Momo (Korean: 모모; Japanese: モモ) is a Japanese singer under JYP Entertainment. She is the main dancer of the girl group TWICE.

Career

2015: SIXTEEN, TWICE, controversy

On May 5, 2015, she became a contestant on JYP's newest survival show, SIXTEEN. Unfortunately, on epsiode 6, she was eliminated for her relatively weak vocals, compared to the other trainees. However, based on a unanimous decision, JYP, along with the trainers and the A&R team, bought her back and included her in the final line-up.[2] They officially debuted on October 20, 2015 with their first mini album, The Story Begins.

Controversy arose as fans became skeptical of the motivations behind this decision. Later, a representative from JYPE stated that "Momo is exceptional in dance and performance. We believed that she will be a great addition to really complete TWICE."[3][4]

The following day after the final episode, JYPE released a short statement about the addition of Tzuyu and Momo into the final lineup of the group: "We apologize for failing to clearly communicate the selection process, and we'd like to explain it in detail once again. The condition to be chosen as a final member was the votes made by the audience and viewers. However, leading up to the final episode, we thought that the seven members selected officially may leave something to be desired. So, in addition to the seven, we decided that one member would be added solely from viewer's opinions (Tzuyu) and one from solely Park Jin Young's opinion (Momo)."[5]

2016: Hit the Stage

On June 24, a representative of Mnet released a statement confirming Momo's appearances on Mnet's newest survival show, Hit the Stage, as a contestant.[6]

Personal life

Relationship

On January 1, 2020, local news source Market News reported that Momo and Super Junior's Heechul were dating. Later that day, the reports were confirmed by both agencies.[7]

Writing credits

Year Artist Song Album Type
2018 TWICE "Shot Thru The Heart" Summer Nights Writing
2019 "Hot" Fancy You
"Love Foolish" Feel Special
"21:29"

Filmography

Reality shows

Music video appearances

Trivia

  • She has an older sister called Hana.[9]
  • Momo was scouted by JYP Entertainment after they saw a dance video of her and her older sister. She passed the audition on April 13, 2012. However, her sister did not make it.[10]
  • Momo loves food and her favorite dish is jokbal.[11]
  • The name Momo means 'peach' in Japanese, so sometimes she is referred to as such.[citation needed]
  • Momo is petrified of heights, rollercoasters, and needles.[citation needed]
  • Despite being allergic to dogs, Momo has 3 dogs: Petco, Pudding, and Lucky.[12]
  • Momo loves mayonnaise and fizzy drinks, but she hates melon and cucumber.[13]
  • In Gallup Korea's annual music poll which interviews 1,500 people between the ages 13–29, Momo was voted the 20th most popular idol in 2018.[14]
  • She was nominated for "The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2020".[15]
  • Her MBTI personality is INFP-T (mediator), which is the same as Chaeyoung.[16]

Gallery

Main article: Momo/Gallery

References

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