Though we had heard about the previous group 5WHO in which Sang Hyun had been part of in the earlier days, there had been very little information about it. There were times when Sang Hyun himself had mentioned this group and we have seen a few pictures of the other members but we still do not know much about them.
So it comes as a pleasant surprise when Korean actor Go Se Won revealed that he was one of the members of 5WHO on the recent talks shows, JTBC’s Chuseok Special ‘Same Age Friend’ (동갑내기) broadcast on 8th September and on MBC’s Radio Star (황금어장 라디오스타) on 10th September.
A 3 minute highlight of this episode on the MBC variety show ‘Radio Star’
According to Go Se Won, Sang Hyun was the group leader and lead vocalist and they had been training seriously together for 2 years with the aim of making their debut as a 4 member idol group. Their role model at that time was the British boy band Blue. But it was with much regret that their plans fell though in the end and their group debut did not happen.
When asked for the reason, Go Se Won mentioned that since Sang Hyun was shooting some CFs, he had started to relax and was acting more on his own. Though he had no ill feelings towards Sang Hyun, much regret remains. And as to their current relationship, he says they have lost contact.
It feels kind of sad to me that their dream of forming an idol group did not come true. I believe it was as much Sang Hyun’s dream too to debut as a singer as he had mentioned before. How would it have been if he had stuck to that path and did not take up acting? As we know, acting wasn’t his first love and he did not have much interest in it in the beginning. It was only after much struggle and hard work, and due to his family circumstances that he made up his mind to take acting seriously.
From some of the articles I had searched on 5WHO, there was mention that their planned debut was in the Fall of 2006. Sang Hyun had started acting in his first drama ‘Marrying A Millionaire’ at the end of 2005 and had also sung the OST “Sarang Haet Suht Suh’ (사랑했었어) for the drama Princess Lu Lu (August 2005). So this would be the song he had sung during his time with 5WHO.
Some of the Korean media articles in which Sang Hyun had mentioned the group 5WHO:
With the group being active back in 2005, I had not expected to find much on 5WHO as their official site would probably have ceased. So it was with pleasant surprise that the site under Cafe Daum had not been removed though it had ceased its updates since November 2005 when it moved to another site.
To see Sang Hyun’s pic album from 2005, click on the 3rd link at the top with the words 이미지 보기
Another fan site for X5 with a picture of Sang Hyun with 2 members, Go Se Won and Choi Won Jun and which had a congratulatory message for the group’s 1st anniversary on 2nd August 2006. That would mean the group had formed in August 2005.
As I was looking for previous news, I came across an article above which really touched me. The unexpected gesture by his fan group Cafe who had turned up with food support during the filming of ‘Marrying A Millionaire’ had so moved Sang Hyun that it had made him teared up. This was the first time he had received such a gift of love from his fans during filming and he had never expected something like this to happen for him. In fact, he had thought at first that this food support was meant for other actors.
So this love and support from his fans was something he really treasure ….. whether from the past, present or in future.