101 Facts You Need To Know About Produce 101's Wanna One

31 Jul 2017 by Chew Hui Ling

You might’ve heard of Wanna One – y’know, the group known as the male version of I.O.I that’s been making headlines, crashing ticketing servers and smashing album sales these days? The craziest thing is, these boys have yet to even make their debut! Before they officially take over K-pop land come 7 August, we bring you up to speed with the world’s newest boy band obsession with some serious Produce 101 trivia.

Wanna One Energetic
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Here we go!

1. With his charismatic aura and slick moves, should we even be surprised that Daniel acted as Cube chick Seonho’s “sexy appeal teacher” during their ‘Open Up’ days?

Kang Daniel Open Up
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2. Spot Daniel looking all dashing as a backup dancer for FIESTAR’s Cao Lu in this smoldering performance of ‘Invitation’ in 2015. Looks like sexiness is in his blood all along!

3. And of course, God Daniel was the one who choreographed the smokin’ hot dance for ‘Hands On Me’.

4. Daniel: A self-proclaimed feline lover who loves cats so much that he even joined a cat forum.

Kang Daniel Cats

5. Also Daniel: Didn’t know the gender of his own cats and names them “Rooney” and “Peter” when they are actually female… #YouTried

6. The Wanna One centre has a crazy shoulder width of 60cm. We repeat, 60cm.

7. Daniel may look tough as nails and all, but this shoulder gangster’s actually scared of bugs.

8. Kang Daniel was actually born Kang Euigeon – he decided to change his name as people found it hard to pronounce. Even his father couldn’t get it right!

9. During the behind-the-scenes of Wanna One Go’s teaser filming, you can see that Daniel’s close with Seongwoo (OngNiel shippers, where y’all at?), but kinda awkward with Minhyun. Here’s hoping HwangNiel will grow closer with time!

10. Busan lads Daniel and Woojin took part in the same dance competition as BTS’ Jimin back in 2011 (check ’em out in their full fetus glory here).

11. If you ever had an bad day, remember that Woojin ain’t called ‘The Nation’s Dark Past’ for nothing. This video of him singing his heart out to BoA’s ‘Only One’ is merely the tip of the iceberg. Daepyonim must be proud!


12. 11 years old Woojin auditioned for Superstar K and gained attention for his uncanny resemblance to BIGBANG’s T.O.P. 

13. And if it isn’t obvious enough, Woojin is also a huge BIGBANG fan.

14. Known for his reversal charms, Woojin can be all puppy gazes and snaggletoothed smiles but once he gets on stage, watch him transform into a total ladykiller. That legendary ‘Sexy baby oh my lady’ liner gets us every time.

Park Woo Jin Sexy Baby Oh My Lady

15. While practising for the ‘Never’ stage on P101, Woojin was down with shingles and had to be rushed to the emergency room after completing the performance. Nevertheless, kudos to the chap for soldiering on!

16. This talented redhead also got a nod of approval from his I.O.I sunbaenims, with Somi and Sohye choosing Woojin as their pick on P101.

17. One of Woojin’s top five favourite tracks is the Pokémon theme song. No, seriously.

18. Woojin and Daehwi, along with labelmates Youngmin and Donghyun, have signed exclusive contracts with Brand New Music – and it’s confirmed that the four of them will be debuting in a group after Woojin and Daehwi’s Wanna One stint. Fans of the BNM Boys have much to look forward to in 2019!

19. Pre-debut Daehwi and Woojin appeared in the music video for MC Gree’s debut single ‘Dangerous’ in 2016.

20. Daehwi and ex I.O.I member Somi are longtime BFFs, having trained together under JYP Entertainment before the former moved to Brand New Music. Also, can we please take a moment to weep over the hug these cuties shared at the 1:55 mark?

Somi Daehwi

21. Remember the epic performance of ‘Hollywood’ by the Brand New Music foursome during the audition phase in P101? It was produced by Daehwi and choreographed by Woojin. A talented bunch indeed!

22. Daehwi studied in the United States for six years and his English name is David. Well, hello there David Lee!

23. Meet the new hyung collector: Daehwi practically has his fingers wrapped around all his P101 hyungs. Dongho, Jinyoung and now Taehyun, who’s next?

24. Only a handful of P101 trainees did the studio recording of ‘Nayana (Pick Me)’, and Daehwi was one of them. As expected from our ‘Nayana’ centre!

Daehwi Nayana Centre
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25. Daehwi did so well for the recording of ‘Super Hot’ that producer Ryan Jhun said he wanted to write a song for him. Make it happen, producer-nim!

26. Daehwi wrote the song ‘Good Day’ which was included in MXM’s (Youngmin and Donghyun) debut album as a pre-release track.

27. While Minhyun is in Wanna One, his fellow NU’EST members will be promoting under the NU’EST W(aiting for Minhyun) unit till the former returns to the group.

28. Minhyun earned the title of CEO Hwang due to his professional eye for picking the best trainees for the ‘Sorry Sorry’ team in PD101. That was how Justice League was born!


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29. Despite always pushing away Seonho’s never-ending displays of affection, Minhyun is a skinship maniac himself and Minki is his favourite victim.

30. Wonder what is Minhyun’s ideal type? In a hilarious attempt to please fans who have long hair, he has since changed his 2013 ideal type from someone with short hair to “anyone who has a head”. (Hey Seonho, here’s your chance!)

31. Minhyun’s posters were the first to sell out during K-beauty brand, innisfree’s bromide event, proving Hwang Emperor’s immense popularity among K-Wannables.

Minhyun Innisfree
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32. Minhyun has a serious saline allergy, so much so that even his own sweat causes him to break out in rashes. We sure hope he’s fine after filming at the beach with Wanna One…

33. While Minhyun may look all Master Chef-worthy in his individual teaser, the poor lad can’t cook to save his life.

34. There are tons of Internet jokes about Minhyun being a victim of capitalism, as he unabashedly endorses Hite beer despite having zero tolerance to alcohol. Props to the dude though!


35. Apart from alcohol, Minhyun can’t really drink coffee either – and eagle-eyed Wannables spied Jaehwan kindly exchanging drinks with him during the preliminary meeting of Happy Together 3. Aww…

36. Minhyun and Jaehwan might be a pair in Wanna One Go, but these two are opposite sides of a coin – with Minhyun in charge of cleaning up in the dorm and Jaehwan being the dirtiest one!

37. It’s no secret that Jaehwan and Starship trainee Jung Sewoon are best buds, but little did we know that the guitar-lovin’ pair has a senior-junior relationship in the same university.

38. Apart from the guitar, multi-instrumentalist genius Jaehwan is also well-versed in piano, drums and even the flute.

39. Boasting a 3-octave vocal range, there’s no doubt that Jaehwan can belt out a mean tune.

40. Originally a trainee under The Music Works, Jaehwan was selected to be a member of a rock band called Shelrock produced by Baek Ji Young, but debut plans unfortunately fell through.

41. Blonde-haired Jaehwan also made an appearance on female soloist Yang Song E’s music video for her debut single ‘Smiling Goodbye’.

42. Jaehwan was crowned as the winner in an episode of ‘Vocal War: God’s Voice’ last year. Bonus fact: the PD was so fond of him, that he voted for the individual trainee every day during P101.

Jaehwan God's Voice

43. Jaehwan also appeared on Korea’s Got Talent 2 in 2012 where he was dubbed as the “pretty boy with a guitar” who “enchants ladies’ heart”. Go get ‘em, Jaehwan!

44. Prior to joining Maroo Entertainment, Jihoon was a trainee at SM and Fantagio.

45. Having debuted as a child actor, Jihoon has participated in musicals like Peter Pan and The Harmonium in My Memory as well as dramas like Jumong and Iljimae.

46. Jihoon was the kid who had a ‘crying battle’ with BIGBANG – and won over the almighty G-Dragon – on an episode of Idol World 10 years ago. How adorable is lil’ Jihoon with his BB hyungs?

47. Jihoon’s catchphrase “I’ll save you in my heart (nae maeum seoge jeojang)” was derived from a popular ‘heart unlock’ hand gesture from the anime Shugo Chara.

Park Ji Hoon Jeojang
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Heart Unlock Shugo Chara

48. Don’t be fooled by Jihoon’s penchant for aegyo; according to the members, our resident wink boy has quite the masculine personality in real life.

49. Who’d have thought that Jihoon is a fashion terrorist? Well, at least we can all agree that his visuals make up for his lack of sartorial sense, amirite?

50. Back in his P101 days, Jihoon would wear fluorescent shoelaces (the fashion terrorist strikes!) in order to stand out from the rest of the contestants.

Park Ji Hoon Fashion Terrorist

51. To Jihoon, lip balm is life.

52. From a shy boy who always had his head down due to the lack of confidence, to the well-deserved centre of ‘Hands On Me’, Jinyoung has certainly come far.

53. Jinyoung was chosen by vocal trainer Shin Yumi as the trainee who improved the most on an episode of Taxi.

54. Jinyoung is the only 2000-liner among all 101 trainees.

55. Pretty boy Jinyoung was voted as the #2 ‘visual centre’ by the P101 trainees, with Jihoon coming in first.

56. Winkdeep (Jinyoung x Jihoon) may be a popular ship, but Jinhwi (Jinyoung x Daehwi) has been starting to sail. The clingy pair was even spotted rocking couple tees during the filming of Wanna One Go!

57. Jinyoung and Daehwi are also roommates in the Wanna One dorm.

Jinyoung Dehwi Jinhwi
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58. Jinyoung’s head is so small, that 11 of his heads could make up his body proportions (according to Jisung’s oh-so-accurate measurements, that is).

59. Jinyoung is friends with The Vibe Label’s Jaechan as they are classmates from the same school. 


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60. Jinyoung was revealed to be a Pinky fanboy during season one of PD101. A PRSTIN x Wanna One collaboration, anybody?

61. Who knew someone chewing a bubblegum would be such a treat to the eyes? Gaining a new nickname as the bubblegum guy, Sungwoon caught the eyes of even non-fans with his chic appearance in the MV teaser of ‘Energetic’!

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62. Despite being in Wanna One, it’s said that Sungwoon monitors HOTSHOT during his free time and also showed his support for their latest comeback ‘Jelly’.

63. Sungwoon auditioned for JYP Entertainment back in high school along with former I.B.I member Sohee, but failed to make the cut.

64. Everyone’s friends with Sungwoon – SHINee’s Taemin, EXO’s Kai, BTS’ Jimin and VIXX’s Ravi, just to name a few. Now, where can we sign up to be part of this squad?

Hotshot Sungwoon EXO

65. Any Shawols here remember Taemin’s karaoke echo talent? Turns out the original founder was in fact Sungwoon, who imparted the skill to his SHINee bestie.

66. In order to show the best image of himself, Sungwoon dyed his hair to match the ‘Never’ concept and dyed it again when he was transferred to the ‘Showtime’ team. Dedication right there!

67. Sungwoon featured in the music video of Chad Future’s ‘Famous’.

68. Jisung and Sungwoon are paired up (feat Woojin the thirdwheeling son) in Wanna One Go for a reason – after all, they’re the “mother” and “aunt” of the group.

69. Leave it to Jisung omma to wake his kids up every morning. Ah, what will Wanna One do without their leader?

70. Did you know that our meme king Jisung used to be an ulzzang? *Jisung clap*

Jisung Ulzzang

71. After HIM Entertainment’s Park Seung Woo was eliminated, 26-year-old Jisung became the oldest trainee in P101.

72. Among the MMO trainees, Jisung is the only one who doesn’t like to work out.

73. He may the oldest, but Jisung’s a big crybaby. Just look at how he walks like a duckling while bawling his way up on stage upon hearing his placing. Too cute!

Jisung Crying

74. Jisung is the #1 fixed pick of P101 trainees, which includes Youngmin, Seonho and Daniel.

75. Dreams do come true! In the first episode of P101, the MMO trainee jokingly said that he wanted to get a kiss from one of the NU’EST members – fast forward to now, Jisung got his wish

Jisung Minhyun Kiss
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76. Jisung and Seongwoo are the best emcee duo. ‘Nuff said.

Seongwoo Jisung

77. Seongwoo’s expectation: Singer, dancer, actor, visual… what else can this flawless man not do?

78. Seongwoo’s reality: Slate Ong™, Baegopa™, Jeongmal Jeongmal Jinja Daebak Real Heol Wanjeon… basically a living meme.

Seongwoo Baegopa

79. Prior to becoming a trainee, Seongwoo worked part-time as a model for wedding shoots and shopping malls ads.

80. Seongwoo entered Fantagio as an actor trainee and was originally set to debut as part of 5URPRISE U, but he’s always dreamt of being a singer. Look where he’s at now!

81. Seongwoo made a special cameo on 5URPRISE U’s debut web drama Idol Fever along with Fantagio sunbae Seo Kang Joon.

82. Seongwoo’s specialty is the drums. Watch him kill it in this short clip for Art Company Hada.

83. Seongwoo was also one of the few who participated in the studio recording of ‘Nayana’. He went in a team with Hwiseung, Woodam and Dongha.

84. SG Wannable’s Lee Seok Hoon, who took on the role of P101’s vocal trainer, revealed that his wife is a fan of Seongwoo. We’re not surprised, who wouldn’t like such a charmer?

85. Guanlin has a sister and she’s a fan of the ‘Jisung clap’!

86. Nobody in Wanna One is more “rich in pre-debut pictures” than Guanlin. We shall let the infamous collage below do the talking.


87. Guanlin was the captain of the basketball team, and was also the class president back in school.

88. Despite having a good academic record, Guanlin decided to give up on his studies in Taiwan and flew to Korea to pursue his dreams.

89. Guanlin found himself a penpal in order to learn English.

90. Ever since joining Cube Entertainment, Guanlin has been looking up to PENTAGON’s Wooseok as his role model. Swaggy rappers unite!

91. Guanlin and byeongari labelmate Seonho had a period where they became awkward as Cube instructed them to use formal language with each other, but all’s good now and the two chicks are closer than ever.

Guanlin Seonho

92. To Seonho, Guanlin is a “superstar” – and he couldn’t be more right.

93. The average age of Wanna One is 17.6 years old, with leader Jisung and maknae Guanlin being exactly a decade apart.

94. Wanna One members have a diverse selection of surnames: Kang, Park, Lee, Kim, Ong, Lai, Yoon, Hwang, Bae and Ha!

95. Wanna One’s official fandom name, Wannable, was picked by Daehwi.

96. Even before making their official debut, Wanna One has already landed a string of endorsement deals, including innisfree, Lotte, Ivy Club, K-Swiss and more.

97. Not to mention the amount of variety programmes Wanna One members are scheduled to attend, from Happy Together to SNL Korea, The Return of Superman to Weekly Idol


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98. Wanna One’s first reality show Wanna One Go will be airing on 3 August, and will have a total of seven episodes (60 minutes per ep).

99. Wanna One sold out all 20,000 seats for their debut concert Wanna One Premier Show-Con within minutes! It will be held at the Gocheok Sky Dome on 7 August.

100. Wanna One are expected to debut with either ‘Burn It Up’ or ‘Energetic’. Which title track are you rooting for?

101. Wanna One’s set to drop their debut EP 1X1 (TO BE ONE) on 7 August.

Do you have anymore Wanna One facts to share? Drop ’em in the comment section!

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A ragtag team thrown together to battle each other onscreen, clad in skin tight spandex with their faces painted in the best of over the top ‘80s makeup while at it – welcome to Netflix’s latest female-forward Original, the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling (GLOW).

G.L.O.W begins with struggling actress, Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) at an audition. She launches into an impassioned speech about saving her business, fighting for justice, and how she “won’t be bullied into submission”. Finishing her lines, Ruth sniffles and thanks Mallory, the casting director for offering her an opportunity to audition because “there aren’t roles like this for women on television right now”. The camera pans to a visibly unimpressed Mallory, who says drily, “You were reading the man’s part.” Turns out, Ruth was supposed to be auditioning for a secretary role and her actual lines were: “Sorry to interrupt. Your wife is on line 2.” Crestfallen but desperate for the part, Ruth summons what’s left of her pride and repeats it winningly. 

This scene was the first of many jolting realisations that this was how it was like back in 1980s television. Ruth’s secretary would most likely be a one-dimensional role with little to no lines. If she got to speak, it’ll be to inform her male boss that “his wife is on line 2”. And even though the ‘80s saw an increase of realistic female characters onscreen – think The Golden Girls or Roseanne –, it would still be a struggle to find diverse female roles that didn’t lean towards the archaic, sexist and stereotypical. 

As millennials who enjoy binge-watching shows with strong, female characters like Orange is the New Black (OITNB), The Handmaid’s Tale, Jessica Jones and Girls, this reality is hard to fathom. OITNB especially, diverted from the tropes that followed female-centric shows, and was a huge catalyst in paving the way for shows depicting flawed women and the complexities of female friendships. Even better, its popularity revealed a demand and market for shows that flaunted authentic portrayals of women. That’s where Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling comes in.

For the uninitiated, GLOW is based off a popular 1980s all-women wrestling show of the same name. As like its predecessor, 2017’s version embraces every outrageous aspect that follows professional wrestling and its fledgling stars. At its helm are playwrights-turned-TV-writers Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, longtime friends who worked on female-led shows like OITNB and Nurse Jackie. “We wanted to write something together, and we wanted it to be very female-focused,” shares Liv in an interview. Stumbling across a documentary on the women of GLOW, they were instantly hooked. “The challenging thing was just how many characters we wanted to include and making sure we gave them a real voice.”

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Ruth would soon find herself at the life-changing audition for fledgling wrestling promotion Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, after receiving a voicemail from Mallory who informed her that “They’re looking for unconventional women, whatever the h*ll that means.” Stepping into the room, she sees other ‘unconventional’ aspiring actresses of different ethnicities, shapes and sizes, who were too seeking their own spotlight: a tough-as-nails former stuntwoman, fun loving hairstylists, a punk rock teenager and more.

“A place that we started with, was how the idea of wrestling actually made us very uncomfortable.” Carly shares, “We had moments where it felt empowering, and a lot where we questioned the level of exploitation, which was really interesting to us. Honouring the ‘80s [version] while remembering it wasn’t women who were producing/directing the original. But, there is a lot more empowerment there than there is that inherent struggle. It’s important to keep exploring.” She continues, “Part of it was embracing the restrictions of that era and making them part of the story. We are two women who have had it pretty good in television – and looking back and thinking about the limitations on those women in the ‘80s – from our point of view was a challenge but definitely something we wanted to tackle.”

To put it bluntly, those who showed up to the casting call were women who didn’t fit into the ‘1980s television cookie cutter mould. And even in the years leading up to revolutionary shows like OITNB, these everyday, relatable female figures wouldn’t have had a chance to grace our screens either. Fortunately, the television landscape has since evolved into an ever-inclusive one, where women not only ruled on TV, but also behind it – we wouldn’t be able to watch the women of GLOW kick ass onscreen otherwise.

Ruth Wilder And Debbie Eagen In The Ring GLOW

“The first time we saw Alison and Betty in the ring, in costume during the fantasy sequence we were shooting for the pilot, was thrilling. We really hadn’t done any wrestling shots up until that point.” Liz remembers, “Then all of a sudden, we had two leads in the middle of the ring surrounded by 400 extras in period costume… There was smoke, there were lights, it was like we were filming a rock concert! And they came to life in a totally new way; I remember people began to cluster around the monitors and we got to feel for the first time, that we were making something that was bigger than all of us!”

With that being said, the movement to show diverse female-led representation both onscreen and off is gaining momentum in spectacular fashion. But when would it become truly mainstream – where it doesn’t take a woman to understand and champion the power of being female? “We don’t have a crystal ball, but there are positive signs all around us. Including the fact that shows and movies [like Wonder Woman, OITNB and Pitch Perfect] have men writing on them.” Liz concludes, “We can only hope it changes faster rather than slower.”

You can now watch GLOW  Season 1 exclusively on Netflix. 

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On an otherwise dull Thursday mid-week, our day was perked up thanks to pop music’s resident party animal Charli XCX’s new thirst-trap of a music video. Boasting over 60 famous male celebrities – spanning vloggers, boyband members and K-stars – Charli’s unabashed take on the “female gaze” is front and center over a laidback, man-hungry electropop jam. Here’s some of the many cameos to spot in GIF form – don’t blink!

Joe Jonas

Diplo (And Puppies!)

Brendon Urie

Cameron Dallas

Charlie Puth

Sage The Gemini

Tom Daley

Jay Park

Tristan and James (The Vamps)

Khalid (And More Puppies!)

Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) and Mark Ronson


See how many more famous faces you can spot in the video!:

Which is your favourite cameo in Charli XCX’s video for ‘Boys’? Let us know in the comments below!

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Wanna One, NU'EST W & Other Hot K-pop Boys To Have On Your Radar

26 Jul 2017 by Chew Hui Ling

We’re gearing up for yet another K-pop showdown with some of our favourite boy bands going head-to-head on the charts. From Produce 101 debuts to unit comebacks to solo stages, the upcoming July/August lineup is shaping up to be an intense one. Who will come out on top? 


Wanna One Nuest

NU’EST W (25 Jul) vs Wanna One (7 Aug): 2017 is a major turning point for the final 11 of Produce 101 (PD101) Season 2, who are all set to debut as Wanna One aka the male version of I.O.I. Proving themselves as a rising force to be reckoned with, these monster rookies have been bagging endorsement deals, crashing ticketing servers and breaking album pre-sale records – an impressive feat for a group that hasn’t even made their debut!

Meanwhile, Pledis ‘trainees’ Jonghyun, Dongho and Minki have returned to NU’EST and will be making a comeback with Aron under the 4-member subgroup NU’EST W without Wanna One member Minhyun – in which the ‘W’ stands for ‘Waiting for Minhyun’ (we’re not crying). However, both groups may not be able to bump into each other in music shows for now as NU’EST W is only releasing a special single album before their full comeback in the later part of the year, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a teary reunion on stage when that happens!

UPDATE: Stream NU’EST W’s new single ‘If You’ here!

Winner B.A.P

Winner (4 Aug) vs B.A.P (Mid Aug): Winner and B.A.P are two groups who have been consistently putting out good music, and one thing’s for sure: your playlist’s about to get lit this coming month! Winner was recently spotted shooting a new music video abroad, while B.A.P is reportedly still in its preparation stages. The latter will be making their way here for their 2017 World Tour Party Baby Singapore Boom on 18 August though, so perhaps we can expect the six-piece to drop a sneak preview of their upcoming single?


Youngmin Donghyun Yongguk Sihyun

Youngmin & Donghyun (27 Jul) vs Yongguk & Sihyun (31 Jul): PD101 may be over, but things are just starting to heat up for two very special pairs. Fans of the show have much to cheer for this week, as Brand New Music’s Youngmin and Donghyun (MXM) and Choon’s Yongguk and Sihyun will be making their unit debuts alongside each other. Is it just us or are we already sensing some quality ‘broduce’ moments waiting to happen behind the scenes?

JJ Project VIXX LR

JJ Project (31 Jul) vs VIXX LR (Late Aug): When it comes to iconic duos of K-pop, who’d ever forget the pre-debut days of GOT7’s JB and Jinyoung in all their JJ Project glory? Interestingly enough, JJ Project debuted in the same month as VIXX (they even appeared on MTV Diary together!) – and the twosome will most likely be rubbing shoulders with VIXX LR’s Ravi and Leo again come August. It’s no secret that the two groups are known to be really close with one another, so we can’t wait to see ’em up to their usual shenanigans!


Kim Samuel

Kim Samuel (2 Aug): Anyone who’s an avid devotee of PD101 would find it hard to dispute the fact that Kim Samuel is one heck of a talented lad, so to say that we’re still salty about his elimination from the top 11 lineup would be an understatement. Turns out that it’s a blessing in disguise as our golden boy is given the chance to debut after all – his upcoming mini album Sixteen already looks set for success, backed up with a string of collaborations including Changmo, Maboos and former I.O.I member Chungha. Let’s walk on the flower path, Muel!

Taeyang Kikwang Taemin

Taeyang (Mid Aug) vs Kikwang (Late Aug) vs Taemin (Late Aug): It seems like BIGBANG, Highlight and SHINee have a lot in common – apart from being the resident dance machines in their respective groups, these veteran charmers will also be pitting against each other on the solo front. With their uncanny knack for serving bops after bops, it’s safe to say you’re in for one epic chain of performances!

Whose comeback are you looking forward to the most? Comment your faves down below!

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Rihanna, Harry Styles And Other Pop Stars Turned Actors

25 Jul 2017 by Bryan Yeong

As if dominating the music industry isn’t enough, there’s a growing trend of musicians shifting their attention away from the vocals, and into their acting chops. From movie cameos to fronting an entire television series, we recap 10 memorable pop star-turned-actor moments – and totally judge ’em while at it. 

Rihanna – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Queen of bops and overall badassery, Riri is no stranger to the big screen – although her acting debut in 2012’s Battleship well… tanked. But being plagued by negative reviews and even a Razzie Award ‘win’ for Worst Supporting Actress (thanks to her role in Battleship) won’t stop the Barbados beauty from pursuing film. Her voice role in 2015’s Home was painfully forgettable and her stab at a serious stint in TV’s Bates Motel was short-lived. But perhaps her most recent appearance in sci-fi adventure flick Valerian as a shapeshifter – cheekily playing off a myriad of different music video-worthy costumes – would mark a step in the right direction towards a proper acting career. Fingers crossed.

Verdict: 5/10

Harry Styles – Dunkirk

You’re probably used to having your heart flutter at the sight of Harry Styles by now, although it’s limited to watching his music videos and live performances. But Directioners will have one more reason to swoon over his brooding charm. The former 1D member beat out thousands of other hopefuls to bag a role in Christopher Nolan’s latest war-thriller – and for good reason. Harry’s acting shines among his fellow British comrades in the film, making us root for his survival just as hard as we do for his music releases. 

Verdict: 9/10

Nick Jonas – Kingdom

We first saw a fresh-faced Nick Jonas waaaay back in Camp Rock, but he’s built up a solid acting resumé since then too, aside from his equally impressive singing career. Whether it’s guesting on TV dramas like Smash, Hawaii Five-0 or Scream Queens, or playing a MMA fighter in Kingdom, Nick has constantly proven to be a knockout success on the small screen. What’s next for the heartthrob? A role in the hotly anticipated Jumanji sequel later this year, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – can’t wait!

Verdict: 8/10

Ed Sheeran – Game of Thrones 

Outrage. Shell-shocked. Disappointed. These were just some of the terms expressed by die-hard fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones upon witnessing the familiar redhead show up in the series’ latest season. Ed Sheeran is by far not the first musician to appear on the show (members of Snow Patrol and Coldplay have popped up too!), but it definitely was the most controversial. Netizens savagely tore apart his singing cameo, citing that it merely served as a distraction from the show’s tone. The backlash seemingly even caused Ed Sheeran to delete his Twitter account – although he denied any relation and has since returned to the social media platform. We’ll be singing a different tune this November however, when our favourite Teddy tears the roof down at the Singapore Indoor Stadium for two nights.

Verdit: 4/10

Janelle Monaé – Moonlight / Hidden Figures

When you appear in two films nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards (with one winning) in a single year, a singing career can wait. R&B and soul songstress Janelle Monaé’s foray into acting might not attract as many headlines as the rest of her peers on this list, but that’s not to say her performances deserve any less praise. Appearing in both Moonlight and Hidden Figures, her critically acclaimed and emotionally charged portrayals truly established her serious caliber for both fields of music and acting – marking the rise of a new actress to watch.

Verdict: 8/10

Park Hyung-sik  – Strong Woman Do-Bong Soon

Fans of ZE:A were undoubtedly delighted when Park Hyung-sik carved out an acting career of his own in The Heirs and Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth. But it’s this year’s runaway success Strong Woman Do Bong-soon that the budding actor truly shines as a chaebol – with a twist. Flipping the typical script on its head, it made for hilarious results watching Park Bo Young play heroine to the rescue, to Hyung-sik’s damsel in distress. Needless to say, we just can’t wait to see what he has in store for our screens next!

Verdict: 8/10

Lady Gaga – American Horror Story: Hotel

To be honest, Lady Gaga has always been kinda scary. From her spine-tingling album covers for The Fame Monster to her blood-soaked ‘Paparazzi’ performance at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Gaga always had a penchant for the creep factor. Which made her the perfect candidate to play The Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel, where she let her freak flag fly, slicing victims’ necks open while still looking red-carpet ready at the same time. Although her performance won rave reviews and even a Golden Globe award, we’ll have to wait till her lead role in 2018’s musical drama motion picture A Star Is Born to fully determine if she’s not just a one-trick pony.

Verdict: 7/10

Suzy – Uncontrollably Fond 

When miss A’s Suzy is not dancing up a storm in a trio, the actress has also lighted up drama serials with her pretty face and commendable acting – such as in 2016’s Uncontrollably Fond. While some were unfortunately… not fond of her performance, citing “blank expressions” and “shallow delivery” as shortcomings, others were more forgivable with comments that highlighted her improvement from Dream High. Time will tell if she continues her progress towards becoming a serious actress, with a leading role in romance-drama While You Were Sleeping up next.

Verdict: 5/10

Adam Levine – Begin Again

2013’s gem of a film Begin Again gave us some of our favourite stars in minor, charming roles (James Corden, Hailee Steinfeld), but none more memorable than Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine’s turn as an obnoxious musician – possibly a nod to his charmingly cocky persona he exudes as a coach on The Voice? And while his acting was stretched minimally, who could forget the Academy Award-nominated radio hit ‘Lost Stars’ that resulted from the film? We’ll next get to see Adam flex his comedic muscle in upcoming movies Fun Mom Dinner and The Clapper

Verdict: 6/10

Christina Aguilera – Burlesque

Adam Levine’s fellow The Voice coach Christina Aguilera has also achieved some silver screen success herself. Debuting in a dual acting and singing role in Burlesque, the vocal powerhouse shimmied and sashayed her way into our hearts as the film’s leading character – and critics agreed. The film and its accompanying soundtrack garnered positive responses and was recognised for expanding Christina’s skills as an actress, ultimately resulting in her upcoming roles in The Emoji Movie and Zoe. A triple threat that sings, dances and acts, what can’t Xtina do?

Verdict: 7/10

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