Kim Se-jeong in December 2017
August 28, 1996
Gimje, North Jeolla, South Korea
|Education||Hanyang Women's University|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Se-jeong|
Kim Se-jeong (born August 28, 1996), better known by the mononym Sejeong, is a South Korean singer and actress signed under Jellyfish Entertainment. She is best known as the runner-up contestant in Produce 101, a former member of the girl group I.O.I, and as a member of Gugudan and its subgroup Gugudan Semina. She was a co-host of the variety show Talents for Sale in 2016 and played the leading role in the teen drama, School 2017.
Early life and education
Kim Se-jeong was born in Gimje, North Jeolla Province, but moved to Anyang, Gyeonggi where she stayed with her mother and older brother at her aunt's house. Her parents split when she was a child, leaving her mother to single-handedly raise her and her brother, and she has previously stated that she did not contact her father until her third year of middle school. Kim is currently studying practical music in Hanyang Women's University.
In 2012, Kim participated in the second season of competition television show K-pop Star 2 at the age of 16. She did not make it through the second round ranking audition, but Yang Hyun-suk brought her back as a wildcard for the casting round, where she performed a duet of Taeyang's "I Need A Girl" with fellow contestant Jo Yoo-min. Yang cast the both of them, grouping Kim with contestants Nicole Curry and Lee Soo-kyung for the final casting round. However, at the end of the round, she was eliminated from the competition.
Produce 101 and I.O.I
In January 2016, she represented Jellyfish Entertainment together with fellow trainees Kim Na-young and Kang Mi-na on the reality survival show Produce 101 for the chance to debut in a Mnet girl group. All three were assigned to "Group A" in the first episode of the program, and she achieved the first-place ranking on several episodes, earning the nickname "God Sejeong". The program came to an end on April 1, 2016, and the final line-up of I.O.I, made up of the top 11 poll-winners, was announced. Kim finished second overall, with 525,352 votes, becoming an official member of the girl group. I.O.I promoted as a whole for events and advertising gigs.
Gugudan and solo career
Plans for Kim to host a new KBS show Talents for Sale alongside Kim Jong-kook, Lee Seo-jin and Noh Hong-chul were announced in April 2016. She displayed a variety of talents on the show and earned the nickname 'Variety Cheat Key'. On June 10, 2016, YMC Entertainment revealed that Kim would not be taking part in I.O.I's unit promotions but would instead return to her agency to debut and promote with its upcoming girl group. On June 28, 2016, Kim officially debuted as a member of South Korean girl group Gugudan. On November 23, 2016, Kim participated in Jellyfish Entertainment’s music channel project Jelly Box and released the single "Flower Way" (Hangul: 꽃길; RR: Kkotgil), produced by Zico, along with a music video. The single topped seven major charts upon its release, and Kim received her first music program trophy as a solo artist with "Flower Way" on the November 30th episode of Show Champion.
On January 12, 2017, Kim released the song "If Only" for the OST of the Korean drama The Legend of the Blue Sea. That month, she became a permanent MC for OnStyle's Get It Beauty. In July 2017, she took on her first major acting role as the lead, Ra Eun-ho, in KBS2's teen drama School 2017. Later that year, she sang "Star Blossom" for SM Station with NCT's Doyoung. In September 2017, It was confirmed that Kim will be a fixed cast member in Netflix's variety show Busted!.
In June 2018, a Gugudan subgroup named Gugudan Semina was formed with Sejeong and members Mina and Nayoung. They debuted on July 10, 2018.
|Title||Year||Peak chart position||Sales||Album|
|As lead artist|
|"Flower Way" (꽃길)
(Prod. by Zico of Block B)[A]
|"I Like You, I Don't" (좋아한다 안 한다)
(with Lee Tae-il of Block B)
(with Doyoung of NCT)
|"If Only" (만에 하나)||2017||35||
||The Legend of the Blue Sea OST|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
|2016||The Sound of Your Heart||Neighbor in Apt. 205||Naver TV Cast
|2017||School 2017||Ra Eun-ho||KBS2||Lead role|||
|Year||Title||Network||Note / Role||Ref.|
|2012–2013||K-pop Star 2||SBS||Eliminated in casting audition round|||
|2016||Produce 101||Mnet||Survival show that determined I.O.I members|
|Talents for Sale||KBS2||Regular host|||
|Immortal Songs 2||Contestant (Episode 282)|
|2017||1 vs 100||KBS2||Contestant (Episode 466)|
|King of Mask Singer||MBC||Contestant as "Worker Holic Antgirl" (Episode 95)|||
|Law of the Jungle in Sumatra||SBS||Cast member|||
|Get It Beauty||OnStyle||Regular host|||
|Battle Trip||KBS2||Contestant with Nayoung (Episode 40–41)
Special Host (Episode 48–49)
|Galileo: Awakened Universe||tvN|||
Awards and nominations
|2016||15th KBS Entertainment Awards||Rookie Variety||Talents for Sale||Nominated|
|2017||10th Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actress (TV)||School 2017||Nominated|
|1st The Seoul Awards||Best New Actress (Drama)||Nominated|||
|Popularity Award, Actress||N/A||Won|||
|2nd Asia Artist Awards||N/A||Nominated|
|2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Vocal Performance (Female Solo)||"Flower Way"||Nominated|
|Qoo10 Song of the Year||Nominated|
|9th Melon Music Awards||Top 10 Artists||N/A||Nominated|||
|Hot Trend Award||"Flower Way"||Nominated|
|"I Like You, I Don't" (with Taeil of Block B)||Nominated|
|11th SBS Entertainment Awards||Best Challenge Award||Law of the Jungle in Sumatra||Won|||
|31st KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actress||School 2017||Won|||
|2018||54th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (TV)||Nominated|||
|2016||November 30||"Flower Way"|
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- Cumulative sales for "Star Blossom":
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