An Introduction to JO1 | Group of the Month March 2020

Hey there, idol fans! This month's featured group as suggested by someone on Twitter (thanks, I was having a bit of a brain lapse, haha) is a group that's only just making their debut this month but are already causing a bit of a stir; it's JO1! If there are any groups you'd like to see featured in future months don't hesitate to let me know but as for right now, let's get started!

JO1 are an 11-member Jpop boy group that made their debut in March 2020. The group was formed thanks to the members all being the final contestants on PRODUCE JAPAN 101, a reality competition show that aired in 2019. Due to the show being a spin-off of the South Korean television series PRODUCE 101 X, the group is also quite well-known among Kpop fans.

The performance video of "La Pa Pa Pam", one of the bonus tracks from their debut single "PROTOSTAR".


Mamehara Issei

Date of Birth: 2002.05.30

Place of Birth: Okayama Prefecture

  • He placed 1st overall in PRODUCE 101 JAPAN.
  • His hobby is dancing, especially to 90s hip-hop.

Tsurubo Shion

Date of Birth: 2000.12.11

Place of Birth: Shiga Prefecture

  • He placed 5th in PRODUCE 101 JAPAN, and interestingly he also broke the "Produce 101 Curse". Based on all previous seasons of the show, it's been said that anyone who sits in the number 1 seat will not debut yet he has been the first to do so.
  • He was formerly a trainee under FNC Entertainment and can speak basic Korean.
  • He and Ruki both participated in the JUNON SUPERBOY contest in 2015. 

Kinjo Sukai

Date of Birth: 2000.05.06

Place of Birth: Osaka Prefecture

  • He placed 10th in PRODUCE 101 JAPAN.
  • His special skills are karate and soccer. He also enjoys movies and music.
  • He said if he got into the top 11 on PRODUCE 101 JAPAN that he’d fly anywhere for the National Producers because he is the ‘sky’. This is a pun, as his name 'Sukai' sounds like the English word 'sky'.

Ohira Shosei

Date of Birth: 2000.04.13

Place of Birth: Kyoto

  • He placed 4th in PRODUCE 101 JAPAN.
  • He graduated from the EXPG dance school in Kyoto.
  • His hobbies include watching movies, walking, editing videos, and beat making. He's also good at hand tricks. 

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