Minju: From missing member BABYMONSTER to "ace" ILLIT, living doll visual

Uyển ĐìnhApr 09, 2024 at 16:59

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Minju used to intern under YG Entertainment and was a member of the group BABYMONSTER. However, he later moved on to become an idol trainee at Belift Lab and debuted with the ILLIT members.

The next group of female rookies from the HYBE house has officially debuted as ILLIT. The group "debuted" the audience with their debut mini album SUPER REAL ME and the title song Magnetic.

This is a g.irl group recruited from JTBC's survival reality show R U Next? in 2023. After 10 episodes aired, 5 female trainees were selected for ILLIT's official lineup: Iroha (Japan, 2008), Wonhee (Korea, 2007), Moka (Japan, 2004), Minju (Korea, 2004) and Yunah (Korea, 2004).

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As the next rookie from HYBE, ILLIT quickly received great public attention. In particular, the group is also put on the "scale" compared to NewJeans by many similarities between the two g.irl groups such as the number of members, catchy music, animation or concept , dreaming.

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The group name ILLIT comes from the phrase "I Will Be It". It demonstrates the self-determined and ambitious attitude of the group (I will) and their unique identity (It). The name also implies that the group can transform into anything depending on the verb inserted between the two words. The group name ILLIT comes from the phrase "I Will Be It". It demonstrates the self-determined and ambitious attitude of the group (I will) and their unique identity (It). The name also implies that the group can transform into anything depending on the verb inserted between the two words.

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Among the 5 rookies, member Minju is currently receiving a lot of attention in Korea because he is likened to a "living doll". Minju started pursuing the path of becoming a K-pop idol at the age of 15. What is your total time as a trainee as of joining R U Next? is 5 years and 4 months. Minju used to intern under YG Entertainment and was a member of the group project BABYMONSTER and has a close relationship with the group.

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In 2021, Minju left YG and moved to Belift Lab, continuing to work as an idol trainee. She trained and was oriented to become a vocalist member of the group. In addition to singing, Minju also has the ability to play musical instruments, namely the violin.

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In 2023, Minju is one of the Belift Lab trainees participating in R U Next?. From the very beginning, Minju was evaluated as a potential contestant for the final debut position. She had great promotions in the competition when she was only placed in the mid (average) rank in episode 2 but rose to 3rd place in episode 8 and reached the highest ranking in the semi-finals.

As a result, Minju ranked 3rd and was selected to the debut lineup of ILLIT thanks to PD's vote. Although not officially announced, with the most singing time in the debut album, the audience predicted Minju to take on the role of lead vocalist for ILLIT.

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The appearance of the female idol has an innocent, lovely and pure Korean taste. Minju's small but bulky face and big eyes bear many similarities to "first gen 4" Sullyoon (NMIXX). In some moments, Minju's gaze and smile also remind her seniors.

Minju is put on the scale with Sullyoon because of the similarity in appearance. With HYBE's backing, people are looking forward to the explosive debut of I'LL IT, through which, Minju's visual is also soon famous so as not to fall into a "flop" situation.

Many people believe that member Minju is likely to become an "ace" because she appeared in the promotional video for ILLIT's debut product in early March. On several forums, netizens have hotly discussed the position and predicted the role would be played by either Minju or Wonhee.

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ILLIT and his agency featured Minju in the promotional video for "Super Real Me". In this clip, Minju solves a crossword puzzle to r.eveal fascinating details about her favorite things. From her familiar dish to her favorite season. Through the video, fans get to know more about one of the prominent members of ILLIT.

The inclusion of Minju in the promotional video for the group's debut product shows that the idol's attraction is not small. She is quite popular with fans thanks to possessing a pure, sweet beauty. Minju's photos when posted on social media always receive huge interaction from the audience. In addition, in addition to his appearance, Minju was also praised for his vocals. In some behind-the-scenes videos, Minju is praised for having an attractive, resonant voice and full of the qualities of a famous star in the future.

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The group's debut title song titled Magnetic was positively received by Korean and international audiences. Since the release of the teaser, the song has become viral on the Tiktok platform in many countries because of its sweet, catchy melody.

ILLIT's digital music achievements are also extremely impressive for a rookie group. On the very first day of their debut, the group entered the global Spotify charts. On the Spotify chart in South Korea, all 4 songs from the Super Real Me album are in the top 10.

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ILLIT is still considered a "dinosaur rookie" when collecting desirable achievements in the early days of its launch. Many comments also said that the sweet concept is not really suitable for members in their 20s. Therefore, the group is anticipated to change to a more mature style soon in the near future. In addition, many fans also want ILLIT to try their hand at many different concepts and music genres to get rid of the label "NewJeans sister".

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