Choi Ye-na

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Choi Ye-na
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Choi in August 2022
Born (1999-09-29) September 29, 1999 (age 23)
EducationHanlim Multi Art School
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
  • host
RelativesChoi Sung-min (brother)
Musical career
Genres
Instrument(s)Vocals
Years active2018–present
Labels
Formerly ofIz*One
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationChoe Yena
McCune–ReischauerCh'oe Yena

Choi Ye-na (Korean최예나, born September 29, 1999), known mononymously as Yena, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a former member of temporary girl group Iz*One after finishing fourth on Mnet's reality girl group survival show Produce 48. She is currently a soloist and actress under Yuehua Entertainment. Yena made her solo debut on January 17, 2022, with the release of her first EP Smiley.

Early life[edit]

Choi was born on September 29, 1999, in Gil-Dong, Gangdong, South Korea.[1] She is the younger sister of singer and actor Choi Sung-min.[2] As a child, she was diagnosed with lymphoma.[3]

Career[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

She is a former Polaris Entertainment trainee before joining Yuehua Entertainment. Choi was a host for SBS' Cooking Class in 2017.[4]

2018–2021: Produce 48, Iz*One, solo activities[edit]

From June 15 to August 31, 2018, Choi (together with Everglow members Kim Si-hyeon and Wang Yiren) represented Yuehua Entertainment on reality girl group survival show Produce 48. She eventually placed fourth and debuted with Iz*One. The group's debut extended play (EP) Color*Iz was released on October 29, 2018, with "La Vie en Rose" serving as its lead single.[5][6][7]

Following her debut with Iz*One, Choi became a cast member for Prison Life of Fools, alongside Got7's JB, Jang Do-yeon, Jeong Hyeong-don and many more.[8]

On December 21, 2020, Choi was announced as one of the cast members for mystery variety show Girls High School Mystery Class. The show is TVING's first original content variety show.[9]

After Iz*One's disbandment in April 2021, Choi became a cast member of TVING's Idol Dictation Contest.[10][11] She also joined the fixed MC panels for tvN Story's Fireworks Handsome and MBC's Game of Blood.[12][13] On August 6, 2021, Choi was confirmed as the sole MC of Studio Waffle's web variety show Yena's Animal Detective. The web show started airing on August 24.[14] Choi made her acting debut later that year portraying Oh Na-ri in the second season of the web series The World of My 17.[15]

2022: Solo debut[edit]

On January 1, 2022, Choi announced through her social media that she would make her solo debut with the EP Smiley on January 17.[16] She made her broadcast debut on Mnet's M Countdown on January 20 performing "Smiley".[17] On February 10, 2022, Choi earned her first ever music show win on Mnet's M Countdown.[18]

Choi released her second EP, Smartphone, on August 3, 2022.[19][20]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, showing selected details,
selected chart positions, and sales figures
Title Details Peak chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[21]
Smiley
Track listing
  1. "Before Anyone Else"
  2. "SMILEY(Feat. BIBI)
  3. "Lxxk 2 U"
  4. "PRETTY BOYS"
  5. "VACAY"
2
Smartphone
  • Released: August 3, 2022
  • Label: Yuehua Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
Track listing
  1. "Make U Smile"
  2. "SMARTPHONE"
  3. "WithOrWithOuth
  4. "Lemon-Aid"
  5. "U"
3

Singles[edit]

List of singles, showing year released,
selected chart positions, and name of the album
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
Circle

[24]
KOR
Billb.

[25]
"Smiley"
(featuring Bibi)
2022 8 9 Smiley
"Smartphone" 119 Smartphone

Production credits[edit]

Year Artist Song Album Lyrics Music
2020 Iz*One With*One Oneiric Diary Yes No
2021 Lesson Non-album single No Yes
2022 Choi Ye-na Before Anyone Else Smiley Yes Yes
Smiley Yes No
Lxxk 2 U Yes No
Pretty Boys Yes No
Make U Smile Smartphone Yes No
Smartphone Yes No
WithOrWithOut Yes Yes

Filmography[edit]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2021 The World of My 17: Season 2 tvN D STUDIO Oh Na-ri Main lead [26]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2017 Cooking Class Host [27][28]
2018 Produce 48 Contestant [29]
2019 Prison Life of Fools Cast member [30]
2021 Fireworks Handsome Host [12]
Game of Blood [31]
2022 New Festa Participant [32]
Fantastic Family Panelist [33]
Family Register Mate Special member [34]
Is the parting will be a recall? Judge [35]

Web shows[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2021 Girls High School Mystery Class Cast member Episode 1–16 / Season 1 [9]
Yena's Animal Detective Host [14]
2021–2022 Idol Dictation Contest Cast member DoReMi Market spin-off / Season 1–2 [11][36]
Girls High School Mystery Class Season 2 [37]
2022 The Door: To Wonderland [38]

Radio shows[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2022 Idol Radio 2 Temporary dj June 23–July 30 [39]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, award category, nominee(s) of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
Blue Dragon Series Awards 2022 Best New Female Entertainer Girls High School Mystery Class Nominated [40]
Brand Customer Loyalty Award 2021 Female Idol Entertainer (Daesang) Choi Ye-na Won [41]
2022 Best Rookie Female Singer Won [42]
Best Female Idol Entertainer Won
Brand of the Year Awards 2021 Entertainer Idol of the Year (Female) Nominated [43]
2022 Best Rookie Solo Artist Won [44]
Genie Music Awards 2022 Best Female Solo Artist Nominated [45]
MAMA Awards 2022 Best New Female Artist Pending [46]
Worldwide Fans' Choice Top 10 Pending
Artist of the Year Pending
Song of the Year "Smiley" (feat. Bibi) Pending
Best Dance Performance – Solo Pending
Melon Music Awards 2022 Best Female Solo Artist Choi Ye-na Nominated [47]
Top 10 Artist Award Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b As a member of Iz*One only.

References[edit]

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