If you’re into K-pop, you might be familiar with one of the biggest rookie groups at the moment, Wanna One. The project group comprises 11 members who made it to the final line-up after battling it out on K-pop reality competition, Produce 101. After conquering the charts in South Korea with their debut EP 1X1=1 (To Be One), the group is in town for a fan meeting tonight.
We caught up with the boys at a “welcome meeting” prior to their fan meeting to find out more about them. But before that, get to know the members by scrolling through this gallery to see what each member think is their best feature.
Scroll through the gallery for highlights from the press conference.
After being voted by Wanna One as one of the most energetic members, Woo Jin said, “…I don’t really like silence and I like to be with people and I like energetic moments and playfulness so I think that’s why everyone chose me.” Member Sung Woon added, “He plays a lot of pranks and shouts a lot.”
Guan Lin, who was chosen as the least energetic member, said in English, “When we rest, some people like to chat but I just like to have my own space. When we go to music programs and when we have rest time, the members would be playing around but I just like to sit and… (demonstrates himself staring into space).”
Dae Hwi, who was also voted as one of the least energetic members, said, “I don’t like being around a lot of people. I like one-on-one conversations. Not with too many people.” When asked if he was all right being around a lot of fans, he quickly said, “I like it! But in the dorm, I like talking with just one other person.”
When asked in Mandarin what was most difficult on being a foreign member, Guan Lin said, “Do I reply in Mandarin? (Laughs) The hardest would be the language and the language barrier, but the most enjoyable moment would be being with 11 members all together.”
Ever wondered what traits or skills the Wanna One members want to steal from one another? Here’s what they said.
Sung Woon: For me, Guan Lin’s height. He’s very tall!
Guan Lin: I’m the tallest among the members. But for me, Woo Jin’s dance skills. He dances really well.
Seong Woo: Daniel’s physical build.
Jin Young: Ji Hoon’s shoulders.
Woo Jin: Jin Young’s small face.
Daniel: (In English) Min Hyun’s handsome face.
Min Hyun: Dae Hwi’s aegyo.
Dae Hwi: Jae Hwan’s vocal skills. I can’t really hit the high notes and I tried practicing a lot but it doesn’t work very well for me.
Jae Hwan: Ji Sung’s gentleness.
Seong Woo revealed why they didn’t have to use any special effects while filming the music video for “Burn It Up”: “There was supposed to be a highlight – like water effects – but since it was raining so heavily, we didn’t need to use any special effects [because] all the water came from the rain naturally.”
When asked what was the most emotional moment throughout the whole season of Produce 101, Min Hyun said, “I think the most memorable part for me for the debut stage in the last episode because it was live and it was the first time all of us were together as 11.”
Ji Hoon added, “Every single moment when I go up on the stage is actually a memorable and emotional moment for me because there are a lot of people who like us and support us, so I try my best and put in my everything when I’m up on stage.”
“Usually after schedule, we order yashik, a midnight snack, so we order food in and eat,” Ji Sung said when asked what the members usually do after work.
When asked if they were supposed to watch what they eat to “maintain their bodies”, Dae Hwi wittily said, “We practise hard! That’s our diet.”
Apart from enjoying a late-night snack, Min Hyun revealed that they catch up on their favourite pastime at night. He said, “Night time is the only time we have time to spend on our hobbies – like watching dramas, playing games and doing facials.”
Dae Hwi revealed that he is writing a new song with Daniel and Jae Hwan. When asked when fans could listen to the song, he paused and said, “Later.” The emcee grilled him to ask if later meant fans could hear it at the fan meeting tonight, but he quickly answered, “Later, in the future!” Guan Lin added, “It will come out soon!”
Daniel was voted as the best dressed member, but he also voted for himself. He confidently said, “I’m the best at making [good] use of different fashion items and accessories, compared to other members.”
When voted as the least fashionable member, Jin Young nonchalantly said, “Actually I don’t know why [the members chose me]. I don’t think they are that good at dressing either.” Dae Hwi defended their choice and said, “In Korea, there is this thing called the airport fashion. For us, we usually borrow from our stylists, but Jin Young refuses to take anything from the stylists and insists on wearing on his own clothes but he doesn’t look very good.” Daniel agreed and started pretending to put on a hat, prompting Dae Hwi to add, “What do you call that hat? Oh, bucket hat! He likes bucket hats. His face is very small, but he’s handsome so it’s fine.” Guan Lin agreed, “I got to explain. That kind of hats fit someone like me, with a big face, but for Jinyoung, he has a small face so when he wears it, you can’t see his face.”
Text and images: Hidayah Idris
Additional reporting: Cheryl Lim YS