KPOP has gone a long way since it first gained recognition worldwide. Back then, it was just plain and simple boy bands and girl groups made up of less than 10 members dancing and singing to their songs. Then, someone decided to debut groups that are more than 10 members like SEVENTEEN, Cosmic Girls, and UP10TION.
And, as if that was not enough, SM Entertainment started a whole new concept of debuting boy bands one after the other and would, later on, be revealed as parts of a bigger collective group with 21 members! I know you already know who I am talking about. It is none other than NCT!
What sets NCT apart from other groups is the way their system works. Personally, I’d like to compare NCT to a small academy with 21 students. These students will then be mixed and matched to be in groups that will perform in the academy’s founding anniversary. Currently, there are four units under NCT: NCT U, NCT 127, NCT Dream, and WayV.
The very first unit that debuted under NCT is NCT U. The U stands for “united” which could mean a union of different members. Initially, NCT was only made up of six members: Taeil, Taeyong, Doyoung, Ten, Jaehyun, and Mark. The unit released two songs. The first one is called “7th Sense” that featured Taeyong, Doyoung, Ten, Jaehyun, and Mark and the second one is called “Without U” which was more of a vocal track featuring Taeil, Doyoung, and Jaehyun. During the NCT 2018 project that featured all members of the group, Jungwoo and Lucas were added to the unit along with Winwin who was a part of another unit.
The second unit that was introduced is NCT 127. The “127” in their name represents the longitude coordinate of Seoul. This means that the unit will be focusing on promotions within Korea. The unit is composed of seven members: Taeil, Taeyong, Yuta, Jaehyun, Winwin, Mark, and Haechan. Their debut song is “Fire Truck”. During the NCT 2018 project, new members were also added to the unit: Johnny, Doyoung, and Jungwoo.
The third unit that debuted under the group is NCT Dream. Unlike the previous ones, NCT Dream has a graduation system. This means that when members reach a certain age, they graduate from NCT Dream and will no longer be a part of NCT Dream. The unit originally started with members Mark, Renjun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin, Chenle, and Jisung debuting with the single “Chewing Gum”. Their debut garnered quite an attention because the unit used hoverboards in the choreography. Just early this year, Mark graduate from NCT Dream.
WayV is the group’s newest unit. However, they will be focusing their promotions in China and they are under SM’s China-exclusive label, “LabelV”. The unit is composed of Kun, Ten, Winwin, Lucas, Xiaojun, Hendery, and Yangyang and they debuted with a Chinese version of NCT 127’s “Regular”.
Of all the songs that all of the units of NCT have released, there is one that I really like. It’s NCT 127’s “Touch”. It’s a bubbly and bright song that shows the cuter side of the boys. I personally liked the songs because the group released strong and aggressive songs and concepts prior to the NCT 2018 project. “Cherry Bomb”, “Limitless”, and “Fire Truck” were great songs but it was such a breath of fresh air seeing the same guys take on a lighter and brighter song like “Touch”.
As for my bias, it has always and always will be Doyoung. Ever since NCT U debuted, I immediately fell in love with Doyoung’s sweet voice. Aside from his talent in singing, he’s also one of the mood-makers of the group as seen in the group’s variety shows.
Name: Lee Taeyong
Birthday: July 1, 1995
Position: Leader, Rapper, Dancer, Vocalist, Center, Visual
Taeyong has a very bad tolerance for alcohol. This is why he does not drink often. Taeyong’s ideal type is someone who can teach and lead him and someone who can make up for his flaws.
Name: Moon Taeil
Birthday: June 14, 1994
Taeil said that if he could switch bodies with one of the members, he would do it with Doyoung because Doyoung has strong legs. The song that made him dream of becoming a KPOP artist is Steve Wonder’s “Lately”.
Name: Seo Youngho
Birthday: February 9, 1995
Position: Rapper, Dancer, Vocalist
Despite his good looks, Johnny is actually clumsy. He often bumps into things and trips when climbing up or down the stairs. Plus, he’s not that lucky when it comes to playing rock-paper-scissors.
Name: Nakamoto Yuta
Birthday: October 26, 1995
Position: Vocalist, Rapper, Dancer
You might not have noticed this but Yuta is actually the very first Japanese artist of SM Entertainment. And, because of his Japanese roots, he is often called “Guardian of Takoyaki”, “Osaka Prince”, “takoyaki Prince”, and “Yakisoba Prince”.
Name: Qian Kun
Birthday: January 1, 1996
Aside from being a singer, Kun is also known to be a very good chef and doing magic tricks. He was inspired by Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” to become an artist.
Name: Kim Dongyoung
Birthday: February 1, 1996
Doyoung once attended an English academy and was given the name “Charlie”. His older brother is the famous actor, Gong Myung.
Name: Chittaphon Leechaiyapornkul
Birthday: February 27, 1996
Position: Dancer, Rapper, Vocalist
This may not be that noticeable but Ten is actually the shortest member of the group. But, he does make up with his talent. He is known for his dancing skills. And aside from that, he can also play the guitar and piano.
Name: Jung Yoonoh
Birthday: February 14, 1997
Position: Vocalist, Dancer, Rapper
Jaehyun is a part of a group in KPOP called the ’97 Line with BTS’ Jungkook, GOT7’s Bambam&Yugyeom, and SEVENTEEN’s DK, Mingyu, and The8.
Name: Dong Si Cheng
Birthday: October 28, 1997
Position: Dancer, Vocalist
Winwin has always been a KPOP fan before debuting as an idol. The song that inspired him to become an idol is EXO’s “Growl”.
Name: Kim Jungwoo
Birthday: February 19, 1998
Position: Vocalist, Dancer
Jungwoo is one of the newest members of NCT. He says he is closest to Mark and Doyoung. Surprisingly, he is close with Stray Kids’ Woojin as Woojin was once an SM trainee.
Name: Huang Xuxi
Birthday: January 25, 1999
Position: Rapper, Vocalist, Dancer
Lucas is more well-known as the younger version of SHINee’s Minho not only because they look alike but also they both have the same passionate personality.
Name: Lee Minhyung
Birthday: August 2, 1999
Position: Rapper, Vocalist
Mark is the busiest member of the group. He was in every unit of NCT except for the new one called WayV. His first musical memory is he and his dad playing the guitar in a church.
Name: Xiao Dejun
Birthday: August 8, 1999
Xiao Jun is the latest addition to the members of NCT. He made his debut through WayV just a few weeks ago. He has a cute habit of blurting out the lines of what he is reading.
Name: Won Kunhang
Birthday: September 28, 1999
Hendery is also a new member of the group and is a part of WayV. As a child, he used to dream of building big machines.
Name: Huang Renjun
Birthday: March 23, 2000
Renjun is essentially bilingual because of the place he grew up in. He can understand and speak both Korean and Mandarin and he can also understand English.
Name: Lee Jeno
Birthday: April 23, 2000
Position: Dancer, Vocalist, Rapper
Before becoming an idol, Jeno already had a previous TV appearance as a child model for a famous milk brand. Jeno also has a fascination for cars. He loves them so much that members would say he is infatuated with them.
Name: Lee Donghyuck
Birthday: June 6, 2000
Position: Vocalist, Dancer
Haechan is known for his love for Michael Jackson. The wallpaper on his phone is Michael Jackson. Recently, Haechan got injured on his right leg. This caused him to take a break from his schedules until he recovers.
Name: Na Jaemin
Birthday: August 13, 2000
Position: Rapper, Dancer, Vocalist
Jaemin has really not been active for the majority of the group’s existence. He had to take a break because of health issues. However, since “Go”, Jaemin is back and will continue promoting with the group.
Name: Liu Yangyang
Birthday: October 10, 2000
Yangyang is another new member of the group and is part of the newest unit called WayV. Many people thought that Yangyang is a nickname so people did not really give him a nickname.
Name: Zhong Chenle
Birthday: November 22, 2001
Chenle has the shortest time of training before debuting. He trained for two months before being a part of NCT Dream.
Name: Park Jisung
Birthday: February 5, 2002
Position: Dancer, Vocalist, Rapper, Maknae
Jisung is well-known for his dancing skills. Just recently, he announced that he attended dancing workshops in the US. He has also been a part of many dance competitions as himself and not as a member of NCT.