SHINee‘s Taemin has been a source of inspiration for many younger K-Pop idols who praise his vocals and flawless dancing. Fans eagerly await his discharge from military enlistment and look forward to seeing him perform again. While waiting for his return, let’s look at eight artists who have unabashedly sung praises to Taemin, some inspired by him to work harder at their skills.
1. TXT’s Taehyun
Taehyun once talked about Taemin and said, “he is a god to me.” He ran out of words to describe Taemin and has so much respect for him. Taehyun was practically giddy as Taemin touched him when they met for the first time on Music Bank.
2. NCT Haechan
Haechan shared that he loved Taemin and found it unbelievable when he finally encountered the idol. Haechan admitted that despite being in SM Entertainment together, Taemin and other more senior artists or K-Pop idols are people he does not easily approach out of respect and admiration.
Chungha was so enamored of Taemin’s “Move” performance that she did a cover MV which Taemin himself named as one of the most memorable “Move” cover performances.
4. ASTRO’s Rocky
Rocky, also known for his excellent dancing skills, expressed that he wanted to collaborate with Taemin. He has been a fan of Taemin for a long time and even wanted to be close to him. Rocky says watching Taemin perform ‘in real life’ is even better.
5. Winner’s Seungyoon
Seungyoon admires Taemin and considers him the number one dancer in Korea. He also thinks Taemin is so cool, and his dance moves are so beautiful and unique.
Even Rain (also known as Jung Jihoon), the solo artist K-Pop idols look up to, admires Taemin. Rain thinks Taemin has good strength and a sense of balance, “his dance lines are so pretty.” Rain also thinks Taemin has a nice face and a kind personality and named him as someone he was interested in working with.
In various interviews, BoA has consistently named Taemin as the best dancer and the one most suited to partner with her. She thinks Taemin is really good at expressing his emotions in dancing and matches her visually and in height. She once consulted him on how to turn her head again after already turning her body because she admired how he did this as a figure skater would.
8. ATEEZ’s Seonghwa
Seonghwa said Taemin’s gestures are so elegant, and he is fantastic to watch live. Seonghwa recalls that when he first encountered Taemin in a dry rehearsal, he was starstruck when he returned his greeting. Whenever he missed performing onstage, he watched Taemin’s videos because they “made his heart beat.”