This unit is based in China. WayV focuses on releasing songs in Mandarin. WayV’s members are Lucas, Winwin, Kun, Ten, Hendery, Xiao Jun, and Yang Yang. The unit debuted under China’s exclusive label with SM Entertainment, Label V. WayV debuted on January 17, 2019, with the release of NCT 127’s single “Regular” with lyrics in Chinese.
This sub-unit from NCT is a mixture of members who have promoted before at NCT 2018, such as Lucas and Kun, and also Winwin and Ten who are members of NCT U. They became original members of WayV with the additional members Yangyang, Hendery, and Xiao Jun, who was a “secret” trainee and was introduced shortly before their debut.
Since being officially introduced as a member of NCT and the leader of WayV, Kun is indeed one of the longest trainees at SM Entertainment. This man who was born in 1996 first joined as a trainee at SM Entertainment after he took part in a global audition held in Guangzhou.
The audition brought Kun to travel to Korea, and he underwent a training period at the agency in July 2015. After auditioning and entering SM Entertainment, Kun underwent quite a busy schedule, from practicing dance and vocals to preparing for his debut.
After undergoing a long training period, the owner of the full name Qian Kun was finally introduced by SM Entertainment on December 18, 2015, as an SM Rookies member.
However, Kun’s introduction to the public was not alone. Instead, he was introduced along with two other SM trainees, Lucas and Jungwoo. The three SM Rookies were previously given the nickname “Lucky Three” because they successfully debuted in a large agency and group amidst intense competition.
A year later, Kun’s handsome face greeted fans on a variety show titled NCT Life Season 2 which featured the activities of children from SM Rookies who were about to debut in NCT or WayV. In NCT Life Season 2, Kun appeared together with Winwin.
Although he is still quite young, Kun’s musical talent is unquestionable. Not long after appearing on NCT Life, Kun was entrusted with contributing to the production of the Mandarin version of the NCT U song entitled “Without You” on April 8, 2016.
Around 2017, Kun and other selected trainees continued to train together. It took approximately two years before Kun was trusted to work with the other sub-unit in China or what is now known as WayV.
Qian Kun as WayV’s Leader
In the midst of preparing to debut with his Chinese unit, Kun was again called upon to join a new project in NCT 2018 by releasing “Black on Black.” At that time, SM Entertainment had indeed given the code to release a large-scale comeback.
After completing the NCT 2018’s project, Kun was preoccupied with new preparations in China. On January 17, 2019, Kun made his first debut in the WayV sub-unit with Ten, Winwin, Lucas, Hendery, Xiaojun, and Yangyang.
In WayV, Kun has the position of the leader for the other five members. Even though he is the leader, Kun is still often the target of being teased by the members, especially Ten, Lucas, and Yangyang. Out of WayV’s members, no one is afraid of Kun.
Among fans, Kun is already known for his various hidden talents, from learning to fly his own plane, performing magic tricks, to becoming a cook. In fact, before joining WayV, Kun often made dishes for NCT Dream’s members.
That’s why Kun was nicknamed “Kun Eomma,” but this name was always rejected by Kun because he felt that he was a man so he should be called “Kun Appa” instead of “Kun Eomma.” His cooking talent was born when he was still in school because he was often left behind by his parents. Kun learned to be independent and cook from his mother.
NCT U’s Leader
NCT U is a sub-unit of NCT. The letter U stands for United. NCT U is not a sub-unit with fixed members and always changes members. Therefore, NCT U does not have a permanent leader, or it can even be said that the leader of NCT U is Taeyong because he is considered a member who can manage the group well.
This unit then made a comeback in February 2018 with the release of the single “BOSS.” At that time, NCT U’s members changed to Taeyong, Jaehyun, Doyoung, Mark, Winwin, Lucas, and Jungwoo.
On the latest album RESONANCE Pt.1 which was released on October 12, 2020, the members of NCT U- Taeyong, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Lucas, Xiaojun, Jaemin, and Shotaro– sang the song “Make a Wish (Birthday Song).”
At the end of November 2020, NCT U returned with the release of their next single, “90’s Love,” with members who were far different from their previous lineup. For the music video release and comeback stage for “90’s Love,” the members promoting NCT U were Mark, Haechan, Winwin, Ten, Jeno, Yangyang, and Sungchan.
Well, that is all of the information about NCT’s leaders, from their debut with NCT 127, NCT U, and NCT Dream, to their latest sub-unit in WayV. Originally, there were 3 members appointed as leaders of each sub-unit, which are Taeyong in NCT 127, Mark in NCT Dream, and Kun in WayV. As a whole, NCT is a large and powerful boy group that releases new songs and performances that make many people be amazed by them. Are you guys also amazed by NCT’s leaders as well?
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