As the first girl group of Jellyfish Entertainment, Gugudan has made its debut on June 28, 2016.
The group is consisted of 9 members including three ex-members of the girl group I.O.I, Sejeong, Mina as well as Nayong, Mimi, Hana, Heabin, Sally, Soyee, and Heyeyeon.
The group name ‘Gugudan’ means ‘a multiplication table’ in Korean, having a concept that each 9 member with an individual charm give people hope and dream through singing and dancing.
We cannot keep our eyes off the group’s future success which is greatly anticipated.
Profile of Gugudan
Debut and Success
Gugudan has made its debut on June 28, 2016, releasing its first album “Act.
1 The Little Mermaid” (2016), with 10,000 copies sold in the very short period of time after their debut.
Moreover, their album has achieved the feat of winning the first rank only a week after the release in the MTV music program THE SHOW(2013-present).
Many young people in South Korea come to get interested in how they will show their performance to the public from now on.
Debut in Japan and other area
Jellyfish Entertainment has not announced the plan of Gouda’s debut in other countries yet.
The agency seems to focus on having people in South Korea know the group well first.
After gaining popularity in its own country, it will expand the Gouda’s activities overseas.
Meanwhile, the members of the group try to make them known around the world while delivering their information everyday through several kinds of SNS, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so on.
They already have the great number of SNS followers all over the world.
Before becoming a member of the group Gugudan, Mimi used to be a trainee at FNC Entertainment to become a pop idol in the South Korean Entertainment world.
In 2013, she appeared in the tvN variety show Cheongdamdong 111(2013), which made a feature of FNC Entertainment entertainers, such as singers, actors and trainees.
She took part in the program as one of the trainees of the agency.
In the same year, she also appeared in the music video of the famous South Korean boy group FTISLAND.
She was also active in acting.
In 2014, she performed in the LINE TV drama One Sunny Day (2014), making a cameo appearance in it.
Moreover, she appeared in the KBS2 TV drama Producers (2015), in which she also played a cameo role.
In 2016, she has made her debut as a member of the girl group Gugudan, the first female group of Jellyfish Entertainment.
She is expected to become the main vocalist of the group with her great singing ability.
Real Name: Jung Mi-mi
Birthday: January 1, 1993
Additional trivia: A former trainee of FNC Entertainment
Blood : B
Hobby: Watching dramas
1 She is said to be “Lucky Mimi”.
2 Her ideal type of man is someone who has broad shoulders with a big head
which enables her to look smaller when walking abreast.
3 Her charm point are scarlet smile and small hands.
4 Her specialty is torturing the younger ones, which makes her become fresh.
5 She becomes energetic when the sun sets like a vampire.
Hana started her career in the South Korean show business through her appearance in the tvN drama High School King of Savvy (2014), in which she made a cameo appearance.
In the same year, she took part in the music video of VIXX, the popular pop boy group in Jellyfish Entertainment.
The members of VIXX, Gugudan’s senior group of the agency, treats their juniors with a lot of kindness like their own sisters.
Being active in the various fields in the entertainment world, she finally made her debut as a member of the promising girl group Gugudan on June 28, 2016.
As a leader of the group, she has announces her determination as follows; “I want to lead Gugudan and the member’s futures! Please trust Gugudan’s future in my hand! I will do well! You won’t regret it!” Looking forward Gugudan’s brilliant future led by the reliable and beautiful leader, Hana.
Real Name: Shin Bo-ra
Birthday: April 30, 1993
Specialties: Doing splits
Additional trivia: Having a firm personality
Hobby: Looking for animal photos
Attraction: Her beautiful red hair and transparent complexion
1 Her specialty is doing splits.
2 She is said to be “the small but strong leader of Gugudan”.
3 She can speak some English and Japanese.
4 Her ideal type of man is someone who has broad shoulders and pretty hands, but she hasn’t met her ideal type yet
5 She is good at observing other people’s characteristics
6 Her symbol is a flower because she is beautiful like a flower.
Heabin had a long training period before making her debut as a member of Gugudan.
With her positive and responsible personality, she kept training herself for becoming a pop idol in South Korean entertainment world.
She is very proud of her own great singing ability, which is the main reason to aspire to be a singer.
In 2016, she finally seized the chance to start her career as one of the main vocalists of the Jellyfish Entertainment’s first girl group Gugudan.
When asked about her aspirations before her debut, she said that she wanted to be able to capture her future audience.
She also said the reason to join Gugudan as follows; “For the world to hear and know my voice- our voice- that came from Busan to Seoul!!” Being said to be “the mother of the Gugudan”, she will lead the group to a success in the South Korean show business which a lot of girl idol units are making tremendous efforts to become No.1 KPOP girl group.
Real Name: Han Hae-bin
Birthday: August 16, 1995
Additional trivia: Likes to find cooking blogs
Hobby: Walking for a walk
Attraction: Great singing ability
1 She is very positive and responsible.
2 Her charming point is her bright smile
3 Her specialty is searching for good restaurants.
4 She likes going for a walk.
5 She likes looking for recipes, and cooking.
6 She is always going on a diet.
7 Her number is six of the group with an equalizer symbol.
8 She is said to be “the mother of group”.
9 Her personality/charm are said to be unexpected.
10 Her Busan accent is her charming point.
Nayoung already gained great popularity among young girls in South Korea through her appearance in the Mnet TV audition program Produce 101(2016) before making her debut as a member of Gugudan as well as Sejeong and Mina.
In addition, she made an appearance in the music video of VIXX, the South Korean boy group from Jellyfish Entertainment.
At that time, the audition program held the popular vote to make a new girl unit “I.O.I” consisted of the top 11 members in the program.
Nayoung was expected to be selected the top 11.
Unfortunately, she placed the 14th rank and missed the chance to start her career as the member of the girl group.
But she seized another chance to become an idol ; she was selected a member of Jellyfish Entertainment first girl group Gugudan.
Now it is time for her to accomplish her purpose to become a member of the No.1 pop girl idle group in South Korea.
Real Name: Kim NaYoung
Birthday: November 23, 1995
Specialties: Singing the Jazz
Additional trivia: Participated in Produce 101
Position: Lead Vocalist
Blood : O
Hobby: Watching Youtube videos, Listening to music
1 She likes watching documentaries.
2 She has long training Period before her debut : 2 years and 3 months as of December 2015
3 She likes watching videos and listening to music on youtube.
4 She is good at singing Jazz.
5 She is said to be “Shining Nayoung.”
6 She has many many dimples.
7 Her number is four of the group with a light symbol.
8 Her symbol 4 represents her bright personality.
9 She trained in Born Star Training Academy and Dream Vocal.
Before being a member of Gugudan, Sejeong has already become well-known as a member of the girl group I.O.I, formed through the Mnet TV audition variety show Produce 101(2016).
She was very popular among young girls as the member of the group with her cute appearance and great entertainment ability, such as singing and dancing.
Produce 101 then announced that the top 11 members of I.O.I chosen by popular vote would make debut from YMC Entertainment in May, 2016.
Sejeon was said to be definitely chosen as one of the top 11 members.
As had been expected, she won the second rank in the vote with 525,352 votes.
However, the agency announced that she was not going to make debut as the new girl group, but instead would become a member of Gugudan, the first girl unit by Jellyfish Entertainment as the leading member of the group.
With her great ability and skill as an entertainer, many fans will be fascinated by Sejeong’s performance from now on.
Real Name: Kim SeJeong
Birthday: August 28, 1996
Specialties: Singing the ballad song
Additional trivia: Member of I.O.I, Participated in Produce 101
Position: Main Vocalist
Blood : AB
Hobby: Painting, Re-watching movies
1 Her training period: 1 year and 11 months as of December 2015
2 She participated in Kpop Star Season 2.
3 She is said to be a girl who calls over Happiness.
4 Her number of the group is three.
5 Her symbol is a leaf clover which means happiness.
Sally is the only non-Korean member of Gugudan being from Guangdong, China.
Before starting her career as a member of the group, she participated in the music video of the South Korean boy pop group VIXX, who is the senior group of Gugudan.
She wants to challenge a new kind of the world, which is the reason why she joined the Jellyfish Entertainment’s first girl group.
Although being unable to speak Korean very well yet, she is so energetic to achieve her purpose to become an idol in South Korea.
Immediately after Gugudan’s making debut on June 28, 2016, she has appeared in many kinds of media as the member of Gugudan, such as the MBC Every1 TV variety show, Weekly Idol (2016), and so on.
She has given some words to her future fans and audience like this: “I want to work hard for a long time in Gugudan.
Let’s be happy! Always happy in the future!”
Real Name: Liu Xiening
Birthday: October 23, 1996
Additional trivia: Former CF model in China
Hobby: Cooking, Eating, Shopping
1. She likes to make everyone laugh by joking around.
2. She is able to make dimples that looks like a cat’s moustache.
3. She likes to catch cockroaches.
4. Her specialty is reading fairy tales.
5. Her deal type: a rapper someone who she respects.
6. Her number of the group is eight.
7. She picked up her number eight because eight is a lucky number in Chinese
Before joining the Jellyfish Entertainment’s first girl group Gugudan, Soyee trained herself for becoming a KPOP idol as a trainee at several entertainment agencies, such as Cube Entertainment and Plan A Entertainment.
In 2014, she was casted as a performer in the music video of the South Korean duo Leo & Lyn.
Making a figure with her great singing ability, she was supposed to be a member of the girl group A PINK from Plan A Entertainment.
Unfortunately, her debut as a member of A PINK came to nothing, which instead led her to join Gugudan as one of main vocalists of the group.
On June 28, 2016, she has made her debut as a member of Gugudan after getting through various hardships.
Her challenge in the South Korean entertainment world has just started.
With her serious and hardworking personality, she will greatly entertain a lot of her future audience from now on.
Real Name: Jang SoJin
Birthday: November 21, 1996
Additional trivia: Former Cube Entertainment Trainee
Position: Lead Vocalist
Hobby: Appreciating movies and Jazz music
1 She did the narration for Seo In Guk’s Bomtanaba.
2 Her deal type is someone with a cute eye smile.
3 Her charming point is her attention to close detail.
4 She is in charge of height of the group.
5 Her dream is to perform all around the world. (World Tour)
6 Her number of the group is two with a hashtag symbol.
As well as Sejeong and Nayoung, Mina appeared in the Mnet TV audition program Produce 101(2016).
With her special dancing skill, she soon became well-known among young people, especially young girls.
Apart from her activities in the TV audition program, she also was active in other TV variety shows, such as the JTBC cable TV variety show Girls Who Eat Well (2016) while appearing in the several music video of I.O.I.
In April, 2016, the audition program held the popular vote.
In the vote, she placed the 9th rank with 173,762 votes, which allowed her to be the member of the new girl unit “I.O.I” consisted of the top 11 members in the vote.
However, the program announced that she was dropped from I.O.I and instead would become a member of another new girl group named “Gugudan” from Jellyfish Entertainment.
On June 28, 2016, she made her debut as a lead dancer of Gugudan.
She is now in the state of being full of enthusiasm to give her great performance to Gugudan’s future audience.
Real Name: Kang MiNa
Birthday: December 4, 1999
Position: Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist
Hobby: making dried sweet potato
1.Her specialty is falling asleep really fast.
2.Her charming point is the fat on her cheeks.
3.She likes to watch TV food shows.
4.She is good at making many plans.
5.She loves traveling alone.
6.She has liked the Harry Potter series since her childhood.
7.She is good at waacking dance.