SHINee’s Jonghyun Was Envious of Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon’s Singing Abilities

Jonghyun and Taeyeon

SHINee member Jonghyun recently gave high praise to Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon for her vocal ability. The two are currently promoting “Breath,” a duet by project ballad group, SM The Ballad.

The duo appeared on Mnet’s “Wide Entertainment News – The Music Interview” on February 18.

Jonghyun said of Taeyeon’s singing ability, “Taeyeon’s expressive power gives me the feeling that she has been through a lot, and that she has experienced love and separation. But I felt the same way even when she was a student and trainee. She was born with the a remarkable ability to express herself.”

When Jonghyun was a trainee, Taeyeon “was so good that he often felt envious.” Referring to the SM Entertainment internal trainee review system, he said, “Whenever we received our scores, I would always be second and Taeyeon would be first. It’s not that I wanted to beat Taeyeon, but I went to the review every weekend hoping that I would have the chance to be number 1 at least once. I listened to Taeyeon singing and made many observations.”

Jonghyun and Taeyeon are currently actively promoting their SM The Ballad duet track “Breath.”