3rd Most Talented Idol Group: SHINee

SHINee debuted in 2008 and made headlines because of their amazing performance of “Replay”. To new Kpop fans, do look it up. It won’t be a disappointment. It’s one of the best debut by an idol group. And from that, you can really tell that SHINee is the next best thing. I mean the group can lead the Hallyu Wave to the world. And I’m not just talking about foreigners who are into Kpop.

Shinee (샤이니, stylized as SHINee, pronounced  "shiny") 
is a contemporary R&B South Korean boy band. Formed by Sm Entertainment  in 2008, 
they made their debut on May 25, 2008 on SBS's Inkigayo with their promotional single, "Noona Neomu Yeppeo (Replay)" ("누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay)", lit. "Older Girl, You're So Pretty (Replay)"). The group consists of OnewJonghyunKey, Minho and Teanim
Since their debut, Shinee has released two full-length albums, 
three mini-albums, and various singles. They have also won many awards, held a concert tour and starred in their own reality shows. Shinee is considered to be a fashion icon having started the "Shinee Trend". They are set to make their japanese debut in March 2011

To be honest when I was doing this ranking, SHINee and 2PM were continuously switching places in the 3rd and 4th spot as I plug in factors. 2PM is really much stronger on the vocals than SHINee. Again, when I say strong vocals, I meant the voice is solid whatever range it is. The problem that I see in SHINee is that Onew and JongHyun have contrasting voice quality. So far it hasn’t really been a problem in their songs but it does limit their song choices. An example of what I’m saying is B2ST, and you can hear a bit of it on their Lucifer song. Again, no offense to B2ST fans. I’m just saying it as it is. But saying that, what pulled SHINee up is their performance.

SHINee, MBLAQ and 2PM are pretty much on the same boat. The difference is just appeal and that’s what I like about SHINee. When they perform, they just perform. No theatrical or fan service during the performance making them look expensive because of their professionalism. Again, no offense to the other group. SHINee just perform so well.

But saying that, SHINee just finished 3rd because of how good DBSK and Big Bang. The latter two groups might as well be the two greatest idols that Korea has offered of all time. But maybe in time SHINee will be as good as them. Well, maybe. Though Taemin grew as a singer, Minho’s growth in rapping is hardly noticeable making it negligible. And from videos I’ve seen, his singing is just so-so.

SHINee and SM Entertainment are lucky to have one another. In SHINee’s point of view, they are given everything they need to be on top. And with their capabilities, they will be on top.

Two more two go. I’ll compress my article on the two into one. I’ll leave you with my favorite performances of SHINee. I really wished that they didn’t changed that choreography in Lucifer. The practice vid they uploaded was so much better than what they’re doing now. Also, they’re already good enough. They don’t need back up dancers.

Profile :
Group Name : SHINee
Origin : Seoul, South Korea
Genres : R&B, pop
Years active : 2008 –present
Labels : SM Entertainment (South Korea)
EMI Music Japan (Japan)
Member : Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho, Taemin

Shinee (샤이니, stylized as SHINee, pronounced /ˈʃaɪniː/ “shiny”) is a contemporary R&B South Korean boy band. Formed by SM Entertainment in 2008, they made their debut on May 25, 2008 on SBS’s Inkigayo with their promotional single, “Noona Neomu Yeppeo (Replay)” (“누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay)”, lit. “Older Girl, You’re So Pretty (Replay)”). Since their debut, Shinee has won numerous awards. They have also starred in their own reality show based on their song, “Noona Neomu Yeppeo (Replay)”. Shinee is considered to be a fashion icon having started the “Shinee Trend”

* Lee Jinki (이진기), better known by his stage name Onew (온유) was born in the city of Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do on December 14, 1989. The leader, one of the main vocalists and eldest member in the group, was discovered at the 2006 S.M. Academy Casting.
* Kim Jonghyun (김종현), commonly known as Jonghyun, is the lead vocalist in the group. He was born on April 8, 1990 and raised in Seoul.
* Kim Kibum (김기범), better known by his stage name Key (키), is one of the main vocalists and one of the rappers in the group.He was born on September 23, 1991 and raised in Daegu.
* Choi Minho (최민호), commonly known as Minho, is one of the sub-vocalists and the other rapper in the group. He was born on December 9, 1991 and raised in Incheon. Minho has also written several raps in their songs.
*Lee Taemin (이태민), commonly known as Taemin, is the other sub-vocalist and lead dancer of the group. He was born on July 18, 1993 , and raised in Seoul. He is the youngest member in the group.

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