Girl groups have taken over the music world. Unit group 5dolls were able to win over fans despite their various age ranges. Soomi (22), Chanmi (19), Hyewon (16), Hyoyoung (18), and the youngest Eunkyo (16) are aiming to get a rookie award this year. However, the members are being labeled for their past experiences as Chanmi was once an SM trainee and because Hyewon resembles KARA's Goo Hara.
They released their digital single "Lip Stains" earlier in February. On March 16th, they dropped their first mini album, "Charming Five Girls" with the title track, "It's you." They're also very active on music programs. They garnered attention for their powerful and talented live stages and for wearing sneakers and not heels and training suits. Leader Soomi explained, "I was a bit surprised to see our stage costumes were like normal training outfits. Now we don't have to worry about our costumes. High heeled shoes are not the most comfortable to dance in, but they do have their advantages."
When asked who their role model was, the group said 2NE1. "I want to learn to appear great like 2NE1. Singing and enjoying themselves on stage, the four people are full of charisma and I want to learn to be like that. We're not experienced enough to be compared to them. But if I had to, it would be 65 [out of 100], being generous?" Hyoyoung said modestly.
5dolls' members debuted last year in 2010 as a 11-member mixed group, Coed. Their activities stopped after they were subjected to unfounded rumors. In particular, male member Kangho was photographed in a bar underage. In response, Soomi said, "Because they got out, you can't get rid of a photo. Even now, we feel wrong after seeing his photos online. There's many people shown in the images, but the management and all of us know better now. We'll try not to commit this type of mistake again," she admitted as a leader.
With this the members added, "There have been bad comments said about us due to rumors with no evidence. But we think that all of this is also attention. So we don't mind if it's compliments or criticism that is given to us." And, "We think that no comments are more scary. Giving hate comments is perfectly fine with us. Just getting the netizen's thoughts is what helps us in our next stage."
Although receiving hateful comments about their looks and faces, they are saddened by netizens who do not call them by their right names. A collection of names was gathered since their debut as 5dolls. Soomi experienced this before in SeeYa, as Soomi was often called the Nam Gyuri replacement, and even when Coed made their debut. Chanmi is often called the former SM Entertainment trainee, Hyewon "Little Goo Hara," former Miss Chunhyang Hyoyoung, and red hair girl Eunkyo.
"We leave those names behind us. Former SeeYa member, Little Goo Hara, SM trainee, Miss Chunhyung, red hair girl and don't want to be called that. We clearly have names." they said. "Somehow, even joining a new group, it can't be left behind," they said revealing their upset feelings.
Their eyes lit up when they were asked about their hopes for the future. 5dolls weren't able to receive a rookie award with Coed, but have "strong aspirations to take a rookie award home. We have confidence. We've had long lives a trainees, and all singer's dream of this happening over time, and because we can dream a dream, it's enough to give us hope."
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