How the original TVXQ members met each other OT5


I'm really curious, so I'm wondering if there is someone who knows it..

Who was the last person to be chosen as TVXQ member?

Xiah Junsu - Uknow Yunho - Hero Jaejoong - Max Changmin - Micky Yoochun
It's like this^^;

There's no last person that was chosen.
It was done together;;
But Micky-gun was from overseas,
so it's like he's the last;

This is the story of how the five met each other.

The meeting of people is really mysterious.
Sometimes, one meeting can show the power of changing destiny.
That, is a part of someone's own life -- it's not about being able to know the future, but about "that" coming closer suddenly.
Receiving the life given by God, from the moment you were born in this world and took your first step,
Until that moment your heart beats its last beat and you taking your last breath,
While recalling your encounters with people, you're moving one step ahead.

TVXQ - the birth of a group that carries the meaning of "Rising Gods of the East,"
On the meeting of these five, I think that there was a big change in their own fate and the people related to them.
Undoubtedly, their meeting shined brightly to the extent that even God was shaken.

Jan. 26, 1986, Jaejoong was born as the youngest of nine siblings;
On the same year of 1986 in February, Yunho was born as the oldest of the "Jung";
Yoochun who was born on June 4, 1986 in Korea, but lived in America because of his father's work;
Junsu who was born as the youngest of twins on January 1, 1987;
And on February 18, 1988 with a two-year age difference with Jaejoong and Yunho, Changmin was born.
Becoming colleagues who will be soaring high towards one goal as the same group in the future
You can't think that such exists in this world,
But each life of these men is starting now.

Their first meeting was when they were trainees of the same company.
Anong the members, Junsu was the very first one to become a trainee.
Junsu auditioned formally in the Starlight Casting System and was scouted after his abilities were acknowledged.
He became a trainee on October 3, 1999.
During that time, there were a lot of female trainees, so Junsu received dance and singing lessons with female idol trainees.

And in December 2000, Yunho entered the company after ranking first in the dance category of "1st SM Best Competition."

「My meeting with Junsu was in January 2001, around one month after I entered the company. There was a test every week to check your development in dancing or singing, so it was that time.」 (Yunho)

As there were no male trainees, they first saw each other at that place
Junsu and Yunho talked and became on familiar terms with each other.

「I was really glad when I met Yunho. I remember being so amazed because he was very good at dancing. From the time we first met each other, we (always) played together.」 (Junsu)

From that time, Yunho frequently went to Junsu's house, and they started becoming like family to each other.
And in September 2001, Jaejoong entered the company as a trainee after being selected as first in the best style category of "2nd SM Best Competition."

「I met Yunho and Junsu for the first time when I entered the company. It was around December 2001. I was surprised because my impression of Junsu was that he was very innocent and someone who sang really well. Yunho's dancing was very impressive too and he was charismatic. Because I went to Seoul alone, because I was very nervous,
When I met them, I was very happy that I ended up on being in good terms with them. 」 (Jaejoong)

Starting that time, even when outside the company, the three of them ended up being together most of the time,
Jaejoong used honorifics with the charismatic Yunho for a year because he thought that he was a year older than him,
And thought that he was of the same age as Junsu.

「Yunho's charisma was really, really amazing. Jaejoong had thought that he was the same age as me, so I talked to Yunho in honorifics and to Jaejoong in informal language. (laughs) But after about a year, I learned that Jaejoong and Yunho have the same age, so I started talking to Jaejoong in honorifics, too. (Laughs)」 (Junsu)

Their stories like this, good relationship, and respecting each other -- we can know that a good relationship was being built.

And, the next to join the company was Changmin.
In 2002 at the "3rd SM Best Competition," he won as the strongest for being chosen as first in both grand prize and best singing category.

「Jaejoong was the first person I met when I joined the company. Because Jaejoong's charisma was very strong, I had the impression that he was unapproachable. When we brushed against each other on the stairs of the company, before anything else, Jaejoong spoke kindly to me. Also, Junsu is still the same now. I felt comfortable because he greeted me lively with a bright expression. Same with Yunho, as his impression was imposing, I became nervous a little bit.」 (Changmin)

Despite the first impressions of Changmin when he saw Jaejoong with Yunho and Junsu,
he was considered young among the trainees and was like the "angel."
While divided into different groups, they spent their trainee days like that.
Junsu was in a three-membered group with two of the Super Junior members;
Yunho and Jaejoong were in the same three-membered group together with one member of Super Junior;
And Changmin repeatedly had intensive lessons as a solo (singer).

With the groups formed already, they constantly talked about debuting and when that time came,
Junsu, Yunho, Jaejoong, and Changmin were all called to a salon on the same day.
Since they all had lessons with their each group,
Because they didn't even think that they would debut in the same group,
When they saw each other again in the salon,
They couldn't imagine how they ended up being there together.
And at that place, it was not just the four of them because another trainee was called to come out. It was Yoochun.

Yoochun who was awarded with the 2001 American Grand Prize and went back to Korea from America
It was April 2003 when he just joined the company.

「Because I just came back from America, I didn't really have any friends. When I was alone at the park in the dorm's neighborhood, Yunho talked to me and Jaejoong introduced himself, foo. As I felt the strong charisma of these two people, I remember being filled with anxiety as I said "I'll work hard and do well here...?" in one breath.」 (Yoochun)

And July 29, 2003. On this very day, it was the fated day when the five would see each other for the first time.
Since a project called "TVXQ" was going to start, Jaejoong, Yunho, Junsu, Changmin, and Yoochun were gathered for the first time.
That's right. To Yoochun, it was a sudden event that took place in just three months of entering the company.

「I clearly remember all the members on that day. For me, I met Yoochun for the first time at that salon.」 (Junsu)

「I was called to the salon. I heard that there will be a new project, but because it was not the members whom I always had practiced with, I didn't really know if what happened.」 (Jaejoong)

The five of them were called the "Dream team" starting on that day. They ended up having dance, singing, and acting lessons with each other every day, so they started living in the company dorm together.

「From 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., we had lessons every single day for about 10 hours. The five of us had come together and because the time left until our debut was very short,
Because we wanted to have the skill of being attuned to one another,
and not being embarrassed of standing in front of people,Even when we all go home, we continue having our own practices until the middle of the night.」 (Yunho)

Day by day, the unity of the five had solidified.
These five strongly wanted to be the big scale group that didn't exist that time.
Those five, it was winter of 2003 when they formally heard that they're going to debut.
And on December 2, 2003, they were told that their name would be "동방신기 (TVXQ)."

「Now, I really love our name, but honestly, when I first heard that our name would be "동방신기 (TVXQ)," I was a bit embarrassed. I love its meaning of "Rising Gods of the East," but those coined words were not familiar to my ears, so it sounded weird until I got used to it. I remember being embarrassed of that. (laughs)」 (Changmin)


Source: Tohoshinki Artist book, 높이날자님's JP-KR translation on Bestiz /
English translation: @paulisteu /



  • Stan 2016/11/10 16:59 # 삭제 답글

    Stop linking those uploads in that stan YouTube channel i.e. without yoochun/yoonho.
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