The ability of an artist or a group to headline a concert and tour is usually seen as a clear indication they are here to stay. By this standard of measurement, as well as the fact a number of award bodies have recognized their work with several nominations and awards itself, the Cube Entertainment owned K-pop group, Pentagon, appears to be on their way to stardom. Here is a look at the members of Pentagon as well as why one of them was recently kicked out.
Who are The Current Pentagon Kpop Members?
Jinho is a former SM Entertainment trainee who became a member of Cube Entertainment’s Pentagon following his appearance on Mnet’s reality program, Pentagon Maker. The Daejeon, South Korea native, who was born Jo Jin-ho on April 17, 1992, first came onto the scene as a member of SM the Ballad. Despite the level of success he enjoyed with the band, releasing a number one EP, his time with the group came to an end just after one year, prompting him to go elsewhere to pursue his career.
Some notable features and attributes of Jinho include his ability to play the piano and guitar. He can also speak Chinese after having lived in China for a while with his family.
Born Lee Hoe-taek on August 28, 1993, Hui is a singer-songwriter and composer who serves as the leader and main vocalist of the boy group. Like a few others in the group, Hui started his career elsewhere before joining Pentagon. The Gwacheon, South Korea native was previously a JYP trainee after having won first place on Best Male Vocal at JYP’s 7th Audition Final Round in 2010.
Hui has been responsible for composing and producing some songs for his group and others. This includes “Never” by Nation’s Son, “Energetic” by Wanna One, and then “Shine” and “Naughty Boy” by Pentagon.
Hongseok, whose birth name is Yang Hong-seok, was born on April 17, 1994, in Seoul, South Korea. The vocalist was previously signed to YG Entertainment and he had also auditioned for JYP’s 9th Audition Final Round in 2012. It is further reported that he was also a contestant of MIX&MATCH.
In addition to his singing career, Hongseok is also an actor who has starred in the Korean movie, The Love That’s Left (2017). Thanks to the fact that he spent the first eleven years of his life outside his home country living in the US, Singapore, and China, he is fluent in three languages; Korean, Chinese, English, an attribute he hopes to use to give himself an edge.
Shinwon is another member of Pentagon who contributes to the group with his vocals. Born Ko Shin Won on December 11, 1995, the Korean native was part of those named as members of the group despite them having been eliminated from the Pentagon Maker reality show.
Some notable features and attributes of Shinwon include his evident broad shoulders, his sense of fashion and fondness for stripping. The 6 feet tall singer is further said to have a hot temper.
5. Yeo One
Yeo One was born Yeo Chang Gu on March 27, 1996, in Daejeon, South Korea. Very little is known about him outside his activities with the group where he was a part of the first seven people to be announced as members following the Pentagon Maker reality show.
Known for his ability to mimic a wooden percussion sound, Yeo One has tried to follow the footsteps of other K-pop artists by fashioning out an acting career for himself. He played a supporting role in the web drama Spark (2016) and also acted in the KBS Musical Drama, Chosun Beauty Competition.
6. Yan An
Yan An is the only Chinese member of the group. The vocalist was, however, born in Hokkaido, Japan on October 25, 1996. He became a trainee for CUBE Entertainment following an audition that was held in China. His path to being a member of Pentagon was however not straightforward as he was eliminated from the Mnet reality show and was only announced as a member when three more acts were needed.
Representing the country of Japan in the group, Yuto, who was born Adachi Yuto on January 23, 1998, is one of the two non-Korean members of Pentagon. Nicknamed ‘Takoyaki Prince’ by his bandmates, the rapper and dancer is a former JYP trainee who went on to audition for CUBE Entertainment before becoming one of the official members.
Prior to him focusing on music, Yuto had aspired to become a professional baseball player. He played the sport for six years before dropping it.
Kino is a singer, songwriter, composer, and dancer. Born Kang Hyung-gu on January 27, 1998, the Korean native began his career as an entertainer as a member of the dance team Urban Boyz. He then became a trainee of Power Vocal before getting the opportunity to compete in Pentagon Maker and thus become a member of the boy band that CUBE formed afterward.
Like a few other members of the group, Kino also works as an actor. He made a cameo appearance in the TV series Hello, My Twenties! 2 (2017) and has appeared in other shows like Bus King (2018).
Wooseok was born Jung Woo-seok in Gwangju, South Korea on January 31, 1998, making him the youngest member of the group. A rapper, songwriter, and composer, the Korean is said to have had the most popular among female fans during the auditions thanks to his bright personality and outstanding singing voice. His ability as a songwriter and composer has further helped in pushing him to the forefront of the group’s affairs as he has written songs for both Pentagon and other K-pop artists.
Who Got Kicked Out of The Group?
E’Dawn, who was born Kim Hyo-jong on June 1, 1994, was the tenth member of Pentagon. He was a part of the final three members to join Pentagon and served as their main dancer, lead rapper, and vocalist.
On November 14, 2018, E’Dawn left the group as well as Cube Entertainment after the record label announced they would be terminating his contract because of his high profile relationship with model and singer Hyuna, who was also signed to the label. Along with Hyuna, E’Dawn opted to abandon his contract leaving the group down to just nine members.