The Only Male K-Pop Idol To Have Debuted 8 Times

What a long career!

Usually, K-Pop idols will only make one debut throughout their career, sticking with their first group until they pursue solo endeavors. For some idols, they may re-debut once or twice if their group disbands, like ZEROBASEONE‘s Kim Jiwoong, who previously debuted with INX before their disbandment.

ZEROBASEONE’s Kim Jiwoong | Mnet

Other idols like SHINee’s Taemin have made multiple debuts in their career without leaving a group — his first debut as a member of SHINee, his second a member of the YOUNIQUE unit, his third as a solo artist, and his most recent as a member of SuperM.

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Another idol may have set the record for most debuts, and he is under the same label as other multi-debut idols!

In 2005, Super Junior’s Eunhyuk debuted as a group member (then called Super Junior 05), before Kyuhyun was added the following year, and the group dropped the 05 in the name.

2007 brought about his second debut as a member of Super Junior’s Trot unit, Super Junior-T, alongside Leeteuk, Heechul, Shindong, and Sungmin. As the name implies, they were the first idol group to focus on releasing trot-style music.

During the next year, he debuted as a member of Super Junior-H (or Super Junior-Happy), with the release of their first mini album, Cooking? Cooking!, with a title track of the same name

Super Junior-H | SM Entertainment

By 2011, Eunhyuk was a member of three different subunits following his new inclusion as a member of Super Junior-M. In December of the same year the release of Super Junior—D&E’s “Oppa, Oppa,” brought him to a grand total of five debuts.

SM Entertainment and Hyundai created a partnership that lead to Eunhyuk’s sixth debut as a member of the official dance unit — YOUNIQUE Unit. Eunhyuk is also a member of SM’s SM The Performance unit, which debuted in 2012.

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Finally, the idol made his “official” solo debut in 2021 with the release of his first digital single, “Be,” though it was not his first solo track performed.

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Eunhyuk’s many debuts and long career are truly impressive!