SEVENTEEN Debut Date
SVT finally debuted on May 26th, 2015 after 4 years of preparation with the fixed 13 members. They were the first male K-pop group to debut with a one-hour live showcase on a major broadcasting channel, with labelmates Lizzy and Raina from After School serving as MCs. They held a debut showcase in Ilsan and held a press meeting. There, the group declared their goal to win the “Rookie Awards” that year.
With the title song “Adore U“, the debut track was described as a funky pop song about a teenage boy trying to navigate puppy love. The song marks the beginning of the group’s trilogy and represents a boy meeting a girl. The song was critically acclaimed charting high with various reviews noting Seventeen as the group to watch in 2015.
SEVENTEEN Pre-Debut Photos
SEVENTEEN Pre-Debut Show
The boys’ journey from trainee days was captured on “Seventeen TV”, so in a way they were in their 3rd year when they debuted officially. There were 5 seasons of Seventeen TV in total, including concerts called “Like Seventeen” in the 4th & 5th season.
Pledis Entertainment representatives told allkpop, that they opened up SEVENTEEN TV as a unique marketing approach to presenting the country’s biggest idol group ever. Through the show, fans will be able to see the training process and the day-to-day activities of the members through a CCTV installed in their rehearsal room for live streaming on USTREAM. Everything about SEVENTEEN’s production process leading up to their debut is available to view.
The first official broadcast of TV Seventeen happened in January 2013 (however, in late 2012 they did a Christmas special). In the early part of this season, the names of the members who participated were not known, so they were called by nicknames according to something that they carried.
The members who appeared on the show are including Mingyu, Jun, Seungkwan, Woozi, Wonwoo, Hoshi, Vernon, Dino, DK, MingMing, and Samuel.
In the second season, the 11 members from the previous season continued, and 4 more were added: Seungcheol (S.Coups), Doyoon, Joshua, and Dongjin. This season, they began to prepare for the first “Like Seventeen” concert, and so were separated into teams that were differentiated by the color of the shirts they wore. The season included the fresh segment ‘Seventeen’s Finding Music Friends’ which will feature the boys undergoing singing and dancing lessons with members of the public.
Early in the third season, a new member, Jeonghan, joined. And after a while, Samuel left for undisclosed reasons. During this season, they participated in missions where the public voted for their favorite member via the official website, and the most voted would compose the “tracklist” for Like Seventeen 2.
The new segments, ‘Seventeen News’ and ‘What’s Up Seventeen’, gave fans the inside scoop on what is going on in the lives of the flower boys members.
The group continued to take fans through their training sessions for their upcoming debut next year. Like the previous season, the boys held a concert, ‘Like Seventeen’, to be held at Ilchi Art Hall on November 23. No member joined or left during the fourth season.
What makes this season different is its new format, which involves the members going head-to-head during the concert. Fans got to vote for their favorite member through an online poll as well as at the concert.
During the hiatus of Seventeen TV, two members left, Doyoon and Mingming (without stated reasons, but possibly eliminated through a “secret trial”); there was the entry of a new member, THE8. Unlike other seasons, the fifth season started with a show, in order to display the evolution of the members’ skills during the time gap. With only 7 episodes, two of them recorded shows, Seventeen officially closed the TV show with greater interaction with the fans, because for one hour they live chatted with fans via Ustream’s chat.
This season also had votes for the Like Seventeen 4, but was not based on missions only on the name of music.
SEVENTEEN Pre-Debut Member : Kim Samuel
As previously stated, Kim Samuel a.k.a Samuel is now a solo singer under Brave Entertainment. He is best known for his appearances in pre-debut footage of Seventeen TV, as “Punch” in duo 1PUNCH, and for his participation in MNET’s survival show Produce 101 Season 2.
Samuel made his first appearances to the public aged eleven, when he appeared on the live broadcast series Seventeen TV as a trainee, but then he left Pledis Entertainment in 2013 due to personal reasons and transferred to Brave Entertainment in 2016.
In 2015, Samuel debuted with ONE in a hip-hop duo called 1Punch under the stage name Punch. But the group revealed to have disbanded after 8 months because ONE got scouted by YG Entertainment.
He was also a contestant on Produce 101 Season 2 but was eliminated in the final round. During the first elimination, he was ranked 2nd, but did not make the final cut for the 11-member team, finally ranking 18th overall.
He has been on quite the journey and essentially lived through multiple lifetimes’ worth of struggles, despite his very young age. It almost goes without saying that Samuel is an incredible dancer. His years of training show when he’s dancing on stage, and he has an incredible charisma on top of that. He truly is a well-rounded performer. Be sure to check his debut MV below!