ABOVE: Seunghoon, Taehyun, Jinwoo, Seungyoon, Mino – WINNER.
Brace yourselves KPOP fans, a new generation of boy groups is finally arriving. It has been eight long years since YG Entertainment debuted Big Bang, and six years since JYP Entertainment debuted 2PM. Although S.M. Entertainment is in the lead right now with EXO’s Growl and the release of their winter special album ‘Miracles in December,’ there is no doubt that WINNER is becoming popular quite quickly.
The group was first introduced late August in the reality survival program Who Is Next: WIN, which featured the YG trainees (Team A and Team B) who competed against each other in order to debut as WINNER. All trainees endured sweat, pain, tears, and practiced until the sun rose, but only one team could win. During the season finale Team A came out victorious, winning all three rounds of public voting. The program consisted of only ten episodes, but that was enough to captivate viewers worldwide. Each trainee stole the hearts of many. Since the end of the program, WINNER has been the opening act for Big Bang’s six dome Japanese tour, has been preparing for their official debut, and they have their own reality show WINNER TV.
So let us get to know these five handsome men a little bit more because you definitely will be seeing and hearing more about them in the future.
1) S E U N G Y O O N
NAME: Kang Seung Yoon
BIRTHDATE: January 21, 1994
HOMETOWN: Busan, South Korea
FUN FACTS: He was a participant in Superstar K2 finishing in fourth place and in 2011, he was signed on to YG Entertainment as a solo artist.
2) T A E H Y U N
NAME: Nam Tae Hyun
BIRTHDATE: May 10, 1994
POSITION: Vocal/Maknae (Youngest)
FUN FACTS: When he first signed on to YG, his style of singing was very different and he had to train hard in order to change it.
DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: His Slanted Eyebrows and 5:5 hairstyle
3) J I N W O O
NAME: Kim Jin Woo
BIRTHDATE: September 26, 1991
HOMETOWN: Imja Island, South Korea
FUN FACTS: He was YG’s eldest trainee and has trained for three years. He often stays up at night to practice and is thought of as the diligent one by his members.
DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: His deer like eyes
4) S E U N G H O O N
NAME: Lee Seung Hoon
BIRTHDATE: January 11, 1992
HOMETOWN: Busan, South Korea
POSITION: Rapper, Choreographer
FUN FACTS: Since high school, he has always wanted to join YG. Every night, he would stare at the YG building from his rooftop room thinking to himself that one day, he would make it there (which he did!). Later on, he was a contestant on the show K-Pop Star and finished in fourth place.
NICKNAME: Hip hop baby lion
5) M I N O
NAME: Song Min Ho
BIRTHDATE: March 30, 1993
FUN FACTS: He is an ex-member of the group Block B, was a member of Y2Y Contents BoM before they disbanded in March 2013, and acted in the drama ‘K-POP – The Ultimate Audition.’
DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: He is said to look like a mix of YG Seniors G-Dragon and Taeyang.