Are Yujin and Wonyoung responsible for IVE's success? Fans say: 'It's true!'

K-pop fans think former IZ*ONE members Ahn Yujin and Jang Wonyoung are the reason behind IVE’s global popularity


                            Are Yujin and Wonyoung responsible for IVE's success? Fans say: 'It's true!'
Knetz discuss how Ahn Yujin and Jang Wonyoung are the reason behind Starship Entertainment group IVE's success (@ivestarship/Instagram)

Being part of a former girl group definitely has its perks and former members of IZ*ONE are proof of just this. Fans of the rookie girl groups from the fourth generation of K-pop have been enjoying recent debuts from groups like aespa, VIVIZ, NMIXX, IVE, Kep1er, and Le Sserafim but the fact that some of these rookie groups have former idols of now-disbanded groups in their lineup seems to be the reason why these "rookies" have made a mark. In an article that was released on the online forum, Nate Pann, it was revealed that there were five reasons why the Starship Entertainment girl group IVE was killing it in the K-pop industry and the first and foremost reason did not seem very shocking to fans.

The article stated that former IZ*ONE members Yujin and Wonyoung’s popularity was the reason why IVE had been a success ever since the girl group made their debut. From the offset, IVE had been one of the much anticipated K-pop debuts with a lot of eyes set on what the girl group had set for their future. Much to the surprise of everyone in the K-pop industry, IVE went above and beyond with their debut and their songs became overnight success’ soon after they were released. IVE soon became bagged the most number of music show wins with their debut single, ‘Eleven’ among all K-pop girl groups in history which were one of their first big records. Many other accolades have followed ever since.

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K-pop fans claim Yujin and Wonyoung behind IVE's success

All this newfound success for the girl group has K-pop fans trying to pinpoint the reason for their popular appeal and all fingers pointed to former IZ*ONE members Yujin and Wonyoung. Their popularity ahead of their debut with IVE helped immensely. Fans believe that Ahn Yujin and Jang Wonyoung combined charm brought in many WIZ*ONE’s (fans of the now-disbanded girl group IZ*ONE) as they moved with the idols on their new journey with IVE. On the other hand, Wonyoung’s visuals also went viral immediately after she was introduced as a member of IVE with fans comparing her to Blackpink’s Jennie.

The article also spoke about how all members of IVE have the potential of being visuals while their songs are also well composed with good backing concepts. The article had fans talking about IVE’s success as one fan said, “Seriously if not for Yujin and Wonyoung, they would've never achieved the success.” Another fan countered, “It's hard to get the general public's interest if you don't have a good song.” One more fan added, “First of all, they already have 2 popular members. And what's more important is their songs and concept. I never heard Eleven entirely but this time, their song was way too good so I went and searched it up, I even like their choreography so I fell for them even more.” One fan said, “I'm a muggle but I think that Jang Wonyoung's game + good song were the biggest factors.”

One more fan said, “Wonyoung's presence and Ahn Yujin being a leader was a good choice.” Another fan agreed, “It's true, everyone will be curious about ive because there are 2 members of the iz* group, that's undeniable, but after finding out more about ive they will fall deeper into the other members, all members have unique characteristics even us confused and amazed by the talent they have both individually and as a group, surprised because they actually managed to achieve all the records and awards at a relatively young age of the group, 5 months, not denying that Roty 2022 will be brought home by ive, true.”

One more fan said, “It’s simple. First, they’re have 2 popular members & people getting high expectations of the group. So when all members profile reveal in public, this group immediately became talk in the town bcs of their visual & heights.”

Fans discuss IVE's popularity (natepann)

Fans discuss IVE's popularity (natepann)
Fans discuss IVE's popularity (natepann)

Fans discuss IVE's popularity (natepann)
Fans discuss IVE's popularity (natepann)