These days, it’s not uncommon to see Wang Yibo’s name in the Weibo hot search. His popularity has been given a huge boost after playing Lan Wangji in the hit drama The Untamed alongside another heartthrob in the form of Xiao Zhan. Yet the journey to get there wasn’t always so smooth for him and his bandmates.
Wang Yibo is a member of UNIQ, a Chinese-Korean boy band from Yue Hua Entertainment that debuted back in 2014. Its other members are Zhou Yixuan, Li Wenhan, Kim Sung-joo and Cho Seung-youn. However, UNIQ has only released 1 album titled EOEO in 2015 and several singles in a span of 5 years. The Hallyu ban in 2016 also affected the band and since then, they have not performed together on stage.
UNIQ performed at the 10th Yuehua Anniversary Concert in June with only three members Kim Sung-joo, Zhou Yixuan and Wang Yibo singing “Monster” and “EOEO.” Li Wenhan who debuted as part of UNINE had to sit it out while Cho Seung-yeon who was in Korea to participate in Produce X 101 did not attend.
|Zhou Yixuan in All For One|
|Li Wenhan in Qing Chun You Ni|
|Cho Seung-youn in Produce X 101|
Nonetheless, it’s clear that 2019 is the year for UNIQ members. Aside from acting in dramas, most of its members fought for a chance to stand onstage by joining respective survival shows and proved their star power by winning. Zhou Yixuan debuted again after winning in All For One. Li Wenhan won first place in the survival show Qing Chun You Ni and debuted as part of the boy band UNINE. Cho Seung-youn took part in Produce X 101 and won 5th place.
Like his fellow UNIQ members, Wang Yibo didn’t rest on his laurels and reached new heights in his popularity this year. Aside from being a host for the talk show Day Day Up as well as earning a stint as mentor on the reality show Produce 101 with his impressive dancing skills, Wang Yibo has also surprised us with his acting, headlining two dramas Gank Your Heart and The Untamed this year. It’s clear that this group is slowly achieving success in their own ways. Hopefully one day, we’ll see them together again.
No news for Sung Joo though. At least I've seen them perform during the 10th anniversary of Yuehua. I don't know how long the contracts for each of those members who joined the survival shows but hopefully they could have a chance to stand on stage as 5 again before Sung Joo goes off to military.
He is amazing actor… Wish him to cast in more good drama so he can shune even more brightly
I do enjoy the show keep up the good work. I love them together it's beautiful to watch
Wang Yibo deserve everything. He really work hard and impressed us very well.Apart from his super handsome goodlooking he is very good at acting too. I just love him and will always support him in any situation.Thank you so much for being best part of my life.사랑해 왕이보 오빠? fighting??
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he's the best actor and dancer..he also a great voice to make every women fall in love…keep it up wang yibo!!!
Love the show. Wish all episodes have English Subtitles though. Very well done.
I only got to know WYB after watching Untamed. At first i find that he had ruin LWJ in the drama but soon i got to admit that i was totally wrong. I wanted to know more about him so i watched TTXS, produce 101 and i realised that he is just one of the kind. Wang Zi Tao said something about him in one of the episode that WYB is a very nice guy, talented and he doesnt fight for more scene. Many criticized his agency for not doing enough for him but i got to say that they are actually not too bad (hope i am right) He is doing something that he likes so far. Today is his bday and i wish all the best for him.
I agreed with your opinion on his company 'Yuehua'….and didn't people referred to him as the prince of 'Yuehua'. The only downside about Yuehua is that they have too many artists and don't have good film or tv resources. BUT, I can see that they treated WYB very well and give him a lot of freedom to do what he wants.
I've watched a couple of cuts from TTXS and WYB is very talented, a child genius. I was especially impressed with the part where he learned to drive a plane via the simulator and the flight instructor praised him. Any dance moves, he can learn by watching it once.
Now, he's also a professional motorcycle racer under a professional team. I guess his only drawback is that he's so multi-talented that he may end up branching out and doing too many things and not enough focus on a particular career path such as acting.