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Which SM idols were coined by netizens as on track for the most 'Ideal K-Pop group member career'?

These two SM Entertainment idols are top candidates to be remembered for the most 'Ideal K-Pop group member career', as chosen by netizens!

First, the most likely SME female idol:

Girls' Generation's Taeyeon, who debuted at age 19 as the leader of her group, garnered instant attention for her vocal skills and adorable personality. 

Girls' Generation then went on to become Korea's "#1 girl group" at the height of their popularity, sweeping all the awards at year-end ceremonies and setting all types of records. 

Fans believe that among the 9 original Girls' Generation members, Taeyeon also "boasts the biggest fandom as an individual member".

Not only did Taeyeon achieve successful results and popularity for her solo OST activities; 

But 9 years after debuting in Girls' Generation, she launched a solo singing career which became undoubtedly one of the most successful idol-group-member-gone-solo careers of all time. 

Despite her success as a solo artist, Taeyeon continued to promote actively as a member of Girls' Generation, without "becoming lazy" in her group activities or "abandoning the group"

Even after 12 years, many believe that Taeyeon still maintains significant popularity, general public recognition, and stardom, not to mention the sizable amount of overseas solo tours she has managed to carry out as a female artist. 

And now for the most likely male candidate to be remembered for the most 'Ideal K-Pop group member career':

SHINee's Taemin, who debuted at the age of 16. He gained instant stardom due to the fact that his highest level of education at the time was elementary school, but yet, he stood in the center of the group as the main dancer. Plus he was a super cute child. 

SHINee then went on to become huge K-Pop stars, with one of the biggest worldwide fandoms of any group during their peak success. 

Similar to Taeyeon, netizens are convinced that maknae Taemin "boasts the biggest fandom as an individual member" of SHINee. 

7 years after debuting as a member of SHINee, Taemin launched a unique solo singing career, immediately standing out among various male solo artists. It also helped that his vocal skills improved mountains in those 7 years after his debut. 

Also very much like Taeyeon, Taemin did not let his solo career get in the way of his SHINee promotions, as SHINee are still going strong after 11 years. 

Thanks to having debuted at a young age, Taemin is still just 27-years old, on par with many idols who debuted much later than him. 

As a result, the idol manages to maintain popularity, general public recognition, and stardom even in 2019, not to mention room to expand his horizon through solo overseas promotions.

Last but not least, Taeyeon and Taemin are two of the most named "idol role models" by hoobae groups in the 3rd generation and beyond, as well as candidates for all time "best idol vocalist" (Taeyeon) and all time "best idol dancer" (Taemin), years after their groups' peak popularity points.

After having read the arguments above, other fans commented, "They're both amazing when you put it like this. Plus, most members of Girls' Generation and SHINee have pretty steady solo careers, and after 10 years, that's really hard to do", "Agreed, if you want to have long careers, you need to be good at your fundamental talents like singing and dancing. I hope my idols have long careers like them~", "I always wonder what they do in their personal lives.. they've had little to zero scandals", "Agree to both! I hope they both have solo comebacks this year!", "Agree to these two, and add Kyuhyun in there~", "They're definitely model idols", "Exactly, so all we need now is for SM to keep doing their job~", "Taemin is only 27 years old 11 years after debut, that's srsly a scam kekekeke", and more. 

Can you think of some other likely candidates?

  1. Girls' Generation
  2. Taeyeon
  3. SHINee
  4. Taemin
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gabe02 30 days ago 2
30 days ago

Both of them are anazing!Can't wait for Taemin’s upcoming solo comeback and world tour

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feyuz (Banned) 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

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rozasusan (Banned) 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

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dizzcity 29 days ago 1
29 days ago

BIGBANG member who wins most in life (successful solo career, lack of scandals, beautiful wife): Taeyang.


Most popular and well-known 2PM member: Taecyeon.


Conclusion: Naming your child Tae-something grants them success in life.

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GirlIsNoOne 25 days ago 0
25 days ago

'tae' in my language means shit tho. But everything Tae in korean is beautiful (Taeyong, Taehyung, all of Taes)

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sototallyrandom 29 days ago 2
29 days ago

without "becoming lazy" in her group activities


Was it really necessary to mention this? I can feel the shade eesh.

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hiroonakamura 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

if netizens mentioned it, then this article should too.

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Indri_hapsari 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Jessica were known bein lazy after they r got the popularity...that is why taeyeon n sica were rumoured to have a little fight about it...

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kk.tsk 30 days ago 1
30 days ago

I wish Taeyeon would do more live stages on TV shows. Her longest promotions were with her debut album and she skipped them entirely for "Something New".

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badajoze567 (Banned) 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

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miitsss 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Can I just add D.O. here cause of all SM idols he is probably most on track to be in high-end acting gigs which - at the end of the day - the ideal idol career is one which ends with 'real' celebrity status (noting in Korea, being an idol is not equivalent to being a celebrity).

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snailmail410 30 days ago 3
30 days ago

Since when was Taemin 27 years old, I thought he was 25 in western age customs and 26 in Korean age customs

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jokerfish 29 days ago 2
29 days ago

Korean age you age up on New Years rather than your birthday.

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hiroonakamura 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

if only we all lived in korea. but we dont. most of us dont.

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snailmail410 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

ah ok thanks for the clarification

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beashineeshawol 28 days ago 0
28 days ago

This is so accurate! They did well by their groups in the early stages, make good music solo, and even after going solo are still totally dedicated to their groups. I think when you gain solo recognition there's always a chance that the group falls by the wayside but SHINee is still going strong even after everything they've endured (#shawolsincedebute). As for SNSD, we'll have to wait and see. If they can still promote together, it would be a miracle. Things are just harder since some of the members have different management and focuses now. These two have really grown though. I think at the end of the day in really comes down to talent. I remember when Jjong and Taeyeon were on a show together and he mentioned that she always used to beat him during evaluations (not that my lovely Jjong doesn't have an absolutely beautiful voice but that says a lot). I usually don't like girls groups especially female soloists (i dunno I just can't get into their sound so I usually don't like groups just certain songs) but I actually like a lot of Taeyeon's discography. Taemin is my favorite of all time since debut and his growth as far as vocals are concerned in unparalleled by any other Kpop artists. He always pushes the envelope when it comes to his comebacks (even if they aren't always my taste). I think overall their both pretty private people too which likely the stability they've had as artists.

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NORM 28 days ago 0
28 days ago

As much as i agree that they are both amazing (one of the few idols that i love their B-sides as much as their titles)

I cant help but laugh at this "I always wonder what they do in their personal lives.. they've had little to zero scandals"

especially cos of the crap Taeyeon went through when she was dating Baekyeon, cos pple couldnt stay put of her private life >_>

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Indri_hapsari 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Taeyeon n taemin back then r less popular than other member in their groups...i still remember back then noone appreciate taeyeon's voice or taemin's great ability in dancing...fans love yoona, jessica, yuri , fany, minho , n onew more...the reason why they can survived bcoz they r the1 who actually really love bein a singer or performers not bcoz they were promoted or only bein an idols just bcoz of popularity...i am happy with their achievement now ..it just reminds me that world sometimes does fair...it just takes time to see it

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woohyun_wifey 29 days ago 2
29 days ago

what about jonghyun?

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NORM 28 days ago 1
28 days ago

Sadly, because of his death his life wouldnt fall into "Ideal K-Pop group member career" :(

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woohyun_wifey 28 days ago 0
28 days ago

i understand :(

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RebeccaB 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Who netiziens?! Where is Super Junior?

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bahanapiho 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Not Yoona ?

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hiroonakamura 29 days ago 2
29 days ago

taeyeon - yes.
She's gone in the footsteps of lee hyori - but lee has still a long way to go i guess coz hyori dominated not just in the music scene but also for CFs and variety shows.


Taemin - no

taemin's group sadly faded away from huge popularity a few years ago and his solo work was good for the first single. Then he's not lit anything on fire. I like the guy, but there have been other male idols that have been more ideal imho. one is GD who has had success as a songwriter, producer, solo artist and group artist.

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I_Love_Anime12 28 days ago 1
28 days ago

I dont know what rock you have been under, but move did amazing and did really well in sales and on charts

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hiroonakamura 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

Danger was in 5th place on the singles chart. Move was in 12th place. Yeah, that really did "amazing"..... not

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T_ara_Sone_Blink 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Yup, Taeyeon is the consummate professional! Always giving her best for her fans, and for GG! Deeply respect her! Oh yeah, and her vocals really are the best!

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