EXO is a twelve member boy group from South Korea, yes TWELVE. That’s like One Direction times TWO with an additional TWO Justin Biebers. Of course EXO cannot be compared to them, but that is just to emphasize their size.
EXO is a Chinese-Korean boy group formed by the company S.M Entertainment. They consist of 4 Chinese members and 8 Korean members. EXO is known for their dance, vocals, and good looking faces. Seriously, you cannot not fall for them.
EXO-K (top) and EXO-M (bottom) in 2012
EXO debuted with title track “MAMA” in 2012. Also released were two prologue songs titled “What is Love” and “History”. For promotions, EXO was split into two sub-units, EXO-K and EXO-M, to promote in Korea and China. The “K” stands for Korean and the “M” stands for Mandarin.
After taking a year hiatus, EXO came back with their song “Wolf” and later their hit song “Growl” along with different versions of the music videos. They exploded in popularity and “Growl” was named one of the best songs of 2013. As December came, EXO released their special holiday album titled “Miracles in December” along with the MV. The title track was a sad ballad that surprised many fans with their vocal skills. Also in 2013, EXO aired their very first reality show titled “EXO Showtime!”.
Kris- EXO-M, Chinese
Xiumin- EXO-M, Korean
Luhan- EXO-M, Chinese
Chanyeol- EXO-K, Korean
Let’s start introducing the members!
First we have EXO-M’s leader, Kris Wu! Kris is a Chinese raised in Canada who is fluent 4 languages (Cantonese, Mandarin, English, and Korean). Kris, or Wu Yifan, was a former basketball captain and is one of the tallest member in EXO. He is known for his cold guy image, blonde hair, and model-like visuals. He’s easy to spot out! Kris is in charge of rap.
Next we have Xiumin. Xiumin, born Kim Minseok, is known for his round face therefore the Chinese fans nicknamed him ‘baozi’ which means ‘steamed bun’. Despite his baby face, Xiumin is actually the oldest member of EXO! Xiumin is very shy, humble, and hardworking. Even though he doesn’t show it, he is a very great dancer and singer! Xiumin is a sub-vocalist.
Luhan, who’s full name is Xi Luhan, is from Beijing, China. Luhan is known for his doll like face and deer like eyes. Even though he looks like one of the younger members, he is actually the second oldest! He was an exchange student at Yonsei University before he was casted on the street. Luhan is in charge of the lead vocals. He is closet with EXO-K’s Sehun. (He’s voted the most popular member in China)
Chen, or Kim Jongdae, is known for high cheekbones and is dinosaur looking (according to Baekhyun). Chen is also apart of the ‘beagle line’, or the playful members, which consists of Baekhyun, Chanyeol and himself. Chen is the main vocalist and has an incredible vocal range.
Tao, who was born Huang ZiTao, is the maknae, pronounced ‘mang-nay’, or the youngest of EXO-M.You can recognize him from his eye bags and dark complexion. His nickname is panda. Tao is also skilled in martial arts, Wushu to be exact, and is actually a real diva. Tao is also really into luxury brands along with Kris. Tao is in charge of rap.
Lastly in EXO-M, we have Lay or Zhang YiXing. Before Lay debuted with EXO, he had participated in a few Chinese T.V shows. Lay is known for his fair skin and dorky nature. Lay plays the piano, the guitar and composes in his free time. Lay is in charge of dance and sub-vocals.
This time it’s EXO-K’s leader Suho. Suho’s real name is Kim JoonMyeon. “Suho” in Korean means guardian. The members nicknamed him that because he was always taking care of the other members. Suho has trained for 7 years and is quite close to SHINee’s Jonghyun. Suho is known for his fair skin, pretty forehead (according to Donghae and Eunhyuk), and awkward nature. He is in charge of the sub-vocals.
Chanyeol, aka. Park Chanyeol, is known for his deep voice and baby face. He is the second tallest member and is nicknamed ‘happy virus’. He is easy to spot because of his large ears, smiling face, and tall height. Chanyeol can play the guitar, drums, and the bass. Before he debuted, he was popular for his good looks. Chanyeol is in charge of rap but he can sing too (he’s good at harmonizing).
Baekhyun, born as Byun Baekhyun, is apart of the ‘beagle line’. He is close with Chanyeol. He is known as EXO’s ‘eyeliner’ because he likes to wear it. Baekhyun is filled with aegyo (cuteness, pronounced ay-gyo) along with fellow member Chanyeol. He is known for his pretty hands, his talkative/playful nature, amazing voice, and square smile (according D.O). Baekhyun can play the piano, he knows taekwondo, hapkido, and has a nickname, “Bacon”. He is the main vocalist of EXO.
Kai, aka. Kim Jongin, is known for his dark complexion and is one of the more popular member. Kai’s best friend is SHINee’s Taemin (they bear a resemblance and are both the main dancers). Kai has learned ballet, jazz and specializes in hip-hop dancing. He also has a soft spot for puppies! Kai the the main dancer, rapper, and sub-vocalist.
Next we have D.O, or Do KyungSoo. D.O is known for his large eye white, heart shaped smile, and full lips. He is also the shortest member, the manliest member, and his love for cooking. He was dubbed the title the ‘mom’ of the group. He is close to member Kai. D.O is known for his crystal clear voice and good English pronunciation. He is the lead vocalist.
Last but not least, we have EXO-K’s maknae, Oh Sehun (se-hoon) or simply as Sehun. Sehun is known for his sharp jawline and manly visuals. He has a tendency to blurt out random things that don’t make sense. He usually sports unique hair colors and is one of the taller members. His best friend is Luhan. Sehun is in charge of rap and dance.