I never intended to be a fan of Red Velvet, and I’m still not sure if I am. I mean, I both hate and love their debut song, and “Be Natural” was nice, but didn’t do anything for me, and I haven’t listened to it since it came out. So am I really a fan? I’m not sure. But I did take the time to get the names down, so I guess I do care. Otherwise, why would I have? Maybe it’s just the evil witchcraft of SM.
Birth name: Park Soo Young
Stage name: Joy
Birthday: September 3, 1996
Official height: 163 cm
Position: Maknae, Lead Rapper
Comment: Joy is unbelievably pretty, and her age brings the average down to a more rookie-like level. But besides that, I don’t see much of a point to her. To me, she’s the weakest singer and the most awkward dancer, and the only rapping I’ve heard her do is the talk-singing in “Happiness”, and all of the girls seem to pull that off just fine.
That’s not to say that I in anyway dislike Joy or want her out of the group, I think she’s real cute, and her smile just brightens up the stage. And as long as she doesn’t pull the team down, which she does not, that’s enough for me.
Birth name: Kang Seul Gi
Stage name: Seulgi
Birthday: February 10, 1994
Official height: 162 cm
Position: Main Vocalist, Face of the Group
Comment: I’m confused. Seeing as how it was Wendy that got the big solo adlib thingy in their debut song, I thought she’d be the main vocalist. But I guess not. I also don’t think Seulgi looks like a visual. Not because she isn’t pretty, of course she is, but I just think Irene has more that kind of face.
Seulgi is definitely one of the best two singers, and one of the two best dancers and overall seems to be the most evenly talented in the group. If only she’d been the oldest, then there’d be no question who should be the leader. Seulgi is impressive, but she hasn’t grabbed me just yet.
Birth name: Son Seung Wan
Stage name: Wendy
Birthday: February 21, 1994
Official height: 160 cm
Position: Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Comment: I like Wendy. She’s definitely one of the two strongest, if not the strongest, singers in the group.
Her dancing is sometimes a little awkward, but it’s nothing that bothers me. It does surprise me that she’s the lead dancer and not Seulgi, since Seulgi is certainly the stronger dancer of the two, but oh well.
She’s very pretty, but there’s a bitchiness to her face whenever she does anything with it at all that I just love. It makes her even more likable to me. I’ve always wanted a constant bitch-face, and Wendy, just like Sehun, has that. Damn, I’m jealous.
Birth name: Bae Ju Hyun
Stage name: Irene
Birthday: March 29, 1991
Official height: 161 cm
Position: Leader, Main Rapper, Main Dancer
Comment: Irene is beyond stunning. Just look at that picture of her, and feel the gorgeousness burn through your soul. She’s not a very strong singer, but there’s a sweetness to her voice that I really quite like. So far she’s done no rapping that I classify as actual rapping, but her talk-singing is quite good. She’s a very capable dancer, and there’s a grace to her that I wish I possessed.
When it comes to pure talent, I don’t think Irene is the most gifted. But she has something the others haven’t shown me: charm. She’s messed up, she’s been awkward and she’s made me laugh. And I haven’t had to follow them on variety shows or whatever to see that, it’s just that obvious. And I adore her for that.
Vote for your favorite member in the poll, and let me know what you think about Red Velvet as a group in the comments!