Yeongam: Korean sensation Psy, whose hit song Gangnam Style has taken the pop world by storm, will wave the chequered flag at his home Grand Prix on Sunday, where he will also be performing live.
The rapper has sprung to international fame and the video Gangnam Style, featuring Psy’s much-imitated horse-riding dance, went viral after its July release on YouTube, where it has notched up nearly 420 million views.
“I look forward to bringing Gangnam Style to the glamorous world of F1, and welcome everyone to Korea for this great race,” Psy, an ambassador for the race in Yeongam, told the official Formula One website.
His duties include waving the chequered flag at the end of the race, local media said on Wednesday.
Sports stars, including Novak Djokovic and West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle, have celebrated by copying Psy’s dance moves. The West Indies team had celebrated their victory over Sri Lanka in the World T20 finals on Sunday evening, in Gangnam Style.
England batsman Kevin Pietersen, too, did his own Gangnam Style dance while doing commentary during the World T20. As Gayle and his teammates celebrated the victory wildly on the ground, Pietersen was not left behind, doing the jig better at the official broadcaster’s studio.
The worldwide success of ‘Gangnam Style’ has given Psy unprecedented exposure. His song shot to No.1 in the British music charts — despite being sung almost entirely in Korean. He has also featured on a host of US chat shows including The Today Show, Saturday Night Live and The Ellen De Generes Show.
Psy has even taught his signature move to Britney Spears on the Ellen de Generes Show.
Sunday’s Grand Prix will not be Psy’s first appearance at a sporting event. He was in the crowd for August’s baseball game between Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.
Psy was spotted in the stands and his hit song was pumped out over the loudspeakers.
Psy’s performance should actually spice up the Korean GP, at Mokpo, in Yeongam, which is otherwise known to be a Grand Prix ghost town.
To quote a report in a British daily: “Last season, it seemed that the circuit gates had been unlocked for the first time since the Grand Prix had left after the first Korean Grand Prix, in 2010.”
“When one team checked the fridges in the hospitality unit kitchens, the sandwiches left a year earlier were still there. Bunches of wilted flowers were still in their vases, cobwebs and dust everywhere. It was a circuit that had been in a state of suspended animation for 12 months, a huge and costly folly on the outskirts of a city that neither cares nor wants a Grand Prix.”