Pledis Girlz, the Female Trainee Group From Pledis Entertainment
Have you ever heard about Pledis Girlz? Pledis Girlz (플레디스걸즈) used to be a trainee girl group from Pledis Entertainment, consisting of ten beautiful girls, namely Seungyeon, Yehana, Nayoung, Eunwoo, Xiyeon, Kyulkyung, Rena, Roa, Kyla, and Yuha. Pledis Entertainment announced this pre-debut group on March 23rd, 2016. Pledis Girlz released some projects to gather some fans and fire them up before their official debut. As they were still trainees back then, they were allowed to join trainee survival shows, such as Produce 101. Nayoung, Roa, Yuha, Eunwoo, Rena, Kyulkyung, and Xiyeon joined the show, but only Nayoung and Kyulkyung made it into the top eleven and debuted with the temporary group I.O.I for ten months.
As time has passed, these pretty girls finally made their official debut under the name of PRISTIN on March 21st, 2017. PRISTIN is a name that was made from “Prismatic” (bright and pure) and “Elastin” (the perfect power). They successfully debuted as the group that had already gathered fans with their pre-debut activities. In this article, Channel-Korea will provide you with information about PRISTIN’s members’ activities while they were still Pledis Girlz. Let’s check it out!
Before debuting, Pledis Girlz dropped a teaser for their upcoming special debut project which was released on December 28th, 2016, via their SNS account. The awaited special debut project turned out to be a cover song of their senior labelmate Seventeen’s song “Adore U.” The girls were gathered in a practice room, dancing, singing, and rapping to the song. They show their incredible abilities as an upcoming group really well! You can see their debut project below:
All members, except Xiyeon, took part in this special debut project. Viewers and fans gave them positive responses as the group chose to show their abilities with such a fresh song, not a cute and girly concept like the typical girl groups that are mostly present on the K-Pop scene.
On June 27th, 2016, Pledis Girlz released their digital single titled “We” as their pre-debut track. Unfortunately, Nayoung and Kyulkyung couldn’t participate in this project due to their activities with I.O.I. The song is 3:54 minutes long and has been made by the members themselves. The writers of this song are Roa, Eunwoo, Sungyeon, and Xiyeon, while the composers are Eunwoo and Seungyeon. This song was later re-recorded for PRISTIN’s debut album, Hi! PRISTIN.
This pop song is quite fresh and light with a medium tempo. All the girls wear comfy shirts, skirts, and shoes, show their effortless beauty in such a chill song.
Eun-woo’s Collaboration with Seventeen’s Vernon
During the Pledis Girlz era, Eunwoo made a collaboration song with Seventeen’s Vernon titled “Sickness.” This song will later be the soundtrack of the popular webtoon series titled Love Revolution. The song was released on March 23rd, 2016, in Melon Music. During the promotion of “Sickness,” Seventeen’s Vernon and Pledis Girlz members held a weekly concert. Sadly, Nayoung and Kyulkyung once again couldn’t participate because they were still promoting with I.O.I at the time.
Such a beautiful ballad song!
At the end of their Pledis Girlz era, the group held a concert titled Bye & Hi on January 6th, 2017, at Yes 24 Live Hall in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea. The concert lasted almost two hours, filled by Pledis Girlz’s single project and cover songs of their sunbae groups’ songs. In this concert, every member got their chance to show their uniqueness in musical abilities.
Before they sang their last song, the group announced that they will debut under the name PRISTIN, which means “to be the best star collecting the charm of each shining bright.” One of the girls said, “From today, we will start a new beginning with PRISTIN, and we will be greeted with a new team name.”
The set list of the concert was:
- INTRO VCR
- WE (Pledis Girlz)
- INTRO + OH! (SNSD)
- VERY VERY VERY (I.O.I)
- KYULKYUNG, MINKYUNG & SHANNON STAGE – FOX RAIN (LEE SUN HEE)
- KYUNGWON, NAYOUNG & KYLA STAGE – A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SWEETNESS (SAN E & RAINA)
- EUNWOO & SIYEON STAGE – DON’T COME BACK (HEIZE)
- MINKYUNG, YEBIN & YEWON STAGE – GET (URBAN ZAKAPA)
- VOCAL LINE STAGE – MISS MOVIN’ ON (FIFTH HARMONY)
- RAP LINE STAGE – HIGH HIGH (GD&TOP)
- PREDEBUT/TRAINING FOOTAGE & INTERVIEW
- INTRO + CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (SNSD)
- PUM PUM PUM (f(x))
- ADORE U (SEVENTEEN)
- ROLLER COASTER (PLEDIS GIRLZ)
- BANG! PLEDIS GIRLZ VER. WITHOUT SIYEON & HER RAP )
- (ORIGINAL BY AFTERSCHOOL)
- DON’T DO IT (PLEDIS GIRLZ)
- TRAINING/PREDEBUT INTERVIEW AGAIN
- BYE PLEDIS GIRLZ, AND HI PRISTIN + TALK
- ANOTHER PROMISE (END SONG)
More photos of the concert!
Can you guess what song they sang in this photo?
Kyulkyung beautifully sang “Fox Rain.”
Photo cards from the concert, they looked so innocent, cute, and pretty!
By looking at their track record from the pre-debut era, we can easily see that PRISTIN girls have really worked very hard to reach their dreams as idols. It’s not easy to gain fame as they have right now. What’s your opinion on PRISTIN’s pre-debut era as Pledis Girlz? Kindly share your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below!