List of Exo members
Exo (/ / EKS-oh; Korean: 엑소) is a South Korean-Chinese boy band produced by S.M. Entertainment that debuted in 2012. Exo comprises twelve members who are separated into two subgroups. Exo-K and Exo-M. The former releases music in South Korea, while the latter promotes music in mainland China. Exo's name was taken from exoplanet, a term referring to planets outside of the Solar System.
Suho (Korean: 수호; Hanja: 守護) is the leader of Exo-K. Born Kim Jun Myeon (Korean: 김준면; Hanja: 金俊勉) on May 22, 1991 in Seoul, South Korea. Suho was an active student and earned good grades during grade school – was the class president at his primary school and the vice chairman at his high school. He was the first Exo member to become an S.M. Entertainment trainee at sixteen years old, and was discovered through the company's street casting system in 2006. In 2007, Suho was cast as an extra in the Super Junior film, Attack on the Pin-Up Boys, and in 2008, he made a brief appearance in TVXQ's music video, "HaHaHa Song" with fellow Exo bandmates Kai and Chanyeol.
On February 15, 2012, Suho was introduced as the tenth member of Exo. Pursuing a degree in acting, he currently attends Korea National University of Arts and is ranked in the top 50 of 400 students at the school. He enjoys listening to funk rock and has expressed his admiration for Super Junior's leader, Leeteuk, and TVXQ's leader, U-Know Yunho.
Byun Baek Hyun
Byun Baek Hyun (Korean: 변백현; Hanja: 邊伯賢), more often credited as simply Baekhyun. Baekhyun is the lead vocalist of Exo-K. Born on May 6, 1992 in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. A former pupil of Jungwon High School, Baekhyun was a member of the school's band and attended several musical festivals, later winning an award at a local rock festival prior to joining S.M. Entertainment in 2011 through the S.M. Casting System. Baekhyun was studying for his college musical entrance exams when he joined the label.
Baekhyun was the last member to join Exo, joining the band 2 months before they debuted, and was revealed as the group's ninth member on January 30, 2012. Byun has cited Rain as one of his main influences and hopes to emulate Rain's "well-rounded" success.
Park Chan Yeol
Park Chan Yeol (Korean: 박찬열; Hanja: 朴燦烈), more often credited as simply Chanyeol, is the main rapper of the group. Chanyeol was born on November 27, 1992 in Seoul, South Korea. He attended Hyundai Chungun High School in Dong-gu, Ulsan and was admitted to a private acting institution when he was sixteen years old. Chanyeol has been a fan of musical instruments since his primary school years and has cited the film School of Rock to be his main influence in inspiring him to learn the drums.
During middle school, Chanyeol formed the band "Heavy Noise" withfriends. After winning second place in a televised uniform modeling contest in 2008, Chanyeol successfully auditioned for S.M. Entertainment through the S.M. Casting System. During this time, he was involved in school's band, "Seiren." He made several media appearances prior to his debut with Exo, includingTVXQ's music video, "HaHaHa Song" with Suho and Kai in 2008, and in 2010, he starred in the music video of Girls' Generation Japanese single, "Genie". He was also featured in Girl's Generation TTS TWINKLE along with Kai, Sehun, And Baekhyun.
Chanyeol was the twelfth and last member of Exo to be formally introduced to the public, on February 23, 2012. He cites Jason Mraz and Eminem to be his biggest influences. Chanyeol guest starred in the second episode of the 2013 sitcom, Royal Villa, with fellow member Sehun.
D.O. (Korean: 디오) is the lead vocalist of Exo-K. Born Do Kyung Soo (Korean: 도경수; Hanja: 都暻秀) on January 12, 1993 in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. D.O. has been singing since primary school and was an avid participant in local singing competitions throughout his high school career. In 2010, he was recommended to audition for S.M. Entertainment after winning at a local singing festival. He subsequently became an S.M. Entertainment trainee during his last two years of high school. He performed Na Yoon-kwon's "Anticipation" and Browneyed Soul's "My Story" at his S.M. audition.
D.O. was formally introduced as the eighth member of Exo on January 30, 2012. His stage name is derived from his family name, Do. He sees Yoo Young-jin, S.M.'s music producer, as his role model. In 2013, he was featured f(x)'s "Goodbye Summer", a track from their album Pink Tape. D.O. will also be having his feature film debut in the upcoming movie Cart.
Kai (Korean: 카이) was born Kim Jong In (Korean: 김종인; Hanja: 金鍾仁) on January 14, 1994 in Seoul, South Korea. The second Exo member to sign with S.M. Entertainment, Kai joined the company after winning in the 10th S.M. Youth Best Contest in 2007, at thirteen years old. He said that it was Shinhwa who inspired him to be a singer.
Known as the group's "lead" dancer, Kai has been dancing since he was eight years old and was trained in jazz dance and ballet. He stated that his parents initially wanted him to learn Taekwondo and the piano, but he quickly lost interest in both. After watching The Nutcracker when he was in fourth grade, Kai expressed his wish to study ballet professionally. He developed his current technical expertise of hip hop, popping, and locking after joining S.M. Entertainment. In 2008, Kai made a brief appearance in TVXQ's music video, "HaHaHa Song" along with Exo-K's Suho and Chanyeol.
Kai was the first of twelve Exo members to be formally introduced to the public through teaser trailers. His first teaser was released on December 23, 2011. He appeared in twelve more trailers released in the next three months, and had his first televised performance with Exo-M's Lu Han, Chen and Tao on SBS's Gayo Daejun event on December 29, 2011. Kai graduated from School of Performing Arts Seoul in early 2012.
Oh Se Hun
Oh Se Hun (Korean: 오세훈; Hanja: 吳世勳), more often credited as simply Sehun was born on April 12, 1994 in Seoul, South Korea. Sehun was scouted by a casting agent on the streets when he was twelve, and was finally cast into S.M. Entertainment in 2008, after going through four auditions in two years. On January 10, 2012, he was introduced as the fifth member of Exo. Sehun made a brief appearance in Girls' Generation-TTS's music video for "Twinkle" alongside fellow members Baekhyun, Chanyeol, and Kai. He graduated from the School of Performing Arts Seoul in February 2013. Sehun guest starred in the second episode of the 2013 sitcom, Royal Villa, with Chanyeol.
Kris Wu Yifan (simplified Chinese: 吴亦凡; traditional Chinese: 吳亦凡; Mandarin Pinyin: Wú Yìfán; Jyutping: Ng4 Jik6 Faan4), mononymously credited as Kris (Korean: 크리스), is the leader of Exo-M and performs as the group's rapper. Born Kevin Li Jiaheng (Chinese: 李嘉恒; Mandarin Pinyin: Lǐ Jiāhéng; Jyutping: Lei5 Gaa1 Hang4) on November 6, 1990 in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, Wu also holds Canadian citizenship. Wu attended middle school in Guangzhou, high school in Vancouver, Canada and was the captain of the basketball teams for both schools. He would have pursued a professional career in basketball.
In 2007, at age 16, Wu auditioned for S.M. Entertainment's Canadian S.M. Global Auditions, which was held in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 14, 2007. He was attending Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School at the time of the casting. After passing the auditions, he moved to South Korea the following year and became an S.M. trainee. Prior to joining EXO, he made an appearance in an intermission video for the Girls' Generation Tour in 2011.
Xiumin (Chinese: 秀敏; pinyin: Xiùmǐn; Korean: 시우민), born Kim Min-seok (Korean: 김민석; Hanja: 金珉錫) on March 26, 1990 , is from South Korea. In 2008, at age 18, he was cast into S.M. Entertainment after winning second place in the S.M. Everysing Contest. Xiumin was formally introduced as the seventh member of Exo on January 26, 2012. He also practices taekwondo and kendo. Xiumin was featured on the music video of "Gone" by JIN, alongside actress Kim Yoo-jung.
Lu Han (Chinese: 鹿晗; pinyin: Lù Hán; Korean: 루한), born on April 20, 1990 , is from Haidian District, Beijing, China. He graduated from the Beijing Shida Middle School and attended the boarding school, Beijing Haidian Foreign Language Shi Yan School, before leaving for South Korea to attend Yonsei University as an exchange student. Lu Han had auditioned for JYP Entertainment's Chinese global auditions in 2008, but failed to get cast.
While studying in Seoul, Lu Han was scouted by an S.M. Entertainment casting agent, who recommended him to audition for the company's annual S.M. Casting System. His audition was successful, and Lu Han joined Exo in 2011. Lu was the second of the twelve Exo members to be formally introduced to the public, on December 27, 2011. Along with Tao, Chen, and Exo-K's Kai, Lu Han made his first televised performance on SBS's Gayo Daejun event on December 29, 2011. Lu Han currently attends the Seoul Institute of the Arts majoring in Applied Music.
Lu Han is also associated with the promotional dance group, Younique Unit, with Exo-K's Kai.
Lay (Korean: 레이), born Zhang Yixing (simplified Chinese: 张艺兴; traditional Chinese: 張藝興; pinyin: Zhāng Yìxīng) on October 7, 1991 , is from Changsha, Hunan, China. Lay was a local child star in Hunan, having won third place in a competition hosted by the popular TV program, Star Academy (明星学院) in 2005. He also appeared in an episode of Yue Ce Yue Kai Xin (越策越开心) and Liu Na's variety show, Na Ke Bu Yi Yang (娜可不一样) that same year.
Lay joined S.M. Entertainment in 2008 after a successful audition with the company's global casting system in Changsha. At the time of the auditions, he was 16 years old and was studying for his college entrance exams. In 2011, prior to debuting with Exo, he briefly worked for SHINee in their concert tour as Jonghyun's dance replacement. Lay was formally introduced as a member of Exo on January 17, 2012. He is also associated with the dance group, S.M. The Performance, with Exo-K's Kai.
Chen (Korean: 첸) is the lead vocalist of Exo-M. Born Kim Jong-dae (Korean: 김종대; Hanja: 金鐘大) on September 21, 1992 in South Korea, Chen has one older brother, Kim Jong-deok. Chen was the last Exo member scouted by S.M. Entertainment; he auditioned for S.M. Entertainment through the company's S.M. Casting System in early 2011, at age 18.
Chen was the fourth member to be formally introduced to the public, on December 29, 2011. Along with Lu Han, Tao, and Exo-K's Kai, Chen had his first televised performance at SBS's Gayo Daejun event on December 29, 2011.
Tao (Korean: 타오), born Huang Zitao (simplified Chinese: 黄子韬; traditional Chinese: 黃子韜; pinyin: Huáng Zitāo) on May 2, 1993 , is from Qingdao, Shandong, China. He attended Humen Centre Primary School, one of the most prestigious primary schools in Qingdao, and Qingdao Middle School. Tao is a martial artist, and has been practicing Wushu since he was five years old. He competed in several martial arts championships in Qingdao, and won first place in a free style rapping competition in Hong Kong. In 2010, Tao appeared as an extra in the ninth episode of the mainland Chinese idol drama, That Love Comes (欢迎爱光临).
Tao auditioned for S.M. Entertainment's global casting system in Qingdao and became an S.M. Entertainment trainee in late 2010. He was one of the last Exo members to join S.M. Entertainment and had a training period of less than one year. On December 27, 2011, Tao was formally introduced to the public as the third member of Exo. Along with Lu Han, Chen, and Exo-K's Kai, Tao made his first televised performance on SBS's Gayo Daejun event on December 29, 2011.
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