SHINee (pronounced as Shiny) is a contemporary boy band formed by SM Entertainment in 2008. It consists of five members namely Onew, Key, Minho, Taemin and Jonghyun. They debuted around May 2008 with their promotional single entitled “Replay”. The group is also considered as a fashion icon. They started the so-called “Shinee Trend”.
SHINee’s Leader Onew is the oldest of the group. His stage name “Onew” means soft and caring, which reflects his kind and leader-like personality and attitude. It also gave way to his nickname “Dubu”, which means tofu in Korean. His voice is soft and mellow, which puts him as a great vocalist for SHINee.
Stage Name: 온유 / 温流
Real Name: Lee Jinki (이진기)
Nickname: Leader Onew
Position: Leader & Main Vocals
DOB: December 14th, 1989 (20 int’l ; 21 krn)
Height: 177-178cm *
Weight: 60-61kg *
Hometown: Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do
School: Chungwoon University (present)
Hobby/Interest: Singing, Piano, Chinese
Discovered: 2006 S.M. Academy Casting
Appearances: Brothers Were Brave (2010 Musical) & Rock of Ages (2010 Musical)
*20 FACTS ABOUT ONEW **
1. Nicknamed “tofu”. “Pure tofu”, “ondubu”, they all refer to him. Uses the introduction “I am only~you~ Onew” taught to him by Leeteuk and at times, switches to “Hello, my name is Michael Jackson(sincerely)!”
2. Feels shy about presenting himself to people, and because of it, he did not dare to participate in auditions. When he was a trainee, everyone else seems to be improving everyday, while he seems to be staying stagnant and not improving, that to him is the saddest period of his life up till now.
3. When performing on stage for the first time, he could not see anything in front of him, and even forgot the lyrics before going up on stage. But he thought of his parents who were sitting in front of the stage, he thought “Yes, I must look for them”, and thus calmed down gradually.
4. The Leader who commits the most mistakes during practices; the Leader who feels responsible for the group and solves problem, the Leader who will just zone out from time to time, the Leader who still stays strong despite sporting swollen, red eyes under the glaring lights, the Leader who cries in the car secretly after getting injured.
5. “Rather than saying that I use certain methods to make the sunbaes like me, I am just working hard to be respectful.” It is this thought that accompanies the 90 degree bow every time.
6. Infamous NG King. “You just cannot not NG can’t you!” (KEY)
7. “Honestly, amongst all of the SHINee members, in the terms of looks, physique, expression…and everything is charismatic and the only phrase to describe the person is ‘near perfection’, that member is — ME!”
8. Good in studying, was second in the entire school before. To him, it’s nothing to be very proud of, because everyone has their own strengths that is irreplaceable by others, isn’t it more important to discover that strength and make use of it?
9. Because he got curious after hearing that “if there is something heavy on your chest, your thoughts will become heavy too, and you will experience illusions”, so he went went to sleep hugging a box, hoping to enter a land of illusions but nothing happened…
10. Looks gentle and quiet, but is very ambitious at attempting to be humorous, is always very enthusiastic about trying various methods to hype up the atmosphere behind the scenes. Also possesses the ability to freeze the atmosphere with whatever he says, but there are just once or twice a year when people do feel that he is funny.
11. ‘What should you do if you are a victim of the SHINee poison?’ ” …Go to the hospital for cure! (innocently, seriously)
12. Can be quite blur at times. “Our album will be released in May (firmly) …. It’s already August now?! ….Oh then it should be in September…Ah (manager glares at him) No no, it’s in August, end of August…”
13. His ideal type is something who has character, good personality, is responsible, knows how to cook, looks good in appearance, the hands must be especially pretty, and the most important aspect — it must be a noona!
14. If met with unbearable situations, changes mindset from “I have to do ____ before its fine?” to “It’s just doing _____ then it will be alright” and it will work. Be it heaven or hell, what matters is how you view it.
15. Tied his hair with the filigree(the golden strip thing) used to package bread, that was when he was really young, and had really long hair…
16. Strong at adapting, when dressing up as a girl for the first time, he felt fascinated and awkward, but after awhile he was able to start dancing sexy dances. If he does changes into a girl? He would probably date Key. Unique, strong personality, very interesting, just like his cup of tea.
17. Does not hide his worry about the possibility of him committing mistakes because he is does not feel capable of it. “Can I do it well?”, “Will it be safe?”, “Will I get into trouble?”, whatever comes to mind he will voice it out, and after that, will feel more daring to continue on.
18. Suffers from the “Floudering about” syndrome, will sink into a state of baffling nervousness whenever he does not know how to answer something. When it comes to handling the direction of a conversation, it will be fine if he is not nevous, but once he ends up panicking, he will want to shout “umma”.
19. Will wake up early to make roast meat for Taemin, but sleep is also very important, must have a good sleep, eat well and abstain from unhealthy snacks — how else to maintain such a good complexion?
20. The most memorable present. the most treasured present, the happiest present received: Everyone’s love. How about using this year’s Newcomer Award to repay that? That is a precious gift that can only received once in a lifetime, want to receive it, and then…Hehe, not telling you! …Did I say that?…Eh….
Bling Bling Jonghyun is SHINee’s lead vocal. His nickname “Bling Bling” means that he shines, and with his fantastic voice, it’s no wonder he does. Jonghyun is the second oldest and despite his cool appearance, he can be quite emotional and shy. His personality is suitable of AB blood types, and is known to be very goofy and offbeat.
Stage Name: 종현 / 钟铉
Real Name: Kim Jonghyun (김종형)
Nickname: Bling Bling Jonghyun
Position: Lead Vocals
DOB: April 8th, 1990 (20 int’l ; 21 krn)
Height: 173-174cm *
Weight: 56kg *
Siblings: Older sister
School: Seoul Music Institute (graduated in 2009)
Hobby/Interest: Watching Movies, Singing, Writing Lyrics, Chinese
Discovered: 2005 S.M. Casting System
Appearances: None (yet!)
1. Has been said that the first line of “Love like oxygen” sounds like Michael Jackson’s style. “It does sound like it a bit.”, he admits it himself, but Usher is still irreplaceable, definitely!
2. “Bling Bling Jonghyun”, does it sound weird? He uses it all the time, be it during messaging or talking, he uses it. Because he loves R&B and Hip-hop too much, he wishes that he can shine forever (like bling bling). If you find it difficult to call that, “Hey Bling” can be used, that’s what the members call him.
4. There is no shortcut to achieving perfection, just hard work and more hard work, if he is unable to take it, he will hide in the toilet for a cry, and then continue to work even harder during practice.
5. Has a lot of charisma on stage, but is very endearing and fun to be with off stage, before debut, he chats with Taemin everyday when returning home, is the member who is the most unanimous with his relaxation and lifestyle.
6. “If I meet an alien, I will definitely be scared at first, but after awhile when I get to know it, I will consider how to send it back home.”
7. Regardless of anything, no matter how many times he had performed on stage, whenever he hears his own song he will still get exceptionally excited, will lip synch along, dance along, fidget around in his seat, even when he chokes on water he will still remain engrossed.
8. A very lively student in high school, able to digest English and Korean songs very well. Formed a band, composed music during that time, believes that if you truly like something, it is not difficult to persevere on.
9. Understands the importance of heath, so does not eat stuff like instant noodles even when he is very hungry. To practice on an empty stomach is definitely tough, but in comparison, won’t it feel really good to finally eat a full meal during breakfast? — After tolerating for so long, it’s finally time to enjoy.
10. Is not scared of the camera at all, a 180 degree display or 360 degree all show? Just state it.
11. Feels that he is a good hyung, and a good dongsaeng to the members, if not for the fact that they always interrupt him which makes him flares up at them shouting “Keep quiet!” at times, his image is pretty perfect.
12. Makes total and absolute preparation for everything, will even stay up overnight without sleep to prepare. If his progress does not meet his own expectations, he will feel restless and a little short tempered.
13. Likes girls who seek novelty at times, is willing to accept the age gap of up to 6 years…What about 7 years?….8 years?
14. Why cover up if you make a mistake, just admit it truthfully won’t it be good?
15. Taemin is very good, but too young. If he were to become a girl, it will be better to let Key be his boyfriend, setting aside the good personality, Key is very honest, which fits his view in life, refer to point 14.
16. Has a lot of notices, will show off to his members after returning to the dorm. Will also miss his members whom he don’t know what they are doing while he is at certain shows/programs, if there is a chance, he will like to bring all his members along.
17. The only secret to maintaining a good complexion despite a very hectic schedule is to simply maintain a positive mindset.
19. Wakes up the earliest in the dorm, will wake up Key after he is done with washing up, Key will then wake Onew up, then Taemin and lastly, Minho — “I am the one who wakes up the earliest! I am most confident about it!”
20. “How do I wash the rice? Why doesn’t Key umma know?! …So you have to wash it like this, Taemin? Wow!”
SHINee’s 3rd youngest is the Almighty Key. Gifted with skills in both singing, rapping, and dancing, he really is almighty. Key is also known as one of SHINee’s most fashionable member. He is known to be very knowledgeable of current girl group dances and learns them quickly.
Stage Name: 키
Real Name: Kim Kibum (김기범)
Nickname: Almighty Key
Position: Vocals & Rapper
DOB: September 23rd, 1991 (19 int’l ; 20 krn)
Height: 179-180cm *
Weight: 59kg *
School: Daegu Youngshin High School (graduated in 2010)
Hobby/Interest: Rap, Dance, Water Skiing, Chinese
Discovered: 2005 S.M. National Tour Audition Casting
Appearances: Attack of the Pin-Up Boys (2007), Super Junior – Wonder Boy MV, Raising Idol
2. “Right from when we are trainees till now, the one who sings really well, dances superbly, gets angry only when it is an occasion to be angry about, makes people feel that “this guy is really amazing!”, that person is Key.” (JONGHYUN)
3. Has a love-hate relationship with horror movies and horror stories, he yearns for them but he is also scared of them, he likes them but he also dislikes them. He lost his composure/image in the cinema many times because of that, he is only able to rent horror movies/dramas to watch at home to continue scaring himself.
4. “I don’t want a fantasy romance like those in the movies, I look towards a realistic and truthful relationship.” Honest, straightforward and open minded girls are OK, but girls who are soft on the outside but really fierce on the insides are a NO. Must have an opinion, not be too girly, and must like to freely express what she likes.
5. In terms of dressing up as girls, Taemin is the most suitable, but the prettiest is still the one who is looking into the mirror (ie. Key), if he really wants to do it, even a true woman will not be able to match up to him. (Proudly)
6. Is confident that he can be a gourmet chef, nobody can escape his dumplings trap.
7. “To be an idol, it’s not enough to just put in effort in the front appearance, your back appearance is important too.”
8. Good at saying honeyed words, but hearing lines like “Are you hurt? I am hurting too.” makes him burst out in laughter.
9. “If I were to become Yunhanam’s director, the viewing rates ought to be able to rise.” (smug)
10. His personal talent is imitating a robotic character from a cartoon show, the classic line being “Woah! Money! With money anything can be done!!”
11. Good at preparing, good at analyzing, belongs to the kind who is able to work out a plan from scratch with just a single detail.
13. It’s his nature to take care of people? At first he was just Taemin’s umma, after that his nagging extends to include all of the members, and now it is becoming that he nags at whoever he sees.
15. Become a girl? Then he would date all the other members once and see how it is. Does not know how it is like when they are in front of a girl, he is really curious about it.
16. “The person who is able to meet an ET who has come to earth and not feel scared but instead in able to converse naturally with it is Key…Even if he is left on an abadoned island, he will still be able to find a way to survive.” (JONGHYUN)
17. As long as he is being sincerely asked to do something, he will do it no matter how unwilling he is, even if he does not like to do it.
18. Sentimental and sensitive, even if it just a piece of paper from someone who he cares about, he will take really good care of it.
19. The group’s No.1 in fashion. Red, white, blue, it is normal for him to carry off these colours which are easy to carry off, but for colours like pink and grass green which are more difficult to pull off, he is still able to do it.
20. “I hope that this album can receive a lot of love from everyone, and, if only our friends all know SHINee’s songs, they only know ‘Noona is so pretty’ …”
SHINee’s Flaming Charisma Minho is the tallest among the boys. Minho appears to be a bit soft spoken compared to the others, but with his handsome looks and charm, he certainly does stand out. Recently, he has certainly broken out of his shell and his personality has begun to emerge as an outspoken and confident character.
Stage Name: 민호 / 珉豪
Real Name: Choi Minho (최민호)
Nickname: Flaming Charisma Minho
Position: Rapper & Vocals (Yes, he sings too.)
DOB: December 9th, 1991 (18 int’l ; 19 krn)
Height: 183-184cm *
Weight: 60kg *
Siblings: Older brother (Minsuk)
School: Konkuk University (present)
Hobby/Interest: Soccer, Basketball, Acting, Chinese (studied in Beijing in 2006 & 2007), English
Discovered: 2006 S.M. Casting System
Appearances: Ha SangBaek’s Fashion Show (March 2008), 2008/2009 F/W Pret-a-Porter Busan Fashion Show (May 2008), SNSD – Gee MV (Japanese & Korean versions), Dream Team Season 2
1. “Hello everyone, I am SHINee’s Flaming Charisma Minho. I have to talk for more than a minute? What can I say? One minute is too long!”
2. “Minho looks like a main character of a manga” (ONEW) “He is a living existence of selfishness!” (KEY) “When I first saw him, I thought “Ah! So handsome! Especially the eyes!” (JONGHYUN)
3. Has no concept about money, no concept about taking care of his health, has no concept about maintaining handsome or not — Why waste so much energy thinking about this kind of things?
4. If he were to pick the most handsome pose, it would be just to stand there properly. What he is most confident of: not blinking for 3 minutes!
5. “I will buy our album this time too, and keep it as a personal collection.”
6. Feels happiest when he is on stage singing and dancing, really. When singing, he will persevere on to the very end, and when singing, he will immerse himself into the song until the last note ends. If it is not his song, it is even easier for him to get involved, like “Rokkugo”.
7. An inquisitive baby, is curious about everything. If he doesn’t do anything then it is fine, but if he goes about doing something, he must do it to his best capacity, a perfectionist.
8. Does not talk usually, but hopes that the members can become closer amongst each other, to become “forever SHINee”.
10. His ideal type just need to be of an average height, must definitely be kind at heart, have long hair, wears dresses frequently — Ah, will just secretly laugh when thinking about it.
11. When singing “Love like oxygen”, he thinks of his fantasy girl (embarrassed)
13. “Honestly, if I am a girl, the member from SHINee that I will definitely date is Taemin.”
14. Is good at doing everything, and is able to understand and analyze matters effectively — in reality, he is very aware if the people around him are comfortable or not — except when he is the camera PD: he still does not understand how to make the people in the scene stand properly.
15. “I have never seen a ghost, but I would like to see one.”
16. According to Taemin, Minho’s sleeping pyjamas is the cutest, but what is the pattern then? Flowers and grass? Animals? Hearts? It is unanswered.
17. “It shall be it then.” (catchphrase)
18. Does not have a personal talent. Does playing soccer counts? I am good at playing soccer, do you want to have a match someday?
19. Does not want to be hypocritical, refuses to be half hearted and insincere, if very straightforward in personality.
20. It’s not that he cannot be crazy, it’s not that he cannot lead, it’s not that he is not attracted to girls, you just to get hold of the that one single point that makes him interested and wait for him to give you a surprise.
Maknae Taemin is SHINee’s youngest member. Although he is very young, Taemin is bursting with talent and is SHINee’s best dancer. He was known for his mushroom/bowl haircut and has charmed all the noonas with his cute antics and charming ways. Taemin’s vocals have greatly improved over the years, and his dancing never fails to impress all.
Stage Name: 태민 / 泰民
Real Name: Lee Taemin (이태민)
Nickname: Maknae (Youngest) Taemin
Position: Vocals & Dancer
DOB: July 18th, 1993 (17 int’l ; 18 krn)
Height: 178-179cm *
Weight: 53kg *
Hometown: Dongbong-gu, Seoul
Family: Older brother (Taesun)
School: Chungdam High School (present)
Hobby/Interest: Listening to Music, Popping (Dance), Piano, Chinese (studied in Beijing in 2007)
Discovered: 2005 S.M. Open Weekend Audition Casting
Appearances: 태희혜교지현이! / TaeHee HyeGyo JiHyun! (2009 Sitcom)
1. Must never forget to smile.
2. Carries a bag containing a lot of sweets around, all with a SHINee logo attached on it. Will give out these sweets whenever he sees noonas.
3. Has been said by many that he is good at aegyo, but will in actuality, use half aegyo and half forcing to get what he wants, for example, mumbles “I want to be a director too” constantly while using his butt to push others.
4. Has been said that he is cute too many times, but “does not want others to say that I am cute”.
5. When first debuted, is used to blinking a lot when speaking, it is a lot better now, but somehow it has become a hot topic after Key umma has imitated it.
6. Will run around the practice room with a bottle/packet of milk in his mouth, spends a lot of time in the waiting room studying and rushing his holiday assignments and preparing for exams.
7. Being on stage is something to be enjoyed, and dance is the what makes him derives the most joy from. The title is just to attraction people to watch, you should only believe in what you see.
9.Do not think that he is a child with a huge generation gap between the two of you, he idolises “MJ” and also likes to imitate Seo Taiji — “I don’t know anything!”
10. “I really don’t know anything!” (catchphrase)
11. Can transform an ardent swordsman into a kawaii youth, and can change the action of pulling out a sword to just raising a fire torch.
12. “When I first saw Taemin, I thought he was really pretty. At that time there was a trainee noona in front of him, and Taemin was even prettier than her.” (EUNHYUK)
13. Does not feel that he has a talent that can matches up to Onew, but if he were to do it(Onew’s talent)…he can do it too!
14. A very obedient child, even if he is asked to sit on someone’s lap, or getting hugged or being lifted up on someone’s shoulder, he does not object. He’s so young that the sunbaes find it hard to see him as a rising artiste who is catching up with them, but he is beginning to present a star’s disposition.
15. Knows how to play, and will play. A finger and a camera. that’s his best friend.
17. “If I am a girl, I will choose to date Minho, because he is Flaming Charisma!”
18. “In the show, Yunhanam, the person who is the best at making a girl happy is Taemin.” (KEY) But he is still at a stage when he is more enthusiastic of dogs than girls.
19. If there is true love involved, how can age be limiting, isn’t there a guy who married a really old grandmother?
20. Has the care and concern of the hyungs, the love and care of the noonas, it’s really nice. If only he can see his family more…Hyung, saranghae…
So my bias here is none other than Key!
Oh come on! He can sing, can rap, can dance..matched with that absolutely cute face! what else can you ask for?!
080622 Cyworld Digital Music Award (Best Rookie of the Month)
080821 Mnet 20’s Choice Award (Hot New Star)
080823 Asia Song Festival (Best New Artist)
081004 Style Icon Wards 2008 (New Icon Award)
081020 Korea Entertainment Arts Awards (Best Newcomer)
081112 Mnet KM Music Festival 2008 (Best Male Newcomer)
081210 Golden Disk Awards 2008 (Best Male Newcomer)
081212 16th Annual South Korean Popular Entertainment Award (2008 Best Newcomer)
090101 2008 Melon Award (Best Newcomer)
090212 18th Seoul Music Awards (Best Newcomer)
091210 Golden Disk Awards 2009 (GD Samsung Yepp Popularity Award)
080918 Mnet M!Countdown (Love Like Oxygen)
080921 SBS Inkigayo (Love Like Oxygen)
090605 KBS Music Bank Weekly K-Chart (Juliette)
090619 KBS Music Bank Weekly K-Chart (Juliette)
090628 SBS Inkigayo Mutizen (Juliette)
090705 SBS Inkigayo Mutizen (Juliette)
091030 KBS Music Ban Week K-Chart (Ring Ding Dong)
091101 SBS Inkigayo Mutizen (Ring Ding Dong)
091105 Mnet M!Countdown (Ring Ding Dong)
091106 KBS Music Bank Weekly K-Chart (Ring Ding Dong)
091108 SBS Inkigayo Mutizen (Ring Ding Dong)
091105 SBS Inkigayo Mutizen (Ring Ding Dong)
100730 KBS Music Bank Week K-chart (Lucifer)
100806 KBS Music Bank Week K-chart (Lucifer)
100808 SBS Inkigayo Mutizen (Lucifer)
101015 KBS Music Bank Week K-chart (Hello) – unaired
101017 SBS Inkigayo Mutizen (Hello)