ASTRO are a six member male idol group that debuted back in February this year under Fantagio. The members are: Jinjin (leader), MJ, Eunwoo, Moonbin, Rocky and Sanha.
They have released 3 mini albums, entitled ‘Spring Up’, ‘Summer Vibes’ and ‘Autumn Story’, and 4 music videos.
Before their debut, the group were known as iTeen Boys, and information was slowly disseminated about each member through social media. They also starred in their own web series entitled ‘To Be Continued’ in 2015 and had their own reality show on MBC called ‘Astro OK! Ready’ in January 2016. Since then, they have had another reality show – ‘Astro Project A.SI.A’.
A few of the members were involved in the entertainment industry even before this though. Eunwoo was the face of a cosmetics brand and had a small role in the 2014 film ‘My Brilliant Life’. Rocky auditioned for the 2011 series of ‘Korea’s Got Talent’ and Moonbin was actually one of the children in TVXQ’s ‘Balloons’ MV (the younger version of leader Yunho). Moonbin also played the child version of one of the F4 members in the massively successful 2009 drama series ‘Boys Over Flowers’.
ASTRO have guested on a huge amount of television programmes excluding those already mentioned. Some are: ‘Star Golden Bell’, ‘After School Club, ‘Weekly Idol’, and ‘We Got Married (Chuseok Special)’. It has also been common to see many members appear separately on shows, especially Eunwoo – who has guested alone on shows like: ‘Hello Counsellor’, ‘Happy Together’, ‘Problematic Men’ and more.
This group are undeniably hard-working, having already held multiple showcases, fan-meetings and mini concert tours. It’s no wonder that they have gained many fans (known as AROHAs) already, and been nominated for quite a few awards, including: ‘Best New Male Artist’ and ‘HotelsCombined Artist of the Year’ at the ‘MAMAs 2016’.
Check out their MVs below:
‘Cat’s Eye’ MV
ASTRO’s Cover of SHINee’s ‘Replay’