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Jeon Somi (전소미), also known simply as Somi, is a Korean-Canadian singer-songwriter under The Black Label. She is a former member of the project girl groups I.O.I, Unnies and Girls Next Door.

She made her solo debut on June 13, 2019 with the digital single "Birthday".



In May 2015, she participated in the reality survival show SIXTEEN. She was eliminated in the final episode after achieving 9th place.[1]

2016: Produce 101 and I.O.I

In 2016, she participated in Mnet's survival television show, Produce 101 as a trainee representing JYP Entertainment. She finished the survival in first place, becoming the center of the girl group I.O.I.[2]

On May 4, 2016, the group debuted with the mini album Chrysalis, and its title track, "Dream Girls".

From October 2016 to April 2017, Somi along with UP10TION's Wooshin were the hosts for the sixth season of the music show The Show.

2017: Unnies, Girls Next Door, solo activities

After the disbandment of I.O.I on January 29, Somi signed an official artist contract with JYP Entertainment, meaning she would be able to pursue solo activities and brand endorsements until her official debut.

Later, on February 10, she joined the second season of the variety show, Sister's Slam Dunk, and debuted as a member of their special girl group Unnies in May 2017.

Somi then went onto being cast in the reality-drama show, Idol Drama Operation Team in May 2017, as a representative of I.O.I. She played the role of high school student named Bo-ram, and then later became part of a special girl group named Girls Next Door formed by her fellow cast members in July 2017.

2018: New label

On August 20, 2018, it was announced that Somi left JYP Entertainment,[3] and confirmed to have joined YG Entertainment's sub-label The Black Label on September 23, 2018.[4] In late November, it was reported that Somi was working on new music with the goal of making a solo debut in March 2019. It was later scheduled for May 1, then delayed to late May, and finally for June 13.[5][5][6][7]

2019: "Birthday", I.O.I reunion

Finally, on June 13, Somi debuted as a soloist with the digital single album "Birthday". On music shows, she also performed the other track, "Outta My Head".

Main article: Planned I.O.I reunion

2020: I Am Somi & "What You Waiting For"

On March 28, Somi's first solo reality series titled I Am Somi began airing on The Black Label's YouTube channel.[8]

On July 14, she announced she would be making a comeback with a single titled "What You Waiting For".[9]

2021: "Dumb Dumb" & XOXO

On July 22, she announced the release of her single "Dumb Dumb".[10]

On September 30, she teased her upcoming album titled XOXO.[11] On October 14, Somi confirmed she would be making a comeback with her first full-length at the end of the month.[12] XOXO was released on October 29 with "XOXO" serving as the album's title track.

Personal life


On February 7, 2020, she graduated from Hanlim Arts School.[13]


Studio albums

Digital singles




Reality shows

Music video appearances


  • CJ Alaska Salmon (2016)
  • Elite Uniforms (2017)
  • Sudden Attack (2017)
  • Special Soldier (2017)
  • Jambangee jeans (2017)
  • American Tourister (2017)
  • Fanta (2017–2019)
  • Reebok Classic (2017–2018)
  • Skoolooks (2017–2018)
  • GIVERNY (2018)
  • NUOVO (2019)
  • BCCard (2019)
  • Shiseido Korea (2019)
  • Alba Heaven (2019)
  • United Colors of Benetton Korea (2021)

Producing and writing credits

  • All credits adapted from KOMCA, unless stated.[14]
Artist Song Album Type
Herself "Outta My Head" "Birthday" Writing
"Birthday" Composing
Herself "What You Waiting For" "What You Waiting For" Writing
Herself "Dumb Dumb" "Dumb Dumb" Writing
"Don't Let Me Go"
"Watermelon" Writing

Awards and nominations

Year Recipient Award Won
Golden Disc Awards
2022 Jeon Somi Best Performance Won[15]
Korea First Brand Awards
2022 Jeon Somi Female Solo Artist Won[16]


  • Somi, like her father, is a taekwondo black belt holder. She holds a third-degree black belt, but could not gain the fourth-degree black belt due to her being too young.[citation needed]
  • Somi was bullied as a child for being of mixed descent.[citation needed]
  • Somi can speak Korean and English fluently.[citation needed]
  • Including both SIXTEEN and Produce 101, she had trained for 2 years.[2]
  • During the production of Produce 101, she received the nickname "Vitamin" due to her beagle-like personality.[1][2]
  • She has a younger sister named Evelyn.
  • She is good friends with Eunbin, Joo E, Gaeul, and Chaeyoung.[17][18]
  • Somi is a fan of 2NE1, BIGBANG, BTS, SEVENTEEN and more.
  • She is extremely extroverted. Her MBTI personality type is ENFP.[19]
  • On September 3, 2019, pre-debut profile photos of ITZY leaked on the internet, and something caught the eye of netizens. The photos did not include member Yuna, but Somi, which indicates that she was included in the group's line-up, but was replaced by Yuna when she left the company.[20][21]
  • She was nominated for "The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2020".[22]


Main article: Jeon Somi/Gallery


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