1. They’re a super versatile group both conceptually and musically
The boys of UP10TION debuted strong in September of 2015 with a powerful, sexy concept for their first title track, “So Dangerous,” and then transitioned into a more playful, hip-hop infused sound with their second title track, “Catch Me!” where the rappers really took center stage.
Then, their third track, “Attention,” which was released in April of 2016, brought in brass instruments for a funky, upbeat song that highlighted the vocalists’ wide ranges, as the song has its fair share of high notes. Just a few months later, UP10TION released a summer bop titled “Tonight,” which also prominently features brass instruments, through which the members showed off a youthful image, not only with their adorable visuals, but with their bright vocals.
Then the group returned to their powerful, charismatic roots with their two latest title tracks, “White Night,” a dynamic electronic dance track, and “Runner,” a smooth, tropical house track.
You might be thinking that there’s no way they could pull off such a diverse range of concepts, but, we’re telling you right now, they do and they do it well!
2. They’ve got crazy, synchronized choreography down to a science
With 10 members, perfect synchronization might seem like a big ask for UP10TION; however, one look at their dance practice videos will tell you otherwise. Not only do the members dance perfectly in-sync, they also pull off some truly difficult and physically demanding choreography that’ll make you tired just watching them.
Exhibit A: “Dangerous” dance practice video
We’ve tried that shoulder move that they start doing at 1:16 and we can barely match our shoulder movements to the fast beat of this song…And then there’s UP10TION just casually doing it all in sync, making it look super cool and super easy (it’s not; our ribs[?!] hurt after trying it once).
Exhibit B: “Attention” dance practice video
1:42 is what did us in for this choreography. We’re going to admit now that we can’t kick our legs that high, and, if you told us to time that movement to be in sync with nine other people, we’d probably just be like…
3. They’re hilarious and have an incredible team dynamic
Maybe it’s because they’ve had a lot of practice through their own personal content (see number 8 of this list), but the UP10TION boys are truly hilarious and know how to work their humor.
One reason that the group is so funny is that they have no problem with letting go of their “idol image” every once in a while to make their fans laugh and are great at playing up their humor to the camera.
But, most importantly, the members are hilarious when they’re together because they get along so well. There’s never a dull moment with UP10TION because they find the most interesting ways to pass the time, which usually results in some hilarious moments for fans to take in. For example, the video below depicts the members playing a game that’s a combination of hide & seek and tag, which devolves quickly into an entertaining free-for-all.
4. They’re up-and-coming on the international stage
UP10TION attended their first KCON in New York this past June and absolutely blew attendees away with their performances, which included a special performance of their current title track “Runner,” which hadn’t even been released yet. The group is receiving a lot of attention internationally for their impressive KCON debut and will continue to grow quickly on the international stage.
The group also made their debut in Korea and China simultaneously back in 2015, and made their successful debut in Japan last spring.
Check out the group’s behind-the-scenes video for KCON NY below!
5. All of them are bias wreckers
So your bias list is always going to be an absolute train wreck, but in the best way possible.
You’ll probably enter the HONEY10 life because of one member, but you’ll be swept away by the charms and talents of all the other UP10TION members. Soon your bias list will be in constant flux with every new UP10TION video you watch until you decide it’s not worth trying to organize your love for the UP10TION boys like that.
Example: You’ll start off liking Kogyeol because of his good looks and sweet personality…
…but then Kuhn will come in like a wrecking ball with his undeniably hilarious sense of humor and contagious smile.
Soon, maknae Xiao will win you over with his adorable aegyo and eye smile…
…but then you’ll realize that Jinhoo actually has the best smile in the group. Plus, he’s real good at singing, and on, and on, and on.
It’s okay, we understand. Just give in to the bias wrecking chaos that is Up10TION because you’ll be here for a while and it’ll be easier on you emotionally that way.
6. They truly love and appreciate every single one of their fans
Perhaps an unpopular opinion, but we think it’s possible that UP10TION might love fan-meets and fan-signs more than their fans do. They have a lot of videos showing the UP10TION members at these events, and we honestly can’t tell who’s more excited to see who. It’s wonderful and endearing to see a group that appreciates their fans as much as UP10TION loves HONEY10s.
7. They have so, so, SO much content for you to watch as you fall deeper into the HONEY10 life
The boys have been consistently filming for U10TV and U10SECONDS since their debut and currently have about 130 episodes of U10TV and 180 clips for U10SECONDS for you to watch on their official YouTube channel. One of the latest episodes of U10TV shows Kuhn, Kogyeol, and Bitto enjoying a rare day at an amusement park. The most hilarious parts of the video are when Kogyeol films the real-time reactions of Kuhn and Bitto as they ride a rollercoaster (full disclosure: Bitto cannot ride rollercoasters, which makes this all the more entertaining).
Plus, the members post regularly on social media (the boys of UP10TION have some of the best selfies) and communicate with their fans through regular V Live broadcasts, even when they’re not actively promoting.
8. They’re starring in a Soompi x ZanyTV exclusive series called “UP10TION, Please”!
You know how we said UP10TION loves their fans? Well, to engage more with their international HONEY10s, UP10TION has partnered up with Soompi and ZanyTV for an original variety series called “UP10TION, Please” through which the members will fulfill the wishes of international fans by completing a fan-submitted mission each episode!
There are plenty of ways to watch it, and new episodes out every Wednesday at 7 p.m. PST! Check out the first episode below!