykimtae, October, 2018 Breakfast Television Toronto SEE MORE EXAMPLES Who uses Idol Challenge? During the months of August and September 2018, it was hard to go on Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube without seeing someone posting about the Idol Challenge. With BTS’s enormous popularity coupled with the the internet’s love of dance crazes, “IDOL” really went viral. Compilations of all kinds of people doing the Idol Challenge are still all over YouTube. Some of these videos have gained hundreds of thousands of views. Even major publications couldn’t resist talking about the Idol Challenge. The likes of Billboard, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, and NME all wrote articles about the Idol Challenge. People loved posting about where they were doing the Idol Challenge using the hashtag “#IDOLCHALLENGE” and “#BTS” along with their location. A quick search on Twitter shows people doing it from South Korea to the United States to Turkey. "You can't stop me loving myself" ❤#IDOLCHALLENGE #BTSPARIS @BTS_twt 💜 pic.twitter.com/2JR1CrKcZz — Melanie (@mel28purple) October 17, 2018 Just Added shelfie, ACAB, yeet, Karen, BIPOC Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of Idol Challenge like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of Idol Challenge that will help our users expand their word mastery.