Meet Minjae, MCND’s version of EXO’s Kai
Minjae is the lead dancer and lead vocalist of idol group MCND. The group was formed by TOP Media in 2020 and debuted with the single “Ice Age”. Minjae was born in 2003 and is among the youngest idols around. He started training and auditioning when he was just a middle school student. He loved dancing and his favorite dancer is EXO’s Kai. In order to follow in Kai’s footsteps, Minjae learned to dance all the way in the USA. As Minjae grew older, his facial expression began to resemble Kai’s and his dancing skills steadily reached Kai’s level.
Let’s find out about his info and fun facts in this Channel-Korea article!
MCND’s Minjae’s Full Profile
Birth Name: Song Min-jae
Stage Name: MCND Minjae
Birthday: August 23rd, 2003
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Blood Type: B
Position: Lead Vocal, lead dancer
MCND’s Minjae’s Facts
- Minjae’s hobbies are playing games, watching animations, swimming, skateboarding
- Minjae’s specialty is dancing
- Minjae’s favorite food is spicy Korean rice cake
- Minjae is the tallest member of MCND
- Minjae learned dancing in America and once received an award at the World of Dance Las Vegas
- Minjae is the strongest member of MCND. He can lift each member with one arm.
- Minjae used to dream of becoming a soccer athlete but since he had no talent in soccer, he quit playing soccer
- Minjae used to live with his parents and older sister
- Minjae’s role model is EXO’s main dancer, Kai
MCND’s Minjae’s Official Debut
Minjae debuted with MCND in February 2020. MCND is formed under the management of TOP Media and consists of 5 members: Castle J, BIC, Minjae, Huijun, and Win. The company is actively promoting new idol groups under the supervision of Shinhwa’s Andy. Minjae joined TOP Media as a trainee in 2015. At the time, he was just a junior high school student. By the time he debuted with MCND, he was a high school student. Minjae is the third youngest member of MCND after Win and Huijin.
Prior to the official debut, MCND released the pre-debut single “Top Gang” in January 2020. Nearly two months later, MCND announced the official debut and released the debut single “Ice Age”. In MCND, Minjae fills the position of lead dancer and also lead vocalist.
Since Minjae and Huijin are born in the same year, they became very close friends. They formed a duo called MinjaeHuiiun and appeared on the music program The Fan. Minjae is the tallest member of MCND and he is the strongest member as well. Because he has such a cute face, he is oftentimes being called MCND’s Big Baby.
MCND’s Minjae’s Focus Fan-cam
MCND’s Minjae performing MCND’s debut single “Ice Age” on the KBS music program Music Bank, in March 2020. In most fan-cam videos, viewers fell in love with him because of his smile. Minjae is always aware of the camera and grins whenever he sees his face in the video.
In this face-cam video, Minjae looks like EXO’s Kai. His facial expression really resembles Minjae’s favorite idol, Kai. Fans love his cute smile and can’t help screaming whenever he smiles at the audience.
MCND’s Minjae’s Dance Covers
MCND fans can find Minjae’s cover dance on MCND’s official YouTube channel. As he grows older and more mature, Minjae looks more like his favorite dancer, Exo’s Kai. From a certain angle, he looks like a younger version of Kai. Fans praise Minjae’s dance covers, especially when he performs sexy dance moves. But they must be careful because Minjae is still underage. In the video, Minjae has the confidence and the talent of a senior idol. His movements are powerful and his expressions are on point.
MCND’s Minjae’s Appearance In Crazy School
Crazy School is the first reality show that covered all MCND members in their daily activities. The program was broadcast through the 1theK official channel every Thursday from March 5th to March 26th, 2020.
In the program, all MCND members showed that they were very comfortable and fun playing with each other. Sometimes, the producer gave them a special mission but most of the time, the producer pranked the boys. When the producer gave them a box full of cooking ingredients, all of the members moved closer to Minjae. They were already aware of Minjae’s cooking skills and they wanted to be on the same team as him.
In another session, Minjae showed his strength and won against the entire team in an arm wrestling game. He easily became the MVP and won a special card. Crazy School was very funny and refreshing because the viewers could see MCND members competing in funny games or performing special missions.
MCND’s Minjae’s Appearance in The Fan
During the training period, MCND’s Minjae and Huijun competed in an idol survival show, SBS’s The Fan. The program was held from November 24th, 2018 to February 2nd, 2019. Renowned idol talent seekers such as Yoo Hee-yeol, BoA, Lee Sang-min, and Kim Lee-na became the judges. In the program, various artists or musicians recommended prospective talents to the judges, performed in front of the judges, and received important feedback from the judges to improve their talents.
In front of 300 audiences, the singers had to gain more than 200 votes or gain more than 10.000 online votes in order to advance to the next round. Minjae and Huijun participated in the program at the recommendation of Shinhwa’s Eric and Lee Min-woo. At the time, Minjae and Huijun were just trainees under TOP Media and they hadn’t yet made an official debut. The duo was the youngest contestant in the competition. At that time, they were just 15 years old and they held their nerves when competing with much older singers.
Minjae and Huijun competed with 15 other contestants that were recommended by other artists. Most of the contestants were either hip-hop singers or solo singers. In the first round, Minjae and Huijun performed “Believer” by Imagine Dragons and they advanced to the second round after collecting 242 votes. Five contestants failed to advance because they collected less than 200 votes.
In the second round, Minjae and Huijun performed “HandClap” by Fitz & The Tantrums and collected the highest votes from all contestants. In the fourth round, the boys performed BoA’s “No 1”. They said that BoA is their favorite singer and they want to show their talent in front of her. The duo failed to advance to the fifth round after collecting 327 and were placed in the sixth position.
That was all the information about MCND’s Minjae. He is one of the cutest idols around because of his cute face and smiling eyes. Don’t forget to share this article with your Twitter account and also check out the profiles and fun facts of other MCND members in the collection of Channel-Korea articles.