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SEVENTEEN The8 Profile, Facts, and TMI

The8 Profile

  • Birth Name: 徐明浩 (Xú Mínghào)
  • Korean Name: 서명호 (Seo Myeongho)
  • Stage Name: THE8
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Date of Birth: 1997.11.07
  • Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
  • Chinese Zodiac: Ox
  • Height: 178 cm (5’8”)
  • Weight: 58 kg (127.8 lbs)
  • Blood Type: O
  • Personal Social Media: Instagram, Weibo

The8 Facts & TMI

  • The8 was born and grew up in Haicheng, Liaoning Province, China.
  • His family consists of mother and father.
  • The8 is an only child.
  • He is the sub vocalist and lead dancer of SEVENTEEN as well as part of SEVENTEEN’s performance team.
  • He participated in songwriting, composing, arranging, and choreographing for the group.
  • Minghao graduated from Beijing Contemporary Music Academy.
  • With the support of his parents, he learned dancing and b-boying since he was young.
  • While attending an art school in Beijing, a Pledis staff secretly watched The8, who was taking a breakdance class, from outside the window, and approached him for casting the moment he left the building to eat.
  • He accepted the casting offer and joined Pledis Entertainment in 2013 with the thought of learning more about dancing in South Korea.
  • He has learned martial arts since he was four years old.
  • The8 can also do breakdancing, tumbling, and acrobatics.
  • He was a leader of a b-boy team who has been b-boying for about 6 years.
  • He was the last member to join SEVENTEEN.
  • He was supposed to debut with the stage name Louie.
  • He uses the stage name The8 because he always liked the number 8 since he was a kid, also because 8 is a lucky number in Chinese culture. The number 8 horizontally looks like the infinity symbol that has the meaning of “infinite possibilities”. 
  • In his early debut days, The8 introduced himself with the catchphrase “SEVENTEEN’s Cool Cutie Pie”.
  • Although he introduced himself as a cutie, in reality, he has a calm, mature, and gentle personality.
  • He doesn’t really like to be called “cutie”, but due to his young-looking facial features and slim body frame, people can help but think that he is cute.
  • He has listened to a lot of hip-hop songs since he was a child.
  • Since 2018, he has been sporting a mullet hairstyle that looks extremely good on him. The hairstyle became his trademark.
  • In 2018, The8 started to put a lot of interest in fashion and photography.
  • The change in his hairstyle and overall fashion style helped him to slowly change his image to a chic guy.
  • Thanks to his slender body frame, his dance especially gives off sleek and flamboyant vibes.
  • He became one of the dance mentors in the Chinese audition program ‘Youth With You’.
  • Aside from participating in Chinese television shows, The8 also made several appearances in Korean variety shows such as ‘Baek Jong-won’s Top 3 Chef King’ and ‘Idol on Quiz’.
  • The8 also shot several group and pictorials with magazines such as MAPS (June 2018, with Wonwoo, Seungkwan, Vernon); ELLE (November 2019, with Joshua, Hoshi, Mingyu, Seungkwan, Vernon); ARENA HOMME+ (January 2020, with Joshua, Mingyu, Seungkwan); Chinese magazine EYEZ (January 2020, solo pictorial), DAZED (April 2020, solo pictorial), COSMOPOLITAN (April 2021, with Jeonghan, Wonwoo, Mingyu).
  • The8 has his own video content called ‘THE 8 Contemporary ART’ published through SEVENTEEN’s official Youtube channel.
  • Despite the language barriers, he is always working hard to speak more in SEVENTEEN’s TV shows and radio appearances.
  • Somehow, he speaks more fluently when he is angry or feels annoyed because of the other members.
  • Having been living with members who use Gyeongsang dialects such as Woozi and Wonwoo, sometimes he speaks in Gyeongsang accent.
  • His MBTI personality type is INFJ.
  • He said that he read a lot of essays to control his emotions and to endure sad and lonely feelings while living in another country.
  • He showed a lot of interest in paintings and contemporary art in general.
  • In his early debut days, he mentioned in a radio show that he promised to talk using Korean even if he was alone with fellow Chinese member Jun so that he can learn Korean faster.
  • He loves beaches.
  • His favorite season is summer.
  • He revealed that he wanted to have a mullet haircut during ‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ promotion, but the agency didn’t agree to it because it didn’t match the song’s concept.
  • He said that his favorite food is rice.
  • The8 is especially close to Mingyu (and his family) because he said that he and Mingyu have similar tastes and they matched well with each other.
  • The8 went for a fishing outing with Mingyu’s Dad without Mingyu knowing. Mingyu’s Dad said that they are his Korean parents (so he can call them anytime).
  • The8 also went out with Mingyu’s mom without Mingyu.
  • He’s good at playing the nunchucks.
  • He promised to pack Dino’s lunch box for the 2017 SAT test, so he made Dino kimchi fried rice himself.
  • The8 is one of the members of the famous 97 Liners chat room along with fellow SEVENTEEN members Mingyu and DK, BTS’ Jungkook, SF9’s Taeyang, NCT’s Jaehyun, ASTRO’s Cha Eunwoo, GOT7’s Yugyeom & BamBam.
  • He especially loves drinking tea.
  • His hobbies are reading, watching movies, and meditating.
  • He likes the character Kermit the Frog.
  • His shoe size is 260 mm.
  • Among his nicknames are Myeongho or Seo Myeongho (Korean name given by the member), Eisa, Eisi, Eisa-ssi, Seo Louie, Yongpal-i, Fairy, Little Prince, Mr. Tea Time (a name given by Dino during an episode of ‘Going Seventeen’).
  • The 8 and Joshua are both only child in their respective families.
  • His mom was a swimming instructor.
  • The8 is very close with his mom.
  • He won first in a martial arts competition when he was 6 years old, since then he has won 40 trophies in various martial arts competitions.
  • He has been dreaming to be a singer or celebrity since he was child.
  • The8 ranked 8th in a global b-boying competition.
  • He shared that he was having a hard time when he first came to Korea because he can’t speak Korean at all.
  • He said that he is very thankful to Hoshi because Hoshi takes care of him well as the leader of the performance team, The8 said that he learned many things from Hoshi.
  • He spent the shortest training period among SEVENTEEN members (1 year and 6 months).
  • He seems to have the strongest winning spirit among performance team members.
  • He is the main “victim” of Jun’s pranks.
  • Although The8 is mostly calm, when he is with the same aged members Mingyu and DK, he turns into a playful guy.
  • He hates noisiness, The8 is particularly sensitive to sound.
  • He is one of the neatest members of the team.
  • He mentioned that he had the hardest time during the Ode to You World Tour because he is physically and mentally drained 
  • His happiest moments were debut day, concert, and many other days living as a SEVENTEEN member.
  • He likes playing sports like bowling, ping-pong, and cycling.
  • In 2018, he went for a private holiday in Jeju Island with Mingyu.
  • He likes visiting museums and eating delicious foods when he is on overseas schedules.
  • He held a painting exhibition.
  • He gifted Hoshi a self-made painting for Hoshi’s birthday.
  • He likes taking photos with a film camera, his favorite objects are natural scenery.
  • The8 is close with Chinese NCT members especially Chenle, Winwin, Kun and Xiaojun.
  • According to WayV’s Kun, The8 made a group chat for Chinese idol group members who are active in Korea.
  • He likes puppies and cats.
  • He doesn’t eat a lot, but he tries to eat 3 times a day.
  • He always goes to Chinese restaurants with Jun.
  • His favorite foods are dak-galbi, sukiyaki, ramen, and gyudon.
  • He doesn’t eat cold foods/ beverages.
  • He likes fruits, his favorite fruit is melon.
  • He prefers milk tea over coffee.
  • He enjoys drinking wine, his drinking mates are Joshua and Mingyu.
  • He likes wearing accessories such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and glasses.
  • He is good at beatboxing.
  • His solo song ‘Dreams Come True’ topped Chinese digital music chart at the time of its release.

(Special credit: Everything is Alright @ Naver Blog)

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