CJ E&M founded Wanna One (Korean:워너원 ) during the second season of Produce 101. Kang Daniel, Park Ji-hoon, Lee Dae-hwi, Kim Jae-hwan, Ong Seong-wu, Park Woo-jin, Lai Kuan-lin, Yoon Ji-sung, Hwang Min-Hyun, Bae Jin-young, and Ha Sung-Woon were among the group’s eleven members. The final 11 trainees were selected by audience voting and announced via live television broadcast from 101 trainees representing various agencies. Under Swing Entertainment and CJ E&M, the boy band debuted on August 7, 2017.
Several of the boy band ‘wanna one’ had worked in the film industry before being on the program. Park Ji-hoon was a child actor who starred in dramas including Kimchi Cheese Smile and The King & I. Along with the boy bands Big Bang and SS501, he had also appeared on several variety shows. Hwang Min-Hyun debuted on the music scene in 2012 as a member of the NU’EST party. Kim Jae-hwan made his first appearance on Korea’s Got Talent season 2 but was eliminated in the semi-finals. Ha Sung-Woon debuted with the group Hotshot previously in the year 2014.
On December 18, 2018, Swing Entertainment announced that the group’s contract would end on December 31, 2018, as expected. Swing also confirmed that all organizations had reached an arrangement that will encourage participants to attend all planned year-end shows and award ceremonies in January 2019. The group’s events came to a close with a final concert titled ‘Therefore 2019’.The concert took place at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, where the group debuted.
Want a One: All the things you need about the members.
As stated before, Kang Daniel, Park Ji-hoon, Lee Dae-hwi, Kim Jae-hwan, Ong Seong-wu, Park Woo-jin, Lai Kuan-lin, Yoon Ji-sung, Hwang Min-Hyun, Bae Jin-young, and Ha Sung-Woon were among the group’s eleven members of ‘Wanna One. It’s been two years since the ‘Wanna One was active, with their last concert being held on January 27, 2019. The moment was both happy and sad as the fans saw the group perform together but unfortunately for the very last time, as the group had decided to disband after. With that in mind, you may be curious about what each of the members is up to these days. Let’s take a look at what they have been up to down below!
Kang Daniel ( 강다니엘), born as Kang Eui Geon (강의건) is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He legally changed his name to ‘Daniel’ as his friends and families were facing pronouncing the name. In early 2017 Kang Daniel rose to fame as he bagged first place in the reality television competition series Produce 101, season 2. Kang Daniel is also a former member of the group who wants a One. During their one and a half year activation as a boy band, Wanna Ono achieved commercial and critical success.
Daniel took a six-month gap from the entertainment industry and focused on his career in management after the group’s disbandment. Currently, Kang Daniel is the CEO of Konnect Entertainment, which he owns. On January 15, Monstercat released the single. Kang was featured on Invernes’s “State of Wonder,” alongside Anthony Russo, as his first collaboration with an American artist. On February 16, he released the digital single “Paranoia,” which became Kang’s first top-five hit, reaching number two in Korea and winning awards at various music shows.
You can catch Kang Daniel’s first collaborated song with an American artist down below:
His most recent work was a seven-episode YouTube Original documentary series called ‘K-Pop evolution,’ which was premiered on March 31. Kang Daniel is also set to release his fourth EP, ‘Yellow,’ which will be the final installment of his three-part project, on April 13.
Park Ji Hoon:
Park Ji-hoon (박지훈) is a South Korean singer and actor. Park made his acting debut as a child actor in the MBC historical drama Jumong (2006) and has since gone on to star in many television dramas, including The King and I, Kimchi Cheese Smile Iljimae. Through his roles in the musicals Peter Pan, The Harmonium in My Memory, and Radio Star, he named himself a musical performer. Following the end of the group’s activities in January 2019, Park launched his solo career in March 2019 with the EP O’Clock.
Park was cast in JTBC’s historical drama Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency in the same month, which premiered on September 16. Park’s acting abilities were appreciated, and his debut drama got a lot of positive feedback (his adult actor career start).
Currently, Park Ji Hoon has been cast as the male lead in the upcoming drama “Blue Spring From A Distance.” It can be seen Park Ji Hoon is not only taking the Korean music industry by storm but also the Korean drama industry with his acting skills.
Lee Dae Hwi:
Lee Dae Hwi (이대휘) is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and presenter who goes by the stage name Daehwi. He finished in third place overall in the reality competition show Producer 101 season 2, where he was placed in the boy band ‘Wanna One’ along with other members of the group. During the group, Lee Dae Hwi promoted Wanna One, including as a duo with fellow member Ong Seong- Wu as part of Wanna One’s unit, The Heal.
Dae Hwi joined a new boyband AB6IX after the disbandment of Wanna One; the group made its debut in May 2019. Lee had also collaborated with his former bandmate and his labelmates Park Woo Jin in the song titled ‘Candle.’ In the same year, DeaHwi made his acting debut in SBS’s mobile platform Mobidic short drama called ‘Mon Chouchu Global House’ as the lead role of Dong Jin Woo.
As of 2021, DaeHwi was promoting ‘StayYoung’ on various music shows as a part of AB6IX. They also appeared on “UNIVERSE UNI-KON” on February 14th.
Catch AB6IX latest release down below:
Kim Jae Hwan:
Kim Jae Hwan (김재환 ) is a South Korean singer-songwriter who is best known for placing fourth in the Produce 101 competition season 2. He was the main vocalist of the group wants a One. In 2016, Kim was invited to appear on Vocal War: God’s Voice, a new music show about amateur singers competing against professional singers. With his rendition of Boohwal’s “The Beautiful Reality” in the pilot episode, Kim won a spot next round. With his performance of “Autumn in Front of the Post Office,” which was originally performed by Yoon Do Hyun, the veteran singer he competed against, he ultimately won the first episode.
On May 20, 2019, Kim Jae Hwan debuted as a solo artist with his first extended play, Another, which included the title track “Start Again.” Moment, his second extended play, was released on December 12, 2019, and featured the two title tracks “The Time I Need” and “Nuna.”
You can check out the music video of the song ‘Begin Again’ down below:
For 2021 Kim Jae Hwan will be releasing his third extended play, ‘Change,’ on April 7, 2021.
Ong Seong Wu:
Ong Seong-wu (옹성우) is a South Korean singer and actor. In March and April 2019, after wrapping up his activities with Wanna One, Ong embarked on his first solo fan-meeting tour, dubbed “Eternity.” In the latter half of the same year, Ong made his acting debut by playing the lead role in the JTBC’S youth drama ‘At Eighteen,’ also known as ‘Moments of Eighteen.’
Ong portrayed Choi Jun-woo, a transfer student who is wrongly accused of school abuse. The drama explores themes such as first love, school pressures, and parental expectations, as well as school violence and bullying. Ong received a lot of positive reviews for his acting and also bagged many awards for his portrayal of the role. The awards included the Best Rookie Award and Hallyu Star Award. He also recorded a song as the official soundtrack of the drama titled ‘Our Story.’
You can watch the music video down below:
IN 2021, Ong will be making his movie debut by starring Ryu Seung-Ryong, and Yum Jung-ah in the upcoming musical Life is Beautiful. In the film, he will portray Ryu’s younger version. Sometime in 2021, the movie will be released in theatres. With Ryu Seung-ryong and Park Hae-Joon, Ong will also be starring in the film Jung’s Ranch. He’ll be working with Ryu for the second time.
Park Woo Jin:
Park Woo-jin (박우진) is a South Korean rapper, musician, and songwriter who goes by the name Woojin. Along with his former cum current bandmate Daehwi, Woojin debuted with the boy band AB6IX. In March 2019, Park released a Korean version of “Look Back at It” March 2019 with American rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie. Woojin was confirmed as a member of the cast for Thailand’s Law of the Jungle in the same year.
You can stream the Korean version of the song down below:
Like his bandmate Deagwi, Woojin was promoting ‘StayYoung’ on various music shows as a part of AB6IX. They also appeared on “UNIVERSE UNI-KON” on February 14th, 2021.
Lai Kuan Lin:
Lai Kuan-lin (라이관린,) is a Taiwanese rapper, musician, and actor based in South Korea. He is also known by the name Guanlin. Cube Entertainment revealed that Lai would concentrate on solo activities in China after Wanna One disbanded on December 31, 2018, and that he would debut in a new boy group later that year.
Lai joined Pentagon’s Wooseok in a new group project named Wooseok x Kuanlin, which Cube Entertainment revealed on February 20, 2019. The group’s debut extended play, 9801, was released on March 11th, with the title track “I’m A Star.”
Watch the music video below:
For 2021 not much is known as to what Lai Kuan Lin would be doing. But not long ago, he was featured on the cover for the February issue for ‘Nylon’ China.
Yoon Ji Sung:
Yoon Ji-sung (윤지성) is a South Korean singer and actor. He is the former member and leader of the group who wants a One. Following the disbandment of Wanna One, Yoon was cast in the musical ‘The Days’ as a lead. On February 20, 2019, he released his first EP Aside, followed by his first fan meeting tour of the same name, which took place in Seoul, Macau, Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, and Bangkok.
Following his enlistment as an active-duty soldier on May 14, 2019, he released a digital single titled “Winter, Flower” on May 19, 2019, as a gift to his fans. Yoon was cast in Return: The Hope of the Day, a military musical, while enlisted. On December 13, 2020, he was supposed to be discharged from the military. But Yoon was discharged from the military early because of the COVID-19 protocol.
Following his return from the military, Yoon Ji Sung is recruiting his fans to join ‘BABAL,’ his official fan club in V-live, and will be making a comeback soon with his second EP ‘Temperature of Love,’ which will be releasing on April 15, 2020.
Hwang Min Hyun:
Hwang Min-Hyun (황민현) is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and actor who goes by the mononym Minhyun. Before joining the group, ‘Wanna One’ Min Hyun was a member of NU’EST under Pledis Entertainment. He participated in Produce 101 Season 2 with three members of NU’EST on behalf of Pledis Entertainment, finishing ninth and joining Wanna One.
Min Hyun did not officially return to NU’EST until the end of January 2019, due to the agreement between Pledis Entertainment and Swing Entertainment to let Minhyun attend the year-end shows and award ceremonies as a member of Wanna One.
On February 1, 2019, Minhyun and the rest of NU’EST announced that their deal with Pledis Entertainment had been renewed. Minhyun debuted in his first album since rejoining NU’EST on March 15, a special digital single named “A Song For You” to mark the band’s seventh anniversary.
Minhyun was cast in the lead role of Go Eun-taek in the upcoming JTBC drama Live On, which premiered in November 2020. Though his acting has been praised, fans eagerly anticipate his and other NU’EST members’ return.
Bae Jin Young:
Bae Jin-young (배진영)is a South Korean singer. After finishing tenth in the final rankings of Produce 101 season 2, he became a South Korean member of the boy group wants a One. Bae Jin Young debuted in CIX in July 2019 following the disbandment of Wanna One.
Bae Jinyoung made his solo debut on April 26 with Hard To Say Goodbye, a self-penned single album. The album secured the rank of No.3 in the Goan Album Chart.
Watch the music video to Bae Jin Young song down below:
This year, Bae Jin Young made a comeback along with his group members of CIX with their third mini-album ” ‘HELLO’ Chapter Ø. Hello, Strange Dream.”
Ha Sung Woon:
Ha Sung-Woon ( 하성운) is a South Korean singer and songwriter. He is best known for being a member of the South Korean boy band wants a One, as well as Hotshot and as a solo artist. My Moment, his first extended play, was released in 2019, marking the beginning of his solo career.
Ha revealed on April 30 that an OST for the drama The King: Eternal Monarch titled “I Fall In Love” would be released on May 2nd. The Twilight Zone EP, Ha Sung Woon’s seventh, was released on June 8th.
Currently, Ha SungWoon is hosting “Midnight Idol Radio” on Naver NOW, and he is doing very well as a solo artist.
We wish all the former members of Wanna One the very best for their future endeavors.