The K-Pop survival show The Origin – A, B, Or What?, which was put on by IST Entertainment, just finished on May 7 with the top seven contestants announced to be part of the upcoming boy group ABØ.
There were 13 contestants on the show, which began on March 9 this year, with six eventually eliminated to leave the remaining new members of ABØ. The group’s name stands for “At the Beginning of Originality”, and they’re set to make their debut in the second half of 2022!
The final seven contestants ranked, in order from first to seventh, are Jeong Seunghwan, Oh Junseok, Seok Rakwon, Ryu Junmin, Bae Hyunjun, Yang Donghwa, and Kim Yeonkyu.
Here is what we know about each of these seven trainees so far!
Junseok is the oldest member, born on March 3, 2003 (making him 19 and a Pisces). He ranked in second place on the show with 1,710 points. He was the first contestant on The Origin – A, B, Or What? that joined IST Entertainment as a trainee, and was also chosen as the best dancer among them for three years! His role model is Jay Park, and he’s also a talented Taekwondo artist with several medals won before becoming a trainee.
Junmin is the second-oldest member of the group, born on April 5, 2003 (making him 19 and an Aries). He placed fourth on the show with a total of 1,380 points. He’s a former SM Entertainment trainee, and is the oldest of four siblings with a younger brother and two younger sisters. A dream of his is to be called The Nation’s First Love, because he would like to be remembered as everyone’s first love, but he also wants to show his sexy side to fans as well.
Hyunjun is the third-oldest member of ABØ, born on June 6, 2003 (making him 18 and a Gemini). He ranked fifth on the show with a total of 1,270 points during the final episode. There isn’t a lot known about him yet, but he has a younger sister, he can play the harmonica, and he uses the word “cloud” to describe himself.
Donghwa is the fourth-oldest member of the group, born on August 19, 2003 (making him 18 and a Leo). He was one of two members chosen to join ABØ, so the number of points he earned is unknown. He trained for a total of two and a half years, and believes that his figure and “charismatic eyes” are his best features! He also has an older brother.
Rakwon is the fifth-oldest member of the group, born on November 14, 2003 (making him 18 and a Scorpio). He placed in third for the final episode of the show with 1,520 total points. He is also a former SM Entertainment trainee, and has trained for a total of 2 years and 9 months. Along with this, he was also a model when he was younger, and was scouted by Kakao M during his middle school graduation. Outside of music, he’s also artistically inclined in drawing caricatures.
Seunghwan is the second-youngest member of ABØ, born on January 27, 2004 (making him 18 and an Aquarius). He ranked first on The Origin – A, B, Or What? with a total of 1,760 points. He’s from Busan and has two older sisters, and a fun “fact” he has stated is that he can allegedly hold a staring contest for 10 minutes.
Finally, Yeonkyu is the maknae of the group, born on May 3, 2004 (making him 18 and a Taurus). He was the second contestant chosen to join ABØ, and so his total points are unknown. He’s a former YG Entertainment trainee, and even competed in Treasure Box, where he was eliminated in the ninth episode. He’s also a former member of Daejeon Dance & Vocal Academy, and his role models are BIGBANG‘s members, especially Taeyang.
Make sure to keep an eye out for ABØ’s upcoming debut later this year!