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Where Are The Wanna One Members Now?

Where Are The Members Of Wannna One now?
Wanna One cr: YMC Entertainment

Wanna One rose to unfathomable popularity just a year after its debut. This South Korean boy group was formed on a very popular survival show named, Produce 101. Additionally, Produce 101 was created by CJ E&M and starts off with 101 participants, out of which only 11 make it to the finals. The survival show is very popular as it does not follow the traditional method of panel judges, and instead, the participants are ranked by the audience. In April of 2017, Produce 101 aired its second season, and the eleven talented finalists were put in a band named Wanna One. Although the group disbanded in 2018, their achievements within a year of debut still remain unmatched.

Additionally, Wanna One received the Rookie Grand Slam award in 2018. The group was accepted as the Best Newcomer at award ceremonies such as Mnet Asian Music Award, Golden Disc Awards, Seoul Music Awards, Melon Music Awards, and Gaon Chart Awards. Another shining diamond was added to their crown when they were chosen as the Best New Kpop Act of 2017 by Billboard. Their very first album, To Be One, became the third Kpop album to sell a million copies of its debut album. This was no shock, given how talented each member of Wanna One is. Three years after its disbandment, let us find out what each member of Wanna One is up to?

Where Are The Wanna One Members Now?

As mentioned earlier, Wanna One consisted of eleven members, namely Yoon Ji Sung, Ha Sungwoon, Minhyun, Ong Seongwoo, Kim Jaehwan, Kang Daniel, Park  Jihoon, Park Woojin, Bae Jinyoung, Lee Daehwi, and Guan Lin. Let us take a deep dive into the individual activities of all the Wanna One members after their disbandment.

1. Kang Daniel

One of the most popular members of Wanna One was no doubt, Kang Daniel. This talented singer was born on 10th December 1996. Additionally, Kang Daniel also finished as the winner of the second season of Produce 101. After Wanna One disbanded, Kang Daniel decided to take a six months-long break from the Kpop industry. Fans speculated that the reason behind the hiatus might have been the unnecessary blame that he had to face after Wanna One disbanded. Whatever the reason be, Kang Daniel came back stronger than ever in 2019 with solo EP i.e., extended play Color On Me. Considering how amazing it was, it took no time for Color On Me to reach the top of the Gaon Album Chart.

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Kang Daniel cr: Konnect Entertainment

However, it was his solo song ‘Paranoia’ that took him to the top five singles in Korea and also Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales. Furthermore, Kang Daniel ended his Color trilogy, which consisted of Cyan (2020), Mangneta (2020), and finally Yellow in 2021. However, Kang Daniel’s major success after the disbandment does not only stop at music. In 2021 he hosted Mnet’s Street Women Fighter and Street Dance Girl’s Fighter and slayed at it. Kang Daniel’s talent does not just stop at that. The former Wanna One member is all set to make his acting debut in Rookie Cops this year. Besides making it big in the entertainment industry, Kang Daniel also established an Entertainment Agency named Konnect Entertainment to manage his own and other artist’s expanding careers. If there was a triple kill category at award shows, then Kang Daniel would surely be a winner.

2. Park Jihoon

Park Jihoon, at the age of eighteen, managed to finish at the second position in Produce 101 among 101 contestants. During his time in the band, Park Jihoon was a vocalist, rapper, and visual. Let’s just that Park Jihoon was born to be a star. Not only was he a child actor, but he also took the internet by storm as the ‘wink boy’ when he was performing ”It’s Me (Pick Me)” on M Countdown. Furthermore, Park Jihoon began his solo career with O’Clock in 2019. Park’s debut album L.O.V.E. went on to win at the KBS Music Bank. Additionally, Park Jihoon has released five EP’s, and each of them have brought him commercial success. Moreover, Park Jihoon also returned to acting with the drama Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency that aired on JTBC in 2019.

Kang Daniel

Park Ji Hoon cr:Maroo Entertainment

For his spectacular acting, Park Ji Hoon received both the approval of the audiences as well as the critics. Fans cannot wait to see what more Park Jihoon has in store for us.

Also Read: Wanna One Members: Who Is In This K-pop Boy Band?

3. Lee Daehwi

Coming in hot on the third place of the survival show Produce 101 Season 2 is Lee Daehwi. Furthermore, not only is Lee Daehwi an amazing singer, but he is also known for his songwriting talent. This 20-year-old idol has written the lyrics for multiple chart-topping Kpop songs. During his time in Wanna One, Lee Daehwi held the position of the lead vocalist of the band. Additionally, he is a part of the South Korean boy group AB6IX, which is under Brand New Music. Apart from killing it in the music industry, Lee Daewhi has also become the permanent host of the popular variety show M Countdown. Moreover, his song ‘Candle’ with fellow bandmate Park Woo Jin made it to the top 60 on the Gaon Single Chart. Lee Daehwi’s amazing vocals and sugar-sweet lyrics are sure to win your heart.

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Lee Dae Hwi cr: Brand New Music

4. Kim Jae Hwan

Finishing fourth on Produce 101 Season 2 was Kim Jae Hwan. Before the band disbanded in 2018, Kim Jae Hwan was the main vocalist of Wanna One. In 2019, he made his solo debut with the soul-touching EP Another. In 2021, Kim Jae Hwan won the APAN Choice: Best Vocalist and the Best Generation Artist in 2020 at the Golden Disc Award. Besides multiple chart-topping EP’s, Kim Jae Hwan has also become the King of kdrama OSTs. One of his best OSTs includes Be The Light for the hit show Hometown Cha Cha Cha. He also made it to the top 10 in The January 2022 Kpop Boy Group Member Brand Reputation Rankings.

Kang Daniel

Kim Jae Hwan cr: Swing Entertainment

5. Ong Seung Wu

After coming fifth on Produce 101, Seung Woo became the main dancer and vocalist of Wanna One. When the group disbanded, Seung Wu thrived as both a solo artist and an actor. He received a sea of praises for his spectacular performances in At Eighteen in 2019 and More Than Friends in 2020. Fans are very excited to see him in Netflix’s upcoming project Seoul Vibe. While we wait for Ong Seung Wu to release more music, you can listen to his soulful OST ‘Late Regret’.

Where are the Wanna One Members?

Ong Seung Wu cr: Fantagio Entertainment

6. Park Woo Jin

Park Woo Jin came at the sixth position on Produce 101 Season 2 in 2017. This led him to become the main rapper, main dancer, and sub-vocalist of Wanna One. After the group disbanded in 2019, Park Woo Jin debuted as a member of Brand New Music’s AB6IX. Moreover, he has once again become bandmates with his former band member Lee Dae Hwi. The two work like a charm together, and fans love their song ‘Candle’. We can’t wait to see what Park Woo Jin has planned for his fans in 2022.

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Park Woo Jin cr: Brand New Music

7. Lai Kuan-lin

This 20-year-old Kpop idol excels at singing, rapping, and acting. No wonder Lai Kuan Lin made it to the finals in Produce 101 Season 2 and became the lead rapper and sub vocalist in Wanna One. Lai Kuan Lin is Taiwanese and has a very successful career in China. He and Pentagon’s Wooseok formed a duo called Wooseok x Kuanlin under Cube Entertainment in March of 2019. Lai Kuan Lin also debuted as a lead in the famous Chinese drama A Little Thing Called First Love. Fans cannot wait for him to release new music.

Kang Daniel

Lai Kuan Lin cr: YMC Entertainment

Also Read: MAMA 2021 Winners: BTS & IU Bag Multiple Wins While Wanna One Makes A Comeback!

8. Yoon Ji Sung

Yoon Ji Sung was the group leader of Wanna One before the band sadly disbanded in 2018. Furthermore, he released Aside as his debut EP in 2019. Yoon Ji Sung is the only former Wanna One member that has completed his mandatory three-year-long military service. Currently, Yoon Ji Sung is gracing us with his acting talent in the ongoing kdrama Let Me Be Your Knight.

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Yoon Jisung cr: LM Entertainment

9. Hwang Minhyun

Hwang Minhyun has been in the spotlight ever since his early teenage years. He was discovered by Pledis Entertainment at the age of fifteen and became the lead vocalist and visual of the band NU’EST. Moreover, he represented Pledis Entertainment in Produce 101 Season 2 and became a member of Wanna One. After the group disbanded, Minhyun returned to his activities as a NU’EST member. In 2021, Hwang Minhyun released his first solo soundtrack, ‘I’ll Be With You Everyday’ for the MBC drama The Red Sleeve Cuff.

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Hwang Minhyun cr: Pledis Entertainment

10. Bae Jinyoung

Bae Jinyoung finished on the tenth position in Produce 101 Season 2. Furthermore, Bae Jinyoung was a vocalist and visual for Wanna One before it disbanded. He is currently working under C9 Entertainment and even debuted as the leader of the band CIX. However, he has released only ‘Hard to Say Goodbye’ as a solo artist in 2019. Bae Jin Young is currently winning hearts in the web series User Not Found on Rakuten Viki.

Kang Daniel

Bae Jinyoung cr: C9 Entertainment

11. Ha Sungwoon

Last but not least, Ha Sungwoon was the final member chosen n Produce 101 Season 2 for Wanna One. Furthermore, given his godly vocals, Ha Sungwoon became the main vocalist of Wanna One. After the group disbanded, Ha Sungwon went on to thrive as a solo artist. Additionally, Ha Sungwoon was also a part of the boyband Hotshot before it disbanded in 2021. His first EP as a solo artist was My Moment. He has sung one of the most popular OSTs in kdrama land, ‘Fall In You’ for True Beauty.

Wanna One Members

Ha Sungwoon cr: Big Planet Made

The new year comes bearing good news for Wanna One fans as the group will be reuniting for MAMA 2022. Read more about it here.

Also Read: Wanna One To Release Beautiful (Part III) From MAMA 2022 Performance This January

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I am Aliza Siddiqui and I am from Lucknow. I contribute to the company by writing engaging articles based on Kdrama and Kpop culture. You can contact me at aliza@otakukart.com

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