Each of the 456 contestants of Squid Game: The Challenge came from different backgrounds, having their reasons to join. Some of them achieved much recognition from the Netflix show, such as Trey, LeAnn, Bryton, Keli, Dani, Jada, Ashley, Spencer, etc. But, did you know that a Kpop idol also participated in this competition series?
Are you looking for a hint? Well, the player is an Asian American from Korea itself and was previously also a part of a musical group. Not just that, he is also known for hosting a podcast.
As he made an appearance in Squid Game: The Challenge, everybody showed him immense support for his hard work. Nobody expected him to participate, and it was more like a surprise.
He joined the show representing his country. Even though the Kpop idol failed to win, he tried pretty hard, and that was visible. Here is everything we know about Kpop celebrity players.
Meet The Kpop Idol Who Served As One Of The 456 Contestants In Squid Game: The Challenge
So, the Kpop idol who joined Squid Game: The Challenge is – Joel Jay Lane. As far as his identity is concerned, it was in 2014 when he joined the Kpop group – BTL (Beyond The Limit). Did you listen to Gold Moon?
If not, then it’s highly recommended. At present, Jay co-hosts the famous podcast “Korean Cowboys,” along with another fellow Kpop star, former NU’EST‘s Aron.
Talking more about Jay, he was born in the United States. But, it was in 2006 when he moved to South Korea. He revealed this in an interview. His main aim in joining the show was to represent himself as a broadcasting person. However, later, the singer shared that the money would have been life-changing too. So, it was another goal, of course.
After keeping it a secret, Jay finally posted about his participation in Squid Game: The Challenge. Just like every other player, he was initially excited, and that was natural.
While announcing, Jay shared how blessed he felt “to be able to represent Korea in the most successful Netflix brand of all time.” A part of his Instagram post said, “I hope you all enjoy the work we all put into making this amazing show.”
Fans took it to their respective social media platforms, celebrating Jay’s participation in Squid Game: The Challenge. One fan even commented, ”rooting for ya!! I hope you get featured a lot!!”
One must note that Jay initially didn’t plan to take part in it. It was a friend who wanted to join, and I heard from him. Who was that friend? It was Cha Hyun Seung. To join the series, knowing English was compulsory. So, the latter taught him the language. On this note, he said, “I ended up applying a day or two before they ended up stopping to take submissions.”
To be more precise, Joel Jay Lane, the Kpop idol, is currently 31 years old and was the player no. 375. When did he get eliminated? His time on Squid Game ended in the second dormitory elimination test. At that time, he stepped up to be one of those five volunteers.
The show can’t highlight each of the 456 players equally, showcasing their interview clips or even as a whole in the game. Naturally, Jay also didn’t get much feature, if compared. He succeeded in three challenges- “Red Light, Green Light,” “Dalgona,” and “Warships.”
Even though Jay failed to win the $4.56 million cash prize, we wish him the best. We know that he tried his best. Make sure to follow the Kpop idol Joel Jay Lane on his Instagram account for more updates.