Super Junior, is a popular boy band from South Korea formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2005. The group debuted with 13 members: Leeteuk (Leader), Heechul, Han Geng, Yesung, Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook, Kibum and Kyuhyun; they are one of the largest boy bands in the world. As of 2010, 10 members are active, due to Han Geng’s lawsuit with SM Entertainment, Kangin’s leave of absence for mandatory military service and Kibum’s pursuit of an acting career. However, the other members have insisted that the three are still part of the group. SM Entertainment have yet to release statements regarding their official status with the group. Whatever the status of the group may be, their official fans called E.L.F. (Everlasting Friends), will always be there to support them. Their official fan club color is Sapphire Blue, so a collection of fans with sapphire blue light-sticks during their concerts is called the "Sapphire Blue Sea".
Super Junior has released and contributed in 20 different kinds of records with varying degrees of success. Over the years, they have been divided into smaller sub groups, simultaneously targeting different music industries and audiences. Largely due to Super Junior’s success as entertainers, other Korean entertainment managements began to train their music groups in other areas of entertainment, such as acting and hosting. In addition to their commercial success, Super Junior has earned seven music awards from the M.net Asian Music Awards, eleven from the Golden Disk Awards, and is the second singing group to win Favorite Artist Korea at the 2008 MTV Asia Awards after JTL in 2003.
In 2001, the company held their first overseas casting auditions and discovered Han Geng in Beijing China, who was chosen among three thousand applicants. That same year, Yesung was discovered under Seoul’s casting system. Sungmin and Donghae became trainees after jointly winning the first place in Best Outward Appearance in an SM-sponsored contest. In 2002, Heechul and Kangin were recruited along with Kibum, who was discovered in Los Angeles. Siwon was recruited in 2003 and Ryeowook in 2004, in which the latter was discovered through the Chin Chin Youth Festival singing competition. In 2005, Shindong was selected. The last member, Cho Kyuhyun,was then discovered after he won third place at the Chin Chin Singing Competition in 2005.
Not long after boy band TVXQ’s debut in 2003, news about Lee’s unprecedented plans of forming another boy band quickly spread on the Internet. In early 2005, Lee confirmed the news and announced that an all-boy project group of twelve members would debut near the end of the year, promoting this singing group to be "The Gateway to Stardom of Asia." Lee announced that that most members in this group were chosen because of their performing experiences as actors, MCs, models, and radio hosts prior debut. Heechul and Kibum were already established entertainers, and most of the other members had already made various kinds of appearances on television and media. Highly inspired by the rotational concept of Japan’s girl group Morning Musume, this group would also experience line-up changes, with new members replacing some selected members every year to keep the group constantly young and all-rounded. This concept was then newly introduced to the K-pop market.
For a while the group was rumored to be called O.V.E.R, the acronym for "Obey the Voice for Each Rhythm." However, before the group settled with their current name, SM simply referred to them as Junior, a representation of the members’ young ages when they first became SM trainees. After the members’ showcased their different talents to the company at a picnic, the company finalized their concept name to Super Junior. The group thereafter became officially Super Junior 05, the first generation of Super Junior.
Super Junior 05 made their pre-debut on the Korean channel Mnet on September 11, 2005. At the showcase, they performed various styles of hip hop dancing. The group danced to B2K’s "Take It To The Floor." Han Geng, Eunhyuk, and Donghae also performed a separate dance away from the group, dancing to Usher’s "Caught Up." However, the performance did not air on television until May 16, 2006 as a segment in the Super Junior Show, the group’s first television documentary.
- Han Geng
- Also known as : SJ, SuJu
- Origin : Seoul, South Korea
- Genres : K-pop, dance, R&B
- Years active : 2005–present
- Labels : S.M. Entertainment, United Asia Management
- Associated acts :
- SM Town
- Super Junior-K.R.Y
- Super Junior-T
- Super Junior-M
- Super Junior-Happy
- SM The Ballad
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