Posted by Latharathara58 pts 15 days ago

The Early Bloomers: The Youngest Male Idols to Debut in K-Pop History

With the influx of new talent in the industry, let's spotlight the seven youngest male idols who have debuted as the maknaes of their respective groups as of February 2024.

7. ENHYPEN's Ni-ki, the youngest member of ENHYPEN, was born on December 9, 2005, and debuted on November 30, 2020, making him 14 years, 11 months, and 22 days old at debut. As the group's sole Japanese member, Ni-ki has captivated fans with his exceptional dance skills, earning him the title of 'dance prodigy.'

6. P1Harmony's Jongseob, known for his formidable rap skills, is a South Korean rapper-songwriter and dancer. Born on November 19, 2005, Jongseob debuted on October 28, 2020, at 14 years, 11 months, and 10 days old. Before debuting, he showcased his talent in "A New World Begins" (2020) and on competition shows like K-pop Star 6 and YG Treasure Box.

5. SHINee's Taemin, born on July 18, 1993, debuted on March 25, 2008, at 14 years, 8 months, and 6 days old, becoming a member of SHINee. Taemin, who embarked on a solo career in 2014 and later joined SuperM in 2019, is revered as the 'idol of idols' for his widespread influence.

4. NCT's Jisung, the maknae and main dancer of NCT Dream and NCT U, was born on February 5, 2002, and debuted on August 25, 2016, at 14 years, 6 months, and 20 days old. Jisung's pre-debut activities included joining SMROOKIES and appearing on "The Mickey Mouse Club."

3. The Wind's Jang Hyoungjoon, a singer under With US Entertainment, was born on October 25, 2008, and debuted on May 15, 2023, at 14 years, 6 months, and 18 days old, making him one of the youngest idols to debut.

2. Fantasy Boys' Kaedan, a South Korean-American contestant on "Fantasy Boys," was born on March 14, 2009, and debuted on September 21, 2023, at 14 years, 5 months, and 28 days old.

1. Hori7on's Marcus, an all-rounder maknae with a background in performing arts, was born on August 31, 2009, and debuted on July 24, 2023, at 13 years, 10 months, and 24 days old, marking him as the youngest idol debutant.

Many idol trainees spend their teenage years and early adulthood preparing for debut, with some finding success on survival shows. Yet, these young idols prove that debuting early signifies their exceptional talent and readiness for the spotlight.

  1. Ni-Ki
  2. Fantasy Boys
  3. HORI7ON
  4. Jisung
  5. P1Harmony
  6. Taemin
  7. The Wind
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PrncessConsuela1,551 pts 15 days ago 2
15 days ago

"Many idol trainees spend their teenage years and early adulthood preparing for debut,..."


Now many of them are gonna spend their whole childhood under immense pressure and competition before adolescence preparing for debut.

I feel sorry for kids these days, they're being forced to mature before their age.

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Titinator4,629 pts 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

The youngest so far for the girls lee seowon of unis 12 years old

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