The History of UKiss
Pre-debut and Debut
U-KISS was first formed as a six member boy-group in 2008. Kim Kibum and Kevin Woo were former members of the boy band Xing. Kim Kibum left the group in early 2007 while Kevin Woo left the group four months before the debut of U-KISS. The other five members were all individually selected by NH Media through auditions. U-KISS debuted in Japan on August 15, 2008 at the Power of Atamix 08. The group released their first mini album, New Generation, (N-Generation) on September 3, 2008, with the main track, "Not Young". U-KISS later debuted in South Korea on August 28, 2008, with a performance of "Not Young" on Mnet`s M! Countdown and a release of their first music video. In 2009, U-KISS has been considered for a 150 billion KRW worth collaboration-project between two nations, Japan and South Korea. It was revealed that a popular entertainment company, Yoshimoto Group in Japan invested 150 billion KRW to groom U-KISS to be an internationally-known group. The reason behind this is their quality as a group with multilingual members: Alexander can converse in seven languages -XSpanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Japanes, Mandarin, Korean and English; Eli is good in English, Korean and Mandarin; the maknae Dongho can articulate in Korean and Mandarin; Kevin in English while Kibum can speak Japanese.
All About U-KISS, New member and mini-albums
U-KISS released their second mini-album on February 11, 2009, called Bring It Back 2 Old School with its title song, "I Like You". On the same day, a music video for I Like You was released with an old-school theme inspired by the 80's. They also performed their carrier single live in various music shows. U-KISS becomes sensation in Thailand pulling 5-days straight fan meetings in promotion with their album Bring IT Back 2 Old School, they also won on an online voting in Thailand beating the Wonder Girls. After their promotional cycle for "Bring It Back 2 Old School", U-KISS starred in their very first variety show, All About U-KISS.
In 2009, Kevin Woo joined Arirang's radio show Pops in Seoul hosting the 'All About You' segment alongside co-host Isak N Jiyeon. Shortly after, Alexander was invited to host the show too. In April that same year, Eli also became an MC of MBC's show, Fusion. In late 2009, U-KISS released a third mini-album titled ContiUkiss on November 5, 2009. Lee Kiseop, a new member, joined the group during the promotion of this mini-album with their carrier single, Man Man Ha Ni This song is often known as U-KISS' breakthrough song as it helped them to make their names known in the Korean entertainment industry.> U-KISS held their first fan meeting titled "Only 4 U" to celebrate their 500th days in the industry, that was sponsored by GomTV.
Lee Kiseop appeared in a variety show known as Uljjang Shidae 2 or Ulzzang Generation 2 (Pretty Boys and Girls Season 2) with fellow member Soo Hyun also guest starring in an episode. DongHo. the youngest of the group has made many appearances on many variety shows at the end of 2009, helping to promote U-KISS. Such shows include The Invincible Baseball Team and Idol Maknae Rebellion. DongHo is the most active member of the group and has been invited in many other shows. He has been thanked for helping the group to be more well-known.
Kevin and Alexander were featured in Brave Brother's song, "Finally" wherein a music video for the track was released a few weeks after. Members Eli and Kibum also starred in the Thaidrama Autumn's Destiny. However, the drama was aired in Thailand only. As both Eli and Kibum could not speak Thai, their voices were dubbed. The drama aired its premiere episode on January 16, 2010.