TVXQ as other K-idols’ Inspiration
Being a public figure is indeed not easy and requires great responsibility, not only for the agency but for everyone around them and they must also provide motivation and inspiration for all of them. Including these idols who turned out to be motivated by one of the groups from SM Entertainment which made a huge influence on them to become artists and join the entertainment world. They were inspired by TVXQ to become a singer and motivated them to work hard.
In fact, news reported by Allkpop said, ”In the past, idol groups had a beautiful appearance and displayed colorful dance moves to match lip-synching music. The songs were mostly based on one vocal member, and the rest were focused on rapping and dancing. But recently, idol groups are simply ‘evolving’ as all of their members have basic vocal skills and are capable of writing lyrics and composing. The team that changed the concept of idol groups greatly is TVXQ.” In this article, Channel Korea will provide you with information about idols inspired by TVXQ to become an artist and they are working hard to realize their dreams. Want to know more about them? Check this out!
EXO’s Xiumin and Chanyeol
EXO is one of the most influential boy bands in South Korea and they are also one of the boy bands with very high popularity and have many fans almost all over the world. EXO was formed by SM Entertainment in 2011 and debuted in 2012. Their music incorporates genres like pop, hip-hop, and R&B, alongside electronic dance music genres like house, trap, and synth-pop. EXO releases and performs music in Korean, Mandarin, and Japanese. The band ranked as one of the top five most influential celebrities on the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list each year from 2014 to 2018, and has been named “the biggest boy band in the world” and the “kings of K-Pop” by the media outlets.
Two EXO members, Xiumin and Chanyeol, have a reason why they worked so hard with EXO and decided to become artists because they were both inspired by their seniors, TVXQ. Even Xiumin, when appearing on Kim Shin-young’s Music Radio Star said, “I joined SM Entertainment because of TVXQ! To me, they are gods. If there was no TVXQ, I wouldn’t even be part of EXO.” Xiumin also said one of the TVXQ songs he liked was “Rising Sun,” even he also said if there was no TVXQ there might not be EXO.
Reporting from Allkpop, he said, “I’ve looked up to TVXQ since before I joined the company. I met them two weeks after I became a trainee during their ‘Mirotic’ activities. My heart was racing and it was an electrifying moment for me. At first, I couldn’t even speak. Though I’ve made my debut, I still feel nervous when I meet U-Kwon, Yunho, and Max Changmin. I still feel like just another fan.”
Likewise with Chanyeol, during an interview for High Cut Magazine, he said, “When I was younger, I wasn’t really in the know about idols or singers, but the first idol group I ever got into was TVXQ. Out of the five members, I liked Yunho sunbae the most. He was just so charismatic and I respected his unconditional care and leadership.”
Solo Artist Luhan
Besides being a former EXO member, Luhan also said that TVXQ had an influence on him while working in the entertainment world. Reporting from Allkpop, Luhan’s schoolmate on Weibo revealed that TVXQ was one of the reasons why Luhan went to Korea. Luhan and his friend used to live in the toilet eating and reading novels. Luhan always watched TVXQ videos in the toilet and talked about Yunho the most. Luhan also asked Yunho for an autograph when he met Yunho for the first time in the company.
BIGBANG is one of the boy bands that have quite high popularity in South Korea and have a lot of fans. They have also worked hard to gain popularity and inspire many people, especially their fans. BIGBANG debuted in 2006 under YG Entertainment. Reported by Allkpop, BIGBANG members were inspired by TVXQ to work hard in the entertainment world as singers. They said, ”Whenever we go on a music show stage, almost all the audience is TVXQ fans. We were worried at first but they gave us a lot of support. So, we are working harder. We met TVXQ twice during the broadcast, and they said, ‘We saw your performance and liked it.'”
Even Seungri said, “I got to like XIA Junsu hyung because TVXQ is an idol group that everyone adores. I saw Xiah Junsu hyung singing live. He puts his soul into it. And it looks so good that he is with so much passion and love. As a viewer, you could see all that. As a person who was growing up with dreams to become a singer, I felt attracted to him as a dongsaeng. I tried talking to him a couple of times but it was really awkward. Bigbang and TVXQ seem like groups that might get along but not really. They are like oil and water. One day I saw TVXQ’s live and I saw one of the main singers Xiah Junsu hyung, singing with so much passion and he was an inspiration to me who was dreaming to become a singer.” Seungri also said that he liked the song from Junsu titled, “Timeless.”
Taeyeang also said, “TVXQ has always chased after different music styles, and their members all have very strong talents. Seeing TVXQ’s music and stage makes me feel touched, and they’re a very good influence on us. We also promote in Japan but TVXQ sunbaenims have already established a solid foothold. This is why we are confident. We all like TVXQ and want to make friends with them. We hope this time we’ll use the chance to become more intimate with the members.”
G-Dragon also said that TVXQ was a very friendly senior. “Because we’re in different genres, I don’t think we are rivals. TVXQ is our respected sunbae. Their vocal skills are strong, and we’ve studied much of their performances and choreography. I’ve watched them stay determined to push themselves forward. They really are the perfect sunbaes.”
NU’EST is a boy band formed by PLEDIS Entertainment in 2012 and now NU’EST consists of five members: JR, Aron, Baekho, Minhyun, and Ren. In an interview reported by Allkpop, all NU’EST members said that they really liked TVXQ and they worked hard to become successful like TVXQ.
One member of NU’EST, JR, said that he really liked TVXQ and saw them as motivators to become successful and influential artists like TVXQ. Aron also said, “TVXQ sunbaenim is the best. They’re no longer an Idol Star. I really enjoy sunbaenim‘s songs when I’m doing my activities.” Baekho said that TXVQ has enormous sound energy, “I like the powerful stages by TVXQ seniors, they are full of energy. We should hope to showcase such powerful images.”
One member of WANNA ONE who is also a member of NU’EST said that he really liked TVXQ, “My role model is TVXQ. Originally, I liked to sing, but I didn’t have any dreams of becoming an idol singer. However, when I was in sixth grade, my older sister was a TVXQ fan. I watched their performances with her and liked them so much. That’s when I started dreaming of becoming an idol.” He also said he wanted to be like TVXQ, ”Their appearances, where they dance with all they might, up to a point where their bodies may break apart, that was really cool, and I thought ‘I want to be like actors too!’ as I watched them perform.”
B.A.P’s Zelo, Youngjae, Daehyun, and Himchan
B.A.P. is a boy band formed by TS Entertainment in 2012. During their heyday, Zelo, Youngjae, Daehyun, and Himchan said that they worked hard as artists because they were inspired by TVXQ. Reporting from Allkpop Zelo said, “Watching TVXQ and Super Junior brought me up to be a singer.” Even Youngjae said that he had liked TVXQ since he was in school. Daehyun also said, “I like Junsu sunbaenim really a lot. Because I really like people who can sing very well.” While Himchan posted a photo with Yunho’s signed autograph and Yunho’s T1STORY concert backstage photo.