NCT Dream was originally designed as an age-restricted sub-unit with members under the age of 20. When a member reaches the age of 20, he will graduate from this sub-unit and will take part in other sub-units. NCT Dream was formed by SM Entertainment with seven members ranging from ages 14 years to 17 years.
NCT Dream’s Debut Teaser
SM Entertainment announced the debut of NCT’s new sub-unit on August 18, 2016, called NCT Dream. The unit consisted of SM Rookies members under the age of 20, also known as mini Rookies.
On the same day as the announcement of NCT Dream’s debut, SM Entertainment introduced and released the teaser for the first member, Jisung. On August 19, 2016, SM Entertainment released the second teaser member, Chenle, who was previously a trainee from China.
NCT fans were also looking forward to the debut of this NCT Dream’s sub-unit. However, considering the members’ ages ranging from 14 to 17 years, some fans said they were sad because they were older.
“Seriously, I’m older than them all. Jisung is even as old as my younger brother. Ouch how, they are all funny,” said one fan. “What makes me sad is that we who are older can’t call them ‘oppa’,” said another fan. “It was like seeing your own little brother haha. Fighting, NCT Dream!” added another.
NCT Dream, which consists of Mark Lee, Haechan, Jeno, Jaemin, Renjun, Chenle, and Jisung, was ready to debut on August 25, 2016. The third sub-unit from NCT came with a song titled “Chewing Gum.”
On August 22, 2016, SM Entertainment again teased fans with a group photo teaser and a series of individual photo teasers. Like the previous teaser, this new photo teaser features Mark Lee and other members with cute makeup.
In the first teaser music video for “Chewing Gum” which was released on August 22, 2016, the members of NCT are told to be living together in a romance. During the curfew, Mark Lee and his friends who should be sleeping instead gather while eating.
Previously, SM Entertainment had released a series of group and individual photo teasers of NCT Dream. This time, SM Entertainment uploaded its second “Chewing Gum” music video teaser on August 23, 2016.
Unlike the previous teaser, “Chewing Gum”‘s second music video teaser featured Mark and the other members in colorful clothes. Near the end of the video, the members look cute while sitting on large balloons accompanied by cheerful music.
NCT Dream’s Music Video
Previously, SM Entertainment released a teaser photo and MV for NCT Dream ahead of their debut. On August 24, 2016, the agency which also oversees SHINee and EXO finally released the “Chewing Gum” music video that fans had been waiting for through the official SMTOWN YouTube channel.
In accordance with the theme, the music video for their debut single “Chewing Gum” has a colorful but boyish style. Likewise, it is easy to listen to music like pop dance. Because of that, SM Entertainment as the agency deliberately packed them with a very colorful concept typical of teenagers. Sure enough, this concoction succeeded in making K-pop connoisseurs, mostly young women, very interested in NCT Dream.
NCT Dream’s Debut Stage
NCT Dream made its first stage appearance on the music program M! Countdown on August 25, 2016. Behind their debut, NCT Dream became a topic of discussion for netters in a post on the Pann site. The netter who published the post said the group led by Mark Lee had never performed live since their debut.
According to netters, puberty and the breaking of voices cannot be a reason for a group not to appear live. On the other hand, “Chewing Gum”‘s choreography which uses the hoverboard is considered difficult and quite dangerous so some netters understood that Mark and his friends appeared lipsyncing.
“I don’t understand why people defend them because they are young. Are they going to sing live only after puberty?” commented a netter. “Actually I don’t know them,” said another netter. “They dance on the hoverboard so this time I can understand,” said another.
What do you think about NCT Dream’s debut era with “Chewing Gum?”
Well, that was all for the information about NCT’s debut era from their sub-unit to the appearance of the members when they started their career as a member of NCT. By becoming important parts of a South Korean boy group with a large formation, each member also has an important role in their respective positions so that with their joint efforts they can make the name of NCT even more famous and shine in the future!
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