Story Of Cho Mi-yeon: Almost Debuting With Blackpink And Becoming Successful With (G)-IDLE

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Let’s Meet the Main Vocal of (G)I-DLE!

Who does not know about (G)I-DLE, the girl group from South Korea with six talented members. Although they debuted in 2018, the popularity of this girl group cannot be underestimated. The group consists of Cho Mi-yeon (Mi-yeon), Minnie Nicha Yontararak (Minnie), Seo Soo-jin (Soo-jin), Jeon So-yeon, Song Yu- qi (Yuqi), and Yeh Shuhua (Shuhua).

Having gained popularity since their debut, many of the members of this group have been famous even since before their debut, one of them being the main vocal of the group, Cho Mi-yeon. The singer, who was born in 1997, was known to show a strong interest in singing since she was a child. She auditioned for YG Entertainment during middle school, and passed. Even though Cho Mi-yeon was recognized as a talented trainee and was supposed to be debuting with BLACKPINK, that fell through, and then she moved to CUBE Entertainment.

CUBE Entertainment is known for having ‘self-composing and self-producing’ idols. They currently manage several artists, namely Jo Kwon, Jang Hyun-seung, BTOB, CLC, Pentagon, Lai Kuan-lin, Yoo Seon-ho, (G )I-DLE, and A Train to Autumn. It also manages several entertainers, including Lee Hwi-jae, Heo Kyung-hwan, and Park Mi-sun. The agency was formerly home to K-pop artists such as 4 Minute, Beast, G.NA, and Roh Ji-hoon.

Let’s find out more about (G) I-DLE’s Cho Mi-yeon!

Full Profile and Facts

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Stage Name: Miyeon (미연)
Birth Name: Jo Mi-yeon (조미연)
Position: Main Vocalist
Birthday: January 31, 1997
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Height: 163 cm (5’4″)
Weight: 47 kg (104 lbs)
Nationality: Korean

Miyeon’s Facts

  • She’s a former YG Trainee.
  • She doesn’t have any siblings.
  •  Miyeon was supposed to debut with BlackPink, but she left the company.
  •  She left YG Entertainment in 2015.
  •  She joined YG Entertainment at the same time as BlackPink‘s Jennie.
  •  Miyeon is left-handed.
  •  She loves nail art.
  •  She auditioned for the first time when she was in middle school.
  •  Her father taught her to enjoy music.
  •  She knows how to play the piano and violin.
  •  She attended media classes because she was very interested in composing songs and writing lyrics.
  •  Miyeon’s favorite color is green.
  •  Miyeon’s foot size is 225-230.
  • According to Soojin, she sleeps a lot, likes milk tea, and is not a picky eater.
  • According to Yuqi, she likes snacks, likes latiao (Chinese snack), and is a friend-like unnie.
  • According to Shuhua, she can’t be disturbed when she sleeps, and looks pretty with bangs, too.
  • According to Minnie, she likes Thai food.
  • According to Soyeon, she brushes her teeth and eats, and doesn’t easily wake up.
  • Miyeon wanted to call (G)I-DLE fans as “Noodles“.
  • Miyeon, Minnie, Soyeon, and Yuqi are roommates.
  • She introduced herself as (G)I-DLE’s powerful vocal.
  • She’s friends with Fromis_9‘s Seoyeon and Jiwon.
  •  She’s currently in the League of Legends ‘group’ called K/DA.

Pre-debut Story

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Before making their debut, YG Entertainment, which oversees BLACKPINK, announced that BLACKPINK would debut as a four-member girl group. One source from YG Entertainment said that the group was originally planned to have nine members, but had been reduced to the current four members, “There were originally nine members, but Yang Hyun Suk suddenly changed the plan two years ago to debut four members first. Although we don’t know exactly what he is thinking, the remaining five trainees are still at YG, and BLACKPINK is thinking of as an advance party, in a sense, back at the company. ” ㅡ YG Affiliate

One of the members who almost debuted with BLACKPINK was the trainee named Cho Mi-yeon, who has since debuted as a member of (G) I-IDLE in 2018, under CUBE Entertainment. She trained at YG Entertainment for five years, and there are photos of Miyeon and the BLACKPINK members from the past, which have been surfacing. Many fans are commenting on how well she would have fit into the group.

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Although the reason she did not debut with BLACKPINK is unclear, rumor has it that she had been caught on a trip to Japan with MIX & MATCH contestant Jung Jin-hyung, and asked to leave. As a result, she was asked to leave BLACKPINK, as well as the agency, for good.

Miyeon revealed once in a radio show that, despite not getting the chance to debut together with Jennie (as well as Jisoo, Lisa and Rose), they still keep in touch and maintain a close relationship with each other. Not only that, but the four girls also left some sweet congratulatory messages for her to celebrate her long-awaited debut with (G)I-DLE.

Debut with (G)-IDLE

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Cho Mi-yeon debuted as a member of (G) I-DLE on May 2, 2018, with the lead single ‘Latata’. The music video for ‘Latata’ exceeded 5.9 million views within the first week. It became a hit, and (G) I-DLE received their first-ever music show win on SBS MTV’s The Show on May 22, twenty days after their debut.

In an interview with The Star, the leader of the group, Jeon So-yeon, revealed that the name “Idle” came to her when she was composing the Idle Song. She sent it to the company, and the name was finalized after going through the company’s competition. The group was thus renamed (G)I-DLE, with the “I” standing for individuality,  the “-” to show that the name has been divided into two parts, and “Dle” as the plural form of “I” in Korean, meaning a group of six different personalities gathered together.

(G)I-DLE has been praised for their musicality and ambiguity. Natalie Morin from Refinery29 described them as individuals with different energies that complement each other. She also described them as “bold and sensual,” characteristics which she asserts sets them apart from other K-pop girl groups. Mor.bo named them as a diverse group that is unafraid to try different music styles. Elle magazine named the group as “independent musicians and artists” in an arena where girl groups’ concepts typically work within a mold that was made by someone else.

(G) I-DLE was recognized for its brand recognition and marketing power, having topped the “Girl Group Brand Power Ranking” published by the Korean Business Research Institute. In 2018, they were ranked #1 for June and September. Their highest brand reputation index was in September 2018. (G)I-DLE has been dubbed the ‘rookie monster‘ of 2018. Billboards ranked them at the top of its list as the best new K-pop groups of 2018.

In 2019, (G)I-DLE gained more recognition with the general public after appearing on Queendom.  The performance of their finale song, ‘Lion,’ was considered as one of K-pop’s biggest moments of 2019 by CTV News. This resulted in them topping the “Girl Group Brand Power Ranking” for two consecutive months, in October and November 2019, respectively. Rolling Stone India included ‘Lion’ in their list of the 10 Best K-Pop Music Videos of 2019. The song was considered as “one of the most visceral tracks of 2019,” and was listed number one out of 920 songs released in 2019. In January 2020, (G)I-DLE were voted as the Most Anticipated Singers/Groups in 2020, based on surveys that were taken by several Korean music agencies, broadcasting and program officials, composers and popular music critics. (G)I-DLE won their first award, the ‘Female Rookie Idol of the Year,’ on July 24, 2018, at the Brand of the Year Awards.