8 Korean stars being discharged from the military soon, from Exo’s Suho and BtoB’s Sungjae, to Hyunsik and Block B’s Zico – but will their bands make a comeback too?
These are some of the Korean celebrities who we look forward to seeing on our screens again in the next few months.
BtoB’s Sungjae and Hyunsik (November 14)
But the remaining members persevered: they showed their talent in the TV competition show Kingdom: Legendary War and released the special album “4U: Outside” in August, leaving fans optimistic about further full-group activities once Sungjae and Hyunsik return.
Winner’s Jinu and Hoony (December 31 and January 15)
Jinu, vocalist of four-member boy group Winner, was the first to enlist in his group. The 30-year-old enlisted on April 2, 2020, right before the release of the group’s third studio album “Remember”, and is welcoming the new year with his discharge on December 31, according to Jazmine Media.
Fellow Winner member, 28-year-old Hoony, who enlisted on April 16, 2020, is also expected to return on January 15.
Full-group activities should resume once all four members have completed their military duties – and the future is looking bright as all members recently renewed their contracts with YG Entertainment in August 2021.
Woo Do-hwan (January 5)
Vixx’s Ken (January 5)
Boy group Vixx member, 29-year-old Ken, will be discharged on the same day as Woo after enlisting on the same day as well. But since then, members Ravi, N and Hongbin chose not to renew their contracts with Vixx’s agency, Jellyfish Entertainment. N signed with 51k and continued with the group. Apart from N and Ravi’s solo activities, the group has remained quiet, making full-group activities in the future uncertain.
Zico (early 2022)
However, Zico’s career as a soloist took off, particularly after the release of his hit single Any Song in 2020. The rapper has seen global success and fans have been looking forward to his future musical endeavours.
Exo’s Suho (February 13)
The leader of boy group Exo returns on February 13, 2022, after enlisting on May 14, 2020, according to Jazmine Media. Like Zico, Suho also debuted as a soloist before his enlistment, releasing his EP “Self-Portrait” in March 2020. The remaining members of the group released the special album “Don’t Fight the Feeling” in June and, despite being in the military, Suho showed his support for the album on Instagram. Though full-group activities have been on pause as almost half the members have been enlisted, we can look forward to solo and subunit activities as members slowly return.
- Vixx’s Ken and The King: Eternal Monarch star Woo Do-hwan, who’s currently in talks to star in Netflix original Hunting Dogs, will be released on the same day
- Winner’s Jinu, who enlisted right before the release of K-pop album ‘Remember’, and fellow boy group member Hoony, will be let out in December and January