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Wendy (웬디) is a South Korean singer under SM Entertainment. She is the main vocalist of the girl group Red Velvet and a member of the female unit GOT the beat.

She made her solo debut on April 5, 2021 with the mini album Like Water.[1]

Career

Pre-debut

Wendy auditioned for Cube Entertainment in 2011 through the Koreaboo's Global Online Auditions. She was then picked as one of the fifteen finalists and traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to compete in the final round which she was not the winner.[2] According to Yang Hyun Suk, Wendy also auditioned for YG Entertainment, but was not accepted.[3] Wendy was accepted into SM Entertainment in 2012 when she accompanied a friend to the S.M. Global Audition. She didn't intend to audition, but spontaneously went since her friend was planning on auditioning.[4][5]

2014–present: SMROOKIES, Red Velvet, Solo activities

On March 19, 2014, she was revealed as a trainee under SMROOKIES.[6]

She debuted as a member of Red Velvet on August 1, 2014 with the group's first digital single "Happiness".

On January 9, 2016, Wendy joined the panelists for We Got Married and announced she would be joining the team as a new panelist. [7] Wendy went on the MBC variety show King of Mask Singer on January 25, 2016, where she went under the name, Space Beauty Maetel.[8] Wendy was one of the fixed planeists for the KBS2's variety show, Trick & True which aired from October 25, 2016 to February 8, 2017.[9][10] On February 22, 2018, SK Telecom unveiled "Holobox" which featured Wendy as one of the AI voice assistant speaker and an interactive holographic avatar.[11] On July 21, 2018, she alongside Seulgi was on the special 100th episode of KBS's variety show Battle Trip.[12] Wendy went on King of Mask Singer on October 20 and October 27, 2019, where she went under the name, Green Witch.[13]

Following her injury at 2019's SBS Gayo Daejeon, she was on indefinite hiatus from all group activities. On March 20, 2020, the production team for MBC's radio show, 'Listen to a Books' announced that Wendy would be reading the 'Alice in Wonderland' story on April 12.[14] Wendy was casted for the role of Poppy in the animated film of the Korean dubbed version of "Trolls: World Tour" which premiered in theaters on April 29, 2020.[15] On August 19, 2020, SM Entertainment released a statement stating that Wendy will be participating in the group's promotional activities at a level that does not strain her.[16] JTBC and SM C&C STUDIO revealed that Wendy would be one of the MC's for their new music talk show Mysterious Record Shop which began airing in January 2021.[17]

On March 10, 2021, SM Entertainment announced that Wendy would be making her solo debut in April.[18] On March 24, 2021, a teaser photo was released, confirmed that she would be releasing her first mini album, Like Water, on April 5.[1]

On July 1, a representative from SBS announced that Wendy was selected to be the new DJ for their radio show Young Street.[19]

On December 27, 2021 she was revealed as being one of the members for the first unit, GOT the beat to the project group Girls On Top.[20] The unit debuted on January 3, 2022 with the digital single, "Step Back".

On June 10, 2022, Wendy was revealed to be one of the guests for Kwon Eun Bi's Kwon Eun Bi 1st Concert "Secret Doors". She will be attending on June 19, 2022.[21]

Personal life

Health

On December 25, 2019, Wendy fell from a stage while rehearsing for a solo performance at the annual SBS Gayo Daejeon. She suffered serious injuries to her pelvis, wrist and cheek. SBS later issued an apology and has begun an internal investigation into the cause of the accident.[22][23] On April 3, 2020, SM Entertainment gave an update on Wendy and revealed that she had been discharged from the hospital and that she has recovered significantly, but she is still receiving outpatient treatment. [24]

Discography

Mini albums

Digital singles

Collaborations

Features

OSTs

Concerts

Concert participation

  • Kwon Eun Bi 1st Concert "Secret Doors" (2022)

Filmography

Film

  • SMTOWN: The Stage (2015)
  • Trolls World Tour (2020)

Television dramas

  • Descendants of the Sun (KBS, 2016) - Cameo, Episode 16

Variety shows

  • 100 People, 100 Songs (JTBC, 2015) - Contestant
  • We Got Married (MBC, 2015-2016) - Panelist
  • King of Mask Singer (MBC, 2016) - As "Space Beauty Maetel", Episode 43
  • Trick & True (KBS, 2016-2017) - Fixed panelist
  • Raid the Convenience Store (tvN, 2017) - Host, Trial Programming
  • K-Rush (KBS, 2017) - Host, Episodes 1-4
  • Battle Trip (KBS, 2018) - Episodes 100-103
  • King of Mask Singer (MBC, 2019) - As "Green Witch", Episodes 225-226
  • Mysterious Record Shop (JTBC,2021) - Host

Radio shows

  • Young Street (SBS Power FM, 2021-present) - DJ

Producing & writing credits

Artist Song Album Type
2019
Ellie Goulding, Diplo

& Red Velvet

"Close To Me (Red Velvet Remix)" N/A Writing[25]

Endorsements

On November 23, 2018, it was revealed that Wendy alongside fellow Red Velvet member Irene were selected as the new models for Dongwon YangBan Rice Porridge.[26] On December 31, 2020, L'Occitane Korea announced their "Be Happy, Smile Again" campaign which revealed Wendy as their new muse.[27] On March 25, 2021, it was announced that Wendy would be the new endorser for Pond's Thailand.[28]

  • Dongwon YangBan Rice Porridge (with Irene) (2018)
  • L'Occitane Korea (2020)
  • Pond's Thailand (2021)

Awards and nominations

Year Recipient Award Won
Korea First Brand Awards
2022 Wendy Radio DJ Won[29]

Trivia

  • She tried out for Cube Entertainment before making it as a trainee at SM Entertainment in 2012.[30]
  • She trained for approximately 2 years under SM.[31]
  • She became fluent in Korean and English while living in Canada, and has also learned to speak some Spanish and French.[32]
  • As of May 14, 2021, she is a member of the Community Chest of Korea’s Honor Society for donating over 100 million won to the charity.[33]

Gallery

Main article: Wendy/Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Red Velvet on Twitter: WENDY 웬디 The 1st Mini Album Like Water 2021.04.05. 6PM KST (March 24, 2021)
  2. Koreaboo: Here’s How Each Red Velvet Member Was Discovered, And Signed To SM
  3. Soompi: Watch: Yang Hyun Suk Says He Regrets Missing Out On Park Bo Gum, Rain, And More In New “YG Treasure Box” Preview
  4. (KR) Sports Chosun: '한끼줍쇼' 레드벨벳 웬디 "친구 따라갔다가 오디션에 합격했다"
  5. Soompi:Red Velvet’s Seulgi And Wendy Talk About Auditioning And Training At SM Entertainment
  6. Soompi: SMRookies Introduces Wendy with Cover of Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now”
  7. (KR) My Daily: 레드벨벳 웬디, '우결' MC 합류…초아는 하차
  8. The Korea Herald: Wendy overcomes stage fright on “King of Mask Singer”
  9. Allkpop: Red Velvet's Irene and Wendy will be a part of new KBS show, 'Trick and True!'
  10. (KR) Naver: 레드벨벳 아이린·웬디, '트릭 앤 트루' 고정패널 합류
  11. Aju Daily: Red Velvet's Wendy becomes holographic avatar inside AI assistant speaker
  12. (KR) Naver: (단독) '배틀트립', 레드벨벳 슬기X웬디 첫 출격..오스트리아 우정 여행
  13. Soompi: Main Vocalist Of Quirky Girl Group Slays On “The King Of Mask Singer”
  14. Koreaboo: Red Velvet’s Wendy To Soothe Hearts And Souls With Her Appearance On “Listen To Books”
  15. Soompi: Red Velvet’s Wendy And SF9’s Rowoon To Lend Their Voices To The Korean Dub Of “Trolls: World Tour”
  16. Soompi: SM Entertainment Confirms Wendy’s Partial Return To Red Velvet’s Activities Following Hiatus
  17. (KR) Herald Corp: 윤종신-장윤정-규현-웬디, 新음악 토크쇼 '신비한 레코드샵' MC 확정..1월 첫방(공식)
  18. Soompi: Red Velvet’s Wendy Confirmed To Be Preparing For Solo Debut
  19. Soompi: Red Velvet’s Wendy Shares Excitement After Being Confirmed As New DJ Of “Young Street”
  20. [https://twitter.com/GirlsOnTop_SM/status/1475119210997194752 @GirlsOnTop_SM on Twitter (December 27, 2021)
  21. @KWONEUNBI on Twitter (June 10, 2022)
  22. Billboard: Red Velvet's Wendy Suffers Serious Injuries After Falling During Rehearsal: Reports
  23. Soompi: SBS Issues Official Apology To Red Velvet’s Wendy + States They Have Begun Internal Investigation
  24. Soompi: SM Confirms Red Velvet’s Wendy Has Been Discharged From Hospital + Shares Recovery Update
  25. (KR) Heraldpop: 레드벨벳, 'Close To Me' 리믹스 오늘(5일) 공개…엘리 굴딩 콜라보
  26. (KR) News1: 동원F&B, 레드벨벳 아이린·웬디 신규모델 발탁
  27. (KR) Newsis: 록시땅, 레드벨벳 웬디와 함께 행복한 새해 맞으세요
  28. (TH) YouTube: เซรั่มผิวโกลว์ใส 3D ที่ไอดอลเกาหลีใช้ การันตีความปังด้วย เวนดี้ Red Velvet 🎀💖
  29. Soompi: Winners Of 2022 Korea First Brand Awards
  30. Koreaboo: Here’s How Each Red Velvet Member Was Discovered, And Signed To SM
  31. Kpopped: Know more about SM Entertainment’s Red Velvet!
  32. Koreaboo: Red Velvet’s Wendy Reveals How She Learned to Speak 4 Languages
  33. Soompi: Red Velvet’s Wendy Joins Community Chest Of Korea’s Honor Society

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