Enhypen Kpop Profile: CJ ENM and Hybe Corporation collaborated to develop the South Korean boy band Enhypen, which is stylized as ENHYPEN. Enhypen was formed by Belift Lab, a joint venture between the two companies. The group, which was formed through the 2020 survival game show I-Land, is made up of seven members: Jungwon, Heeseung, Jay, Jake, Sunghoon, Sunoo, and Ni-ki. Jungwon is the group’s leader. Enhypen made its debut on November 30, 2020, with the extended play (EP) Border: Day One, which was released on the same day.
Announcing their selection as members of the forthcoming boy group ENHYPEN, the victors of the reality survival show I-LAND were announced on September 18, 2020. The group is made up of six members who were picked by global viewers and one member, Sunoo, who was chosen by the group’s producer, Bang Si Hyuk, as well as directors Son Sung Deuk, DOOBU, Pdogg, Wonderkid, and others.
They will make their formal debut on November 30, 2020. In an official fan club announcement on October 9, 2020, ENHYPEN announced the name ENGINE, which has two meanings: first, their fans are the “engines” that allow them to grow and continue to operate; and second, their fans are the ENHYPEN’s “gene,” as they both share the same DNA to connect, discover, and grow alongside one another.
The release of their first debut trailer, named “Choose-Chosen,” took place at midnight on October 22. On the 25th, a second trailer, titled “Dusk-Dawn,” was released to coincide with the release of the first. Earlier this month, a pre-order notice was placed on ENHYPEN’s Reverse, announcing that the group’s first mini-album, Border: Day One, would be released on November 30.
Founded in March 2019 by the South Korean entertainment companies CJ E&M and Hybe Corporation, Belift Lab is tasked with developing an original music project for release in 2020. Auditions for male trainees born between 1997 and 2008 began the following month in a number of locations, including Seoul, the United States, Taiwan, and Japan among others.
On May 8, 2020, the Korean television channel Mnet announced the survival competition series I-Land, a joint venture of both organizations that “follows the process of future generation K-pop singers being born.” The series is set to premiere in 2020.
Through I-Land, Enhypen was founded, which consisted of 23 male trainees, some of whom were selected through Belift Lab’s auditions and others who were transferred from Big Hit Music, formerly Big Hit Entertainment, who had all been trained under Belift Lab at the time of formation.
In addition to airing weekly on Mnet from June 26 to September 18, 2020, the show was also broadcast abroad on Hybe Labels’ YouTube account.
Part one and part two of the show were broadcast simultaneously. Twelve candidates from the first portion of the series advanced to the second installment of the series. On the last episode of the show, seven members were picked from among the nine final contestants, with six being chosen based on global ranking and the seventh member being chosen by the show’s executive producers.
The group’s debut line-up, consisting of seven members (Heeseung, Jay, Jake, Sunghoon, Sunoo, Jungwon, and Ni-ki), was revealed during a live television broadcast of the finale, which was broadcast in Korea.