Heo Youngji in 2016
August 30, 1994
|Other names||Heo Young-ji|
|Revised Romanization||Heo Yeong-ji|
Heo Young-ji (born August 30, 1994), referred to as Youngji, is a South Korean singer and television personality. She is best known as a member of girl group Kara after winning the TV show Kara Project in 2014, which saw her become the newest member of the group. Heo began her solo music career in August 2017 with her first single, "Memory Clock".
Heo attended School of Performing Arts Seoul. She was a former trainee at Core Contents Media alongside T-ara's ex-member Areum. She was about to debut in a new girl group but left before the girl group debuted. Later, she became a trainee at KeyEast before becoming a trainee at DSP Media.
2014–2015: Debut with Kara and solo activities
In May 2014, after former Kara members Nicole Jung and Kang Ji-young left the group, DSP Media launched a reality TV show called Kara Project which revolved around seven trainees competing to become the new member of the group. Even though she missed 2 live performances due to a leg injury from practice, she grabbed attention from viewers and topped the voting charts.
On July 1, the live voting results commenced on 6:45 pm (KST). Hur Young-ji was proclaimed the winner with a total score of 49,591. After winning the show, she gave a winning speech saying she'll work even harder as a new member of Kara.
In September 2014, Heo was one of the new participants for the second season of the show, Roommate. She was known for her muted laughter, and on the Christmas special of Roommate, it was shown that Heo's family members have similar laughing styles as well. In the interview as a preview for being one of the new cast members for Roommate, she said that many people told her to cover her mouth while laughing, but it was very problematic and now she is more comfortable to laugh without covering her mouth.
When fellow member Goo Hara guested on Episode 9 of Roommate, she shared that she wanted Heo to be chosen as a member of Kara as she has charms that the existing members does not have and Kara feel more youthful with her.
An MBC EVERY1 representative told MBN Star on December 18, 2014 that Heo would join Hitmaker season 2 as a part of a girl group, along with Orange Caramel's Lizzy, G.NA, 4minute's So-hyun. The group was later named Cham So Nyeo. The group first released their debut song teaser "올해의 주문 (Magic Words)" on February 17, followed by the full song and music video 3 days later, on February 20.
2016–present: Solo career
On January 15, 2016, DSP Media announced Gyuri, Seungyeon and Hara's departure from the group due to contracts expiring. The company also noted that Heo would continue her music career as a solo artist.
On April 13, Park Gyu-ri stated that the group did not disband and that the members hoped to release new albums in the future.
In May 2016, she was cast in a supporting role in the tvN drama, Another Oh Hae Young. She was also cast in several television programs, such as MBC's Very Private TV as a cast member, m SBS' War of Vocals - God's Voice as a panelist and EBS' Humanity Busking as a host.
On December 8, 2016, DSP Media revealed Heo as the first hidden member of their new co-ed group K.A.R.D. She promoted with the group for their first project single "OH NA NA", which was released on December 13.
On December 15, 2017, MCC Entertainment released news article that revealed she will participate on 2nd song of project 'with dog'. The song titled Longing was released on the same day.
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales||Album|
|"Memory Clock" (추억시계)||2017||—||N/A||Non-album singles|
|"—" denotes songs that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
|"Magic Words"||2015||Non-album single||With Lizzy, G.NA and So-hyun as Chamsonyeo|
|"Peek-A-Boo"||In Love||Duet with Park Gyu-ri|
|"You're So Yummy"||Tasty 2: Happy Together OST||N/A|
|"How About Me?"||Alohara (Can You Feel It?)||Goo Hara feat Young-ji|
|"Fingertips Love" ||2016||"Creating a Healthy Cyber World" Campaign song||With B1A4, BTOB, A-JAX, Oh My Girl, Kassy and April|
|"Oh NaNa"||"K.A.R.D Project Vol.1"||As K.A.R.D's first hidden member|
|2015||The Alchemist||MBC Every1, Navercast||Oh Young-ji||Lead role, web series|
|2016||Another Miss Oh||TVN||Yoon Ahn-na||Supporting role|
|2017||Introverted Boss||Cameo (Episode 3)|
|Han Yeoreum's Memory||JTBC||Jung Da-jung||Supporting role|
|2018||Are You Human?||KBS2||Cameo (Episode 1)|
|The Beauty Inside||JTBC||Cameo (Episode 13)|
|2019||At Eighteen||JTBC||Kim Ji-min||Supporting role|
|2015||Tasty 2: Happy Together||Korean and Japanese dubbed version|
|2014||MBC Music||Kara Project||Contestant||Won the show and became a new member of Kara|
|KBS||The Lord Of The Ratings||MC|
|2014–2015||SBS||Roommate: Season 2||Fixed cast|
|MBC Every 1||Hitmaker Season 2||As a member of Chamsonyeo (with G.NA, Lizzy, and Sohyun)|
|2015||jTBC||A Hard Day||Contestant|
|KBS2||Game of Thrones|
|SBS||Founding Star||Fixed cast||Episode 1–6|
|2016||MBC||Next Door CEO||Episode 1–12|
|MBC Every 1||Very Private TV|
|SBS||Vocal War: God's Voice||Fixed panelist|
|AHTV||Super Idols||Panelist||Mafia Team|
|MBC Every 1||Hitmaker||Cast||Season 2|
|SK Broadband||Idol Intern King||Fixed cast||With Qri, Kwon So-hyun, Park Narae, Hyojung, and Han Hyeri|
|2017||E Channel||Strong Girls||Regular cast||With Cao Lu, Luna, Park Bo-ram, and Giant Pink|
|CTime||Beauty Academy||Fixed MC|
|TRENDY||Time Space Operation F.B.I||With Lee Soo-kyung, DinDin and Heo Kyung-hwan|
|tvN||Shadow Singer||Fixed panelist||With Kang Hodong, JR, and others|
|2018||JTBC||I am CEO Season 2||Fixed panelist||With Kim Sook and Boom|
|2016||AISLE||Happy Magic Candy||Co-Lyricist||Single : Happy Magic Candy|
|2017||SAY YES||Lyricist||Single: Say Yes|
|2017||Hur Young-ji||Memory Clock||Composer, Lyricist, Arranger||Single: Memory Clock|
Awards and nominations
|2014||SBS Entertainment Awards (SBS Awards Festival)||Show Variety Female Newcomer||Roommate||Nominated|
- ‘카라’ 새 멤버, 허영지 확정…다시 4인그룹으로 (in Korean). DongAh News. July 1, 2014. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- "Will KARA's new member fill Jiyoung and Nicole's empty seats?". Korea Herald. July 2, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- 카라 새 멤버, 허영지 발탁...4인 체제로 여름 컴백 (in Korean). Oh My News. July 2, 2014. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- ‘카라프로젝트’ 허영지, 카라 새 멤버 확정 “정말 열심히 하겠다” 눈물 왈칵 (in Korean). Chosun News. July 1, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- ‘룸메이트’ 새 멤버 보니…‘특급주량’ 배종옥부터 ‘여유 넘치는’ 카라 영지까지 (in Korean). Sports Seoul. September 15, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- 룸메이트 허영지, 데뷔 한 달 된 신인…‘물컹거리는 산낙지 쯤이야!’ (in Korean). DongAh News. September 22, 2014. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- '룸메이트' 허영지, 매력터지는 음소거 웃음…"하하하" (in Korean). SBS Entertainment. October 12, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- 허영지 친언니 공개 '음소거 웃음까지 똑같아'... 우월 자매 등장에 '미소' (in Korean). SBS Entertainment. December 17, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- 허영지 친언니, '음소거 웃음'까지 붕어빵 자매 (in Korean). Asiae News. December 17, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- '룸메이트' 허영지 "'음소거 웃음', 이젠 편하게 한다" (in Korean). Oh My News. October 10, 2014. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- 룸메이트 허영지, 당황스러운 '음소거 목젖 웃음' 어떻길래? (in Korean). MBN News. September 27, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
- "Kara's Goo Hara Brings Young Ji to Tears on 'Roommate'". Mwave. November 28, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
- 구하라 "허영지 연습생 시절부터 지켜봐…우리에겐 없는 매력 있어" (in Korean). Chosun News. November 26, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
- 구하라 “허영지 연습생 시절부터 지켜봐, 잘 챙겨달라” 부탁 ‘훈훈’ (in Korean). DongAh News. November 26, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
- 정형돈·데프콘, 걸그룹 프로듀서 변신…지나·리지·권소현·허영지 유닛 결성 (in Korean). MBN Star. December 18, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
- ‘히트제조기’ 걸그룹도 만든다, 지나·리지·소현·영지 멤버 확정 (in Korean). TenAsia Hankyung. December 18, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
- ‘형돈이와 대준이의 히트제조기’ 참소녀, 데뷔곡 ‘올해의 주문’ 티저 공개‧ 지나, 애프터스쿨 리지, 포미닛 소현, 카라 영지 (in Korean). Star Seoul TV. February 17, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
- ‘히트제조기’ 지나-리지-영지-소현, 음원 공개 반응 후끈… ‘대박 예감’ (in Korean). Top Star News. February 24, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
- "【韓国報道資料】DSPmediaより重要なお知らせ". KARA Japan Official Fanclub. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
- Lee So-dam (2016-04-14). "[팝인터뷰]박규리 "카라 해체 아냐, 기회 된다면 앨범 낼 계획"" [[Pop Interview] Park Gyu-ri "Kara did not disband, we're thinking of making an album if we get an opportunity"]. Herald Pop (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- "허영지, DSP 새 혼성그룹 'K.A.R.D' 첫번째 히든멤버 (공식)". Retrieved 2016-12-10.
- "[단독] "카라 넘어 솔로로"…허영지, 8월 솔로데뷔 '가요계 출격'".
- "허영지, 다시 가수로.."8월 중 솔로 데뷔"".
- "[공식입장] 카라 허영지, 유기견 돕기 프로젝트 참여…15일 신곡발표".
- "Hur Young-ji's Memory Clock". iTunes/Apple Music.
- "Hur Young-ji's Longing". iTunes/Apple Music.
- "올해의 주문 Magic Words - Single". itunes (in Korean). Retrieved July 27, 2015.[permanent dead link]
- "Hur Young-ji & Park Gyu-ri's Peek-A-Boo". iTunes/Apple Music.
- "How About Me? featuring Hur Young-ji". iTunes/Apple Music.
- "Fingertips Love". iTunes/Apple Music.
- 허영지, 카라로 보낸 한 달 “앞으로 배울게 산더미다” (in Korean). TenAsia Hankyung. September 15, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- "I am CEO Season 2 Announces MCs and Panelist". Naver via Twitter. 2018-02-27.
- "Hur YoungJi - Memory Clock credits". 2017-12-06.
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