Chaeyeon started joining auditions and idol recruitment programs at the age of 13 years old. She failed two times during the elimination programs. She was the first person to be eliminated on her second try. However, the elimination didn’t stop her from pursuing her dream of becoming an idol. On her third attempt, she finally succeeded in an idol survival show and debuted as IZ*ONE member. In this article, Channel-Korea will talk about Chaeyeon’s profile, and stories from her pre-debut days until her debut performance. So stay tuned!
Name : Lee Chaeyeon Stage Name : Chaeyeon Date of Birth : January 11th, 2000 Place of Birth : Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, Korea Height : 165 cm Weight : 47 kg Zodiac : Capricorn Chinese Zodiac : The year of the Rabbit Blood type : A Position : Dancer, vocalist Management : WM Entertainment
Chaeyeon has two younger sisters, one of them is Chaeryeong, the member of ITZY Her dog’s name is Chaeri Chaeyeon can speak Japanese better than the other IZONE members Her nickname is Feather She is close with Sakura She is a former JYP Entertainment trainee She is close with TWICE and Stray Kids members She is a close friend with Fromis 9’s Park Jiwon and Jeon SoMi She loves eating spicy food Chaeyeon can play piano well She is a father-like figure among other IZ-ONE members Chaeyeon’s official color is blue mint She loves making choreography, and she is good at it Chaeyeon and her younger sister, Chaeryeong, went to Fantagio Entertainment’s audition, but failed to pass the audition Chaeyeon and younger sister Chaeryeon have a one year age difference Chaeyeon and Chaeryeong both appeared on Kpop Star 3 She participated in three different idol survival shows before she finally debuted as an idol with IZONE Chaeyeon has a unique dance move that imitates a moving feather. She was called feather because of the dance move. In the Idol Room and Weekly Idol variety programs, IZ*ONE members have called her Dancing Queen. She would date Miyawaki Sakura if she was a boy Chaeyeon made a debut in Japan with Suki to Iwasetai in 2019.
Chaeyeon and her sister Chaeryeong made an appearance as contestants on the talent competition show, K-pop Star 3 in November 2013. They made a duo group called True Chae, but failed to make it through the competition. After being eliminated from the show, the Chae sisters joined JYP Entertainments as trainees. Chaeyeon and Chaeryeong joined another reality competition show. This time the competition series was called SIXTEEN. They joined the program as contestants on May 5th, 2015. The competition finally produced globally famous idol girl group TWICE. However, Chaeyeon failed in third episode and was eliminated from the program. She got the last position from the sixteen contestants. Her younger sister, Chaeryeong, got tenth position. She left JYP Entertainment and moved to WM Entertainment. On SIXTEEN, Chaeyeon surprised and amazed the audience with her hip-hop dance moves. Sadly, she became the first trainee to be eliminated from the show. It was revealed that her visual wasn’t good enough for debuting as idol. From behind the scene footage, her visual wasn’t photogenic, and that she needed to be cut from group photos because of her looks. Fans criticized the SIXTEEN producer for choosing visuals before talent when she debuted as the winner of Produce 48.
Participated Through Mnet’s ‘Produce 48’
On May 11th, 2018, Chaeyeon participated in MNet’s idol survival competition program, Produce 48 to represent her company, WM Entertainment. Produce 48 was a collaboration project between a Korean program, Mnet’s Produce 101, and Japan’s program AKBP48. There were 58 trainees participating and competing on Produce 48. The winners of the program got the right to debut and promote a new group for two and a half years. Chaeyeon had been a trainee for more than four years when she participated on the program. On episode 11, Chaeyeon was included among the best candidates for 1st position. On the last episode, Chaeyeon contended for center position, and she was chosen to perform We Together. For the last position, she competed with Cube’s Han Cho-won, Pledis’s Lee Ga-eun, and AKBP48’s Miyazaki Miho. She managed to finish the competition in 12th position, and earned the right to debut as a member of IZ*ONE.
Debut with IZ*ONE
Chaeyeon debuted as member of IZONE on October 29th, 2018, with the group’s first EP, ColorIz. The title track for their debut EP was La Vie En Rose. The music video for La Vie En Rose was released on the same day, and gained 4.5 million views within 24 hours of the release on YouTube. It went on to record more than 10 million views within four days of the release date. The title track of IZONE’s EP recorded a peak rank of number one on three major music charts. IZONE is a global idol group, with members originating from Korea and Japan. The group was managed by Off The Record Entertainment, and consisted of a massive 12 members. IZ*ONE was scheduled to promote their group for two and a half years before each member returned to their original companies and groups. Sadly, by the end of 2019, their activities were temporarily halted due to the program’s vote manipulation scandal.
Her Agency Was Reported to Have Paid Bribes to PD Ahn Joon-young
In December 2019, news surfaced about potential bribery charges for Mnet’s Produce 48 producer. Media outlets claimed that three out of four entertainment agencies that managed trainees participating in the program allegedly bribed producers to gain advantages for their trainees. The three companies were 8D Creative, Woollim Entertainment, and Starship Entertainment. Among the eight people booked by police were Mnet’s production manager and representatives from the entertainment companies. The representatives from the entertainment companies allegedly gave between 10 to 50 million KRW to Mnet’s Ahn Joon Young PD to manipulate the outcome of vote so that their trainees could debut through Produce 48. IZONE’s Chaeyeon is currently under Woollim Management, and she got 12th position on Produce 48, therefore earning the chance to debut as one of IZONE’s members.
IZONE released their first studio album, BLOOMIZ, on February 17th, 2020. Their first studio album consisted of twelve songs, with Fiesta as the title track. The album has three sleeve versions: IWAS, IAM, and IWill. The sleeves were put in three different boxes that were eye catching and colorful. There were three photo book versions in the album, each with lyrics and song information written on them. On each page, there are small images at the right corner. If the pages were flipped in an orderly way, the images make a blossoming flower animation. IZONE finaly released their studio album after going through the vote scandal. Let’s wish Chaeyeon and IZONE well during their promotional tour and performances for their album. That was all the information about IZONE’s Chaeyeon. Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comment section below!