A new male quintet will debut this fall to join other popular idol music groups such as TVXQ and SS501.
The news about this five-man group was released to the public for the first time on May 8. The group has been training for a year and a half under Kim Kwang-soo, the production executive of the entertainment agency, Poibos, who has supported the male group SG Wannabe and the female group SeeYa. The new group has been organized jointly by animation film director Cha Eun-taek, who has produced music video-style ads — "AniMotion" and "AniClub," famous visual director Kim Woo-ri, and photo artist Cho Se-hyun.
Kim Kwang-soo said, "The new group will debut through a two-episode TV drama which we’re going to produce along with director Cha Eun-taek in September and October this year with a budget of 5 billion won. We’ve already finished a script that has an atmosphere similar to that of Michael Jackson’s ‘Moonwalker’ and the film ‘8 Mile.’ We are now discussing this plan with TV networks."
Kim added, "We’re planning to continuously broadcast 25-second spot ads, reminiscent of ‘AniMotion,’ on terrestrial networks. The new group has one Japanese-Korean member as it is targeting the entire Asian market, including the Korean music market. We are resolved to make each of the five members a Rain in the future."
The five members were chosen through auditions. The new group has not yet decided on its name. They are in the age group between 20 and 22. All of them look handsome and stand 181 to 188 cm tall. For more than a year, they have undergone "basic training," including acting for three hours, dancing for five hours and singing for four hours on average every day.
Kim also said, "We will train them as stars who can act, dance and sing excellently. Unlike other idol groups, the new group will also introduce reggae dance music just as singer Kim Kun-mo did with his song ‘Excuse.’"