Forever Fake Maknae, TEEN TOP’s Ricky!
Yoo Chang Hyun, also known as Ricky is a part of the South Korean boy group called TEEN TOP under TOP Media. He is the second youngest member to represent TEEN TOP, alongside C.A.P (leader), Chunji, Niel, Changjo, and formerly L.joe. He had a closed audition together with Chunji and was the first member to join the group, whereas the other four members had an open Lotte World audition. He officially debuted as a TEEN TOP member on July 9, 2010 with Clap.
Despite being on maknae lines together with Changjo and not being the most popular member of the group, he has so many charms and experiences working in the entertaiment industry since he was young. To get to know him better, keep on reading!
Full Profile of Yoo Chang Hyun (TEEN TOP’s Ricky)
Real Name : Yoo Chang Hyun (유창현)
Stage Name : Ricky (리키)
Nickname : Lovely Boy, Rickhanna
Position : Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Fake Maknae
Birthplace : Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Birthdate : February 27, 1995
Blood Type : AB
Western Zodiac : Pisces
Chinese Zodiac : Pig
Height : 172 cm
Weight : 55 kg
Hobby(s) : Watching Movies, Playing piano
Specialty : Acting
Languange : Korean, Japanese
Education : Namgang Middle School, School of Performing Arts Seoul, Hoseo University
Sibling : Two older brothers, and one of his older brothers is E:psilon of AlphaBAT
Fansclub Name : Lovelies
Agency(s) : T.O.P Media (South Korea), Universal Music (Japan)
Instagram : @RICKY_TEENTOP_
Official Site : Cyworld & Daum
You may see his self introduction in the video below!
TEEN TOP Member Ricky’s Real Height
At a height of 172 cm or 5’7½”, he’s shorter than the tallest member, Changjo, by 7 cm. Ricky and L.Joe (former member) were known as the shortest members in the group, and both of them already admitted that they used ‘the stone height enhancer’ to make themselves look taller on stage. Ricky was teased by the other members a lot about his height, and once was humiliated about being a liar for not telling people his real height.
However, although he is not taller than anyone in the group, Niel particularly approved of Ricky‘s good looks. Compared to other members, he has a very manly, built body, and that’s why Niel thinks he’s handsome (overall).
Ricky, The Fake Maknae of TEEN TOP
When you spot Ricky among the other members for the first time, there is a chance that you might mistake him as the youngest, when it’s actually Changjo who is the youngest. Also, he likes telling people that he is TEEN TOP’s maknae and has the most childish personality, that’s why he is called as the fake maknae of the group. Also, it was revealed that because he has a cute and lovely image in TEEN TOP, he ended up using Ricky as his stage name because the name helps you imagine those things perfectly.
He is responsible for TEEN TOP’s noona fans, who love his smile. Although he always claims he is the maknae, he is the most hot tempered member, yet he gets bullied the most by his hyungs. Not to mention, he has lots of aegyo and is kinda talkative.
TEEN TOP Member Ricky’s Favorite Things
- Ricky likes wearing suits better than jeans.
- He likes Sci-Fi and action movies.
- He likes to play board games, especially Monopoly.
- He doesn’t like to eat pickles.
- He likes sweets, such as cakes and candies.
- His dream is to be able to act, because he was a child actor.
- If he was a girl, he’d want to date Chunji.
- He likes mint choc-chip ice-cream.
- His role models are Big Bang & Shinhwa.
- He is a big fan of T.O.P of BIGBANG. He admires him a lot.
- His idol crushes are After School’s Uee & T-ara’s Hyomin.
- When asked about his ideal type, he said: “I like someone who acts cute a lot, and someone who understands me.”
- He was closest to L.Joe (the former member), but gets on well with everyone.
TEEN TOP Member Ricky’s Habits & Personality
- Ricky is the loudest member of Teen Top, but according Changjo, when he is with his parents, he is very quiet.
- Chunji said that he and Ricky share similar tastes in music and movies, and that their personalities are very similar. Ricky added that they are both are the ones who mourn the most in the group.
- He is the most boyish and comical, he likes to shout and do crazy things to lighten the atmosphere.
- Ricky likes to lean on his hyungs, step on them, and randomly brush up against them. This has made Cap really mad in the past.
- Ricky likes to stare at his band members when they sing during radio lives.
- Ricky is the Teen Top member who sweats the most.
- In the TEEN TOP dorm, he shared a room with Niel, because they are the loudest members.
- Ricky is crazy good at math. He’s a genius. He does math calculations super fast in his head.
- According to the other members, Ricky is the shyest/most embarrassed member of TEEN TOP.
- Ricky likes to hide behind his hyungs whenever he feels shy or embarrassed.
- Ricky tends to remain silent whenever his hyungs tease him. When the teasing becomes too much, he either smiles it off, wacks his hyung away, or comes up with a witty comeback.
- Ricky is the type of person to internalize problems. He won’t say his displeasures out loud. But at the same time, he says he easily forgets about these bad memories.
- Ricky is one of the easiest to make cry, next to Chunji.
- Ricky is very scared of ghosts.
- Ricky cares for Changjo a lot. He lets Changjo use all his lotions. When all the Teen Top hyungs were against Changjo in a debate about whether or not Changjo’s temper was too much, Ricky stuck through to the end defending Changjo, and was a kind friend.
- He doesn’t wear much clothes in the dorms, according to his fellow group members.
- Ricky was the first person to talk to L.joe. This made L. joe very happy, because he was lonely in Korea.
- Ricky tends to mispronounce his words.
- Ricky’s double eyelids disappear when he lays around for too long (for example, watching movies all night in bed).
- His leg power is no joke. He is crazy strong. (You can see that on his appearance on rising brothers).
- Ricky considers Changjo his hyung (brother) because on the second day after Teen Top debuted, Changjo became sick and Ricky was at his side all the time, at any time, and gave him his medicine. He was very spoiled.
- L.Joe said that although Ricky makes Changjo angry, it is seen that they love each other very much, and also congratulates Ricky for having achieved what he wanted.
- He gets really embarrassed watching himself play HyunBin in TEEN TOP’s parody to Secret Garden. Whenever he watches it, he puts his fingers in his ears and looks away.
- When he feels overly stressed , he smiles to make himself feel better.
- He cares a lot about his health, so he takes vitamins everyday.
- Meeting fans personally at fan signings makes him happy.
More Facts About TEEN TOP’s Ricky
- He was the first member to join the group.
- In Weekly idol, Ricky was named #2 Baby Idol, #5 Bullied Idol, #4 Idol who is always eating, and #5 Idol who shines during Weekly idol.
- Members Niel and Ricky both jumped 1.65 meters (5’5″) and 1.6 meters (5’3″) respectively at the 4th annual ‘Idol Star Athletic Championships’, and won the gold and silver medals.
- Suprisingly, he had the highest note when battling with Niel and Chunji on his hoobaes’ reality show Up10tion.
- His hyungs like to call him ‘pig’ because Ricky was born in the year of the pig. Ricky doesn’t mind this at all.
- According to some sources, Ricky had throat problems when he first debuted, so he was not able to have as big of a part in the songs. He felt bad for his group members, so he practiced his dancing a lot to make up for it.
- When Brown Eyed Girl’s Narsha asked Ricky if he knows how old she is, he shyly replied “twice my age“.
- Ricky has a celebrity fanboy, Takada Kenta from JBJ. Ricky once get a phone call from him where Takada Kenta asked him directly to be friends, and instead got treated as a sunbae; because they’re both the same age, just a month apart.
- He considers 100%’s Rockhyun a teacher, because in his trainee days he taught him to enjoy singing and dancing, and they also have a good friendship. When Rockhyun performed on stage for ‘KBS The Unit : Rebooting Idols Project’, Ricky came and cheered him on sitting in the audience.
- The bracelet that he donated for ‘Star Donation Event’ was the one that obtained the highest price in the auction, and was auctioned for 700,000 won (approximately $ 630 USD).
- He got his driver’s license at the beginning of 2014.
- When performing “Supa Luv“, he gets too eager to bend his back even lower in his Matrix dance move, which sometimes ends with him getting his feet twisted.
- Chunji said that the member that made the best impression on him was Ricky because he thought he was ‘really cute’.
- He and L.Joe had to perform a kiss scene for an Mnet Japan photoshoot (which was actually L.Joe’s first kiss).
- When he reached the age of majority (20 years old), the first thing he did was obtain a driver’s license and watch a 19+ movie.
- Ricky does a lot of moves where he has to extend his legs during dances, and he is very enthusiastic to add more power so his pants tear more.
- He has torn his pants on 2 occasions, the 1st in the Clap promotions (trousers and closing), and the 2nd occasion was during the ‘After School’ program. Ricky said that his pants had just torn in a shameful area (crotch), causing everyone in the studio to laugh.
- Ricky says his mom did not let him take out a credit card (in his name), even after he become an adult. Ricky’s mom only gives him $ 400. Ricky said: “I can not hurt my mother’s feelings” DJ: “He’s so cute!“.
- On April 7th in a fanmeeting, each group member read a letter to the fans, but Ricky could not read it because he was crying, so he asked Changjo to read it for him.
TEEN TOP Member Ricky’s Filmography
- Entertain us (Mnet, 2014)
- I Am Legend (SBS, 2010)
- Looking For Dorothy (MBC, 2006)
- 2015 : Bachelor’s Vegetable Store (with Boyfriend’s Donghyun, ZE:A’s Minwoo, and Cross Gene’s Seyoung)
- 2014 : Bachelor’s Vegetable Store (with 100%’s Rockhyun)
- Star Cam (with Teen Top)
- MBC Flower Bouquet (episode 8)
- Moon Night 90 (with Niel & Changjo)
- Miss & Mr Idol (with Niel & Chunji)
- MBC KPop Star Olympics
- MBC Kpop Star Athletic Championship
- Let’s Go Dream Team
- Weekly Idol (2x with Teen Top)
- Wide M Open Studio
- MBC KPop Star Olympics
- MBC Kpop Star Athletic Championship
- Weekly Idol (2x with Teen top)
- MBC Idol Sport Champion Ship (with L.Joe, Changjo, and Chunji)
- MBC Idol Futsal Champion Ship (with Changjo)
- MBC Infinite Dream Concert
- KBS Global Request Show: A Song For You 3 (episode 10 with Teen Top)
- ASC Arirang-After School Club (15/09/2014)
- KBS Open Concert (16/09/2014)
- KBS1 Love Request (20/09/14)
- MBC Idol Music Festival: Kpop Expo in Asia (21/09/14)
- Pops In Seul (22/09/14)
- Weekly Idol (08/10/14)
- Arirang TV Simply KPOP
- MNET Moon Heejun´s Pure 15+ (with Chunji)
- SBS Star King (with L.Joe & Chunji)
- MBC Hitmakers (26/12)
- KBS2 Dream Team Season 2 (15/2)
- MBC Weekly Idol (18/11)
- MBC Idol Star Athletics, Archery, Futsal Championship (19/2)
- MBC Idol Sports Championship (19/2)
- MBC Weekly Idol (episode 188 – 04/03/15 with L.Joe, C.A.P, and Niel).
- KBS2 MV Bank Stardust (with Chunji and Niel, 30/04/15)
- KBS Dream Team Season 2 (31/05/15)
- Weekly Idol (24/06/15)
- KBS Global Request Show: A song for you 4 (episode 1)
- KBS Yettie TV (with C.A.P, Chunji, L.Joe, and Changjo)
- MBC Idol Star Athletics Championships
- KBS Hello Counselor (ep. 240 with C.A.P, ChunJi, Niel, and ChangJo. 31/08/15)
- KBS2 Dream Team Season 2 en Tailandia (with Niel)
- KBS Let’s Go! Dream Team 2
- KBS Gag Concert with Niel and Changjo (31/01/16)
- MBC Idol Star Athletics Championships
- KBS Dream Team “Let´s be friends” Global Quiz Festival in Jeju Island
- MBC Idol Star Athletics Championships
- SBS Now Jeong Dae Man Mobidic Overwatch TEEN TOP vs BAP (episode 20)
- KBS2 Immortal Song with Niel, Rockhyun and Hyuk Jin (18/02/17)
- 2011 : MBC ShimShim Tapa Radio (30/08/2011 with Niel)
- 2011 : MBC ShimShim Tapa Radio (28/09/2011 with Niel)
- 2011 : MBC ShimShim Tapa Radio (19/10/2011 with Niel)
- 2011 : MBC ShimShim Tapa Radio (29/11/2012)
- 2012 : MBC ShimShim Tapa Radio (06/07/2012)
TEEN TOP Member Ricky’s High School Life
Ricky was a student of Seoul School of Performing Arts (SOPA), which is a high school that attracts many idols due to its focus on the arts. He was accepted and graduated alongside many of his celebrity friends (95-liners) such as NCT’s Taeyong, Boyfriend’s Twins Youngmin & Kwangmin, Boyfriend’s Minwoo, APINK’s Namjoo, WJSN’s Exy, etc.
However it seems MYNAME’s Chaejin is Ricky’s closest celebrity friend. Based on the photos Chaejin took above, Chaejin wrote on his personal twitter that he was thankful for Ricky who treated him well, and took care of him a lot. In the photo, Chaejin and Ricky showed their cuteness through their pose while wearing a lovely, yellow uniform. Ricky and Chaejin, who were classmates at Seoul Performance Arts High School, took a photo during their graduation photo shoot, making memories.
There was also cute incident during his school life, back on April 30, 2013. Based on the photos above, it was revealed that the teacher scolded Zelo and Ricky for being late to class, because when the bell rang they were at mini mart buying and eating snacks.
About TEEN TOP’s Ricky, Pre-debut
Ricky was already experienced in working in movies and musicals before his debut as singer through TEEN TOP. He was known as a child actor, who debuted in Seo Taiji‘s music video for “Human Dream” in 2008, and played the younger version of Song Seung Hoon in “Love Song” as well. Ricky’s appearances as a young CF advertising model also garnered a lot of attention, back then.
Ricky and Niel’s childhood pictures were revealed through a famous online community site. Ricky, with his round eyes and nose, also looks exactly the same as he does right now. Netizens commented, “I’m envious because he had a close relationship with top stars ever since he was a child“, “Their faces are still the same, it’s as if they just grew taller.”
TEEN TOP Member Ricky’s Childhood Photos
TEEN TOP Member Ricky’s Solo Performance
Ricky is a lead dancer of TEEN TOP. In the video above, he showed off his potential and cool moves on the 8th episode of “MBC’s Flower Bouquet” for the battle of charming. Check out his solo dancing performance in “Rainism” originally by Rain (Bi)! Wasn’t he too cute, even though he danced to such a childish song?
Well, the fans must’ve known already that Ricky doesn’t usually get a big part to sing when TEEN TOP releases a new song. But he proved to the world that he actually has an angelic and calming voice during his solo singing performance above! How was it? I bet it’s good to hear, right?