|Position||Leader, Lead Vocalist|
|Also Known As||Leader Onew, Onew Sangtae, Dubu, Tofu|
|Specialties||Singing, Piano, English, Chinese|
Onew was born in the city of Gwangmyeong , Gyeonggi-do. He was discovered at the 2006 S.M. Academy Casting. Onew collaborated with Lee Hyun Ji, former member of the project group Banana Girl, for his song "Vanilla Love" and with label-mate, Jessica of Girls' Generation for the song "Il Nyeon Hu" (One Year Later). Onew also starres in various musicals starting in 2010, debuting in the musical Hyeongjeneun Yonggamhaetda (Brother Were Brave) alongside singer Lee Ji-Hoon. He then starred in the Korean production of Rock Of Ages playing the lead role, Drew.
- Nicknamed “tofu”. “Pure tofu”, “ondubu”, they all refer to him.
- Uses the introduction “I am only you~ Onew” taught to him by Leeteuk and at times, switches to “Hello, my name is Michael Jackson (sincerely)!”
- Feels shy about presenting himself to people, and because of it, he did not dare to participate in auditions. When he was a trainee, everyone else seems to be improving every day, while he seems to be staying stagnant and not improving, that to him is the saddest period of his life up till now.
- When performing on stage for the first time, he could not see anything in front of him, and even forgot the lyrics before going up on stage. But he thought of his parents who were sitting in front of the stage, he thought “Yes, I must look for them”, and thus calmed down gradually.
- The Leader who commits the most mistakes during practices; the Leader who feels responsible for the group and solves problem, the Leader who will just zone out from time to time, the Leader who still stays strong despite sporting swollen, red eyes under the glaring lights, the Leader who cries in the car secretly after getting injured.
- “Rather than saying that I use certain methods to make the sunbaes like me, I am just working hard to be respectful.” It is this thought that accompanies the 90 degree bow every time.
- Infamous NG King. “You just cannot not NG can’t you!” (KEY)
- “Honestly, amongst all of the SHINee members, in the terms of looks, physique, expression…and everything is charismatic and the only phrase to describe the person is ‘near perfection’, that member is — ME!”
- Good in studying, was second in the entire school before. To him, it’s nothing to be very proud of, because everyone has their own strengths that are irreplaceable by others, isn’t it more important to discover that strength and make use of it?
- Onew graduated from an IT high school.
- Because he got curious after hearing that “if there is something heavy on your chest, your thoughts will become heavy too, and you will experience illusions”, so he went to sleep hugging a box, hoping to enter Looks gentle and quiet, but is very ambitious at attempting to be humorous, is always very enthusiastic about trying various methods to hype up the atmosphere behind the scenes. Also possesses the ability to freeze the atmosphere with whatever he says, but there are just once or twice a year when people do feel that he is funny.
- ‘What should you do if you are a victim of the SHINee poison?’
”Onew: Go to the hospital for cure! (Innocently, seriously)
- Can be quite blur at times. “Our album will be released in May (firmly).
Onew: It’s already August now?! Oh then it should be in September... Ah (manager glares at him) No no, it’s in August, end of August…”
- His idea type is something who has character, good personality, is responsible, knows how to cook, looks good in appearance, the hands must be especially pretty, and the most important aspect — it must be a noona! The second revelation is that his ideal type is the girl he has a good impression on at first sight...
- If met with unbearable situations, changes mindset from “I have to do ____ before its fine?” to “It’s just doing _____ then it will be alright” and it will work. Be it heaven or hell, what matters are how you view it.
- Tied his hair with the filigree (the golden strip thing) used to package bread, that was when he was really young, and had really long hair…
- Strong at adapting, when dressing up as a girl for the first time, he felt fascinated and awkward, but after awhile he was able to start dancing sexy dances. If he does changes into a girl? He would probably date Key. Unique, strong personality, very interesting, just like his cup of tea. [OnKey!]
- Does not hide his worry about the possibility of him committing mistakes because he is does not feel capable of it. “Can I do it well?”, “Will it be safe?”, “Will I get into trouble?”, whatever comes to mind he will voice it out, and after that, will feel more daring to continue on.
- Suffers from the “Floundering about” syndrome, will sink into a state of baffling nervousness whenever he does not know how to answer something. When it comes to handling the direction of a conversation, it will be fine if he is not nervous, but once he ends up panicking, he will want to shout “umma”.
- Will wake up early to make roast meat for Taemin, but sleep is also very important, must have a good sleep, eat well and abstain from unhealthy snacks — how else to maintain such a good complexion?
- The most memorable present. The most treasured present, the happiest present received
Onew: Everyone’s love.
How about using this year’s Newcomer Award to repay that?
Onew: That is a precious gift that can only received once in a lifetime, want to receive it, and then, Hehe,not telling you! Did I say that? Eh.
- fan: your soft voice makes my heart comfortable/at ease. The beautiful smile of Onew.
Onew: ah, thank you ^^ if you smile you will be blessed~^^
- One of Onew's nickname is OnTokki (Tokki = Rabbit) because of his front two bunny teeth
- During a fan sign, Onew once suddenly froze, and then told a fan that he forgot how to sign. Then resumed back to signing after a while. ---> LOL
- During a Maybee radio interview, Onew mentioned his parents, then hid his face (probably to hide the fact he's crying) then made a sound before
- Onew's hobby is to Sleep
- Onew-hyung usually smiles a lot and when he was serious, I couldn't stop laughing. (Taemin)
- Onew wants to learn how to draw well.
- Onew likes brushing his teeth for a long time.
- Does Onew-Kun have interest to make people laugh?
- Onew: If we see the happy faces of the fans, we are even happier
- Onew doesn't appear to have any piercings
- Onew drank an energy drink before debut, and said "I feel the power!"
- When he was young he would also bring food from his parents shop to share with his classmates.
- He would always resist and smile despite the pain in front of the camera before the job's finish.
- Onew only succeeded in making his members laugh once or twice a year, however, he constantly does his best without giving up.
- Onew brings a rubix cube around & does it when he's bored.
- Onew brings digestion medicine for himself and the members because there are times where they will feel uncomfortable on the plane
- Onew wears glasses when he practices dancing.
- Onew has two MP3's in his bag because he is afraid that the other one will run of off battery.
- Onew is so sweet and has a great heart. He's beautiful on the outside and in.
- Jonghyun: Onew is the kindest member because he is too kind & has a fragile heart so his doesn't know how to express his inner feelings.
- Jonghyun: Onew is very understanding to us, and has very high leadership qualities and I think he is the most amazing leader I ever had.
- Onew: Jonghyun is always thinking of others silently and take cares of people around him secretly.
- Onew thinks that the kindest member in SHINee is Jonghyun.
- Onew feels that a good guy is someone who is very thoughtful of others.
Matters needing attention: Onew condition: Turning quiet suddenly, not talking to anyone, just sitting there in a daze; committing mistakes in most unlikely and unexpected situations, it is fine that others are baffled and fascinated by it but the main thing is that he does not even know why, muddles up from time to time, for details refer to point 12 above. If any of the above mentioned is committed, it is termed the “Onew condition”.
The X catalyst: Forcefully trying to bring him back into the reality world; questions why he commits such a baffling mistake; and reasoning with him.
The O catalyst: Wait for him to return to earth; laugh along with him. If he falls or trips, silently observe if he is trying to conceal his pain and divert other’s attention from his injury with his smile; take what he says as the final say, do not take it too seriously, since most of the time he commits blunders on what everyone else already know, even if he does not correct it, you will already know the right answer…