TEMPEST: A Rookie Group With Experienced Members
Every year, thousands of rookies debut to enter the competition of the K-pop industry. Under their agencies, they present their unique concepts, astounding skills, and notable songs. Ready to join the competition of the K-pop industry, TEMPEST under Yue Hua Entertainment made their entrance this year. TEMPEST is a seven-member boy group with several members that have made their name known in K-pop through a survival show and debuting as a duo. The experience of the members gives them an advantage as they have a taste of performing on stage, recording, and even composing.
So, are you ready to get to know TEMPEST’s members? Let’s find out about their profiles and facts through Channel Korea!
TEMPEST’s LEW’s Profile
Name: Lee Eui Woong
Stage Name: LEW
Date of Birth: April 5th, 2001
Position: Leader, Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Composer
TEMPEST’s LEW’s Facts
- Lew was born in Namdong-gu, Incheon, South Korea.
- Lew attended Hanlim Multi Art School.
- He joined Produce 101 S2 and was eliminated in episode five with rank 23.
- In 2018, he and TEMPEST’s other member Hyeongseop debuted as the duo HyeongseopXEuiwoong.
- From 2016 until 2017, he became a guest and then an MC of KBS’ Hello Counselor.
- Lew was also cast as a guest on Problematic Man in 2019.
- Lew is able to speak English.
TEMPEST’s Hanbin’s Profile
Name: Ngô Ngọc Hưng
Stage Name: Hanbin
Date of Birth: January 19th, 1998
Position: Lead Vocalist, Dancer
TEMPEST’s Hanbin’s Facts
- Hanbin is from Hanoi, Vietnam, and was born in Yen Bai.
- Hanbin is the first Vietnamese idol to debut under Yue Hua Entertainment.
- He joined I-LAND in 2020 and was eliminated in episode 11 by the producers.
- After being eliminated on I-LAND, he held an online fan meeting in October 2020.
- Hanbin has an Instagram account for his cats with the username hubi.cats.
- Hanbin became a trainee in July 2019.
TEMPEST’s Hyeongseop’s Profile
Name: Ahn Hyeong Seop
Stage Name: Hyeongseop
Date of Birth: August 9th, 1999
Position: Vocalist, Dancer
TEMPEST’s Hyeongseop’s Facts
- Hyeongseop was born in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.
- Hyeongseop underwent training for one year and five months.
- In 2017, Hyeongseop joined Produce 101 Season 2 and was eliminated in the final episode with rank 16.
- Hyeonseop then made his acting debut through Naver TV’s Mischievous Detectives.
- Hyeonseop and Euiwoong who was then known as Lew debuted as a duo in November 2018.
TEMPEST’s Hyuk’s Profile
Name: Koo Bon Hyuk
Stage Name: Hyuk
Date of Birth: April 17th, 2000
Position: Main Vocalist
TEMPEST’s Hyuk’s Facts
- Hyuk was born in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam, South Korea.
- Hyuk passed the first round of auditions with JYP Entertainment, Big Hit Entertainment, and FNC Entertainment.
- Hyuk attended Neulpureun High School.
TEMPEST’s Eunchan’s Profile
Name: Choi Byeong Seop
Stage Name: Eunchan
Date of Birth: February 27th, 2001
TEMPEST’s Eunchan’s Facts
- Eunchan was born in Ansan, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.
- He graduated from Hanlim Multi Arts School from the Fashion Modeling Department.
- Eunchan has an older brother.
TEMPEST’s Hwarang’s Profile
Name: Song Jae Won
Stage Name: Hwarang
Date of Birth: April 23rd, 2001
Position: Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Composer
TEMPEST’s Hwarang’s Facts
- Hwarang was born on Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.
- Hwarang was training under DSP in the pre-debut group MIRAE but left in 2020.
- His training period was seven years with six years being under DSP.
- He joined the survival show Under Nineteen as Song Jae Won but was eliminated in episode 11.
- Hwarang attended Chungdam High School.
TEMPEST’s Taerae’s Profile
Name: Kim Tae Rae
Stage Name: Taerae
Date of Birth: May 9th, 2002
Position: Rapper, Maknae
TEMPEST’s Taerae’s Facts
- Taerae was born in Seoul, South Korea.
- He attended Sehyeon High School.
- Taerae has a younger brother.
- He joined a drama club at his school.
TEMPEST’s Delayed Debut
The announcement of TEMPEST’s schedule was made through their SNS account. On January 19th, 2022, it was announced that TEMPEST was going to debut on February 21st, 2022. Following the announcement of their debut date, Yue Hua also released a group trailer for TEMPEST on January 22nd, 2022. Then, from January 25th to January 27th, 2022, Yue Hua released sketch films for TEMPEST’s members including Hwarang, Eunchan, Lew, Hanbin, Hyeongsep, Hyuk, and Taerae.
It also unveiled that TEMPEST was going to debut with the mini album It’s Me, It’s We with five tracks on it. To complete the trailer debut, Yue Hua also released concept photos and visual clips of the members from February 8th to February 10th, 2022.
But, unfortunately, the scheduled debut that was scheduled for February 21st, 2022, was delayed. On February 14th, 2022, it was announced that all seven members of TEMPEST were confirmed to be positive for Covid-19 which resulted in a delayed debut date.
TEMPEST Officially Debuted on March 2nd, 2022
The date that we’ve been waiting for finally came. After the delayed debut because of the members testing positive for Covid-19, on March 2nd, 2022, TEMPEST finally held its debut showcase, marking the date the members joined the K-pop industry as TEMPEST. Prior to the debut showcase, they released a teaser for the title track “Bad News” on February 15th, 2022.
The tracklist for the It’s Me, It’s We mini album was unveiled on February 21st, 2022. It revealed the five tracks on the album and also showed that Lew and Hwarang also participated in writing the five songs on the album. The MV of “Bad News” was then released on March 2nd, 2022, along with the mini album.
“Bad News” is a funky song that brings out TEMPEST’s bright energy. It shares the feeling of TEMPEST’s resolve to become a new game-changer in the K-pop industry. Check out the “Bad News” music video below that has gained 7.7 million views.
The rookie group TEMPEST surely brings out the color of K-pop, and their journey in K-pop is something worth the wait. So, have you become a fan of TEMPEST? Check out TEMPEST’s member profiles on Channel Korea, and don’t forget to share this article on Twitter!