Ju Jingyi

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Ju Jingyi
鞠婧祎 (6).jpg
Born (1994-06-18) 18 June 1994 (age 25)
Suining, Sichuan, China
Occupation
  • Singer
  • Actress
Years active2013–present
AgentStar48 Culture Media Group
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese鞠婧禕
Simplified Chinese鞠婧祎
Musical career
Also known asKiku
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Piano
  • Violin
Associated actsSNH48
Seine River
Websiteju-jingyi.com

Ju Jingyi (simplified Chinese: 鞠婧祎; traditional Chinese: 鞠婧禕; pinyin: Jū Jìngyī, born 18 June 1994) is a Chinese singer and actress. She rose to fame as a member of Chinese idol girl group SNH48 and was part of Team NII until her graduation in December 2017.

As a member of SNH48, during the annual General Elections, she was elected as No.4 (2014), No.2 (2015), No.1 (2016) and No.1 (2017) among over 100 members. As an actress, she is known for her role in the historical romance drama Legend of Yunxi (2018) and mythology drama The Legend of White Snake (2019).

Early life[edit]

Ju Jingyi was born on 18 June 1994 in Suining, Sichuan, China. She studied at The Attached Middle School of Sichuan Conservatory of Music, majoring in violin, but dropped out to audition for SNH48.[1]

Career[edit]

2014–2017: SNH48 and acting debut[edit]

Ju Jingyi during the press conference for Novoland: The Castle in the Sky

On 18 August 2013, Ju Jingyi took part in the audition for second-generation members of SNH48, and was one of the 34 girls who qualified, becoming one of the 31 official second-generation members on 5 September.[2] She made her first public appearance on 21 September,[3] and had started performing weekly at the SNH48 Dream Stage. In November, she became a member of Team NII of SNH48. She participated in SNH48's first major concert, "SNH48 Guangzhou Concert", held in the Guangzhou International Sports Arena on 16 November.

In May 2014, Ju starred in her first music video, "Football Party".[4] She subsequently ranked fourth during SNH48's first "General Election", during which they released their first album, Mae Shika Mukanee.[5]

Ju was ranked second in SNH48's second "General Election", held on 25 July 2015.[6] She became a member of sub-unit Seine River along with Zhao Jiamin and Li Yitong. Their first single "Sweet & Bitter" (苦与甜) was released on 31 October 2015.[7]

In 2016, Ju made her acting debut in the fantasy drama Novoland: The Castle in the Sky, which started airing in July.[8] She also released a soundtrack for the drama, titled "Xue Fei Shuang".[9] On 30 July, during SNH48's third General Election, Ju was ranked first place with over 230,000 votes, the highest ever number of votes received by an SNH48 member.[10] On 17 October, Ju released her first solo single "Everyday".[11] On 10 December, she won the New Television Actress of the Year Award at the Tencent Video Star Awards for her performance in Novoland: The Castle in the Sky.[12]

On 7 January 2017, she participated in SNH48's third Request Time, of which her song "Don't Touch", performed with Zeng Yanfen and Zhao Yue, came in first, giving her the opportunity to release her second solo single.[13] On 15 February, she took on her first leading role in the detective web drama, Detective Samoyeds.[14] The series was a success and broke 10 billion views at the end of its two seasons.[15] In May, Ju was announced to be one of the recipients of the "May 4th Medal", awarded by the Chinese Communist Youth League (CCYL) to outstanding youths who have made remarkable achievements in agriculture, hi-tech research, news coverage, politics and law, army and police.[16] The same month, Ju released her second EP, Yes Or No.[17] During SNH48's fourth General Election held on 29 July, Ju came in first with 277781.3 votes, becoming the first SNH48 member to hold the position as the senbatsu center for a consecutive year.[18] In August, she featured in the fantasy drama Xuan-Yuan Sword: Han Cloud, portraying a gentle mute girl.[19]

On 15 December 2017, it was announced that Ju would depart from SNH48 and continue promotions as a solo artist under Star48. An individual studio and website have been launched to manage her solo career.[20] On 18 December, she released a solo single titled Rain.[21]

2018–present: Solo career and rising popularity[edit]

In 2018, Ju starred in the historical drama Legend of Yunxi.[22] She also sung the theme songs for the drama, "The Fallen Flowers Turn into Mud",[23] and "Sigh of Yunxi".[24] The series was a commercial hit and received positive reviews for light-hearted and sweet storyline, leading to increased popularity for Ju.[25] The same year, Ju starred in the romantic comedy drama Mr. Swimmer.[26] Ju also became one of the judges for the music variety show The Chinese Youth.[27]

In 2019, Ju starred in the web series adaptation of the Chinese folktale legend Legend of the White Snake, playing the titular role of Bai Suzhen.[28][29] She also sung the soundtracks for the drama, including new rendition of classic songs like "Qian Nian Deng Yi Hui", "Du Qing" and "Qing Cheng Shan Xia Bai Suzhen".[30] The same year, Ju starred as the female lead in period suspense drama Please Give Me a Pair of Wings.[31] Ju was named as one of the most recognizable Chinese actresses in web dramas by the Hong Kong media,[32] and won the Best Actress award at the China Canada Television Festival Award for her performance in Legend of Yunxi.[33] Ju entered the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list for the first time, ranking 94th.[34] Forbes China also listed Ju under their 30 Under 30 Asia 2019 list which consisted of 30 influential people under 30 years old who have had a substantial effect in their fields.[35] In November, Ju released her third EP titled Love Emergency Report.[36]

In 2020, Ju is set to star in the historical romance dramas In A Class Of Her Own alongside Song Weilong;[37] and The Blooms at Ruyi Pavilion, reuniting with Legend of Yunxi co-star Zhang Zhehan.[38]

Public image[edit]

Ju has been referred to as a "once in 4000 years idol" by Chinese fans since 2014, however, due to a slight mistranslation, she has also been called a "once in 4000 years beauty" by the media, causing her to gain in popularity and criticism.[39]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Notes/Ref.
2016 Everyday 每一天 [11]
2017 Yes or No 等不到你 [17]
2019 Love Emergency Report 恋爱告急 [36]

Singles[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Album Notes
2017 "Rain" 分裂时差 [21]
2018 "Don't Touch" [40]
2019 "Writing Poems in Loneliness" 孤独与诗 [41]

Soundtracks[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Album Notes/Ref.
2015 "Fate Ends in the World" 缘尽世间 Mo Tian Ji OST with Zhao Jiamin and Xu Jiaqi[42]
2016 "Fighting Day" Hot Girl OST [43]
"Drunk Fei Shuang" 醉飞霜 Novoland: The Castle in the Sky OST [9]
2018 "The Fallen Flowers Turn into Mud" 落花成泥 Legend of Yunxi OST [23]
"Sigh of Yunxi" 叹云兮 [24]
"Please Answer If You Heard" 听到请回答 Mr. Swimmer OST
"Missing You" 想你了 [44]
2019 "Eternal" 天长 Legend of Qingyun OST [45]
"A Millennium's Wait for a Return" 千年等一回 The Legend of White Snake OST [30]
"Passing Feelings" 渡情
"Bai Suzhen under Mount Qingcheng" 青城山下白素贞
"A Pair of Wings" 一双翅膀 Please Give Me a Pair of Wings OST [46]

Other appearances[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Notes/Ref.
2018 "The Future Me" 未来已来 Theme song for the China's Communist Youth League[47]
2019 "My Motherland and I" 我和我的祖国 Project for People's Republic of China's 70th anniversary[48]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes/Ref.
2015 Mo Tian Jie 魔天劫 Jialan Short film
Love, At First 爱之初体验 Cameo
2018 Starlight 星梦之光 Documentary

Television series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes/Ref.
2015 The Unexpected 史料不及 Housekeeper's daughter Cameo[49]
2016 Novoland: The Castle in the Sky 九州·天空城 Xue Feishuang [8]
2017 Detective Samoyeds 热血长安 Shangguan Zisu [14]
Xuan-Yuan Sword: Han Cloud 轩辕剑之汉之云 Lanyin Special appearance[19]
2018 Legend of Yunxi 芸汐传 Han Yunxi [22]
Mr. Swimmer 游泳先生 Song Chacha [26]
2019 The Legend of White Snake 新白娘子传奇 Bai Suzhen [28]
Please Give Me a Pair of Wings 请赐我一双翅膀 Lin Jiuge [31]
2020 In A Class Of Her Own 云上学堂 Xue Wenxi [37]
The Blooms at Ruyi Pavilion 如意芳霏 Fu Rong [38]

Variety show[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes/Ref.
2018 The Chinese Youth 国风美少年 Judge [50]

SNH48 activities[edit]

EPs[edit]

Year No. Title Role Notes
2013 3 Fortune Cookie of Love B-side Debut with SNH48 Team NII
2014 4 Heart Electric B-side
5 UZA A-side Ranked 4th in the First General election
2015 6 Give Me Five! A-side
7 After Rain B-side
8 Manatsu no Sounds Good! A-side
9 Halloween Night A-side Ranked 2nd in the 2nd General election
10 New Year's Bell A-side
2016 11 Engine of Youth A-side First original EP
12 Dream Land B-side Second original EP
13 Princess's Cloak A-side Ranked 1st in the 3rd General election
Center
2017 16 Summer Pirates B-side Sang on "Limited season" as part of Team NII, center with Wan Lina
17 Dawn in Naples A-side Ranked 1st in the 4th General election

Albums[edit]

  • Mae Shika Mukanee (2014)

With Seine River[edit]

  • Sweet & Bitter (2015)

Units[edit]

SNH48 Stage Units[edit]

Stage No. Song Notes
Team NII 1st Stage "Theater no Megami" Yokaze no Shiwaza 都是夜风惹的祸 Solo song
Team NII 2nd Stage "Saka Agari" Mushi no Ballad 虫之诗 Solo song
Team NII 3rd Stage "Mokugekisha" Enjou Rousen 燃烧的道路 With Feng Xinduo
Team NII 4th Stage "Boku no Taiyou" Itoshisa no defense 爱到累了 With Feng Xinduo and Lu Ting

Concert units[edit]

Year Date Name Song Notes
2013 16 November Guangzhou Concert Yokaze no Shiwaza 都是夜风惹的祸 Solo song
2014 18 January Kouhaku Utagassen 2014 Yokaze no Shiwaza 都是夜风惹的祸 Solo song
26 July SNH48 Sousenkyo Concert in Shanghai Nakinagara Hohoende 流着泪微笑 With Xu Chenchen
2015 31 January Request Hour Setlist Best 30 Yokaze no Shiwaza 都是夜风惹的祸
Wagamama na Nagareboshi 任性的流星
Our Destiny in This World 缘尽世间
Solo song
With Zeng Yanfen
With Xu Jiaqi and Zhao Jiamin
25 July 2nd General Election Concert Mushi no Ballad 虫之诗 With Qiu Xinyi and Zhao Jiamin
26 December Request Hour Setlist Best 30 (2nd Edition) Higurashi no Koi 暮蝉之恋
Itoshisa no Accel 爱的加速器
With Lin Siyi
Solo song
2016 30 July 3rd General Election Concert Lay Down 女王殿下 Solo song
2017 7 January Request Hour Setlist Best 50 (3rd Edition) Everyday 每一天
Oshibe to Meshibe to Yoru no Chouchou 夜蝶
Don't Touch
Solo song
With Lin Siyi
With Zeng Yanfen and Zhao Yue
29 July 4th General Election Concert Everyday 每一天
Yes or No 等不到你
Solo song
Solo song

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 10th Tencent Video Star Awards New Television Actress of the Year N/A Won [12]
2016 NetEase Attitude Award Most Popular New Artist N/A Won [51]
2017 24th ERC Chinese Top Ten Awards Best Breakthrough Artist N/A Won [52]
Chinese Communist Youth League "May 4th Medal" N/A Won [16]
11th Migu Music Awards Top 10 Songs of the Year "Think of You" Won [53]
2018 Weibo Awards Ceremony Improved Artist of the Year N/A Won [54]
25th ERC Chinese Top Ten Awards Crossover Artist Award N/A Won [55]
Netease Traditional Music Night New Female Singer Award N/A Won [56]
7th iQiyi All-Star Carnival Promising Artist Award N/A Won [57]
2019 China Canada Television Festival Award Best Actress (Web series) Legend of Yunxi Won [33]
26th ERC Chinese Top Ten Awards Trend Singer Award N/A Won [58]

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