As part of the third anniversary livestream celebration Weki Meki performed their two album tracks from their most recent release with Oopsy, Moya Moya and The Paradise, the latter of which is leader Suyeon's first released self-composed track! Click through to v-live to watch The Paradise!
Weki Meki debuted on August 8th, 2017 with their EP Weme and lead single I Don't Like Your Girlfriend. The group, as trainees, had been slowly promoting and revealing itself through V Live since March that year, a couple months after the disbandment of project group IOI and the return of members Yoojung and Doyeon.
The Fantagio girl group project was known as 'I-Teen Girls'. Maknae Lucy was the first final member to join Fantagio, and Lua joined not long after her. Within the time before their first public performance, Yoojung, Doyeon and Elly joined. Lucy and Lua were deemed too young to compete on Produce 101, so the latter trio as well as two former trainees were sent to compete. While Elly placed a respectable 47th, Doyeon and Yoojung were able to make it all the way and joined the debut team, and temporarily left I-Teen Girls to promote with IOI. With two of their trainees away, Fantagio set out to find other trainees to pad out their debut team. By the latter part of the year around 13 names were being thrown about as trainees, including fellow PD101 contestant Lee Seojung (Sei) who had made the jump from LOUDers in June, and went on to star in ASTRO's second comeback video. We know that more trainees than that were going through the Fantagio building, because two of the final debut lineup were unknown to fans until they were first officially revealed.
In March, Fantagio officially announced the beginning of a channel for their trainees, and confirmed that Yoojung and Doyeon would be in the final group. In the last week of March, the first official lineup revealed themselves; this lineup included PD101 trainee Chu Yejin, and previously unknown member Rina. With their debut originally scheduled for June, the debut was quietly pushed back, probably due to the last-minute, unannounced departure of Chu Yejin, and the need to find a suitable replacement vocalist. At the beginning of June the official lineup was finally revealed, as well as the last official member, leader and main vocalist, Suyeon.
MEET WEKI MEKI!
Name: Ji Suyeon
DOB: 20th April, 1997 (23)
Position: Leader, Main Vocalist
Unit: Weki (Tall team)
Leader Suyeon was the last member to be finalised in the lineup! She was so determined to debut that she didn't wear an ankle cast for a long-term injury so that her agency wouldn't think she'd be unable to do the debut promotions. Ji Suyeon is an expert mental mathmetician, and often gets tasked on variety shows with performing huge sums as quick as a calculator, and she always succeeds. She's been able to show off her vocals on programmes such as V-1 and King of Masked Singer. With Weki Meki's most recent comeback, she made her compositional debut by composing their synthwave B-Side, The Paradise.
Name: Jung Haerim
DOB: 20th July, 1998 (22)
Unit: Meki (Small team)
Elly was one of the original Produce 101 contestants, one of the first batch of Weki Meki members promoted to the wider public. She placed 47th, and made it through several rounds of performances, lending her sweet voice to I Don't Know (where she unfairly received negative reactions for being picked as center over eventual IOI member Kyulkyung) and Me Gustas Tu. While initially overshadowed by the need to promote the IOI members and their main vocal, Elly quickly climbed back up the line distribution ranking and now shares joint chorus duty with Suyeon. She even did a solo OST! Most recently she's become famous as Loona Yves' number one fan.
Name: Choi Yoojung
DOB: 20th November 1998 (21)
Position: Main Dancer, Main Rapper
Height: 157cm (5'1½")
Unit: Meki (small team)
Yoojung is one half of Dodaeng, the two Fantagio trainees who made it into IOI, the debut group from Produce 101. Yoojung is another unique part of kpop's history of tiny firecrackers, famed for her energetic dance covers of boy group songs in particular, as well as her natural comedic personality that makes her a regular on variety shows. As far as performance talent goes, Yoojung is one of the most well-rounded idols out there. Beyond dancing, she excels at rapping as well as singing. Unsurprisingly, she's one of the mood makers of Weki Meki, with a seemingly infinite supply of energy.
Name: Kim Doyeon
DOB: 4th December 1999 (20)
Position: Dance, Vocal, Visual
Height: 173cm (5'6¾")
Unit: Weki (tall team)
Doyeon is the other half of Dodaeng; when her profile picture for Produce 101 was released she was already immediately tagged as a potential for the debut group with visuals alone, so what a good thing then that she comes armed with an incredible stage presence, excellent dance ability and a sweet but skilfull voice to top it all off with? Since Produce 101 Doyeon has continued a consistent pictorial/modelling career on the side, and has by far the most popular fancams. She's also one of the tallest currently-promoting idols, which makes her chemistry with Yoojung all that more appealing to fans, and together with Lucy she's known as one of the 'twin towers' of the group. She's also very charming, confident and witty, making her another popular cast for variety shows.
Name: Lee Seojung
DOB: 7th January 2000 (20)
Position: Vocal, Rapper
Height: 163cm (5'3)
Unit: Meki (small team)
Sei was another Produce 101 contestant, only she competed under LOUDers and moved to Fantagio soon after the programme ended. Sei has a sweet, childish, but well-controlled voice, with a surprising amount of force in her rap. She can play the guitar. In Weki Meki she's now primarily a vocalist, filling in a lot of verse parts and post-choruses with her naturally energetic voice. Sei is another gag character, in a similar way to Dara from 2NE1 in that 50% of it is on purpose, and 50% of it is entirely unintentional, but always very sweet and endearing. She's repsonsible for the most iconic ending fairy there has ever been, ending fairies are now cancelled, no one could compare. Sei might not be the loudest or the most prominent on stage, but she's one of the hearts of the group.
Name: Kim Sookyung
DOB: 6th October 2000 (19)
Position: Main Dancer, Vocal, Rapper
Height: 166cm (5'4½)
Unit: Weki (tall team)
Lua, owner of the cutest dimples in the world, elmo lookalike, and secret musical theatre nerd, is the latest to join CLC's Yeeun in the 'cuts hair short, ascends to visual godhood' club. Lua, along with Lucy, has been with Fantagio for the longest time prior to debut. She's another one of the moodmakers in the group, bringing her own brand of never-ending energy and chaos to the team. Another idol that would typically get 'where are her lines?!' comments on every comeback, Lua has recently been given a bit more time to shine on their lead singles, and was also given her own solo dance intro for Weki Meki's stage at Dream Concert. With all the members recently getting their own instagrams, Lua has been the most interactive with her fans, replying in a mix of Korean and also English.
Name: Kang Soeun
DOB: 27th September, 2001 (18)
Position: Vocal, Dance, Rap
Height: 161cm (5'2¾")
Unit: Meki (small team)
Rina (our very own squirtle lookalike, someone get JR over here for a family photoshoot) is our quiet artsy type. Predebut, she was part of a dance group called NYDANCE, and a lot of their covers featuring her are still online. Rina likes more insular hobbies such as drawing, and her favourite films are Studio Ghibli films. So far the maknae line don't have their own instagrams, but you can be sure hers will propably be super #aesthetic. Rina trained for a year at the company prior to debut, but her confident has blossomed over the years and she's found her stage presence as she's got older. She gets a lot more lines now too, typically on the verses, and sometimes in the bridge, and has moved away from any rap lines.
Name: Noh Hyojung
DOB: 31st August 2002 (17)
Position: Dance, Rap, Vocal, Maknae
Height: 169cm (5'5½")
Unit: Weki (tall team)
Incredibly, maknae Lucy will only finally turn eighteen at the end of this month. She was fourteen when they debuted, turning fifteen during debut promotions, and her listed height is her debut profile height, which a lot of the fandom think is no longer accurate. Lucy is the final member of the troublemaker trio, Yoojung, Lua and Lucy, the mood makers of the group. She's been at Fantagio the longest despite being the youngest. It's interesting to think of an alternative timeline where the entire original Fantagio trainee lineup goes on Produce 101. Lucy's special variety skill is breaking an apple in half, which somehow never fails to impress people. She was scouted for acting, and has expressed hopes that now she's a little older, she'll finally be able to dip her toe into the business. She's been gaining attention for her maturing visuals, and has massively benefitted from Fantagio slowly evening out the line distribution, finally getting to stand out on stage.
Full Group; 180222 'La La La' @ MCountdown
Suyeon - 190516 Picky Picky @ MCountdown
Elly - 200223 'Dazzle Dazzle' @ Inkigayo
Yoojung - 181018 'Crush' @ MCountdown
Doyeon - 170812 'I Don't Like Your Girlfriend' @ Music Core
Sei - 190822 Tiki Taka (99%) @ MCountdown
Lua - 200619 'Oopsy' @ Music Bank
Rina - 200227 'Dazze Dazzle' @ MCountdown
Lucy - 200618 'Oopsy' @ MCountdown
Say My Name (Destiny's Child)/Rude Boy (Rihanna)
WTF (Missy Elliott) (Pre-Debut)
One More Time (Jewelry)
A Whole New World (Aladdin OST) - Suyeon & ASTRO Sanha
Y Si Fuera Ella (Alejandro Sanz/Kim Jonghyun) - Suyeon Solo @ V-1
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