Jeon Soyeon (G)I-DLE Wiki
Jeon So-yeon was born in Seoul, South Korea on 26 August 1998 – her zodiac sign is Virgo and she holds South Korean nationality. Jeon is a singer, rapper and a choreographer, perhaps best known for being a member of the girl group (G)I-DLE.
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Early life, family and education
Soyeon was raised in Seoul an only child, by her father who is an architect and her mother who is a lawyer. Her parents decided soon after she was born that she would be homeschooled, but they enrolled her at Kuryong Elementary School when she was seven years old, and at around the same time Jeon began attending a ballet school.
She excelled at ballet, winning many competitions, but after watching the South Korean boy group Big Bang sing on TV, she decided to quit dancing and eventually pursue a career as a singer. She started off by attending around 30 auditions, but didn’t pass any and wasn’t signed by any agency.
After these numerous unsuccessful tries, she started rapping, eventually testing her rap skills at an audition in 2014, and was finally picked by Cube Entertainment, becoming their trainee. After she matriculated from high school in 2016, Soyeon didn’t to pursue a college degree, but chose to work on her singing career.
Career as a solo singer
Soyeon was picked as the leader of Cube’s trainees in the reality survival program “Produce 101” in January 2016, and although she held 10th place until fifth episode, she eventually finished 20th, thus missing out on becoming a member of the girl group “I.O.I.” In July of the same year she entered the rap show “Unpretty Rapstar”, finishing as runner-up and thus featuring on three songs in its compilation album. She officially became a singer and rapper under Cube Entertainment on 29 December 2016, and made her debut around a year later on 5 November 2017, when she released the two songs which she also wrote, entitled “Idle Song” and “Jelly.
Soyeon and her colleague from (G)I-DLE were contacted by Riot Games, who are the creators of the popular online multiplayer game “League of Legends” (LoL), as they wanted the girls to lend their voices to several of their in-game characters. The girls also came up with the song “Pop/Stars” for the 2018 League of Legends World Championship, which became a hit, viewed over 100 million times on YouTube, and topping the Billboard World Digital Songs Chart. Soyeon released another song for LoL with the True Damage hip hop group, entitled “Giants” which they sang at the 2019 League of Legends World Championship, held in Paris, France.
Her group (G)I-DLE
It was announced by Cube Entertainment on 5 April 2018 that it would be launching the girl group (G)I-DLE, made up of So-yeon, Miyeon, Minnie, Soojin, Shuhua and Yuqi – So-yeon was chosen as the leader of the group as well as the main rapper. (G)I-dle stands for individuality (‘I’) of every member of the group (‘dle’).
The girls debuted on 2 May 2018 with their extended play (EP) “I Am”, with its lead track “Latata” – “Latata” became a huge hit, peaking at #5 on the Billboard World Albums Chart and #35 on Gaon Digital Chart, while the EP made it to #13 on the Gaon Album Chart. Just 20 days after their debut, the girls won the music program “The Show”, and in June were voted as the ‘Next Generation of K-pop’.
On 6 August they held their first concert, following which two flash mobs performed at Washington Square Park and Times Square to their song “Latata”.
They released their new song “Hann (Alone)” on 14 August, which topped several charts including Genie and Bugs, and peaked at #2 on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales Chart. On 29 August the girls won “Show Champion”, and a week later performed at KCON held in Thailand. By the end of 2018, (G)I-dle had won several Rookie Artist Awards, at events such as Asia Artist Awards, Genie Music Awards and Melon Music Awards among others.
Their second EP came out on 26 February 2019 called “I Made”, made up of five tracks with the lead song being “Senorita”.
On 26 June, their new digital single came out called “Uh-Oh”, and it peaked at #22 on NetEase Cloud Music China, making (G)I-dle the only K-pop group on the chart. They made their debut performance in the US in July when they sang at the Javits Center in New York City, followed by their performance at Akasaka Blitz in Minato, Tokyo for which all the tickets were sold out in minutes – 1,000 tickets were put on sale while 15,000 people tried to buy one. On 31 July, the girls released their debut Japanese EP “Latata”, followed by its Japanese music video.
They went on to compete in the reality TV show “Queendom”, winning the first round with their song “Latata”, however, they finished last in the second round when they sang “Fire” by 2ne1.
(G)I-dle held their first fan meeting in September at Seoul’s Yes24 Live Hall, then on 4 October the girls performed alongside five other groups and singers such as Rich Brian and ATEEZ at the Spotify On Stage, Jakarta. On 25 October, their new EP entitled “Queendom Final Comeback” came out, with its lead single “Lion”, which a month later peaked at #5 on the World Digital Song Sales Chart, as well as at #19 on the Gaon Digital Chart.
Their first tour around the world started on 28 January 2020 with the girls set to visit 32 cities, however, after they started the tour in Bangkok, the rest was deferred due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
They released their new EP on 6 April entitled “I Trust”, made up of five tracks with “Oh My God” as the lead single, and around the same time, (G)I-dle signed a contract with Republic Records, to help them make their way into the US market. With “Oh My God” the girls made their way onto the Scottish Singles Chart, becoming only the second female group to ever appear on it. On 23 June, (G)I-dle performed at KCON: TACT 2020 Summer, and used the opportunity to announce the release of their new EP “Oh My God” set for 26 August.
Love life and boyfriend
So-yeon hasn’t commented on any boys she might have dated since the launch of her singing career, probably because Cube Entertainment doesn’t allow its rookie artists to date, as this has proven in most cases to have a negative effect on the group’s popularity – besides dating, the girls from (G)I-dle also aren’t allowed to drink, smoke cigarettes or undergo plastic surgery.
However, there are rumors circulating the internet that So-yeon has been secretly seeing someone for the past one year, and several of her fans have stated to have seen her walking hand in hand with a mysterious boy in the streets of Seoul. Another rumor has it that some of the people who hate her have come up with these rumors, so that she might be let go from her group.
As of August 2020, So-yeon is single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Soyeon’s main hobby is watching cartoons and animated movies, mostly made by Studio Ghibli, with two of her favorites being “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” and “Princess Kaguya”.
She dreamed about becoming a ninja when she was around four years old, and even today is still fascinated by them.
Soyeon likes to go shopping for clothes and does it at least once a week, her favorite color is yellow but she rarely wears yellow clothes.
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She likes to eats a variety of foods, and although she likes corn and tangerines, she generally dislikes vegetables.
Soyeon is physically active, as she has three to four training sessions at the gym each week, and she also plays a variety of sports such as soccer and badminton. She likes to exercise outdoors and often goes running and cycling with her friends, thus her slim figure!
Age and height
Soyeon’s age is 21. She has long brown hair which she occasionally dyes blue, and her eyes are brown. Her height is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) and she weighs around 100lbs (45kgs).
As of August 2020, her net worth has been estimated at over $500,000.