This Month’s Beat: I.O.I

Last month, we featured Black Pink, YG Entertainment’s newest girl group. For this month, we are giving you another trendy girl group that is sure to capture everyone’s hearts: I.O.I!

Formed via the reality show Produce 101, I.OI. or Ideal of Idol is composed of eleven trainees from various entertainment agencies. They debuted last May with their first mini-album Chrysalis and will actively promote until January 2017. They have also appeared on several variety shows where the members showcased their unique talents and charms.  At present, the members are preparing for their comeback this month.

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Some of the members may be familiar as they have appeared in their seniors’ music videos, became contestants in other talent shows or were part of their agencies’ pre-debut groups. Four out of eleven girls have also debuted in their respective agencies’ girl groups. Let’s check out the profiles of these lovely girls below!

Yeunjung

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Real Name: Yoo Yeunjung (유옌정)

Age: 18

Date of Birth: August 3, 1999

Position: Main Vocalist

Agency: Starship Entertainment (SISTAR, Cosmic Girls, Monsta X)

Group: Cosmic Girls

Trainee Period: 1 year, 3 months

Why you should pick Yeunjung: Yeunjung has earned praises with her angelic voice during Produce 101. Reaching high notes is almost effortless for this young lady. Would it be too much to ask for a solo album or be in a sub-unit with Sejeong or with Cosmic Girls’ vocal line? I hope not!

Nayoung

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Real Name: Im Nayoung (임나영)

Age: 21

Date of Birth: December 18, 1995

Position: Leader, Main Rapper, Lead Dancer

Agency: Pledis Entertainment (After School, Orange Caramel, Seventeen)

Group: Pledis Girlz (pre-debut group)

Trainee Period:  4 years, 7 months

Pre-Debut Appearance:

  • Seventeen TV Season 3
  • San-E and Raina’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream performances
  • Orange Caramel’s My Copycat MV and performances

Why you should pick Nayoung: I.O.I’s leader excels in dancing and rapping. Together with fellow member Yoojung, they penned the Intro of their mini album Chrysalis and the rap part of Dream Girls. Don’t be fooled by her expressionless face though because “Stone Nayoung” is actually a warm and cheerful person.

Mina

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Real Name: Kang Mina (강미나 )

Age: 17

Date of Birth: December 4, 1999

Position: Lead Dancer, Lead Vocalist

Agency: Jellyfish Entertainment (Seo In-guk, VIXX, Gugudan)

Group: Gugudan

Trainee Period: 1 year, 1 month

Why you should pick Mina: Mina garnered fans with her extraordinary cuteness. However, Produce 101’s best dancer can go from cute to sexy in matter of seconds. As she is the group’s 식신 (food goddess), we’re expecting to see her in restaurant CFs or guesting in any food/cooking related shows.

Doyeon

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Real Name: Kim Doyeon (김도연 )

Age: 17

Date of Birth: December 4, 1999

Position: Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer

Agency: Fantagio Co., Ltd. (Hello Venus, 5urprise, ASTRO)

Group: iTeen (pre-debut group)

Trainee period: 1 year, 5 months

Pre-Debut Appearance: To Be Continued (Astro’s web drama)

Why you should pick Doyeon: She caught the attention of the national producers with her beauty and resemblance to actress Jun Ji Hyun. But this former cheerleader is more than just a pretty face as she has consistently proven that she has what it takes to be an idol.

Chaeyeon

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Real Name: Jung Chaeyeon (젱채연)

Age: 19

Date of Birth: December 1, 1997

Position: Lead Dancer

Agency: MBK Entertainment (T-ARA, DIA)

Group: DIA

Trainee period: 8 months

Why you should pick Chaeyeon: Her beauty and talent charmed many of the Produce 101’s viewers. This busy bee is in the midst of promoting DIA’s latest single Mr. Potter and preparing for IOI’s comeback at the same time.  She recently took part in tvN’s Go Go Mr. Paik together with Onew.

Pinky

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Real Name: Zhou Jieqiong ( 周洁琼/주결경)

Age: 18

Date of Birth: December 16, 1998

Position: Lead Dancer, Lead Vocalist

Agency: Pledis Entertainment

Group: Pledis Girlz (pre-debut group)

Trainee period: 5 years, 5 months

Pre-debut appearance:

  • San-E and Raina’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream performances
  • Orange Caramel’s My Copycat MV and performances
  • Seventeen’s Mansae MV

Why you should pick Pinky: Best known for her dancing skills, this Chinese beauty also specializes in playing pipa (a Chinese string instrument). Perhaps it’s not too much to wish to see or hear her play pipa in any of their upcoming songs, yes?

Sohye

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Real Name: Kim Sohye (김소혜)

Age: 18

Date of Birth: July 19, 1999

Position: Lead Dancer

Agency: Redline Entertainment

Trainee period: 1 year

Pre-Debut Appearance: The Ark’s The Light MV

Why you should pick Sohye: While she did not receive any formal training in singing or dancing, Sohye proved that perseverance is key to success. She also opened a coffee shop named Penguin’s Café so she could interact with her fans. We are also looking forward to her drama debut in the future!

Chungha

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Real Name: Kim Chungha (김청하) /Annie Kim

Age: 21

Date of Birth: February 9, 1996

Position: Main Dancer, Lead Vocal

Agency: M&H Entertainment

Trainee period: 3 years and 3 months

Why you should pick Chungha: What’s a group without a main dancer? Chungha is more than happy to fulfill this role! She rose through the ranks with her flawless dancing and amazing choreography skills. Hoping to see her choreograph more girl group dances in the future!

Yoojung

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Real Name: Choi Yoojung (최유정)

Age: 17

Date of Birth: November 12, 1999

Position: Lead Dancer, Lead Vocal, Lead Rapper

Agency: Fantagio Co., Ltd.

Group: iTeen (pre-debut group)

Trainee period:  4 years, 7 months

Pre-debut appearance: To Be Continued

Why you should pick Yoojung: Best known for being the center in Pick Me, Yoojung can sing, rap, and dance. Not only that, her beagle personality makes her suitable for variety shows. More variety show guesting for Yoodaengi, please!

Sejeong

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Real Name: Kim Sejeong (김세정)

Age: 21

Date of Birth: August 28, 1996

Position: Main Vocal

Agency: Jellyfish Entertainment

Group: Gugudan

Trainee period: 1 year, 11 months

Pre-Debut Appearance: Superstar K season 2

Why you should pick Sejeong: With her beauty, easygoing personality and heaven-sent voice, it’s no surprise that “God Sejeong” has won the hearts of the national producers. We’re wishing to see her showcase her vocal prowess in King of Masked Singer or other similar shows!

Somi

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Real Name: Jeon Somi (전소미) / Ennik Somi Douma

Age: 16

Date of Birth: March 9, 2001

Position: Center, Lead Dancer, Lead Vocal

Agency: JYP Entertainment (Wonder Girls, Miss A, Twice)

Trainee period: 2 years

Pre-Debut Appearance:

  • Sixteen
  • GOT 7’s Stop Stop It MV
  • Let’s Go Dream Team II (together with her father)

Why you should pick Somi: She can sing, she can dance, she is a Level 3 taekwondo black belter, and she is also good at drawing caricatures. Is there anything that the maknae can’t do? Vitamin Somi is definitely born to be a star!

I.O.I may be a temporary group but they are on their way to the top. They are the dream girls after all! What do you think of the group formed by the national producers? Let us know in the comments below!


Written by Irish Valdez / Featured photo design by Marvi Vitalis

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