Foresight: Super Junior
These days I have been asked more than once about what I think will happen to Super Junior in the next few months/years/during military service and such. Which is the reason for why I decided to just write a post about it. Take note that the following is nothing but my opionion. Don’t turn my words into a rumor.
Super Junior debuted as a 12-member project group in 2005 (back then they were called Super Junior05, which was supposed to be first generation of an rotating-member group, with members dropping out and joining). In 2006, Kyuhyun was added, they dropped the suffix and continued as Super Junior. There were a lot of up and downs, some members leaving, two members added (to SujuM) and this bunch of boys grew to men, who in the end were able to “survive” for more than 5 years.
Many worry about what will happen to Super Junior, especially after questions about how the members’ military duty/civil service will take influence on their carrier and about how long Super Junior can still be ‘Junior’ (given their age), while new groups keep debuting, popped up.
Kangin joined military in 2010 and will (hopefully) return in April 2012. Heechul left in 2011 for his civil serive and the next to go is Leeteuk (and maybe others) in 2012 (I suppose soon after their worldtour). As for the rest of the members: Military is still waiting for them to join. Obviously.
So when will they be on stage all together again? - Well, perhaps never. Perhaps after 20 years, perhaps sooner than we might think (but I guess not in the next 2-5 years -> See the edit).
Does this mean military service is an excuse for SMent to disband Suju? - No, I don’t think so. First rule: As long as Super Junior makes money (and doesn’t collapse on conflicts within the team, due to a scandal, a burnout/health problem or something similar) SMent has no reason to disband them. Basically it’s easy like that. But: The military service offers as many opportunities as it has risks (to their carrier). Besides being a break from their full schedule, fans and media, it also gives some room for reorientation and a change of life-style (regulated meals, enough sleep,…) and habits.
I can’t answer what exactly will happen to Super Junior in the near future, simply because I don’t know. There are way too many possibilities.
Since it seems like not all the members (from those who didn’t already) will be joining military at the same time, there will be the one or another member “missing” while the others continue staying on stage. The best way to cover this time, especially if they are really going to not join all at once, would be to (per)form (in) subunits, doing solo and other projects, concentrating on acting and similar things. Basically: Super Junior can go on an hiatus for the time being and enjoy the freedom of trying out things they would like to. Siwon can act. Yesung can do musicals. Etc. Form new subunits (Eunhae), perform in already exisiting units (KRY) or team up with people who are not part of SMent or Super Junior.
And after the military serive? - They could still go with the seperated-but-still-part-of-Super-junior concept. Even if they were to disband: Disbanding is no equal of breaking up personal relationships (even if media makes it seem like this at times). I think they might have fought a lot, might have the one or other member they are awkward around and such, but they are nontheless more like brothers than friends (as in: even if they fight, they are still “related”) since they have been knowing and working with each others for quite some years. Fans shouldn’t worry too much about this. I think each member needs to spent some time on walking down their very own path. Super Junior’s member already proved themselves as MCs, DJs etc. and those might be the things they will keep doing. Or they might establish their own entertainment company, teaching and training the next generation.
What happens to former idol band members in general after disbanding/leaving their group? - Depending on the circumstandes, there are many options: 1. Go solo or start an other music project 2. Changing their ‘profession’ (as in: singer goes actor) 3. Quitting being a public person and persuit a ‘normal’ lifestyle (becoming a teacher, saleperson etc.) 4. Leave their company and found their own company 5. from stage to backstage (manager, stylist, etc.)… As said: many options and at the same time only two of them: to stay or not to stay within the entertainment business.
Performing as an “idol” forever? - Forever is relative (We all will die one day). Super Junior can still continue as a whole group. They might change their style. Might dance less. Might go over to an more one-member-one-act concept and not share one song amongst them anymore. They might try doing acoustic music (using instruments, a-capella, etc). Writing and performing their own songs (only). Organising, deciding, planning, choreographying etc even more… I rather question that they want to keep doing (exactly) what they are doing now forever. At least in terms of music quality. I am also suggesting that they should have solo concerts to further improve their stage presence and selfassurance (which they might lack if they stand alone on stage), as well as a way to showcase/define their very own music style more and an enorm push of their abilities, confidence and experiance. And perhaps becomimg more artists than (being) idols.
Altogether I think going on a hiatus and have each member decided what they want to do would not only be an personal gain for each member (more freedom/no need to compromise with the group, chance to try new things, time to improvemt) but also in terms of business (there seems to be a tendency of rising discontent with the similarties of the last three albums’ title song and MVs - Sorry,sorry; Bonamana and Mr.Simple).
What do you think will each member be doing? - Well, I can’t read their mind. What I hope is that after those “chaotic years” Zhoumi’s and Henry’s position within Suju will be more than being part of Super Junior M and more solid. After all those two worked hard to debut. As for the two following years I think KRY might release an album as well as another album (best of? unreleased songs?), Eunhae might continue their project group together with Shindong, Heechul might continue M&D/do rock after coming back, Leeteuk obviously will be in army, Kibum will continue acting (him taking part in suju’s activities might be 0,2% chance), Siwon might also act, as for Kangin it might be best for him to start out as part of a subunit, perhaps together with Sungmin and some of the other members. I think Kangin might end up having a hard time to adapt/return.
Anyways don’t panic [and don’t start or take part in fanwars, spreading rumors and such (How to be a good fan), support the members if they date (openly) and marry].
EDIT: In 2012 you (especially ELF) will be surprised about at least two out of these options: “inactive” members, surprise album, dating(openly)/marry, subunit, adding Henry/Zhoumi (as fullmembers), special concert/fanmeeting,…Kekeke ^___^
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