As one of the two newest members to the NCT 127 sub-unit, NCT member Johnny has hardly had time to make an impact – yet he’s quickly been making his way to the top of everyone’s idol bias list.
With his ‘bad boy’ rap flow and stageside bravado, Johnny has quickly proven himself to be vital part of NCT – and a worthy K-Pop artist to feature in our ‘My Idol’ weekly feature. Find out all the 411 on NCT 127’s Johnny below!
Johnny Seo was born Seo YoungHo on February 9, 1995 in Chicago, Illinois. He was discovered at the Chicago stop of SM Entertainment’s global auditions back in September 2007.
Johnny was picked up by the agency for his musicality and b-boy dancing skills. One of his special talents is piano playing, and during his time promoting with SM Rookies, he was given the opportunity to play piano for fans.
As NCT’s resident Korean-American, Johnny (along with fellow member Mark from Canada) is often asked to communicate with international fans in English. However, English and Korean aren’t the only languages he knows! He can also speak a little Spanish, French, Chinese, and Japanese, as seen in the clip below.
In December 2013, he was finally introduced to K-Pop fans through the label’s SM Rookies trainee team project. During his time as an SM Rookie, he performed as a part of the male dance unit SR14B, alongside ex-SM trainee Hansol and future NCT group mates Taeyong, Yuta, JaeHyun, and Ten.
The growing popularity of NCT as a whole has definitely helped Johnny gain popularity as well! Since debuting, Johnny has been showing off his versatility as a 4-D idol and expanding into other projects.
Most recently, he replaced group member DoYoung as a male idol make-up guru on the second season of the beauty variety show “Lipstick Prince.” Check out his promo for the program and bask in his dreaminess.
He has been also co-hosting SBS Power FM’s “NCT’s Night Night” radio show with fellow NCT member JaeHyun, something that he says has really helped him brush up on his Korean speaking skills.
2017 has been a huge year for this rookie idol, and we’re only halfway through it. We’re excited to see what else Johnny has in store for his first year. There’s no doubt that his career’s about to soar!
Keep supporting NCT, and keep rooting for Johnny!