Momo Hirai

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Momo Hirai
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Hirai in July 2018
Background information
Native name
Born (1996-11-09) November 9, 1996 (age 22)
Kyōtanabe, Kyoto, Japan
  • Singer
  • dancer
Years active2015–present
Associated acts
Japanese name
Korean stage name

Momo Hirai (平井もも, Hirai Momo, born November 9, 1996), commonly known mononymously as Momo (Korean모모), is a Japanese singer and dancer currently based in South Korea. She debuted in 2015 as a member of South Korean girl group Twice under JYP Entertainment.[1]

In Gallup Korea's annual music poll for 2018, Hirai was voted the 20th most popular idol in South Korea.[2] She is one of the most popular non-Korean K-pop stars.[3] Known for her physical fitness and body movements, she is nicknamed the "dance machine".[4]

Early life[edit]

Momo Hirai was born in Kyoto, Japan.[3] She began dancing at the age of three, together with her elder sister.[3]



She was told to audition[by whom?] with her sister on April 13, 2012, though she was the only one who made it in.[5] She was signed on as a JYP trainee with fellow Japanese member, Sana Minatozaki, who also went on to become a member of Twice. She is the only eliminated member of the survival show Sixteen to be brought back to debut as a member of Twice.[6][7]


Songwriting credits[edit]

Year Song Album With
2018 "Shot Thru the Heart"[8] Summer Nights Sana, Mina
2019 "Hot"[9] Fancy You Kang Eun-jeong


Television shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Ref.
2015 Sixteen Mnet Contestant
2016 Hit the Stage Contestant (episode 1–4) [10]


  1. ^ "트와이스 "뽑힐 때 아무 생각이 없었다" ①". Star News (in Korean). Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "2018년 올해를 빛낸 가수와 가요 - 최근 12년간 추이 포함" (in Korean). Gallup Korea. November 30, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Momo from Twice, K-pop's biggest Japanese star – her story so far". South China Morning Post. April 21, 2018. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  4. ^ Ko, Dong-hwan (March 4, 2019). "Momo super-fit to be a star". Korea Times. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "All about Chaeyoung, Momo". Twice TV. Episode 3. July 31, 2015. Naver.
  6. ^ Yoon, Hyo-jin. "'식스틴 논란' JYP 측 "모모 추가합격, 완성도 높은 트와이스를 위해 결정" (공식입장)". Naver (in Korean). Financial News. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  7. ^ Kim, Min-ji. "JYP측 "트와이스 모모 합류 이유있어…내정설, 사실 아니다"". Naver (in Korean). StyleM. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "TWICE THE 2ND SPECIAL ALBUM Summer Nights TRACK LIST". TWICE JYPE. June 30, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "TWICE THE 7TH MINI ALBUM 'FANCY YOU'". TWICE JYPE. April 11, 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Choi, Na-young. "태민·효연·보라·호야·유권 등, 엠넷 '힛더스테이지' 출연[공식발표]". OSEN (in Korean). TV Report. Retrieved June 24, 2016.

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