At any time when SEVENTEEN members are requested why they’ve 13 members however their identify is a special quantity, they provide this reasoning: 13 members + 3 models + 1 crew = 17. And whereas that feels like a authentic purpose and is taken as canon today, that wasn’t all the time the case!
Again earlier than the group debuted, in the course of the days of 17TV that adopted the members pre-debut, they really had 17 members, 4 of whom left the group in the course of the time earlier than the group’s profession began. Right here’s details about every of these 4 members, why they left, and the place they’re now.
Jang Doyoon (born 1995)
Doyoon was initially going to be the oldest member of SEVENTEEN, and due to this, doubtlessly the chief. Earlier than his SEVENTEEN trainee days, he was really going to be a part of a bunch referred to as Tempest, however when the debut plan didn’t undergo, he moved to SEVENTEEN.
Earlier than SEVENTEEN debuted, nevertheless, Doyoon left Pledis Leisure in 2014 with the intention to pursue performing, which he was extra captivated with to start with. He says he doesn’t remorse leaving the group, as a result of performing is what he wished to do.
In 2017, he did attempt to audition for YG Leisure‘s idol survival present, MIXNINE, however was rejected.
He has starred in a number of dramas, together with The Promise, Consuming Solo, and Candy Stranger and Me.
Yao Mingming (born 1997)
Mingming got here from China to coach beneath Pledis Leisure between 2012 and 2014. He’s an awesome dancer, and was going to be a part of the dance line when SEVENTEEN debuted.
Whereas it’s not completely confirmed, rumors have it that he left Pledis Leisure due to private causes, in addition to doable mistreatment by the corporate, so he went again to China as soon as he left.
Like Doyoon, Mingming additionally auditioned (and took part) in MIXNINE, the place he positioned tenth and sadly didn’t make it into the ultimate line-up.
In 2019, he joined Idol Producer and was extremely praised attributable to his robust dancing expertise. He met SEVENTEEN member The8 for the primary time by this program, as a result of The8 didn’t be a part of Pledis till after Mingming had already left. He positioned third within the competitors, and debuted with the Chinese language boy group UNINE.
Shin Dongjin (born 2000)
Dongjin was the second youngest member of pre-debut SEVENTEEN, and educated with the corporate from 2013 to 2014.
He left the corporate in 2014 to pursue his training, however there are additionally rumors that Pledis Leisure kicked him out attributable to courting a fan. There are different rumors that he’s now a trainee beneath KQ Leisure, the label that ATEEZ is beneath.
Sadly, that’s about all that’s recognized about Dongjin! Hopefully wherever he’s, he’s doing nicely.
Samuel Kim (born 2002)
Samuel might be probably the most well-known ex-member of SEVENTEEN. He educated beneath Pledis Leisure from 2012 to 2013, and was the youngest member on the time, so the older members preferred to care for him.
Sadly, he left the corporate in 2013 as a result of his mother thought he was too younger to be an idol, which is completely cheap, as he was solely 11 years outdated on the time!
Nevertheless, Samuel’s dream was to change into an idol, so after a few years, he joined Courageous Leisure in 2015 and debuted within the hip hop duo 1punch. Sadly, nevertheless, they disbanded after lower than a yr of promotions.
Later, he debuted as a solo artist Punch in 2016. He participated in season 2 of Produce 101, however didn’t make it to a excessive sufficient place to debut. Then, in 2017, he debuted as soon as extra because the solo artist Samuel together with his tune “Sixteen”, which lastly began gaining him some traction. It was obtained nicely and plenty of followers had anticipated its launch.
He made his performing debut with the online drama Candy Revenge Be aware 2, and has additionally launched OSTs for a lot of others. He has been capable of reunite periodically with the SEVENTEEN members over time, who’re supporting him in his solo profession. At present, he’s been posting a whole lot of dance and vocal covers on his social media profiles.
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