Hi, guys! Welcome back to my post! So, for this time, I want to share about my 5 favorite idols that underrated either in International or in South Korean or maybe both of them. As we know that South Korean has so many trainees and a few of them that got debut. But, that doesn’t mean if their life will be okay after debut. No, of course it’s not like that. They still face the hardship for their career because they have so many rivals to be successful. For example, NU’EST. NU’EST was considered as a failed idol in the past even though they have great talents. So this is why NU’EST was an underrated idols in the past. But after their hardship and their strategy in Produce 101 Season 2, they are starting to be famous and successful. But it’s not the case for the rest of them. So many idols that debut, face so many hardships but they still can’t be successful.
Sometimes, it’s hard for me to see such a great talents, but I don’t know why they can’t get recognation despite their hard work and skills. Such a shame, don’t you think? So, that’s why I choose to post something about this. I really hope, they become more famous and get appropriate recognition from public. Even if I know that South Korean has soooo many underrated idols, finally I can choose 5 of them that I like sooo much and I really hope and support them to reach their dreams and they can walk on the flowery path. I know that there are so many great idols beside this 5 idols, but in the end I should say that 5 of them are my favorite. So, as always, let’s start from number 5!
As we know that this group has been disbanded and they has released their last comeback and I ever post about that here. Actually, Uni.T formed based on winners of the survival show The Unit. The Unit was aiming to rebooting idols that underrated. I mentioned about The Unit too on my post here. So, the winner from girl side become Uni.T and from the man side become UNB. But I won’t explain about that here.
This group is consist by 9 members that has been debuted from more than 3 years but didn’t success or forgotten by people. So, this is a quick profile from the members:
1. Woohee (Member of Dal Shabet)
She is the leader of Uni.T and member of Dal Shabet. She participated as The Unit’s contestant because we know that Dal Shabet didn’t do that great. She has the position as main rapper, main dancer, and lead vocalist in Uni.T. Such a multi-talented person, right?
2. Jiwon (former member of SPICA)
When the first time Jiwon appeared in The Unit, she showed that she has great and stable voice. I think that’s why Jiwon had stable ranking in The Unit. From the start, she always ranked in the debut line up. Actually, Jiwon is a former member of Five Girls (consists of G.Na, Uee – former member of After School, Yubin – former member of Wonder Girls, and Hyosung – former member of Secret) but the group got disbanded because of financial issues. After that, she was in the pre debut line up of T-ara, but in the end she parted her ways from the group. In the end, she debuted with SPICA but in the end SPICA got disbanded too. It’s such a shame actually, because SPICA was considered as a famous group in the past. But because of SPICA’s disbandment, Jiwon became forgetten by people even though she has great voice.
3. Yoonjo (former member of Hello Venus)
Yoonjo is a former member of Hello Venus. Actually, Hello Venus was considered as popular group too in the past. But after they got disbanded, the former members become forgotten by people especially Yoonjo because she has nowhere to go. She has position as a vocalist in Uni.T. She is a great vocalist and she is in Pledis Entertainment (the same agency as NU’EST and Seventeen).
4. ZN (member of LABOUM)
Beside a member of Uni.T, ZN is a member of Laboum too. But Laboum didn’t do well on the entertainment industry so that was why, ZN chose to join The Unit. After Uni.T, we can say that Laboum condition is doing better than before. But I should say that they are still an underrated group too.
5. N.CA (soloist)
N.CA is a soloist in South Korean. But her career wasn’t well enough for her to be recognized by people even though she has the great and strong voice. She also has the wide range vocal, so that’s why she is one of a great vocalist in South Korean. That was why she decided to join The Unit and in the end she won and debuted as Uni.T. Actually, I like her voice so much so it’s such a shame that people didn’t really pay attention to her talent and skills.
6. Euijin (member of SONAMOO)
To be honest, Euijin is my favorite in Uni.T because I saw her great dancing skills in The Unit. She is one of the best dancer and I really like how she danced too. After Uni.T disbanded, she continue her career with her original group, Sonamoo. Sonamoo is still an underrated group actually, but I really hope the best for them because I know that their skills are great enough to be famous. Honestly, even people recognize her talent because she is the winner of The Unit (1st place) and become Center of Uni.T. So I wonder why she is still an underrated idol.
7. Yebin (member of DIA)
Beside Uni.T, Yebin is a member of DIA. Honestly, DIA didn’t do that great after debut. So that was why Jung Chae Yeon participated in Produce 101 Season 1. After that, Chae Yeon become famous, but it was not the same with DIA as a group. So, Yebin decided to participated in The Unit so DIA become recognized by people. After Yebin become the member of Uni.T, finally people recognize DIA and slowly, DIA has a stable position. For the first time since they debuted, finally DIA can get the first win on The Show (SBS). So, we can say finally DIA got place in South Korean. Yebin is a great dancer too, you can see on Weekly Idol when DIA and Uni.T became the guests and Yebin did the double mission because she is a member of DIA and Uni.T. When Roller Coaster Dance and 2x speed Dance, we can see how Yebin nailed it despited her fatigue because she danced 4 times in the different group because of that.
8. Hyunjoo (former member of APRIL)
What do you think when you see her? Cute, right? She is not only cute, but beautiful too I think. She is a former member of APRIL. She is removed from APRIL because of her health issue which is unfair for her. That was why she participated in The Unit because she wanted the 2nd chance for her to be debuted as an idol. She was in charge of cuteness in Uni.T.
9. Lee Suji (former member of The Ark and Real Girls Project)
She is a former member of The Ark. After The Ark got disbanded, she become actress but her passion is on the stage. So that was why she decided to join The Unit, to find the 2nd chance for her to perform on the stage again. Actually, she was in The Unit with Euna Kim, the former member of The Ark too and Euna Kim was always in the debut line up from the start. But in the end, Euna Kim didn’t win but Lee Suji got rank 9, so she can debut as Uni.T.
After anything that they were going through, I can say that it was never easy for them to become idol. But they didn’t give up and still tried so hard to achieve their dreams. So, it’s kinda sad to see that Uni.T didn’t get the expectation as a group from survival show despite their great talents. They were an underrated idol, so I think that’s why Uni.T disbanded after released just 2 albums for their career. As a proof, we can see their views on Youtube.
After 5 months (as of November 2018), Uni.T’s view on Youtube just 2,2 million views. If we compare to the other groups, for 5 months and the view just 2,2 million, it’s not considered as a great view. So this is a proof that they were an underrated group.
4. N. Flying
N.Flying is a band under FNC Entertainment. Such a big company, right? But are they success enough? Well… Not really. They are really underrated band even tough they have been debuted since 2013 and under such a big company. All of them are good looking and have their own talent, they have great songs too. So that’s why I wonder why they are an underrated group when they have great skills. Let’s see their short profile.
Seunghyub is a leader of N.Flying. Honestly, I like his rap more than his singing. He is really cool when he raps. In the past, he was the vocalist for this band. But, after Hweeseung joins N.Flying, he become focused more on his rap. I think, his rap’s skill can make it to Show Me The Money. So that’s why I wonder why he is an underrated even though his skill is so great. He is good looking too, right? And don’t forget the fact that he was starring in some of web dramas too. So multi talented.
Kwangjin is a bassist for N.Flying. Do you remember his face? Because he is a former member of CN Blue too. Before he debut in N.Flying, he debuted in CN Blue as a bassist. But in the end, he left CN Blue and Jung Shin changes his position as a bassist until now. He ever said that he has different style with CN Blue, so that was why he left CN Blue. After he debut with N.Flying, I think it suits his style more than CN Blue. Oh, fun fact about him. He is a 10 years trainee before he debuted with N.Flying. So, yeah. He really has the great skill. He is the most popular member too in N.Flying. Maybe, because he debuted first before the other members.
Hun is a guitarist for N.Flying and he has a great skill as a guitarist. To be honest, he has handsome face too, right? So that’s why he has so many fans among female idols. Wow… People always see that guitarist has a cool image and I think that you can expect that from Hun, because he has serious personality and hate to do aegyo. So yeah, he should be popular enough right?
Jaehyun is a drummer for N.Flying. Before his debut with N.Flying, he almost become a member of CN Blue. I remember when I saw Youtube and Kang Minhyuk CN Blue ever said that he was in a slump and he almost got changed as CN Blue’s drummer. I think at that time, he referred to Jaehyun (I know that, because I like Kang Minhyuk soooo much). In the end, he debut with N.Flying as a drummer after 9 years of training. Amazing, right? His drumming skill is so good. When you see on N.Flying’s Vlive, you can see that he has funny personality and kind of mood maker between the members. That’s why I really want N.Flying get enough recognition. Fun fact about him, he is Rainbow’s Jaekyung younger brother!
Hweeseung is main vocalist of N.Flying and the last member to join! I love his voice soooo much because his voice is soo amazing! But, do you recognize his face? Yup, he was a contestant of Produce 101 Season 2. After he got eliminated, FNC introduced him as a new member of N.Flying in 2017. So, his debut is with N.Flying. Like I said before, he is such a great vocalist. If you don’t believe me, you can watch King of Masked Singer ep 147 and 148, so you can hear his voice’s quality. He has collaboration with Lee Hong Ki (FT Island) titled ‘Still Love You’ and he nailed 5 oktaves in that song. Are you curious? You can watch it here. After that, he has his solo titled ‘Expectation’ and of course he nailed the high note beautifully. You can watch it here. I just love his voice so much. Such a shame he got eliminated in Produce 101 Season 2 so fast when he has such a wonderful voice and wide range vocal. Even though he has beautiful smile, I wonder why he doesn’t that success because he deserves more than that.
So this is it about N. Flying. I’m always asking to myself why they can’t be successful enough even though they have such a great skills and talents. They have handsome face and beautiful smile too. So why?
As we can see here, when Hweeseung debuted with N.Flying for the first time which is a year ago, the Youtube’s view just 2,5 million views. Considering the MV is 1 year old, the views are not that great. Yeah, it surpasses a million, but when you compare it to other band, N.Flying is really an underrated group. Ah, for your information, N.Flying just comeback with ‘Like A Flower’. So, please watch their comeback so they can get great views in Youtube because it has been 2 weeks since the song released when I write this post, but their MV’s views are still 243K (so sad, right? T__T). You can watch their new comeback here. And please click the like button too! I hope the best for them! N.Flying hwaiting!!!
UNB is created through the winner of The Unit Survival Show. If Uni.T is the winner from the girl side, then UNB is the winner from boy side. So we can say that UNB is like a brother group from Uni.T. But I think the popularity of UNB is better than Uni.T. Honestly speaking, actually UNB consists of dancer and rapper. So that was why, when the first time UNB debut, UNB got so many critisim. Netizen said that they can’t do anything as idol, because they just know how to dance and rap. But in the end, they proved to people that they are more than that. They can sing and of course their dance is the best. I think, this group has one of the best choreography besides other groups. So, let’s see the members short profile!
1. Feeldog (member of BIGSTAR)
Feeldog is the leader of UNB and member of BIGSTAR. Just for your information, BIGSTAR is under Brave Entertainment, but even though they are under Brave Entertainment, but they didn’t have enough popularity. That was why Feeldog decided to join The Unit. He is one of the best dancer in The Unit and UNB. I really like his dance and it’s such a shame that he doesn’t get the popularity he deserves. He is a songwriter too. So, can you imagine his talent? He is so talented and good looking too. So why can’t he get the attention? After UNB promotion, I think he just focus on art. You can see that through his instagram, because he posted about it a lot. I don’t know why he doesn’t do comeback with BIGSTAR.
2. Euijin (member of BIGFLO)
Eujin is one of the best dancer too in The Unit along with Feeldog. His speciality is popping. So that’s why I’m so happy that Euijin and Feeldog in the same group. When they just dance together, I get the goosebumps because of their great dance. They can adjust their dance for each other. Their talents are so great. If you want to see his great skill of dancing, you can see The Dance War in 1TheK channel in Youtube or you can click here. He is one of the contestant in The Dance War along with other idols too. I really recommend that show. To be honest, I really like his smile. For me, he has beautiful smile but how about you? Do you like him too? When UNB was in promotion with Black Heart, he did comeback with BIGFLO and I really like his dance and the song. Actually, Euijin position in BIGFLO is rapper, but beacuse UNB is lack of vocalist, in the end Euijin become the vocalist in UNB. So it shows Euijin’s talent, right? He can dance, he can rap, and he can sing. So, I wonder why BIGFLO become underrated idol too, because they are so great. You can watch BIGFLO’s comeback here. Even after Euijin debut with UNB, BIGFLO still become underrated idol and I can’t understand why. The moment I write this post, their MV’s views are just 1 million after 2 months. So why???
3. Daewon (former member of Madtown)
Daewon is a former member of Madtown. In The Unit, Daewon confirmed that Madtown has been disbanded after Madtown’s contract was sold to GNI Entertainment. So in the end, Daewon doesn’t have any groups beside UNB. Daewon is a great dancer too. He can do acrobatic dance too and he is a songwriter too. Honestly speaking, he is a complete package. He can sing, he can dance, and he can compose the music too. Almost all of songs in UNB’s album are written by Daewon. So can you imagine how lucky UNB to have him. That’s why I wonder why he doesn’t get enough popularity despite his great talent.
4. Marco (member of Hot Young Blood – HBY)
Marco is a member of Hot Young Blood or maybe people more familiar with HBY. He is debuted in 2017 as HBY but the debut didn’t success as expected. So that was why Marco decided to join The Unit. He is a great rapper and has the great skills in entertainment industry. His dream actually to become the comedian, but he failed on audition. If you pay attention to UNB, you can see that Marco is one of the UNB’s mood maker. He is so bright and funny. He is famous for his 3 level smiling. So funny to see him. After UNB’s promotion with Black Heart got ended, I don’t know why he doesn’t do comeback with his group. But I hope the best for him.
5. Hojung (member of HOTSHOT)
Hojung is a member of HOTSHOT too and he has unique voice when he is singing. Actually, I will explain about him in the section of HOTSHOT, because HOTSHOT is one of my favorite too. So maybe, after this I will explain more about him. Let’s stay tune! But a quick explanation for UNB, he joins UNB with Timoteo (member of HOTSHOT too) and they received super boots. So that means if people recognize their talent too. So why does he become underrated idol? It’s a mystery too for me. The one that I regretted the most is Hojung always keeps silent in UNB. He doesn’t talk much and he doesn’t show his speciality much even though he always follows all of UNB’s schedule. He has so little parts in UNB considering the other members. So sad to me actually. I hope he stands out more wherever he is.
6. Hansol (member of NewKidd)
Before Hansol debuted with NewKidd, Hansol was introduced as SM Rookies. So yeah, Hansol is former trainee of SM Entertainment. No wonder he is so handsome, right? He is a great dancer and almost debuted as NCT too. But in the end, he left SM Entertainment and debut as NewKidd. Maybe because he has the same fate as Timoteo (member of HOTSHOT) so he becomes close to Timoteo. You can see their friendship during The Unit. But I will explain about Timoteo later. So, when Hansol promoted with UNB for Black Heart, Hansol got injury because of their tight choreography. After that, he did comeback as NewKidd for Shooting Star. But even though people have familiar with him, it doesn’t mean his comeback will be a hit. Otherwise, NewKidd comeback was not successful. The moment I write about this post, their MV just hit for 195K views, even though their MV has been released for 3 months? Are you curious about their MV? Well, let’s see here. So, he has handsome face, he has great skill in dancing, he has been introduced as SM Rookies too. So why can’t he become a hit? I don’t even know why. But I feel so sad of him. He deserves much better.
7. Jun (member of U-Kiss)
Honestly, U-Kiss is a senior idol group, because U-Kiss is debuted in 2008. U-Kiss was a successful idol group too. But in U-Kiss career has so many member changes and Jun is the last one to join. It didn’t need a long time after Jun joined U-Kiss, then U-Kiss got hiatus. So that was why he decided to participate in The Unit, even though he is the most popular person in The Unit, because he becomes an actor too. When Jun is debuted in UNB, Jun still participated in a drama too. No wonder he become the winner of The Unit and become center of UNB. When UNB was promoting Black Heart, Jun did the comeback with U-Kiss in Japan and did Live Tour too. So that was why, Jun couldn’t participate in all of UNB’s schedule during Black Heart promotion. But honestly speaking, after U-Kiss hardships, the reaction is not that great. So it’s kind of shame for U-Kiss because they have long career but can’t maintain the popularity. Hope the best for U-Kiss too! Actually, Jun is a rapper and dancer too like Euijin. But because UNB is lack of vocalist, in the end Jun become a vocalist in UNB. So it proves his skills and talents right? He really deserves better, don’t you think?
8. Chan (member of A.C.E)
Chan is a member of A.C.E. After A.C.E made the official debut, A.C.E got so many negative comments about their debut because of their hot pants, even though to be honest their song is really good. You should hear it! A.C.E’s debut titled is ‘Cactus’. Because their debut didn’t do well, so in the end Chan and Jun (member of A.C.E too) joined The Unit for the second chance. The other members are Wow, Donghun, and Byeongkwan were participated in Mix Nine. Byeongkwan dan Donghun got the debut line up, but because of YG canceled Mix Nine’s debut, so in the end they didn’t do re-debut and just comeback to A.C.E. All of A.C.E’s members got the praise from jury from both of The Unit and Mix Nine. So I can’t understand why A.C.E doesn’t make it in K-POP industry. Chan is in the charge of dancer. But he has a great voice and he can hit high note too. So multi talented. If you watch Cactus MV, you can see their tight choreography and they nailed it. So why should people just focus to their hotpants after all? When Chan was promoting with UNB and Mix Nine’s debut got canceled, in the end A.C.E decided to do comeback without Chan because of the schedule. They did comeback with ‘Take Me Higher’. After their comeback, A.C.E’s condition get better I think, but considering their talent, I want to say that they are still an underrated group. We can see for the Take Me Higher MV’s views on Youtube. It’s been 5 months, but the views just 2,6 million when I write this post. It’s kinda low if you compare to the other groups, right? So yeah, I really hope the best for A.C.E (include Chan of course).
9. Kijoong (member of IM)
Kijoong is the maknae of UNB. So many people said that he looks similar to Jeong Sewoon and he admits it. He has great voice and a great dancer too. In the past, Kijoong got famous because of his high note. But because of puberty, he can’t do the high note anymore and it frustrated him. But in the end, he embraced his flaw and finds his own colour. He is a member of IM too. A group consists of 4 members. They just debut in 2017 and hasn’t been comeback ever since. Actually, so many people considered it was a failed debut because even after a year, they have low views on Youtube. When I write this post, their debut MV titled Sad Story just reach 308K views. So sad, right? A rumour said that they will comeback with 10 members, so maybe it’s still in the preparation for them. Hope they can get the sweet taste in K-POP industry.
So this is the short profile for UNB’s members. All of them are talented. So I don’t quite understand why they become underrated idols, both in their original group and in UNB. Even though UNB’s popularity is slightly better than Uni.T, but I think they are still considered as underrated idol group. Why? Well, let’s see their views on Youtube.
UNB’s debut titled is Feeling and just reach 2,9 millions views on Youtube after 7 months and their latest comeback ‘Black Heart’ just reach 2,4 millions views on Youtube after 4 months. Considered their hard choreography and the great music, that views on Youtube is really low. They didn’t win anything at all during their promotion. So it’s kinda sad to see their hardships, right? Well, at least they won an award from 2018 Soribada Awards, so I really hope they can get a better recognition from people. I really love UNB so much! UNB Hwaiting!!!!
Like I said before, I will explain about Hojung and Timoteo of Hotshot further next. So here it is about HOTSHOT because HOTSHOT is my favorite too! Hotshot is debuted in 2014 under Star Crew Entertainment (before, it was K.O Sound and Ador & Able). Even after they debuted in years, they couldn’t get enough recognition in K-POP Industry. Even though all of the members are talented, they were underrated idol group. I wonder why exactly and I hope their comeback this time will work for them. So, let’s take a quick profile for the members.
Junhyuk is the leader of HOTSHOT and he is the songwriter and composer of HOTSHOT. Seriously, HOTSHOT’s songs are sooo great and it’s his work. So… yeah, you can imagine if he has the great talent! He is a former trainee of SM Entertainment. So can you imagine how great he is? He is a great vocalist, so that’s why he is the main vocalist of HOTSHOT. He can hit high note too. So you really need to pay attention to him! This is his quality, so why can’t everything work for him despite his hard working?
Timoteo is a lead dancer of HOTSHOT. He proved his dance in The Unit and you can see his talent there. Timoteo is a former trainee of SM Entertainment. Actually, he almost debuted with EXO. But, because EXO’s debut wasn’t certain, so in the end he left SM Entertainment. I think this is why he get along so well with Hansol, because they have the same fate after all. His friendship with Taemin (Shinee), Kai (EXO), Jimin (BTS), Ravi (VIXX), and Sungwoon (HOTSHOT and Wanna One) become famous and known as Taemin’s Squad. He joined The Unit Survival Show with Hojung and both of them got super bot. That means their skills got approved by audience, so I wonder why HOTSHOT become underrated idol groups. It’s just so sad. Actually, from the first episode, Timoteo was always in the Top 5. But in the final vote, Timoteo got eliminated and can’t be debuted as UNB. At that time, Hojung and Hansol cried for him so hard. So it was kinda sad to watch. After everything he was going through, I really hope he get the best considering his talent.
3. Taehyun / Kid Monster
When the first time Roh Taehyun debuted with HOTSHOT, his stage name was Kid Monster. But in the end, he changes his stage name to his real name, Roh Taehyun. Due to HOTSHOT’s lack of popularity, Taehyun and Sungwoon decided to join Produce 101 Season 2. He got into A class, because of his krumping. Actually, he is one of the best dancer in Produce 101 Season 2. Unfortunately, he was eliminated in ep 10. So many people dissapointed of the result, because they feel that Taehyun is so talented. In the end, fans demanded to create a group that consists Taehyun, Kim Yongguk / Jin Longguo, Takada Kenta (member of JBJ95), Kim Sanggyun (former member of Topp Dogg and member of JBJ95), Kwon Hyunbin, Kim Donghan, and Kim Taedong. After so many discussions, it was decided that Taehyun, Yongguk, Kenta, Sanggyun, Hyunbin, and Donghan will be a temporary group named JBJ (Just to be Joyful). Taedong couldn’t join because of problem with his agency. JBJ became a hit and they got so many recognitions from fans. In this matter, JBJ is not underrated idol group (I still refer it in the present, because people still look up JBJ no matter what). But after their contract met the end, because of one thing and another, they didn’t extend the contract and JBJ is disbanded in April 2018. After that, Taehyun is back with HOTSHOT and is preparing for HOTSHOT’s comeback. Actually, Taehyun is a rapper in HOTSHOT, but he is a vocalist in JBJ. So it proves that Taehyun has so great talents. He can dance, sing, rap, and compose the music too. He was a songwriter in JBJ and he writes Jelly for HOTSHOT. He is a complete package, right? Well, of course! He is a former trainee of YG. So it’s kinda sad to see if he become underrated idol after he is back with HOTSHOT because he deserves much better.
Yoonsan is the main rapper of HOTSHOT. He has a great skill of rapping. He lives in France for 8 years. When he was in Korean and just ate in a cafe, suddenly he got street casting and in the end he debuted with HOTSHOT. He has adorable looks and nowadays, he is active in variety shows. So I really hope he can get more recognation after what he was going through.
Hojung is a vocalist in HOTSHOT, a maknae and he is a great dancer. Due to HOTSHOT’s lack of popularity, Hojung and Timoteo joined The Unit. Despite his quite and ambitious image of him, he got 3rd place in the final vote and got debuted with UNB. After UNB’s promotion for Black Heart met the end, he decided to do comeback with HOTSHOT and prepared for the comeback soon. Hojung is famous for his body. He is a body builder and he participated in Musclemania competition and won an award too. Feeldog ever said that Hojung has a lot of aegyo, but funnily, he can’t show it when there is a camera. So he always get the quiet vibe. He doesn’t talk much in front of camera, so it’s kind a shame to see the quiet side of him.
The last but not least is Ha Sungwoon. I know that so many people know him. But do you know that originally, he is a member of HOTSHOT? Due to HOTSHOT’s lack of popularity, Sungwoon and Taehyun joined Produce 101 Season 2. Taehyun got eliminated, but in the final vote, Sungwoon got 11th rank. So he can debut with Wanna One for a while and temporarily inactive with HOTSHOT. He is a main vocalist both in Wanna One and HOTSHOT. He is a great dancer too, you can see his dancing in Produce 101 Season 2 and in Wanna One too. He is a former trainee in JYP and the funny things, he made it to JYP because of his dancing even though he has amazing voice. He can hit high note and he has unique voice. He is famous as a member of Taemin’s Squad together with Timoteo too. His fans know that he is sociable and he has so many friends, especially with the idols, even the members of Wanna One got fascinating about his connection. I really hope after Sungwoon be back to HOTSHOT, HOTSHOT won’t be an underrated idol group anymore.
So, as I said before that HOTSHOT didn’t do great when the debut for the first time. After that, Taehyun and Sungwoon joined Produce 101 Season 2. They got so much attention from National Producer. Unfortunately, Taehyun couldn’t make it and he was back to HOTSHOT while Sungwoon became a winner and got debut with Wanna One until now. After that, Taehyun was back to HOTSHOT and they did comeback with Jelly without Sungwoon. It was getting better for HOTSHOT, but it was not as they expected. They never won at music shows and let’s see their Youtube’s views:
It’s been a year and the views just 3,3 millions views. If we compare it to NU’EST, it’s been a year too for ‘Where You At’ but the MV views reach until 10 millions views. So different, right? That was why, Taehyun decided to join JBJ. After Taehyun joined JBJ, Timoteo and Hojung decided to join The Unit, because they couldn’t be back without Taehyun and Sungwoon. In the end, Timoteo got eliminated even if he was always got high ranking and Hojung was in the 3rd place and re-debut with UNB. After JBJ is disbanded, Taehyun is back to HOTSHOT and they are preparing their comeback. Not too long, Hojung has finished his promotion with UNB ‘Black Heart’ and decides to do comeback with HOTSHOT. So in the end, HOTSHOT will be back without Sungwoon again. Their comeback was scheduled on October 2018 at first, but because of they decided to change the title song and the choreography, their comeback is delayed until 15th November 2018. This time, HOTSHOT will be back with Early Flowering album. I heard about their highlight medley for this album and it’s soooo great! I really like this album and I think it will be the best album of HOTSHOT. Have you heard it? You can hear it here. After all of the hardships that they were going through, I really hope they will have a successful comeback and get the recognition as they deserve. Please support HOTSHOT from now on! They got approval from jury and from audience before (both in Produce 101 and The Unit) so I know that they are high quality idol and don’t forget about their good looking face too! HOTSHOT fighting!
Edit: The song is out! You can hear HOTSHOT’s comeback here. All of songs are great and feel different with their song before! You need to listen their comeback! Junhyuk as the composer did a really good job! And don’t forget about his high note! So great!!!!
Actually, the reason I choose this group because I can’t decide between MXM and Jeong Sewoon. Suddenly, I got an idea. They are in the same group, YDPP. So I’ll just mention them in this group. Hahaha. YDPP is an abbrevation for Youth, Dream, Passion, and Purity. Yeah, I know that YDPP is a temporary idol group and a collaboration between Brand New Music, Starship Entertainment, and Pepsi. So I think they just debut with a song, Love It Live It. Even though YDPP consists of MXM, Jeong Sewoon, and Lee Gwanghyun but I think they don’t get what they deserve. They deserve more than that based on their talent. So let’s start with short profile of them!
So, let me explain about MXM first. MXM is actually a sub unit of Brand New Boys and they debuted in 2017. Actually, Brand New Music has plan for them to become idol and the members will be Youngmin, Donghyun, Daehwi (Wanna One), and Woojin (Wanna One). I think, after Wanna One disbands, Daehwi and Woojin will debut with them. Actually, they have confirmed that they will be in the same group with Daehwin and Woojin but they never said when will it be. But let’s save it for another time. MXM actually appeared on Produce 101 Season 2 as contestants along with Daehwi and Woojin too. So actually we can say that they have their own fans and their own market. Well, then they are not underrated idol group then? Well, let’s see!
Youngmin is the oldest member of MXM, Brand New Boys, and YDPP. He is a rapper and he can write his own rap lyrics. So talented, right? He is a former trainee of JYP Entertainment. He joined Produce 101 Season 2 as a contestant and after re-evaluate Nayana’s song, he can be in A class. So, we can say that he got some skills and he showed it! He made it to the final round. But unfortunately, he didn’t make it to debut line up with Wanna One. During his time in Produce 101 Season 2, he got the nickname. His nickname is Alpaca. After he got eliminated in Produce 101 Season 2, he’s back in his agency and debut as MXM.
Donghyun is a vocalist in MXM and he has skill to compose the songs. So we can say that Youngmin and Donghyun complement each other as a team. Youngmin can do the rap and write the rap lyrics, while Youngmin can sing and compose the songs. Actually, Donghyun is a former trainee of JYP Entertainment. So I think all of Brand New Boys are former trainee of JYP Entertainment. No wonder why they are so close to each other. Donghyun is famous for his selca too. His fans know that he is really good at taking selca. He was a contestant of Produce 101 Season 2 too along with Youngmin, Sewoon, and Gwanghyun (YDPP Members), but in the end he eliminated in ep. 10. So close to final round.
So, if the MXM’s members were in high ranking and got so close to debut line up, doesn’t it mean that they are famous enough? Well, actually I think MXM is popular enough in South Korean and they have their own fanbase. But I don’t think they are popular enough internationally. Let’s see the proof.
Do you see the comparison? They debuted with I’m The One a year ago and the views on Youtube just 3,2 millions views. Then, they did comeback with Diamond Girl in 10 months ago and the views on Youtube dropped dramatically, become 1,6 million views. See what I mean? MXM’s members such a great idol. They can dance, sing, their songs are great, they can compose the songs too. Their dance are always on point. If we see their comeback titled ‘Ya Ya Ya’, we can see that they have such a tight choreography. So why can’t they get what they deserve? MXM has latest comeback titled ‘Knock Knock (TAK Remix)’. It’s been 3 days since I write this post and their views on Youtube just 415K. If you are curious about their latest comeback, you can click it here. In their latest comeback, Youngmin and Donghyun exchange the part. So Youngmin is singing and Donghyun is rapping. Do you know what? They nailed it! So yeah, they have so great talent and skills. Please appreciate them more!
It’s done with MXM. So let’s talk about members of YDPP from Starship Entertainment. Let’s start!
Gwanghyun is the only one of member YDPP that doesn’t have his own debut. He is in charge of rapping and he likes to write his own rap lyrics. So I don’t quiet understand why he doesn’t get his own debut. He joined Produce 101 Season 2 too, but he got eliminated in ep. 8. But even though he doesn’t have his own debut, but he can adjust himself in YDPP and he can prove to people that he is actually ready to debut. Hope the best for him!
4. Jeong Sewoon
And here he is! My favorite singer, Jeong Sewoon! Jeong Sewoon is a singer and songwriter too. He is debuted as a soloist and I think it’s better for him to debut as a soloist. Actually, he joined Produce 101 Season 2 and he got close with Youngmin and Donghyun during the competition. Unfortunately, he got eliminated in the last episode. In Produce 101 Season 2, debut line up are from rank 1 until 11, but Sewoon just got rank 12. Such a close difference, don’t you think? But it means that people recognize his talent too. Actually, I think Jeong Sewoon’s popularity in South Korean is great. But it’s not the case internationally. If you search about his variety show, just a little of his variety show that got subbed and if you search his fanbase on Instagram, so many of his fanbase become inactive. I don’t know why, but I think he deserves better than that. Before he joined in Produce 101 Season 2, he was a contestant in Kpop Star 3 and he made it to the Top 10 as ‘Something’ group with Kim Ahyeon. They were great with guitar and composed the song. Honestly, in my opinion, his latest single titled ’20 Something’ reminds me of his time in Kpop Star 3. You should watch his competition there. Sewoon writes the lyrics of 20 Something and I think that song is sooo great. Unfortunately, that MV doesn’t have so many views on Youtube.
Don’t you feel sad when you know that there is someone who is so talented but everything just doesn’t work for him? That’s what I feel. Even though Sewoon is a soloist, but we can see that he can dance well too in YDPP. So yeah, he is a complete package for me. His nickname is Ponyo and all of his fans know that even though he is famous for his calmness and composed characteristic, but he isn’t that calm. Sometimes he is clumsy and I find it as his charms. He has 2 guitars named Pudding and Bread. Cute, right? So, despite his many charms, why does he have so little fans? I’m so sad… Now, he is famous for singing to korean drama’s soundtrack. Please keep supporting him!
So, even though the members of YDPP have their own market, fans, and popularity. But YDPP is still an underrated idol. Why? Let’s see.
It has been 7 months since they released the single, but the views just reach 596K, even though the group consists of MXM, Jeong Sewoon, and Gwanghyun. All of them have their own fans but that didn’t work on them. It proves that they are underrated idol group and I really hope all of them get what they deserve. Really. I hope the best for them.
So, here it is my 5 favorite underrated idols, I really hope you read until the end and please click all of links that I placed in this post, because I hope they have more viewers, at least on Youtube and of course I hope they don’t have to be underrated idols anymore. Thank you for staying with me and Happy Reading!