5 rookie Japanese K-pop idols grabbing the spotlight, from Lesserafim’s Kazuha and Kep1er’s Hikaru and Mashiro, to Billlie’s Tsuki and Ive’s Rei
1. Billlie’s Tsuki
Debuting in November 2021, Tsuki went viral earlier this year for her many facial expressions on the group’s comeback song GingaMingaYo (The Strange World). Thanks to a fancam made of her comical gestures in the music video, Tsuki caught the attention of over eight million netizens from the post alone and rapidly grew in fame.
Since her explosion in popularity, the ex-SM Entertainment trainee has been invited on popular variety shows such as MMTG and Workman on YouTube.
2. Ive’s Rei
Besides her independent success, her group also received 13 music show wins for their debut track Eleven.
3. Kep1er’s Hikaru
Fans of Girls Planet 999 will recognise Hikaru, as she was a contestant who made a strong first impression with her cover performance of Blackpink’s Boombayah – it has more than 13.8 million views as of writing, and counting.
4. Lesserafim’s Kazuha
In addition, a fancam of Kazuha performing to the group’s heir debut song Fearless garnered over 1.5 million views on YouTube – could she very well be K-pop’s latest “It” girl?
5. Kep1er’s Mashiro
Before her appearance on Girls Planet 999, Mashiro was already known by K-pop fans as the ex-JYP Entertainment trainee who previously trained with girl group Itzy. Though she didn’t end up making her debut with the group, she proved her skills through an audition programme, and made her K-pop dream come true by debuting with Kep1er.
During her time on the show, Mashiro impressed viewers with her powerful vocals on a rock version of Itzy’s Mafia In The Morning, which has over 7.6 million views. Alongside bandmate Hikaru, Mashiro is also taking part in Queendom 2.
- A fancam of Tsuki – showing her funny facial expressions from Billlie’s comeback song – went viral, while Ive’s Rei already has a solo endorsement from beauty brand Bonajour
- Kep1er’s Hikaru and Mashiro both starred on reality TV show Girls Planet 999 – the former got famous from her cover of Blackpink’s Boombayah, while the latter trained with Itzy