If you were to create a girl group hierarchy chart, who would be your top pick?
According to a hierarchy chart that’s been quickly spreading online, Girls’ Generation and 2NE1 are the undisputed top two picks. This chart, dated February, 2012, covers 16 of the top girl groups and ranks them in order by five different categories, such as “Wall You Can’t Go Over (unbeatable, basically),” “Nationwide level,” “Socialite level,” “Mania level,” “the Maginot line.”
The top “Wall You Can’t Go Over” category is rounded out by Girls’ Generation at #1 and 2NE1 at #2. Closely following them in the “Nationwide level” are T-ara at third, the Wonder Girls and Kara at fourth, and f(x) at fifth. This shows the girl groups popular in Japan ranking higher than the Wonder Girls, who’s mostly spent their time in the U.S. lately.
The next category, “Socialite level,” is comprised of Secret and SISTAR at the same level, followed by 4minute. After School is ranked slightly above the “Mania level,” with A Pink, Girls’ Day, Rainbow, and Dal Shabet trailing them to complete the “The Maginot line.”
A playful photo of After School’s Lizzy and NU’EST’s Len has been posted. On February 13, Lizzy posted on her Twitter, “This is NU’EST’s Len, who is part of the Busan family. How can you be prettier than me? And it looks like Len received a manicure. Cutie, fighting,” along with a photo.
After School’s Uee revealed that she made NU’EST’s member Baekho’s name!
Currently NU’EST is preparing for their debut, and Uee revealed that she made member Baekho’s name. Baekho means “White Tiger” in Korean. Uee also revealed a picture of her and Baekho together.
NU’EST has the meaning of “fitting new styles with music to create.” (New, Established, Style, and Tempo) NU’EST will debut in March.
NU’EST is also holding a Valentine’s Day “Movie Date Event” for fans. Here are more details from their Facebook page here or their official fan café here. For the event, you basically take a photo of yourself holding a NU’EST “L Folder” and upload the picture.
Following Hyorin and Sung Min, it looks like the second couple on MBC’s “Exciting Shake” is MBLAQ’s Lee Joon and After School’s Lizzy.
On January 5, local media reported the two as the second couple, quoting the training coach who appeared on the show with them. The trainer said, “Today, After School’s Lizzy and MBLAQ’s Lee Joon completed the intense filming session,” affirming their appearance on the show.
So far, the only other couple we’re aware of is Hyorin and Sung Min. Other female casts on the show include Kara’s Han Seung Yeon and Secret’s Han Sun Hwa. The rest of the male counterparts are unknown at this point.
MBC “Exciting Shake” is supposed to be a spin-off of the highly popular reality show, “We Got Married.” The couples will compete in different contests and performances, and eventually build a dating relationship.
On December 27th, After School and the Pledis Boys met up with fans to combine their volunteer efforts and deliver briquettes to heat homes.
Pledis Entertainment expressed, “In the cold weather, the Pledis artists worked with their many fans to help ensure that low-income families in Guryong town will have a warm winter this year.”
After School has dozens of year-end events lined up, but they took the time off to sweat a little right alongside their fans for a meaningful event. Despite being smudged with charcoal, everyone was all smiles throughout the effort, warming the hearts of those watching.
The company is already donating proceeds from their “Happy Pledis” album. Last year, they donated to the ‘Save the Children‘ foundation. This year, they’re helping young children once again through ‘UNICEF‘ and the ‘Sibling Doll Project‘.
Pledis Boys member Baekho posted a picture while backstage at Mnet‘s M! Countdown asking fans to pour out their love and support for Happy Pledis.
On December 22nd, Baekho wrote through his me2day, “Did you watch the M! Countdown broadcast today~~? Please give lots of love to the Pledis family members and please give me, Baekho, lots of love, too!! hehehehe ^^”
As a member of the Happy Pledis family, After School‘s UEE also left a comment on her me2day account in response to Baekho, stating, “Baekho is next to me on me2day, so I thought I would come see!!!! Our Pledis family! Baekho fighting!!”
In the picture that Baekho uploaded, he is seen smiling cheerfully towards the camera while pointing to the M! Countdown sign for the Pledis room. Fans were particularly drawn to Baekho’s cute charms in the picture.
Past photos of After School‘s UEE have surfaced on the internet, gaining the attention of netizens.
On December 12th, the above photo was shared via an online community site with the title, “After School’s UEE, featured in Shinhwa‘s MV when she was just a trainee.”
The photo is a screenshot of UEE who was featured in Shinhwa’s “Once In A Lifetime” MV around 5 years ago. A much younger UEE is playing the drums, wearing a green sleeveless t-shirt.
UEE had some more meat on her bones and her image in the MV is quite different from her mature and charismatic stage persona today.