Male group EXO got chosen in a recent survey launched by Sports Seoul for our 28th Anniversary, on the subject of “Kpop’s Future”, representing the new generation of Kpop idols.
Having split activities in both Korea (EXO-K) and China (EXO-M)so far, the 12 idols have reunited this time. Coming back as a complete group, as soon as they released their new song, they have showed their star-like popularity as a new generation idol group.
Just one year after their debut, they have released their first regular album, of which their title track “Wolf and the Beauty” has helped them won 1st place on three music shows in less than 10 days after the release of their album. The twelve members, with their wild and powerful performance, and large scale, makes the group stand out from the rest.
Leader Suho’s tears flowed when they received their 1st place trophy. “At first it was Suho who cried, then followed by Kai. And Lay cried immediately when he reached the waiting room…” And for those who didn’t know, Sehun shed tears as well.
EXO has gone through difficult times and their hearts, too, went through many hardships, and these tough days came flashing in their minds like a kaleidoscope, this is particularly so for the members with a long trainee period.
Though there were members who trained for as long as 6 years, there are also Baekhyun and Chen who only trained for 4 months. “(Rather than winning the 1st place), being accepted as SM trainees was the happiest. Because, our childhood dream was to become a singer, and it felt like we were a step closer to that dream. And we were really happy that it was coming true.” “Furthermore, after debuting as EXO, I feel like we can do a lot more (as 12).”
Kai expressed, “Baekhyun hyung and Chen hyung seemed to feel apologetic to share the happiness of winning the 1st place with us because their trainee period was shorter than the rest of the members. Maybe they felt that they didn’t put in as much effort as the other members. However, without these two members, we would never be able to debut. I would really want them to share the joy of winning 1st place with us.”
The idea of 20-24 year olds males reading each other’s minds and taking care of one another, it is something rather impressive. But sometimes, they do get goosebumps from this. “When there are 12 guys are sitting together sharing their serious, heartfelt stories, I feel really shy/embarrassed. Hahaha.”
With 12 EXO members, and 4 managers all living in the one dorm, there are bound to be many inconvenient and uncomfortable moments. Despite this, they replied in unison, “We make it a point to live like a family.” “Though our group has a maximum age gap of 4 years, we always use honorifics even if the person is a year older. We had a long trainee life together so we are like a family but we still have to do what is right. Moreover, we have been using honorifics for 4-5 years during our trainee period, so if we suddenly stop using it because we got into the same team, wouldn’t it be awkward? There are members who lived together in a dorm before debut so we are pretty close, but despite this we still use honorifics.”
We thought in the world of men there would be a subtle hierarchy, but Kris, who is one of the oldest in the team said, “I think it’s okay if you speak informally in English, I can take it,” lightening the atmosphere. Born in China but recruited into SM in Canada, Kris is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. On the other hand, the other Chinese members Tao, Luhan etc, who are still not fluent in Korean, impressed us when they told us they know the difference between formal and informal speech, out of the four different languages which they use to converse amongst themselves.
When everyone talks a little bit here and there all at once, the situation does get out of control. However, they replied with a sense of pride, “We won’t get bored like this.” This is even more so for Chanyeol, with a voice like his, you get to hear him even if you don’t want to.
Chanyeol said, “I’m in charge of the voice in the team. I’m also the moodmaker of the group, though people say that I’m noisy sometimes. It’s been hard on the manager hyungs. They told me to sit all the way back in the car. My voice is too loud, but I think it’s a good thing.”
Though it may feel like they are complaining, from the compliments that they are giving to one another, it seems like there are benefits of promoting as a large group as well. There must have been a sense of reassurance?
“Because we all love sports, I like how it’s good/convenient that we can split into 2 teams.” “12 members living together makes birthday parties a lot more interesting and fun. Many of our birthdays fall on the first half/beginning of the year. From the beginning of the year till May there were seven members who had their birthday parties. Just last month, I thought Tao’s birthday party was the most fun. We delivered the cake to him when he was still in the shower, but sadly, we didn’t take any photos because he was still naked when he blew the candles. Hahaha.”
D.O is a good cook, while Lay is good at playing musical instruments. Xiumin wakes his members up without fail like an alarm clock every morning.. Each member has their own personality and skills, and these 12 members with unique charms make up EXO. When asked which member do they envy the most, the members answered “Sehun”. “Maknae Sehun’s popularity is really high amongst the noonas. We think he receives the most love and concern from the noonas with his maknae title. Pretty noonas like BoA and Girls’ Generation like Sehun a lot. We envy how the noonas like him the most."
With such pleasant personaliites, it’s undeniable that they are able to melt female fans’ hearts with their wolf cries. It looks like EXO’s deadly popularity will continue to soar, with the members’ individual charms.
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