Seventeen is a boy group made up of thirteen members formed under Pledis Entertainment in May, 2015. 3 sub units exist within Seventeen – the hip hop unit, the performance unit and the vocal unit. Seventeen made their debut with the track “Adore U” on the 29th of May, 2015. Member Woozi composed this track while Hoshi took part in the creation of the choreography.
The first member is S.Coups, who was born Choi Seung Chul on the 8th of August, 1995 in Daegu.
He is nicknamed “Seventeen’s father” by the other members as he is the oldest and the leader of Seventeen. He is currently 20 years old and is part of the hip hop unit. He was a former member of Pledis trainee group “Tempest” before Seventeen was created. He was also one of the original “Pledis boys” with the NU’EST members. He’s a black belt in Taekwondo and has been learning it for more than 7 years. Some of his favourite singers are Taeyang and Seol Kyung Goo. One of his dreams is to become an actor. Even though S.Coups has a cool, confident image he is also very adorable. He is very affectionate towards his members. We can see this by how he hugs them and treats them to food when they are out together. One of his habits includes resting his chin on top of a members head. He is a very hardworking guy and always does his best to be positive for the members.
The second member is Jeonghan, who was born on the 4th of October 1995 in Busan. He is part of the vocal unit and his nickname is “Angel”. He has a very sweet and lovely voice. The other members also voted him as the person in the group with the best personality. His long hair is one of the aspects that helps him stand out. Even more so on stage, where he is known for flipping his hair!
The third member is Joshua, who is also known as Hong Jisoo. However, he was born as Joshua Hong on the 30th of December 1995 in Los Angeles . He is the third oldest in Seventeen and moved to Korea in 2013. Within the group, his nickname is “American hyung.” He is quite a laid back and shy guy but his sense of humor is evident. Even though he’s not as outgoing as the other members, his sweet nature shines through when he spends time with them, sharing food and makes sure the other members are being taken care of before himself. In interviews he introduces himself as “the gentleman” of Seventeen. The other members agree that the title of gentleman suits him as he doesn’t anger easily and speaks softly. In his spare time, he enjoys watching anime, reading, playing the guitar and singing.
The fourth member is Jun, who was born Wen Junhui on the 10th of June, 1996 in Shenzhen, China.
During interviews he’s not very talkative, but he does have a hyper aspect to his personality which came out during the broadcasting of “17tv”. Prior to Seventeen‘s debut, Jun acted in quite a lot of films and dramas in China including “Children’s War“ and “Pye Dog”. He plays the piano and practices Wushu. He is part of the performance unit and speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean. The other members describe Jun as someone who is very thoughtful and caring and because of that, he is sometimes known as the “mother” of Seventeen. He loves doing fanservice.
The fifth member is Woozi, born Lee Jihoon on the 22nd of November, 1996 in Busan. Like S.Coups, he was a member of “Tempest” before Seventeen was created. He plays the guitar and he is a fan of Brian Puspos. Some of his talents involve choreographing routines and composing songs. He also writes a lot of Seventeen‘s tracks. He is one of the main vocalists but is also very talented in dancing. He also speaks Japanese. He is known as being very hardworking and focused. He shows his cute side often and laughs a lot with the other members. He is a member of the vocal unit. He has many nicknames including “white puppy” and “tofu” seemingly picked as those are names that sound soft and tender.
The sixth member is DK, who was born Lee Seokmin on the 18th of February, 1997 in Gyeonggi-do. He’s known as a very warm hearted guy as well as being energetic and funny. He is a member that brightens up the mood. He’s a main vocal and part of the vocal unit. When introducing himself he describes himself as “the energy” of Seventeen. He has great passion for the things he enjoys. Yoon Dohyun and Moon Myungjin are two people he considers role models. He has said before that he wants to be “someone who can help others and give them hope.” Woozi nicknamed him “the moodmaker” of the group along with Seunggwan.
The seventh member is Hoshi, born Kwon Soonyoung on the 15th of June, 1996 in Namyangju-si. He created choreography for NU’EST and Kim Bum Zu as well as creating moves for Seventeen‘s tracks “Adore U”,”Shining Diamonds” and “Jam Jam” He also speaks Japanese and is learning Chinese. He is the leader of the performance unit and when introducing himself he says he is “the 10:10 of Seventeen” – meaning “10:10 eyes”. He likes SHINee and comes across as a very sweet guy, like a ray of sunshine. He’s known for being very attentive and caring especially to the Chinese members, when they don’t understand something or is having trouble saying something, he does his best to always help and include them.
The eighth member is Wonwoo, born Jeon Wonwoo on the 17th of July, 1996 in Changwon. He is a member of the hip hop unit. He speaks Japanese and one of his more memorable traits is his deep voice.
He enjoys writing lyrics in his spare time but has yet to showcase them publicly. Similar to Jun and Jeonghan, he’s not very talkative. Despite this, he still laughs and has fun with the members. His nickname is “Mr Beanie”. He is known for keeping eye contact to whoever he is speaking to and also when feeling awkward he has a habit of gently hitting the person that happens to be next to him at the time. He enjoys fanservice and likes showing his love for fans through actions rather than words as he is often shy.
The ninth member is Mingyu, born Kim Mingyu on the 6th of April, 1997 in Anyang-si. He is a member of the hip hop unit, and when introducing himself he says he is the “rising visual” of Seventeen. His specialities are rap and acting, but he also wants to try acting someday. He is known in the group for styling the other members hair, as well as the member who is good with his hands. For instance, he is quite good at repairing things that are broken at their dorm. He is an optimistic guy. The other members in the group have referred to him as the most handsome member as well as the loudest. Once you get past his cool charisma you realize he is a very happy, hyper guy.
The tenth member is The8, born Xu Minghao on the 7th of November, 1997 in Anshan, China. He is currently 18 years old and he is a member of the performance unit. When introducing himself he says he is the “cool cutie” of the group. His specialities are break dancing, tumbling and martial arts. He has been practicing Chinese wushu since he was 5 years old and bboying since he was six years old. In his spare time he enjoys singing, watching movies and shopping. It has been said that the meaning behind his stage name is that the number 8 is a number well liked by many people in China and when the 8 is laid down, the infinite sign appears. His nicknames include Little 8 and Fairy. He is very loving towards his fans and likes to give hearts when he sees opportunities to. He is a talented dancer and despite being one of the last members to join Seventeen, he is utterly in sync with the others when performing.
The eleventh member is Seungkwan, born Boo Seungkwan on the 16th of January 1998 in Jeju-do. The other members say that, apart from Vernon and Joshua, he is the best at speaking English. He is part of the vocal unit and his specialities include singing, saving the atmosphere/mood, writing lyrics, DJ-ng and doing vocal imitations. When introducing himself, he sometimes speaks in English. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, practicing calligraphy and musical singing. Some of his nicknames are DJ Boo and Mr. Mic. Within the group, he is known for his enthusiastic and light hearted personality. When he is around the members he always tries to make them laugh.
The twelfth member is Vernon, born Hansol Vernon Chwe on the 18th of February, 1998 in New York.
He moved to Korea when he was 5 years old and is currently 17 years old. He is part of the hip hop unit and one of the main rappers. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and webtoons as well as reading. The other members once voted him the shyest out of all of them. He has a very confident and charismatic image on stage, but off stage he is naturally shy and sweet. Some of his nicknames are Peacekeeper and 4D – he has a 4D personality which means he is rather unique in his reactions to situations. He writes his own rap lyrics and likes being affectionate with the other members.
The final member I’m going to introduce is Dino, born Lee Chan on the 11th of February, 1999 in Iksans-si. He is part of the performance unit. He likes dancing to songs using his “Michael Jackson style,” which you can see if watch the show After School Club (Dino dances to Sistar‘s “Shake It” with this style). When introducing himself he says he is a “small giant” and also refers to himself as the maknae (youngest member). In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies. Despite being the maknae, he has undeniable charisma on stage. He knows how to command other people’s attention and have all eyes on him. He has huge passion for dancing and works very hard to hone his skills. He has said that Michael Jackson is his role model and “Billie Jean” is a song that gives him a lot of energy. He was given the stage name Dino because he is going to dominate the stage. Another role model of his is Gaeko from Dynamic Duo because of his rapping and singing skills. He wants to be as energetic as him in the future. He loves showing his own colour and originally to people. Even though he cringes whenever he sees another member acting cheesy, among fans he is known for his lovable and cute nature.
Even though Seventeen are rookies, I feel they have a very bright future ahead of them!
If you want to know more about them, I recommend checking out their show “17tv” and also their appearance on “After School Club” and “Sukira/Kiss The Radio”!
Mary Katherine – August 2015