Every KPOP fan knows who TVXQ is. New generation idols look up to them as inspirations so they can become successful too. And, every Cassiopeia still wishes that things would go back to the way they were when TVXQ was still in their prime.
TVXQ is currently a pop duo under SM Entertainment consisting of members Max Changmin and U-Know Yunho. They go by a lot of names: TVXQ in Chinese which stands for Tong Vfang Xien Qi, Tohoshinki in Japanese, and DBSK in Korean which stands for Dong Bang Shin Ki.
They started out as a five-member band together with Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun, and Xiah Junsu. But, after some heated differences with the talent agency, the three decided to part ways and formed their own group known as JYJ.
TVXQ Current Members’ Profiles
Yunho is a very friendly person and he’s actually very close with Super Junior’s Heechul and Donghae. In an interview, he said that his ideal type is someone that is “sunny and considerate”. He likes someone who is there for him when times get rough. He also said that he does not really care whether that person is a celebrity or not just as long as they can understand the work that he does. This just made me so happy because Yunho is my bias and I’m a very, very understanding person.
Changmin is the duo’s vocalist. In the industry, he is known to have one of the most powerful voices. Many idols playfully hate him because his parts in their songs are really difficult and they will have a hard time covering the songs. One personal fact that many fans know is that he has really bad eyesight but he got a LASIK surgery.
TVXQ Former Members’ Profile
Aside from being an idol, Jaejoong has also made it as an actor and has appeared in many Korean dramas. After the lawsuit, Jaejoong has been busy investing in businesses and is currently owning several restaurants and clothing shops.
Like Jaejoong, Yoochun is also a successful actor and has been the lead role in popular Korean Dramas. He co-owns a restaurant chain that serves Japanese cuisine together with Jaejoong.
Out of the three former members of the group, Junsu focused more on pursuing his singing career and has been successful in the music industry. He was reported to be dating EXID’s Hani at the beginning of 2016 but six months after, it was revealed that they have broken up because of their busy schedules.
Inception of TVXQ
The original TVXQ was a product of the agency’s need to find a new boy group to compete with other existing groups back in the early 2000’s. H.O.T. disbanded in 2001 and Shinhwa’s contract with the company expired and decided to move out of the company. In 2003, the CEO of SM entertainment chose five teenage boys from the different training teams of SM to become a part of a new group.
The very first member to join was Xiah Junsu. He was already training and preparing to debut in a trio with Sungmin and Eunhyuk. However, because of the CEO’s decision to pull out Junsu, they disbanded and Sungmin and Eunhyuk would then be a part of Super Junior.
The next members to be added is U-Know Yunho and Hero Jaejoong who was supposed to debut as a member of Four Seasons with Heechul and Kangin. Again, the CEO pulled Yunho and Jaejoong out, discontinuing the plans for Four Seasons. Heechul and Kangin would then become members of Super Junior too.
The fourth member to be a part of the group is Max Changmin. Lastly, Micky Yoochun was added as the last member just months before they debuted. The group’s first official appearance as a group was on December 26, 2003 in a showcase featuring BoA and Britney Spears where they performed their debut single “Hug”. Since then, the group has been releasing hit after hit.
I didn’t know about TVXQ until they released their song “Mirotic”. It was so popular not only in Korea but also in other countries. The song was so successful that it became the group’s representative song. It was covered by other idol groups and it was even featured in several survival shows. The song also remains as one of my favorite TVXQ songs. It was one of the group’s most powerful songs in terms of both the vocals and the choreography. I love listening to it and quite honestly, this is the song that I sing the most in the shower. In the same album as Mirotic, there is also another song that I find very beautiful. It’s called “Love In The Ice” and it is a ballad song that also features the members’ powerful vocals. I’ve listened to a lot of songs by TVXQ but these two will always be my favorite.
In 2009, shortly after the group’s promotions for “Mirotic” ended, three of the members submitted an application for the determination of the contract they have with SM Entertainment. Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu felt that the 13-year contract was over the top. Aside from that, they also said that the members were forced to go on different schedules without their permission and the earnings of the group were not distributed in a fair manner.
The court granted a temporary contract injunction to the three members, stating that SM Entertainment could not interfere with any individual activity that the three decides to do. This means that the activities of TVXQ as a group are also forced to halt.
This was a very sad time not only for the parties involved but for the fans as well. It was the time when I started to really like KPOP because of how simple and positive it looked like. Little did I know that such things could also happen. It made me think about the groups that I am a fan of. Are they happy with what they have right now? Are they being treated fairly by the talent agencies that manage them? All these questions kept running inside my head for a long time.
Fortunately, the lawsuit ended with both parties mutually agreeing that they would cut all ties with each other and would mind their own businesses. Although it was sad that the group has split up, fans are still happy that TVXQ will still be continuing with the remaining two members. Honestly, that’s better than nothing. But again, I’m really wishing that everyone would just find peace in their hearts and TVXQ will reunite and promote as five members in the future.