The fans' energy was predictably high when the guys stepped outside to the famed Rockefeller Plaza. Before their scheduled performance, the group greeted their devoted legion of female fans, who had made up signs to welcome the guys to the show.
All five fellas happily took the time to pose with fans and sign autographs in the moments leading up to their performance. Then they sang not only their chart-topping track "Glad You Came" but also their new single, "Chasing the Sun."
"We've done two albums, so we're trying to catch people up in America," Wanted member Tom Parker told co-host Ann Curry about the EP, their first official Stateside release. They then launched into "Glad," clad in leather jackets and displaying their boy-band bravado.
After they left the stage, they shared with MTV News that they were thankful to all the people who showed up. "It was average at best," Jay McGuiness joked about the performance, teasing that "Chasing the Sun" was a "hot mess like Lindsay Lohan."
The "Today" show was the first of many media appearances the Wanted will make on Tuesday, leading up to their "MTV First" special airing tonight at 7:53 p.m. on MTV. They will sit down with MTV News' Sway Calloway to debut the "Chasing the Sun" video and chat.
Immediately following the MTV premiere, the fivesome are hanging around for an additional 30-minute live Q&A session with Sway on MTV.com. Fans can get in on the action by submitting video or text questions via MTV.com or @MTVNews on Twitter, using the hashtags #MTVFirst or #AskTheWanted.
The guys are also one of the 32 hopefuls in MTV's Battle of the Boy Bands, which pits some of the greatest boy bands of all time against one another, until fans vote their favorite group to #1. The battle kicked off on Monday at BBB.MTV.com, with the first round ending on Thursday. Fans can weigh in on the matches on Twitter using the hashtag #BBB. The winner of Battle of the Boy Bands will be announced on Monday, May 7, live on "AMTV" on MTV.
The Wanted are taking over the Big Apple! Stick with MTV News for updates and exclusive behind-the-scenes photos all day. We'll tag along with the guys on stops like the "Today" show and the Empire State Building before "MTV First: The Wanted" kicks off at 7:53 p.m. ET on MTV and MTV.com. Be sure to tune in for the premiere of the "Chasing the Sun" video and a 30-minute interview with the band!