SM Entertainment has a long history of successful groups ever since the 1st generation groups like H.O.T and S.E.S. Every time the debut of a new group is announced, anticipation is high for the new idols that will slap with their visuals and talents!
Considering SM’s rep for having some of the most legendary visuals in the industry, fans believe that the first member who is introduced to the public shows the agency’s confidence in the charm, charisma, and visuals of the member. The first member is said to set the tone for the rest of the members and group image that follow!
Here are 7 SM Entertainment idols who were introduced as the first members of their groups, and who fans believe are the aces that the agency is super confident about!
1. Girls’ Generation’s Yoona
For years now, Girls’ Generation’s Yoona has been recognized as an iconic girl group center, and has continuously impressed with her stunning visuals and skills as a dancer!
As Girls’ Generation’s visual center, Yoona was the very first member to be introduced to the public in 2007, and drew tons of attention for her bright energy and beauty! Along with making it as a top idol, Yoona is also recognized as an actress, and is still talked about for her skills as a multi-talented entertainer!
Introducing Yoona as the first member and center was probably one of the best decisions they ever made!
2. EXO’s Kai
EXO’s Kai is the group’s visual, main dancer and center, and also the first member of EXO to be announced in 2012!
Kai drew attention with his handsome visuals and insane dance skills, and even after his official introduction, made appearances in the teasers of the other members!
Even now, Kai is revered for his talents, and everyone can see why he was introduced first!
3. f(x)’s Sulli
As the official visual of the group, Sulli made waves among the public for her bright, refreshing visuals when she was introduced as the first member of f(x)!
4. Red Velvet’s Seulgi
When Red Velvet was announced to make their debut in 2014, Seulgi’s teaser photos were the first to be released, and fans believe SME really hit the jackpot with her!
Seulgi is the lead vocalist and main dancer of the group, and along with having a powerful voice and dance skills, she’s also got powerful visuals to boot! Her charisma as a performer is pretty unmatched, and fans believe she was the perfect face to introduce Red Velvet!
5. NCT’s Mark
NCT’s Mark is the all-around ace of the group, and is a phenomenal rapper, dancer, and singer!
NCT is a group that is divided into units, and these units debuted at different times with different members. NCT U was the first unit to debut with the song “The 7th Sense”, and Mark was the first member to be announced from this unit!
Known as a well-rounded idol, Mark is definitely an ace member, and netizens understand why he was introduced as an NCT member first!
6. Aespa’s Winter
When aespa was announced to make their debut in 2020, the first thing that drew everyone’s attention was their unique AI concept, and the second was the members themselves, starting with Winter!
Winter is the group’s visual, lead vocalist, and lead dancer, and netizens have been falling for her duality ever since she debuted!
Fans often liken her visuals to Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon, and along with being totally gorgeous, she also serves power vocals and dance skills, making her a force to be reckoned with!
7. SM Rookies (Taeyong, Jeno, Seulgi)
Back when SM Entertainment announced their top pre-debut group of trainees called SM Rookies in 2013, the first members to be introduced were Taeyong…
And Jeno, who are all powerhouses of talents and visuals!