August 5th, year 2007, our 9 lovely ladies of SNSD debuted on Kpop music industry. After 4 years of more hardships, they proved not only in Korea, but around the globe how successful and talented they are. But how did the group formed? Here’s a short history of Girls’ Generation aka SNSD:
Year 2005, SM Entertainment introduced the boy group “Super Junior“. After the successful debut of the group, SMEnt planned to debut a counter-part of Super Junior, a large group of girls. They gathered all trainees and the girl group project started.
The first 11 girls are selected:
Group Members: Lee Yeon-hee, Hwang Bo-ra, Bae Seok-bin, Zhang Liyin, Jessica Jung, Kim Hyo-yeon, Kwon Yu-ri, Choi Soo-young, Im Yoon-a, Seo Ju-hyun, Kim Ye-jin
Unfortunately, the group did not last as only 6 stayed. SMEnt replaced the 5 trainees who have left with 5 new ones.
IN: Seo Hyun-jin, Park So-yeon, Stella Kim, Jang Ha-jin, Lee Hwan-hee
OUT: Lee Yeon-hee, Hwang Bo-ra, Bae Seok-bin, Zhang Liyin, Kim Ye-jin
Sooyoung, Jessica, Seohyun, Hyoyeon, Yoona and Yuri are the first selected members that debuted as SNSD today. Park So-yeon became a member of T-ara. Zhang Liyin aka Jang Ri-in became a solo singer. Lee Yeon-hee and Hwang Bo-ra are now known actresses. Kim Ye-jin, Yeonhee and Liyin are still trainees of SMEnt.
Group Members: Seo Hyun-jin, Park So-yeon, Jessica Jung, Kim Hyo-yeon, Kwon Yu-ri, Choi Soo-young, Stella Kim, Im Yoon-a, Jang Ha-jin, Seo Ju-hyun, Lee Hwan-hee
Park So-yeon is the main vocal; Yoona and American trainee Stella are the image of this group. SMEnt named the group as “Seo Hyun Jin Group”.
Finally, SMEnt replaced Seo Hyun-jin and Lee Hwan-hee with two new trainees who trained for just 2 years, Kim Tae-yeon and Stephanie Hwang.
IN: Kim Tae-yeon, Stephanie Hwang
OUT: Seo Hyun-jin, Lee Hwan-hee
Group Members: Park So-yeon, Kim Tae-yeon, Jessica Jung, Stephanie Hwang, Kim Hyo-yeon, Kwon Yu-ri, Choi Soo-young, Stella Kim, Im Yoon-a, Jang Ha-jin, Seo Ju-hyun
Vocal: Park So Yeon, Kim Tae Yeon, Jessica Jung, Stephanie Hwang, Seo Ju Hyun, Stella Kim
Dance: Kim Hyo Yeon, Kwon Yu Ri, Choi Soo Young, Im Yoon Ah
Image: Jessica Jung, Stella Kim, Im Yoon Ah, Jang Ha Jin
SMEnt planned to debut the group as “Super Girl“, and took official photo.
However, Stella and Jang Ha jin were out of the group. Stella left to continue her studies while Hajin got kicked due to lack of dancing skills. SMEnt replaced them with 2 more girls, and Lee Hwan-hee joined again the group.
IN: Lee Soon-Kyu, Lee Hwan-hee, Heo Chan-mi
OUT: Stella Kim, Jang Ha-jin
Group Members: Park So-yeon, Kim Tae-yeon, Jessica Jung, Lee Soon-kyu, Stephanie Hwang, Kim Hyo-yeon, Kwon Yu-ri, Choi Soo-young, Im Yoon-a, Seo Ju-hyun, Lee Hwan-hee, Heo Chan-mi
SMEnt planned to debut the group with 11 members, but the group have 12 members. So, SMEnt had many trials to kick one girl.
In the end, 2 of them were out; Lee Hwanhee and Heo Chanmi.
From 12 members
To 11 members
And finally 10
SMEnt was ready to debut the group with 10 members, however the leader and now a member of T-ara Park So-yeon left because she cannot stand SMEnt’s training. She debuted in T-ara last 2008 under Mnet Entertainment.
Finally, SMEnt debuted the group with 9 members and called it So Nyeo Shi Dae (SNSD).
Group Members: Kim Tae-yeon, Jessica Jung, Lee Soon-kyu (Sunny), Stephanie Hwang (Tiffany), Kim Hyo-yeon, Kwon Yu-ri, Choi Soo-young, Im Yoon-a, Seo Ju-hyun (Seohyun)
Below is SNSD’s first official photo:
Interesting story right? Again, Happy 4th Anniversary dear SOSHIs!