Jeon So-mi

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Jeon So-mi
전소미 KBS '뮤직뱅크' 리허설 출근길.jpg
Somi in April 2018
Background information
Native name
전소미
Birth nameEnnik Somi Douma
Also known asSomi
Born (2001-03-09) March 9, 2001 (age 18)
Ontario, Canada[1]
GenresK-pop
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2015–present
Labels
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationJeon So-mi
McCune–ReischauerChŏn Somi

Ennik Somi Douma (born March 9, 2001), known by her Korean name Jeon So-mi or mononymously as Somi, is a singer based in South Korea, best known for finishing first in Mnet's survival reality program Produce 101 and debuting in former South Korean girl group I.O.I.[2]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Jeon Somi was born in March 9, 2001 in Ontario, Canada. She was born to Korean mother, Jeon Sun-hee and Dutch-Canadian father, Matthew Douma. Her family moved to South Korea a year after she was born. Due to her mixed descent, Somi was often bullied during her childhood days.[2][3][4][5]

Somi is a taekwondo third-degree black belt holder but could not gain the fourth-degree like her father due to her age.[6] In 2013, she appeared on the Children's Day Special of KBS2's Let's Go! Dream Team Season 2 as one of the representatives of Midong Elementary School's Taekwondo demonstration team, where she was paired with Park Joon-hyung.[7][8] In August 2014, she, her mother and her grandmother made a short appearance on the 187th episode of Hello Counselor. She also had a cameo role in the 2014 film Ode to My Father along with her father and sister.[9]

After graduating from Cheongdam Middle School on February 3, 2017 she is currently attending Hanlim Multi Art School, majoring in Practical Music and Vocal.[10][11][12]

2015–16: Sixteen, Produce 101 and I.O.I[edit]

Somi joined JYP Entertainment after auditioning with 2NE1's "Lonely". Soon after, Somi appeared in Got7's "Stop Stop It" music video with other fellow female trainees.[13][14] In May 2015, Somi participated in reality survival program Sixteen and was pitted against 15 other trainees from JYPE to secure a spot in the company's new girl group, Twice. However, she was eliminated in the final round.[15][16]

In January 2016, Somi represented JYPE on reality survival program Produce 101. She finished in first place with 858,333 votes and debuted on May 4, with the project girl group I.O.I, which released the extended play Chrysalis under YMC Entertainment.[17][18] On August 18, it was announced that Somi would be collaborating with I.O.I bandmates Choi Yoo-jung and Kim Chung-ha and DIA's Ki Hui-hyeon for the digital single, "Flower, Wind and You", which was released on the 29th.[19][20]

In October, Somi was selected as the new host for SBS MTV's The Show along with UP10TION's Woo-shin.[21]

Jeon So-mi in December 2016

2017–present: Solo activities and departure from JYPE[edit]

On January 9, 2017, it was confirmed that Somi signed a formal contract with JYPE for solo activities in regards to TV show appearances.[22][23] Later that month, she joined the second season of variety show Sister's Slam Dunk as the youngest member.[24] I.O.I officially disbanded at the end of January 2017. On February 1, JYPE launched Somi's website and a fan community where she can communicate and interact with fans.[25]

On March 7, singer-songwriter Eric Nam shared the image teaser of his collaboration with Somi through his personal SNS channels. The mid-tempo soft rock single, co-written by Nam, titled "You, Who?" was released on March 9 at 18:00 KST.[26][27]

In late March 2017, Somi was cast in Idol Drama Operation Team, KBS's web entertainment program featuring female idol singers as scriptwriters and actors. She played a role as a high school student named Bo-ram. Final filming for the show was held on May 9.[28][29][30][31] The seven cast members formed a project girl group called Girls Next Door and released a single as part of the show's soundtrack. The song titled "Deep Blue Eyes", co-written and co-composed by B1A4's Jinyoung, was released on June 14 under Warner Music Korea.[32][33]

On May 12, Somi debuted with Unnies, the project girl group created through Sister's Slam Dunk. The group released two songs, "Right?" and "Lalala Song". She was credited as a lyricist for the lead single "Right?", as she wrote the rap part of the song.[34][35][36]

Somi was featured on Jun. K's single titled "Nov to Feb", released in November 2017.[37]

On August 20, 2018, JYPE released an official statement revealing after mutual agreement, Somi has terminated her contract, thus leaving the label.[38][39] In the following month, it was reported Somi signed an exclusive contract with YG Entertainment's sub-label The Black Label.[40] On February 25, 2019, The Black Label announced Somi is set to make her debut as a solo artist in May 1, 2019, with lead single produced by Teddy.[41]

Other ventures[edit]

Endorsement[edit]

In early July 2017, it was announced Somi was selected for her first-ever solo endorsement deal as a campaign model of Coca-Cola's beverage brand, Fanta.[42][43] In March 2019, it was revealed Somi along-side Seong-wu were selected as advertising models for lifestyle sports brand Beanpole Sports.[44]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peaks Sales Album
KOR
[45]
Collaborations
"Flower, Wind and You" (with Hui-hyeon, Yoo-jung & Chungha) 2016 42 Non-album single
"You, Who?" (유후) (with Eric Nam) 2017 16
"Nov to Feb" (11월부터 2월까지) (with Jun. K) N/A
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Ref
2014 Ode to My Father Mak-soon Yoon's eldest daughter [9]

Television show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Ref.
2015 Sixteen Mnet Contestant
2016 Produce 101
2017 Sister's Slam Dunk Season 2 KBS2 Cast member
Idol Drama Operation Team KBS Joy [28][a]

Hosting[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2016–17 The Show SBS MTV with Woo-shin [49]
2017 26th Seoul Music Awards KBS N with Hee-chul & Jae-hoon [50]
2018 Music Bank World Tour: Berlin KBS2 with Park Bo-gum

Music video[edit]

Year Title Artist
2016 "White Night" (하얗게 불태웠어) UP10TION

Videography[edit]

Year Title Notes
2016 "Yum-Yum" CJ CheilJedang's Alaska Salmon commercial
2017 "You, Who?" (유후) Collaboration with Eric Nam
"Right?" (맞지?) With Unnies
"Deep Blue Eyes" With Girls Next Door

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Korea First Brand Awards CF Model N/A Won [51]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Idol Drama Operation Team premiered on May 29, 2017 via Naver TV Cast and Naver V Live. It was then broadcast on KBS Joy and KBS World channel every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, starting June 10.[48][32]

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