Earlier today (January 25), Queendom’s production team released a statement confirming the singer’s role in the survival show’s upcoming season. The team cited Taeyeon’s success as a solo artist, following her debut with Girls’ Generation, as factor in her appointment as a host for Queendom.
“Taeyeon is a representative musician who leads global K-pop, and she has a wide range of music fans at home and abroad,” Reads the statement, as translated by Soompi. “Above all, as a role model that junior girl groups want to emulate, we anticipate that she will provide a diverse role beyond just that of the program’s host.”
The news comes shortly after Mnet confirmed that a second season of Queendom was in the works. “Queendom Season 2 is confirmed to launch in 2022,” an Mnet representative previously told Star News, as translated by Soompi. However, the broadcaster noted at the time that “the exact date and format [of the show] are still undecided”.
Initially aired in August 2019, Queendom was a “comeback battle” between six well-known female K-pop acts. The first season of the show featured AOA, MAMAMOO, Lovelyz, OH MY GIRL, (G)I-DLE and singer Park Bom.
Taeyeon, meanwhile, has recently released a poignant visual for her latest solo release, ‘Can’t Control Myself’, which is set to be part of the idol’s upcoming, as-yet-untitled full-length album. The song marks Taeyeon’s first solo release in over six months, following the disco-pop track ‘Weekend’.