U-KISS (Korea: 유키스) is a seven-member South Korean boy band formed by NH Media in 2008. The members include Alexander Lee Eusebio, Shin Soo Hyun, Kim Ki Bum, Lee Kiseop, Eli Kim, Kevin Woo and Shin Dong Ho. The name of the group stands for Ubiquitous Korean International (Idol) Super Star. They debuted in Japan on August 15, 2008 and in South Korea on August 28, 2008.
The group has released one album and various mini albums and singles. Their first full length album, Only One, was released on February 3, 2010.
The members of the group have had various activities as solo entertainers—acting in various dramas and musicals,and hosting various reality-variety shows.
The group was formed as a six-member boy band. Their first original concept was to be a pretty boy-group. Kim Ki Bum and Kevin Woo were original members of the boy band Xing. Ki Bum left the group on 2007 while Kevin left the group four months before the debut of U-Kiss. The pre U-KISS activities of the two members helped the group draw attention among Korean fans. Three of their members also came from other countries, such as USA and Hong Kong.
U-KISS debuted in Japan on August 15, 2008 at the Power of Atamix alongside SS501 & Paran. The group released their first mini album, N-Generation with its title song Not Young, on September 3, 2008. Later on, the group debuted on South Korean television, with a performance of "Not Young" at M! Countdown on August 28, 2008.
As many of the members came from overseas or had studied abroad, many of them were fluent in other languages. Alexander can speak 8 languages at varying levels. He can speak English, Cantonese, Chinese and Korean fluently. Other languages he can speak include Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and French. Kibum can speak Japanese fluently. Dongho can speak Chinese fluently as he had studied in China before. He is currently learning English. Both Kevin and Eli came were born and raised in the United States so both of them are fluent in English. Eli is also fluent in Mandarin as he lived in China before. They came to South Korea to fulfill their dreams of becoming idols. As a result of the groups' fluency in many languages, they have no problems communicating with their fans from different parts of the world.
Shortly after their debut, U-KISS also starred in the variety shows: "All about U-KISS" , "You know U-KISS."
In early 2009, U-KISS made a comeback and released their second mini-album on February 11, 2009, titled Bring It Back 2 Old School with its title song I Like You. They did not gain much popularity from this album though.
Kevin joined Arirang's radio show Pops in Seoul hosting the 'All About You' segment alongside co-host Isak. Shortly after, Alexander joined the duo in hosting the 'All About You' TV program. In April that same year, Eli became an MC of MBC's show, Fusion.
Later that year, U-KISS made another comeback with a whole new, more "manly" look with their third mini-album titled ContiUkiss on November 5 2009. This album helped them to gain a lot of popularity, especially their hit song, Man Man Hani (Am I That Easy). The dance for this song was named 'Kangan Namja' (Strong Man) or Kangnam dance for short. It became a popular dance in the South Korean music industry. Their new member, Lee Kiseop, also joined them in the promotion of this new mini-album.
At first, some fans were unwilling to accept Kiseop as a part of U-KISS. But that has now changed and Kiseop is now a member of the group, just like any of the other members.
Dongho appeared on many variety shows, helping to promote U-Kiss and thus gaining U-KISS much popularity. He appeared in variety shows such as Idol Maknae Rebellion and Invincible Baseball among many others.
Before the release of the first full length album, MBC revealed that U-KISS will star in a variety show. The show was titled U-KISS' Vampire. It was premiered on January 22, 2010. During the show, the members moved in together into a dorm. They stayed together in the dorm for the whole duration of the filming of the show. In the show, they were sorted into teams according to their blood types. The show helped them to gain more popularity too.
U-KISS appeared on various variety shows as a group. Such as Shin JungHan PD Variety Show on June 8 2010, Idol League, Heroes Challenge, and Idol United (they had to drop out of this one as their schedules were too full. But they appeared for the first and second episode).
They are also starred in a new reality show that finished airing on the July 30 2010, called Chef's Kiss, in which the seven members split into teams and opened a real restaurant. They had cooking challenges every week to decide on which team would be chosen to cook and which remaining teams would have to wait tables.
They officially established their fan club "KissMe" on the 17th of January 2010. U-KISS fans are now called KissMes and the U-KISS members appreciate and love their fans a lot.
On February 3, 2010, their highly anticipated full length album of U-KISS was finally released. At first, it was announced that their song, "Without You", which is one of the tracks from the new album, would be the main track. However, it was later changed to "Round and Round" (Bingeul Bingeul). The song Bingeul Bingeul later became a huge hit, gaining U-KISS the most popularity and attention that they have ever received since their debut. In this new full length album, they also changed their looks slightly, but it still similar to their "Man Man Hani" look. The album consisted of five new songs and remixes of their songs from their mini-albums. The dance for Bingeul Bingeul was given the name "Tornado" dance.
On May 5 2010, U-KISS started promotions for their follow up song for their Only One album, titled Mworago (What). This song too, helped them to gain some more popularity. They named the dance for this song the "Outcry" dance.
On June 14, 2010, they had their First Major Concert in the Philippines. They also had promotional activities in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Kevin and Alexander continued their role as hosts on Arirang's All About You show, and Eli joined them as a new co-host. Kevin and Alexander also became MCs for Arirang's music programme, "The M Wave" in August.
Kevin and Alexander were also featured in Brave Brother's new music video, "Finally."
Eli and Kibum also starred in the Thai drama "Autumn's Destiny".
On June 16 2010, it was announced that Soohyun would be starring a popular musical called "A Chorus Line". He had been practicing diligently for the musical but he had to later drop out as he had to prepare for U-KISS' comeback and for the recording of U-KISS' new album.
Via Alexander's twitter, he also confirmed that U-KISS would be making another comeback with a new album in September 2010.
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