Learn More About IZ*ONE’s Leader, Kwon Eun-bi
Kwon Eun-bi is a South Korean singer currently under Woollim Entertainment and Off The Record Entertainment. She is the leader of the project girl group IZ*ONE and former member of the girl group Ye-A.
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IZ*ONE’s Eunbi’s Profile
Stage Name: Eunbi
Other Name: Kazoo (formerly)
Birth Name: Kwon Eunbi
Birthplace: Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
Date of Birth: September 27th, 1995
Age: 24 years old
Height: 160 cm
Weight: 46 kg
Blood Type: A
Position: Leader, Dancer, Vocalist
Facts About IZ*ONE’s Eunbi
- Her official color is purple.
- She is a former member of Ye-A.
- Her stage name used to be Kazoo.
- Before debuting with Ye-A, Eunbi worked as a back-up dancer for acts such as Secret and Girl’s Day.
- She was born in Siheung-Dong, Geumcheon-Gu, Seoul, South Korea.
- She has an older brother (2 years older).
- She graduated from Geum Dong Elementary School, Seoul.
- She graduated from Dongil Middle School, Seoul.
- She graduated from the School of Performing Arts Seoul (Practical Dance Department).
- She attended Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts college in Anseong (Broadcasting Department and Entertainment, K-POP) but she dropped out of the college.
- When her old teachers and classmates saw her on Produce 48, all of them sent her encouraging messages.
- She was part of a dance group called PLAY.
- She said in one of the Vlives that her parents objected to her dream of being an idol.
- She was a back dancer for Lovelyz.
- Her favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate green tea.
- She is known to look like Red Velvet’s Irene and Joy.
- She admires IU.
- Her specialties are dancing, impersonations, and pop art.
- Prior to debuting with IZ*ONE, she was a trainee for five and a half years.
- She is IZONE’s mother, and the other Woollim trainees also say she’s like a mother to the other band members.
- She worked part-time at the franchise Paris Baguette.
- Her hobbies are running and shopping and discovering dessert restaurants.
- She can play the guitar.
- She is most confident in dancing K-Pop choreography and girls’ hip-hop routines.
Debut with Ye-A and Early Disbandment
On July 18th, 2014, Kwon Eun-bi debuted as a member of the girl group Ye-A, under the stage name Kazoo. She was the lead vocal and main dancer in the group. Ye-A was a girl group initially under Kiroy Company, and later Shinhoo Entertainment. They debuted with their only single album National Treasure with “Up and Down” as the title track.
In October 2014, the CEO of their agency updated the new line-up and added new members to the group. Since then, Eun-bi was no longer a part of the group. After Kiroy Company was purchased by Shinhoo Entertainment, there are no more updates about the girl group’s activities. They are assumed to have disbanded sometime in late 2015 without any official statement.
Joining Woolim as a Trainee
After leaving her former group, Ye-A and Kiroy Company, Kwon Eun-bi decided to join Woolim Entertainment as a trainee in order to make her dreams come true. She was noticed to be the background dancer for her labelmate Lovelyz and was also featured in INFINITE’s DongWoo‘s solo stage during one of the summer concerts for his song “Embedded in Mind.”
Eunbi in Produce 48
On May 11th, 2018, Kwon Eun-bi joined as a contestant on MNet’s survival show Produce 48. She was a trainee representing her current agency, Woollim Entertainment.
Produce 48 was a large-scale project to produce a new temporary girl group with votes by the public, or as they were called the “national producer.” 96 contestants from South Korea and Japan joined the survival show, and it was a collaboration between the Mnet series Produce 101 and the J-Pop idol group AKB48. In the finale, the winning 12 contestants with the highest number of votes would promote as a group for two and a half years under the official group name Iz*One.
During the show, she showcased her amazing talents and skills both in singing and dancing. In the first episode of the show, all of the contestants from different agencies performed in front of the mentors for evaluation. Each individual was given a letter grade from A to F based on their overall talents, organizing them into temporary classes for training. Kwon Eun-bi and other trainees from Woolim Agency performed their labelmates’ songs, Lovelyz’s “Ah-Choo” and INFINITE’s “Bad Girl.” The results of their intense joint performance were different, by which Eun-bi got an A from the mentors, Kim Chaewon got a B, Kim Suyun and Kim Sohee got a C.
After the contestants were grouped according to their grades, the mentors announced that they would be performing on M! Countdown with Produce 48‘s theme song “You’re Mine (Pick Me).” The song has a Korean and a Japanese version. Their line distribution and positioning on stage were determined by their grades, with grade A having the most singing lines while F being just back-up dancers.
The trainees’ second mission was the group battle evaluation. There were 16 teams of 5-6 members who were competing for 8 given songs – AOA’s “Short Hair,” Red Velvet’s “Peek-a-Boo,” GFriend’s “Love Whisper,” I.O.I’s “Very Very Very,” Blackpink’s “Boombayah,” AKB48’s “High Tension,” Kara’s “Mamma Mia” (JPN Ver.), and Twice’s “Like OOH-AHH” (JPN Ver.). During the group battle evaluation, Kwon Eun-bi had an opportunity to perform I.O.I’s “Very Very Very” alongside Sakura, Chaeyeon, Minju, Wonyoung, Yujin, Hitomi, and Yena.
After the group battle evaluation, trainees were paired to perform live in groups based on positions they want to debut in: vocal and rap or dance. There were five songs for vocals and rap (Girls’ Generation’s “Into The New World,” BTS’ “The Truth Untold,” Heize’s “Don’t Know You,” Blackpink’s “Ddu-du Ddu-du,” and Wanna One’s “Energetic”) and four songs for dance (Fitz & The Tantrum’s “HandClap,” Ariana Grande’s “Side to Side,” Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry,” and Little Mix’s “Touch”).
For this mission, Eun-bi chose to perform and showcase her dancing skills with Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry.” During the performance, Eun-bi was chosen to be the center of the group. She proved that she is an amazing dancer and gained positive feedback from the mentors.
The next evaluation was concept evaluation where viewers chose group formations through online voting. There were six songs for the concept evaluation: Contemporary Girls Pop “1000%,” R&B/Hip-Hop “I AM,” New Jack Swing “To Reach You,” Moombahton/Trap “Rumor,” Tropical Pop Dance “Rollin’ Rollin’,” and Pop Dance “See You Again.”
In the concept evaluation, Eun-bi and the other four trainees got a chance to perform sexy and charismatic performance with Trap’s song “Rumor.” As their group’s name was Hot Issue of National Producers, they really became a hot issue with their intense and charismatic performance. Eun-bi also proved that she does not only have an amazing skill in dancing but also in singing. Her sweet yet powerful voice really suits the song.
In the final mission, trainees had to perform the debut song evaluation. There were two songs “We Together” and “You’re In Love, Right?” for the final line-up’s debut songs. The trainees split into two teams. Each team had 10 trainees. In this final mission, Eun-bi chose to perform the song “You’re In Love, Right?” and Choi Yena was chosen as the center for the song.
After being trained for several months and undergoing some missions, Kwon Eun-bi finished the competition in the 7th place thus ensuring herself a debut as a member of IZ*ONE. The group officially debuted on October 29th, 2018, with the mini-album Color*IZ and its title track, “La Vie En Rose.”