Super Junior – The last men standing!

30 Nov

From top left (clockwise): Shindong, Ryeowook, Yesung, Kyuhyun, Leeteuk(Leader), Kangin, Donghae, Siwon, Sungmin, Hankyung, Heechul, Eunhyuk

Super Junior, formed by SM Entertainment, is made up of 13 members, with Leeteuk being the oldest & Kyuhyun the youngest. The group debuted with 12 members, namely Leeteuk (Leader), HeechulHankyung (Chinese member), YesungKanginShindongSungminEunhyukDonghaeSiwonRyeowookKibum & Kyuhyun joined in May 2006. As Super Junior was initially supposed to be a project group, with different members each year, they debuted with the name Super Junior 05. However, at the end of 2006, SM Entertainment decided not to remove any members, & Kyuhyun was added to the group. Since then, the group became known as Super Junior, without the “05”.

Because the group consist of 13 members, which was more than two times the size of a normal Korean boyband, SM Entertainment decided to form sub-units to better showcase the group’s potential.

Left to right: Ryeowook, Kyuhyun, Yesung

Super Junior – K.R.Y was the first sub-unit to be formed. The group debuted on November 5, 2006 with a performance of the Hyena theme song “The One I Love.” It consist of members Kyuhyun, Ryeowook & Yesung, & thats how you get the name K.R.Y. The group is a ballad group, & the 3 members are the best vocalist in Super Junior.

Left to right: Shindong, Heechul, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Kangin, Leeteuk

Super Junior – Trot the second sub-unit, debuted on February 23, 2007 with their first single “Rokuko” comprising of members Leeteuk, Heechul, Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin & Eunhyuk. The purpose of this sub-unit is to revive the dying trend of trot music by producing an idol band that capitalizes this genre.

Left to right: Ryeowook, Sungmin, Henry, Donghae, Siwon, Eunhyuk, Kyuhyun, Zhoumi

Super Junior – M was introduced on October 2, 2007. This sub-unit was formed to reach out to the Chinese market. The response towards the formation of this group was very negative at first, as 2 additional Chinese members, Henry & Zhoumi was added to the group. However, it later became a success in China. The members in this group are Hankyung, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeoweok, Kyuhyun, Henry & Zhoumi. However, due to Hankyung’s lawsuit with SM Entertainment, in December 2009, all the group’s activities were halted. On February 2011, after Hankyung left SM Entertainment, Super Junior members Sungmin & Eunhyuk were announced as new additions to the group & they released their 2nd Mini Album “Perfection”, which was a huge success! Currently, the 8 active members are Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook, Kyuhyun, Henry & Zhoumi.

Left to right: Shindong, Yesung, Kangin, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Leeteuk

With half of Super Junior members busy promoting in China, Super Junior Happy was formed that same year to prevent Super Junior from disappearing in the Korean music industry. The members includes Super Junior T & Yesung, & they debuted with “Cooking? Cooking!” in June 5, 2008. They promoted the group & their song for 4 months.

Now, you may think they’re just another one of those korean boyband, but truth is, they aren’t. The reason why they are so popular is because Super Junior is made up of members who shine individually yet make the group wholesome. They’re sincere towards their fans, honest towards one another, and respectful towards their seniors in the same industry.

The members are all actively involved in singing, acting, DJ-ing, MC-ing, and for the past few years, have appeared in many different variety programs. My favorite show would be Super junior full house! It’s a show where the members had to learn some basic english. The show was so hilarious from the very first episode that it makes it difficult for one not to continue watching! xD Another recommended show to watch would be Super Junior Super Adonis. It’s a reality program where a few of the members go on a holiday to a resort at the outskirts of Seoul together with an annoying lady -.- But overall, another full of funny antics program! xD

Super Junior released many albums since their debut in 2005, and the album i like best is their latest album “Mr. Simple”, because the lyrics to the songs in the album are meaningful :’) Especially the title track “Mr. Simple”  and “Memories”, which is composed by the members themselves 😀 Just recently, “Mr Simple” album was crowned ‘Album of the year’ at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)!

Credits to Radio 100.3fm

Lastly, Super Junior’s fans!!

E.L.F.s - Everlasting Friends

Super Junior’s fans are called “Everlasting friends” or E.L.Fs, because super junior believes that their fans and them will be friends and support them forever! Blue is the band’s color. And, normally people spell ‘believe’ this way, however E.L.Fs spell ’13elieve’ instead because Super junior has 13 members, and even though there are only 8 active members now – with 2 serving the army, 1 into the acting industry and another who left due to contract issues- their fans will always believe and wait for the day Super Junior will stand as 13 together on the same stage ❤

Credits: Super Junior Everything SUJU Pictures taken from google

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