The Dream Academy has successfully assembled KATSEYE, a new girl group that’s taking the music world by storm. Comprising six uniquely talented members from different countries, KATSEYE becomes a melting pot of cultures and talents. Let’s meet these six members who form the heart of KATSEYE.
The Journey of KATSEYE, from Audition to Finale
After an intense competition resembling a reality show, HYBE and Geffen Records have unveiled the final members for their new project, “The Debut: Dream Academy.” The global competition saw 20 aspiring artists from different countries, including the United States, Thailand, the Philippines, and Brazil, competing to be in a new six-member girl group. Inspired by the Kpop training model, the show used fan votes and expert opinions to narrow the contestants to 10.
Over recent weeks, these talented young artists showcased their singing, dancing, and performance skills. In the grand finale held in Los Angeles, the final 10 were divided into three groups, each performing new songs. The combination of early and live votes, along with expert assessments, decided the final lineup.
The series finale, aired on HYBE’s YouTube channel, announced the group members: Daniela, Yoonchae, Lara, Sophia, Manon, and Megan. These members bring a mix of cultural backgrounds, representing the United States, South Korea, Switzerland, and the Philippines. The group’s name, KATSEYE, was also revealed during the announcement.
Meanwhile, Bang Si-hyuk, the Chairman of HYBE, expressed pride in this unique collaboration between HYBE and Geffen Records. He praised the efforts of all the participants and conveyed high hopes for KATSEYE’s future, anticipating their global influence and success.
“This has been a long journey and an unprecedented collaboration between HYBE and Geffen. We are very proud of the results and of all the contestants who joined us in this project. We wish KATSEYE much success as we are sure they will inspire fans across the globe.”Bang Si-hyuk, HYBE Chairman
Engaging with Fans and Future Plans
KATSEYE fans can follow the group’s updates on Weverse, HYBE’s fan engagement platform. Although various songs were performed throughout the show, fans eagerly await the release of the group’s official introductory song. As part of HYBE, KATSEYE joins a family of renowned acts like BTS and SEVENTEEN.
The group is now focusing on their upcoming album, set to release in 2024. Fans got a glimpse of their music with three songs performed in the finale, now available on YouTube.
The creation and journey of KATSEYE will be showcased in a Netflix documentary series, expected to release in summer 2024. This documentary, directed by the Emmy-nominated Nadia Hallgren and produced in collaboration with HYBE, Interscope Films, and Boardwalk Pictures, will offer an inside look into the making of the group.
KATEYES Members Profile
Sophia (1st Place)
Stage Name: Sophia (소피아)
Birth Name: Sophia Elizabeth G. Laforteza
Nickname: Sophie, Fifi, Sopheezy
Birthday: December 31, 2002
MBTI Type: ENFP
Lara (2nd Place)
Stage Name: Lara (라라)
Birth Name: Lara Rajagopalan
Birthday: November 3, 2005
MBTI Type: ESTP-A
Nationality: American (ethnically Indian)
Yoonchae (3rd Place)
Stage Name: Yoonchae (윤채)
Birth Name: Jeong Yoonchae (정윤채)
Nickname: 브루니 (Bruni), 마시멜로우 (Marshmallow), and 정육면체 (Cube)
Birthday: December 6, 2007
MBTI Type: ESTP
Megan (4th Place)
Stage Name: Megan (메간)
Birth Name: Megan Meiyok Skiendie
Nickname: Meiyok (美 玉)
Birthday: February 10, 2006
MBTI Type: ISTP
Nationality: American (ethnically Chinese, Singaporean)
Daniela (5th Place)
Stage Name: Daniela (다니엘라)
Birth Name: Daniela Avanzini
Birthday: July 1, 2004
MBTI Type: ENFJ-A
Nationality: American (ethnically Venezuelan and Cuban)
Manon (6th Place)
Stage name: Manon (마농)
Birth Name: Meret Manon Bannerman
Birthday: June 26, 2002
MBTI Type: ENFJ
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