LOONA Discusses Their Strengths, Role Models, And 1st Place Promise

LOONA has lots of potential and big dreams to match!

The 12-member girl group made their official full group debut on August 20 with “Hi High.” At their debut showcase, the members discussed their unique name as well as notably long pre-debut activities.

“It would be a lie to say that we are not pressured by being associated with the phrase, ‘girl group of a large-scale project,'” Yves shared. “However, I believe that that [phrase] is also our driving force and a source of pride for us.” Yeojin added, “It could be a huge burden, but we are working to overcome that pressure.”

As for what new phrases they hope will be associated with LOONA, Haseul expressed, “I want to earn the phrase, ‘monster rookies.’ I am confident as all 12 members worked hard for the last two years. We are aiming for a rookie award.”

When asked if they had a first-place promise in mind, the members shared, “If we were to achieve No. 1 on a music show, we would hold a guerilla concert at a location wanted by fans.”

The group’s strengths include their ability to take on a wide variety of concepts as well as how they release music in different genres, as stated by JinSoul. Olivia Hye added, “LOONA’s strong point is that we are a group that doesn’t follow trends, but aims to create trends.” As for their overall concept and “universe,” Choerry commented, “If 1/3 is the Earth, then yyxy is Eden while Odd Eye Circle is associated with Middle Earth.”

The group was also asked who they look up to in the industry. For Yeojin in particular, Shinhwa is her role model.

“I am 17 years old [by Korean reckoning] this year. They debuted before I was even born and have been promoting until now,” she explained. “My mother was a member of Shinhwa’s fan club ‘Shinhwa Changjo.’ I also want to be with my members for a long time. We will become a team that promotes for 30, 50, 100 years.”

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