We assume if you’re reading this, then you may be on your way to slipping into the diamond life. In simpler terms, you’re interested in stanning Kpop rising stars, Seventeen. Stanning a new group, especially with so many members, can be intimidating but don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! Whether you’re a new Carat or a Carat wanting to brush up on your Seventeen knowledge, this is the right place for you. Here’s all you need to know about Seventeen.
An Introduction To Seventeen
When did Seventeen debut?
Seventeen debuted on May 26, 2015, with their adorably bright song ‘Adore U.’ ‘Adore U’ is the title track on their first mini-album, 17 Carat. Their debut was live broadcasted by MBC days before the album release. 17 Carat became the only rookie group album to chart on Billboard’s “10 Best KPop albums of 2015.”
Who are the Seventeen Members?
What Are The Members’ Real Names and Positions?
S.Coups: Choi Seungcheol (최승철) Leader, Hip-Hop Team Leader, Rapper, Sub-Vocalist
Jeonghan: Yoon Jeonghan (윤정한) Lead Vocalist
Joshua: Hong Jisoo (홍지수) Lead Vocalist
Jun: Wen Junhui ((文俊辉) / Moon Jun Hwi ( 문 준회) Lead Dancer, Sub-Vocalist
Hoshi: Kwon Soonyoung (관순영) Performance Team Leader, Main Dancer, Sub-Vocalist, Sub-Rapper
Wonwoo: Jeon Wonwoo (전원우) Rapper, Sub-Vocalist
Woozi: Lee Jihoon ( 이지훈) Vocal Team Leader, Lead Vocalist, Producer
DK: Lee Seokmin ( 이석민) Main Vocalist
Mingyu: Kim Mingyu ( 김밍규) Rapper, Sub-Vocalist
The8: Xu Minghao (徐明浩) / Seo Myungho ( 서명호) Lead Dancer, Sub-Vocalist, Sub Rapper
Seungkwan: Boo Seungkwan (부승관) Main Vocalist
Vernon: Choi Hansol ( 최한솔) Rapper, Sub-Vocalist
Dino: Lee Chan ( 이찬) Main Dancer, Sub-Vocalist, Sub-Rapper, Maknae
Why Are They Called Seventeen?
Yes, we know they don’t have seventeen members, and they know they don’t have seventeen members; their name has a deeper meaning than the number, guys! Seventeen means 13 members, plus 3 units and 1 team. When you add those numbers together, you get 17. Pretty cool, right?
What Are The Units Of Seventeen?
Although they are one team, Seventeen has three smaller teams within the team that focus on different aspects of music.
Hip-Hop Unit: This unit focuses on Hip-Hop, rap, and more hard-hitting music. They focus on the art of rap and express themselves through the music they make. The members in this unit are S.Coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu, and Vernon.
Vocal Unit: The vocal unit focuses on the angelic voices of Seventeen. This unit usually delivers slower, ballad-like songs. The members of the Vocal unit are Jeonghan, Joshua, DK, Woozi, and Seungkwan.
Performance Unit: This is a unit of the powerhouse dancer of Seventeen. The performance unit creates different genres of music ranging from r&b to dance. The members are Jun, Hoshi, The8, and Dino.
Two special units come out of hiding once every blue moon, the leader unit and BooSeokSoon. The leader unit is a team of leaders from each unit which are S.Coups, Hoshi, and Woozi. This unit doesn’t actively make music for every comeback, but when they do, it is magical. The other unit is the only unit to give us a debut and disbandment song in one go; BookSeokSoon. BooSeokSoon has members Seungkwan, DK, and Hoshi. They have only made one song; hopefully, there is a BSS comeback in the works!
What’s The Meaning Behind The Fandom Name, Carat?
In 2016, Seventeen held a poll for their fandom name. The options were: TinkerBell (How cute!), WISH, TINVELY, SAME, WENNIE, and Carat. The fandom name, CARAT, was announced during Seventeen’s Boys Wish concert. A carat is usually associated with jewels; with Seventeen’s concept at the time revolving around diamonds, Carat was the perfect name. Tinkerbell wouldn’t have been a bad name…
What is the Green Basement?
The green basement is where everything began for Seventeen. In 2013, 17TV aired on a streaming service called UStream, but it’s now found on Youtube. The show took place in Peldis Entertainment’s Shrek-colored green basement. This show followed the then teenage Seventeen members alongside members who didn’t make it to debut with the group. 17TV featured the members growing up, training, and playing around because they were kids, after all. Towards the later seasons, the show began to have small concerts showcasing the members and what they are capable of called Like Seventeen. One of Seventeen’s most iconic memes came out of the green basement; Woozi trying to end Mingyu with his guitar. Truly revolutionary.
What is Caratland?
Every year Seventeen hosts a fan meeting called Caratland. Caratland is more than a regular concert; caratland is the home to unit swaps such as The Vocal team performing Hip-Hop teams’ song ‘ Un Haeng Il Chi.’ Caratland is the place where Seventeen gets to engage with their Carats and have fun. It’s every Carat’s dream to attend Caratland.
Connecting with Seventeen
Do Seventeen have social media?
Luckily Seventeen is active on social media. They have an official Twitter page used by the members and a Twitter page run by staff. They also share a Tiktok account, Facebook page, and Weverse community. Each member owns and operates a personal Instagram account: S.coups, Jeonghan, Joshua, Jun, Hoshi, Wonwoo, Woozi, DK, Mingyu, The8, Seungkwan, Vernon, and Dino.
What content should I watch to get to know Seventeen?
Seventeen has many shows to watch to get to know their hilarious personalities and dynamics as a group.
If you want to start from the very beginning, you can watch 17TV. 17TV follows Seventeen pre-debut as they train to become the Seventeen we love today. Since it’s kind of old, there may not be a lot of HD videos available, but there are episodes on youtube you can enjoy.
SVT Club is a show that is a mixture of a round table talk and a reality show. Seventeen share their insights on the keyword of the week. SVT Club switches back and forth between the discussion and clips of the members doing activities on the topic. It’s a great way to get to know them in a calmer setting.
Inside Seventeen is a behind-the-scenes look at Seventeen. The members take us behind the scenes of various agendas such as photoshoots, tours, and music videos.
IF is a small reality show that only has a couple of episodes, but the episodes are worth it. Each episode features a different set of members playing games, competing in a burger competition, traveling around Korea, and looking back at Seventeen’s career. It’s a short series, but it’s perfect for a new carat.
Going Seventeen is their Variety show in which Seventeen tries out new things every episode. We have seen them fight in a large inflatable obstacle course, betray each other in intense games of mafia, become esports players, and more. Going Seventeen is the perfect look at Seventeen’s chaotic behavior and shows how they’re natural-born comedians.
Inside the fandom
The Carat Dictionary
Carats are a fandom full of inside jokes and phrases that may confuse outsiders looking in. Here are some terms, phrases, and jokes for you so you won’t go through the awkward ” what does that mean?” phases as we did.
Rose Quartz and Serenity: Rose Quartz and Serenity are the official colors of Seventeen. These colors were chosen as Pantone’s color of the year in 2015, the year Seventeen debuted.
Horanghae: Horanghae means ” I Tiger You,” this term was coined by Hoshi (who is wholeheartedly convinced that he is a tiger) and is his way of telling Carats that he loves them…in Hoshi language.
Wooahae: Woohae stems from Woozi’s version of Horanghae. Wooahae can be used in any situation, good or bad, as Woozi uses it at any time a camera is pointed at him. Every member has their own term, but Woohae and Horanghae are the most frequently used among the members.
ShinggiBanggi BboongBboong Banggi: We’re going to be honest here…we don’t know either. Jeonghan wanted to create a popular phrase. It’s a play on Korean words; it’s fun to say out loud. Did you say it out loud? Us too! The saying is supposed to be used when something is amazing. The phrase transcended the fandom as idols from other groups began to say ShinggiBanggi BboongBboong Banggi during their Vlives. Mission accomplished, Jeonghan.
Sebong: This is a shorter way to refer to Seventeen. In Korean, Seventeen is pronounced “Sebeuntin,” and “Sebong” is a shorter version of their name.
Slip into The Diamond Life: This is what you’re doing right now! Slipping into the diamond life is a term that comes from ‘Shining Diamonds,’ a song from Seventeen’s first mini-album. This means you are joining the fandom or becoming a carat.
We hope we covered everything for you! Becoming a Carat should be ten times easier now!