The time has come. I’ve been looking forward to writing the opinionated profile for SHINee ever since I started this blog and now it’s finally time. But even though I have been so excited I’ve also been slightly worried. Before I’ve said that even though I love all the members of the groups, I’m still fully capable of ranking the members. This is the exception. I know who my bias (and ultimate bias, at that) is, but after that I can’t decide. I love them all way too much to be able to rank them like that. But I will nonetheless give you my opinions and thoughts about the members, and here we go!
Wow picking the individual pictures will not be easy…
Birth name: Lee Jin Ki
Stage name: Onew
Birthday: December 14, 1989
Official height: 178 cm
Position: Leader, Lead Vocalist
Comment: I feel like Onew is incredibly unnecessarily simplified. This guy is witty, well-spoken and really smart but to most people he’s just a funny guy who falls a lot and who loves chicken. I think Onew’s hilarious, but in a much more clever way than just falling on his ass a lot. So I definitely think that it’s shame that he’s become such a simplified character, when he really is so much more.
I think he’s really attractive, like the rest of SHINee. I know that I could be seen as very biased here, but I think SHINee’s one of the absolute most attractive groups out there. Normally there’s at least one member that I don’t find that physically attractive, but SHINee lacks that one member.
Anyway, Onew has one of the most charming smiles I’ve ever seen. The way his eyes disappear and his face lights up is gorgeous to see. He also has very kissable lips. Sorry, not sorry, it had to be said.
We all know that Onew’s a pretty awkward dancer, and the worst dancer in SHINee, so there’s not much to say there. (Being the worst in SHINee still means you’re pretty good though)
That voice though! I love the contrast between Onew’s smooth voice and Jonghyun’s “sharp” one, it’s one of my favorite harmonies in kpop. Onew’s voice is beautiful, end of story.
I feel like Onew is a very good leader. (And yes, I could still be technically biased) He’s not as much of a hands-on type of leader, as for example G-Dragon, but he does do a good job reining in Jonghyun and Key’s loud personalities and Minho’s over-competativeness. And he did help Taemin a lot with his singing, and look how far that kid’s come! I’m not giving all the credit for Taemin’s improvement to Onew, but it’s still good that he made a difference, and helps out his members.
Super old shot, I know. But I really loved Taemin during the ‘Lucifer’ era.
Birth name: Lee Tae Min
Stage name: Taemin
Birthday: July 18, 1993
Official height: 179 cm
Position: Vocalist, Main Dancer, Maknae
Comment: I’m going to say something now that most of you won’t agree with. I’ve never seen Taemin is especially feminine. (Except for when he’s been dressed as a girl, ’cause then it’s hard not to see it) I think his personality is quite stereotypically masculine, and he hasn’t looked girly since he was very young, and even then it was mostly just because of the styling. And while I do think he’s pulled off the cute concepts with plenty grace, I’ve never felt like he was truly comfortable with it. He was convincing, but not natural. I know people will disagree with me on this, and I might very well be wrong, but that’s my perception of things.
It’s no secret to anyone who’s ever met me that I’m a sucker for guys with long hair, so Taemin has never been as attractive to me as he was during the time of the ‘Lucifer’. (Even I want to forget those awful extensions from ‘Sherlock’ though)
Taemin is gorgeous even without long hair, and the manlier he gets, the more attracted am I to him.
Taemin’s never more attractive than he is when he dances though. I know way too little about dance to be able to actually evaluate how good different kpop stars are, but I think Taemin is great. To me he looks fluent, yet sharp and it looks like he was born to dance.
SHINee is a bunch of adorkable weirdoes, but if I had to pick one member as being the most “normal”, I would pick Taemin. He’s kind of quiet and a little shy, and there’s something very calm about him. Again, just how I perceive him, I might be completely wrong.
Taemin is an inspiration to me, especially since I watched that show (can’t think of the name) where he talked about his struggle to become a legit singer. This guy works really hard, and it’s all paid off. He was a quite bad singer when he first debuted, and now he can hold his own with Onew and Jonghyun. He’s not on their level just yet, but he’s doing incredibly well.
Birth name: Choi Min Ho
Stage name: Minho
Birthday: December 9, 1991
Official height: 184 cm
Position: Main Rapper, Face of the Group
Comment: ‘Flaming Charisma’ is the coolest nickname of all time. Or not. Either way. I used to not at all understand why Minho was even referred to as ‘flaming charisma’ until I saw a certain live performance of ‘The SHINee World’, and then I got it. Minho’s not exactly more charismatic than most off-stage, but sometimes when he gets on it, he just kills it. (Those are also the times when he’s his absolute sexiest self, by the way)
Minho is the rapper of the group, and I fully believe that he is that just because they needed a rapper and he needed a position. Sorry honey, but it’s true, isn’t it? We all know (and so does he) that the reason Minho was put in SHINee from the beginning was because they liked the way he looked. I feel bad for him because of that, because it must hurt to know that, and to know that everyone else knows it too. He said once in some interview that that’s one of the reasons why he works so overly hard, he’s trying to prove that he really does deserve to be there. Doesn’t that just break your heart?
As you might have figured out by my previous statement, I don’t think Minho is a particularly talented rapper. I do think he’s gotten a lot better though, and his raps nowadays don’t bother me at all, and sometimes I even like them. I also really appreciate that he writes so many of his raps himself.
I’ve been screaming at SM (through my computer) for years to let Minho sing more, and now they’re finally paying attention to me! Sure, his voice is still a little untrained, but I’ve always liked his tone (A LOT) so I see potential. And since Taemin’s really improved, isn’t it time to give some of those training resources to Minho?
Dance-wise, he’s steadily in the middle.
Minho’s gorgeous, in a very classical and masculine kind of way. I really like the way he looks, and the more masculinely they style him, the better. Put him in suits, always! He used to be a little too skinny for my taste before, but that’s not a problem anymore.
I’m not sure if this is a thing anymore, but I have to address it anyway. To all the people that say Minho’s worthless and shouldn’t be in SHINee, you can all go fuck yourselves. SHINee would feel empty with the loss of any of the members, and we shawols adore Minho. He’s nowhere near worthless. Yes, he doesn’t really stick out in the dance, singing or rap departments, but he’s still highly useful. You guys have misunderstood something huge about the kpop industry if you underestimate the value of a great visual such as Minho. Sorry for ranting, but this pisses me off, and I had to write at least a little about it.
Birth name: Kim Ki Bum
Stage name: Key
Birthday: September 23, 1991
Official height: 181 cm
Position: Vocalist, Lead Rapper
Comment: Oh you almighty… Welcome back! As I mentioned in my review of Toheart, I’m finally feeling more secure in welcoming Key back to the world of people who can sing! I used to really like his voice in the beginning of his career, but it’s been a hard couple of dark years. But now he’s really back! (I hope) His singing in the songs from last year, was solid and he kept up with Woohyun in Toheart’s songs way better than I expected, so I’m very pleased. The return of the almighty is finally here.
I’ve always liked Key’s way of speaking. He doesn’t sugarcoat his words and he speaks his mind even if many people might not agree. I like to think that I’m like that too, so that plus the fact that we’re both so afraid of heights, makes me feel a little more connected to him.
When it comes to comparing his rap skills to those of main rapper Minho, I think they’re actually on a fairly equal level, though I might give some extra edge to Minho. That might just be because I prefer rappers with darker voices though. Either way, Key is an alright idol rapper, but his rapping isn’t anything special.
Dance wise I’ve always seen him as being second after Taemin, but it feels like it’s been a while since I’ve really payed attention to his dancing. I’m sure he’s still good though.
I love Key’s ability to pull off pretty much anything he or SM throws at him. His hair’s been too many fabulous colors, and despite some awkward stylings, he’s still pulled it off. The way SM styles him isn’t always my cup of tea, but he always makes it look less stupid than it would on anyone else, at least. I’m not a huge fan of his personal style, but it is bold and I commend him for that.
Key has such a cute face. I wouldn’t exactly call it feminine or androgynous, but it is quite young-looking, which gives him a very innocent look a lot of the time. Even though I always find Key attractive, his innocent look makes it very rare for me to find him sexy, but it has happened a few glorious times.
Birth name: Kim Jong Hyun
Stage name: Jonghyun
Birthday: April 8, 1990
Official height: 174 cm (I’m laughing my ass off at all these heights)
Position: Main Vocalist
Comment: This is the one. My ultimate bias, the guy I know I’m destined to be with and perfection in my eyes. Okay, maybe not perfection, but it’s pretty damn close. Jonghyun’s never disappointed me and the more I find out about him, the more I love him. A good example of that would be when he showed his support for the Korean LGBT community not too long ago. Seeing as how Korea is still very backwards when it comes to things like this, and kpop stars are really supposed to be just pretty faces who sing pretty songs, I’m really proud of him for supporting what’s right.
I really like Jonghyun’s personality. I know some people think he’s too loud and obnoxious, but people think that about me too, so that works just fine. He’s really funny as well. I also like the feeling he gives off that he’s very comfortable with his sexuality, I really like that in a man. And in a woman. In everyone really. I mean, what is there to be uncomfortable about?
He possesses one of my absolute favorite voices in kpop, and in the rest of the world of music too. I could listen to him all day, every day.
I think he’s the second worst dancer in SHINee after Onew, but he’s still a good dancer, for sure.
Jonghyun’s pretty much the definition of gorgeous to me. He is cute, handsome and incredibly sexy, all at the same time.
Even though I don’t really care about anyone’s religion (as long as they keep it to themselves), it does feel good to know that he’s an atheist just like me (I know that this isn’t completely confirmed, but I’m going with what pretty much everyone say). It’s just another way for me to feel like we’re meant to be, and don’t you dare try to burst that bubble!
Yeah, well, there’s not really much more I want to write about him right now. BLINGER FOR LIFE!
This just turned into the longest post I’ve ever written, but I guess that makes sense. SHINee’s that group where I’m madly in love with each and every member, even though Jonghyun will forever hold that number one spot. I hope you enjoyed this post even though there wasn’t much of a ranking.
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