Taetiseo is a new group, but it’s already bombed the scene and become the talk of the town. This is because although it’s a new group, it’s the first unit from Girls’ Generation (SNSD), the globally renowned K-Pop group. The power of the three members, Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun, pushed the group into the Billboard 200 chart, helped it top the World Album Chart and also had it come in second on the Heatseekers Album Chart.
On May 3, just before its first music show performance as a unit, the Taetiseo members appeared as guests in the live broadcast of Mnet’s Wide Entertainment News held in the Open Studio of CJ EM Center. The members boasted their teamwork as SNSD members, and gave witty answers to the questions asked by the MCs, Lee Sol Ji and Hong Jong Hyun. Enews dropped in for a visit on the friendly scene.
Why was the unit simply named Taetiseo?
When the name of SNSD’s first unit was announced, many thought it curious on why, out of all the names available, SNSD had chosen to simply take the first few letters off of the members’ names and stick them together for the group’s name. To this, a rep from the group’s agency said, “The SNSD units aren’t fixed, and the member compositions will change based on the concept of the music. As such, we didn’t want to confuse the public, and we chose to put together the first letters from the members’ names so that the group name would be easy to remember.”
What did the Taetiseo members have to say to this? Taeyeon gave a short laugh at the unexpected question, but then started, “We tried to think up a creative name, but we couldn’t think of anything unique.”
Tiffany added, “We put down the first few letters from the members’ names when we jot down our schedules in the SNSD schedule calendar. For example, we write ‘Saturday music show MC, Tae, Ti, Seo’. We kept saying Taetiseo, and that stuck as our name.”
What do the members think of themselves?
There are three members in Taetiseo, and not one of them overlaps in style and image. What do the three members think each of their charms are? What’s shown in the music video for the group’s new single Twinkle seem to serve as hints.
Taeyeon, who watched a scene from the music video, said, “My clothes are a bit bright. I’m the only one that reveals her belly, so that makes it look brighter.” About her cute image, Tiffany said, “Whenever I’m with Seohyun I want to be like a big sister, but it’s come to this. (Laugh) I like pink, so I think maybe that’s why I look [cuter].”
Seohyun, the youngest member of Taetiseo and SNSD, looked more mature than the older members in the music video. “We tried many new things. Although I’m the youngest, a lot of people say that I look more mature because I’m tall,” Seohyun said. To this Tiffany added, “She has such a nice body. Even when she’s covering everything up like she is now, she looks stylish and sexy.”
Will Taetiseo be going overseas?
After touching on how they were doing, the members delved in to the Talk Bingo section, in which they had to answer questions in order to complete a line on a giant bingo board.
Tiffany said she had trademark “smiling eyes,” and when asked about her ideal type, she said she liked “bad boys.”
“Actually, I said bad boys were my ideal type in our early days. These days, I haven’t thought much about ideal types. I just liked the evil characters that appear in the movies when I was little,” she explained.
After watching a clip from a surprise birthday party Seohyun’s Japanese fans held on her birthday, the members were asked whether they had any plans to promote in Japan. At first, they seemed hesitant, trailing off with a “We just started our promotions…,” but in the end said, “If we receive a lot of love from everyone, we will go,” to the delight of their overseas fans.
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