Get to know the queens of K-pop: Meet the nine members of TWICE
K-pop girl group TWICE debuted in 2015 under JYP Entertainment, and the nine members were picked on an audition-survival TV show called SIXTEEN. Originally, the program’s goal was to make a seven-member girl group from sixteen JYP trainees, but by the end TWICE became a nine-member group with the addition of Tyuzu by audience vote and Momo as CEO Park Jin Young’s pick.
“Like Ooh-Ahh”, “TT”, and “Cheer Up” are some of the most popular tracks by TWICE – each of the music videos garnering more than 100 million views on YouTube, topping multiple Korean charts.
TWICE quickly became known as the “queens of K-pop” with not only K-pop fans praising the members but the public joining in on the fun and supporting the talented girls.
Want to know more about the girls behind the catchy tune of “cheer up baby, cheer up baby”? Check out the nine members of TWICE below:
Park Jihyo is the leader & main vocalist of TWICE and has trained for ten years under JYP Entertainment – the longest among all TWICE members. Fun fact: Jihyo is ambidextrous according to Twice Showtime.
In 2019, Jihyo was confirmed to be dating ex-Wanna One member, Kang Daniel. However, the pair broke up due to busy schedules in late 2020.
Nayeon was one of the first members to be a confirmed member of TWICE during the reality show. Nayeon’s position in TWICE is lead vocalist & dancer.
Nayeon is known to be BFFs with Blackpink’s Jennie & Jisoo. Along with starring in numerous K-pop music videos like San E’s “Please Don’t Go” and GOT7’s “Girls Girls Girls”, Nayeon was ranked eighty-second on TC Candler’s “The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2018” list.
Jeongyeon is one of the lead vocalists in TWICE after auditioning for JYP twice and accepted as a trainee only the second time. Jeongyeon was second in line for the leader position in TWICE.
In October 2020, Jeongyeon was announced to be taking a break from TWICE’s promotional activities regarding their latest album Eyes Wide Open due to her psychological anxiety. Fans wish her a speedy recovery & comeback to TWICE.
Momo is one of the three Japanese members of TWICE. The CEO of JYP Entertainment decided Momo will be a great addition to TWICE during SIXTEEN and praised Momo for her dancing skills.
In January 2020, it was reported that Momo was dating K-pop group, Super Junior’s Heechul.
Sana hails from Osaka, Japan. She passed the audition for JYP Entertainment in 2012 and joined the company as an idol trainee. Sana is a sub-vocalist in TWICE and ranked a high twenty-first on TC Candler’s “The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017” list, making the list every year since.
According to kprofiles, Sana’s hidden talent appears to be calligraphy – TWICE’s fans had noticed Sana’s beautiful penmanship in the albums’ notes and praised her digital font-like handwriting.
Mina is Japanese-American and completes the Japanese trio of TWICE members with Sana & Momo. Born as a first-gen American, Mina moved from Texas to Japan as a toddler and joined JYP as a teenager in 2014. Mina is a trained ballet dancer, hence her quick training period as an idol before TWICE’s debut.
In TWICE’s World Tour 2019, Mina experienced a severe episode of extreme anxiety on stage leading her to take a break from touring & performing for a few months. She resumed the group activities as a TWICE member after a short hiatus.
Dahyun or Kim Da Hyun is the lead rapper of TWICE. Dahyun is known for her legendary status among TWICE members as she was scouted by all of the “Big 3” labels, – SM, JYP, and YG – but chose to go ahead with JYP for her idol training & debut.
Pre-debut, Dahyun went viral in South Korea for her Eagle dance video. Dahyun also featured in GOT7’s “Stop Stop It” & Wooyung’s “Rose (Japanese Ver.)” music videos.
Chaeyoung of TWICE started her career really young when she modeled for a children’s magazine. Other than rapping & dancing in the group, Chaeyoung also became the first member from TWICE to have songwriting credits to her name.
Chaeyoung enjoys following a healthy diet even though she is a part of the maknae (young) line of TWICE. TWICE’s Chaeyoung & Blackpink’s Rosé are known to be besties.
TWICE’s Tzuyu is Twainese and the youngest member in TWICE who’s regarded as the lead dancer. Tzuyu is good friends with Blackpink’s Rosé & CLC’s Elkie.
Tzuyu broke records when she ranked first on TC Candler’s “The 100 Most Beautiful Faces” in 2019.
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