Hur Youngji

Hur Youngji

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Heo Young-ji
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Heo Youngji at Kara fansigning on 30 August 2014
Native name 허영지
Born Heo Young-ji
(1994-08-30) August 30, 1994 (age 23)
Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Other names Heo Young-ji
Youngji
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
  • entertainer
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2014–present
Labels DSP Media
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 허영지
Hanja
Revised Romanization Heo Yeong-ji
McCune–Reischauer Hŏ Yŏngchi

Heo Young-ji (born August 30, 1994), referred to as Hur Young-ji or Youngji, is a South Korean singer and television personality. She is best known as a member of girl group Kara after winning the TV show Kara Project in 2014, which saw her become the newest member of the group. Heo began her solo music career in August 2017 with her first single, Memory Clock.

Career[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

Heo attended School of Performing Arts Seoul. She was a former trainee at Core Contents Media alongside T-ara’s ex-member Areum. She was about to debut in a new girl group but left before the girl group debuted. Later, she became a trainee at KeyEast before becoming a trainee at DSP Media.

2014–2015: Debut with Kara and solo activities[edit]

In May 2014, after former Kara members Nicole Jung and Kang Ji-young left the group, DSP Media launched a reality TV show called Kara Project which revolved around seven trainees competing to become the new member of the group. Even though she missed 2 live performances due to a leg injury from practice, she grabbed attention from viewers and topped the voting charts.[1]

On July 1, the live voting results commenced on 6:45 pm (KST). Hur Young-ji was proclaimed the winner with a total score of 49,591.[2][3] After winning the show, she gave a winning speech saying she’ll work even harder as a new member of Kara.[4]

In September 2014, Heo was one of the new participants for the second season of the show, Roommate.[5][6] She was known for her muted laughter, and on the Christmas special of Roommate, it was shown that Heo’s family members have similar laughing styles as well.[7][8][9] In the interview as a preview for being one of the new cast members for Roommate, she said that many people told her to cover her mouth while laughing, but it was very problematic and now she is more comfortable to laugh without covering her mouth.[10][11]

When fellow member Goo Hara guested on Episode 9 of Roommate, she shared that she wanted Heo to be chosen as a member of Kara as she has charms that the existing members does not have and Kara feel more youthful with her.[12][13][14]

An MBC EVERY1 representative told MBN Star on December 18, 2014 that Heo would join Hitmaker season 2 as a part of a girl group, along with Orange Caramel‘s Lizzy, G.NA, 4minute‘s So-hyun. The group was later named Cham So Nyeo.[15][16] The group first released their debut song teaser “올해의 주문 (Magic Words)” on February 17,[17] followed by the full song and music video 3 days later, on February 20.[18]

2016–present: Solo career[edit]

On January 15, 2016, DSP Media announced Gyuri, Seungyeon and Hara’s departure from the group due to contracts expiring. The company also noted that Heo would continue her music career as a solo artist.[19]

On April 13, Park Gyu-ri stated that the group did not disband and that the members hoped to release new albums in the future.[20]

In May 2016, she was cast in a supporting role in the tvN drama, Another Oh Hae Young. She was also cast in several television programs, such as MBC’s Very Private TV as a cast member, m SBS’ War of Vocals – God’s Voice as a panelist and EBS’ Humanity Busking as a host.

On December 8, 2016, DSP Media revealed Heo as the first hidden member of their new co-ed group K.A.R.D. She promoted with the group for their first project single “OH NA NA”, which was released on December 13.[21]

On August 2, 2017, DSP Media confirmed that Heo was preparing for her solo debut in August.[22][23] Her first single titled Memory Clock was released on August 25.

On December 15, 2017, MCC Entertainment released news article that revealed she will participate on 2nd song of project ‘with dog’.[24] The song titled Longing was released on the same day.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
Gaon
“Memory Clock” (추억시계)[25] 2017 N/A Non-album singles
“Longing” (그리움)[26] 2017 N/A Non-album singles
“—” denotes songs that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Collaborations[edit]

Song Year Album Other artist(s)
“Magic Words”[27] 2015 Non-album single With Lizzy, G.NA and So-hyun as Chamsonyeo
“Peek-A-Boo”[28] In Love Duet with Park Gyu-ri
“You’re So Yummy” Tasty 2: Happy Together OST N/A
“How About Me?”[29] Alohara (Can You Feel It?) Goo Hara feat Young-ji
“Fingertips Love” [30] 2016 “Creating a Healthy Cyber World” Campaign song With B1A4, BTOB, A-JAX, Oh My Girl, Kassy and April
“Oh NaNa” “K.A.R.D Project Vol.1” As K.A.R.D’s first hidden member

Filmography[edit]

Drama[edit]

Year Title Channel Role Note
2015 The Alchemist MBC Every1, Navercast Oh Young-ji Lead role, web series
2016 Another Miss Oh TVN Yoon Ahn-na Supporting role
2017 Introverted Boss Cameo (Episode 3)
Han Yeoreum’s Memory JTBC Jung Da-jung Supporting role

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Remarks
2015 Tasty 2: Happy Together[31] Korean and Japanese dubbed version

Variety/reality shows[edit]

Year Network Title Role Remarks
2014 MBC Music Kara Project Contestant Won the show and became a new member of KARA
KBS The Lord Of The Ratings MC
2014–2015 SBS Roommate: Season 2 Fixed cast
MBC Every 1 Hitmaker Season 2 As a member of Chamsonyeo (with G.NA, Lizzy, and Sohyun)
2015 jTBC A Hard Day Contestant
KBS2 Game of Thrones
SBS Founding Star Fixed cast Episode 1–6
2016 MBC Next Door CEO Episode 1–12
MBC Every 1 Very Private TV
SBS Vocal War: God’s Voice Fixed panelist
AHTV Super Idols Panelist Mafia Team
MBC Every 1 Hitmaker Cast Season 2
SK Broadband Idol Intern King Fixed cast With Qri, Kwon So-hyun, Park Narae, Hyojung, and Han Hyeri
EBS Humanity Busking Host
2017 E Channel Strong Girls Regular cast With Cao Lu, Luna, Park Bo-ram, and Giant Pink
CTime Beauty Academy Fixed MC
JTBC Beauty Summit
TRENDY Time Space Operation F.B.I Fixed MC With Lee Soo-kyung, DinDin, Heo Kyung-hwan
tvN Shadow Singer Fixed panelist With Kang Hodong, JR, and others
2018 JTBC I am CEO Season 2 Fixed panelist With Kim Sook (comedian) and Boom[32]

Production credits[edit]

Year Artist Song Role Album
2016 AISLE Happy Magic Candy Co-Lyricist Single : Happy Magic Candy
2017 SAY YES Lyricist Single: Say Yes
2017 Hur Young-ji Memory Clock Composer, Lyricist, Arranger[33] Single: Memory Clock

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 SBS Entertainment Awards (SBS Awards Festival) Show Variety Female Newcomer Roommate Nominated

Personal life[edit]

On 1 March 2018, initial media reports revealed that Heo Young-ji and Guckkasten’s Ha Hyun-woo were in a relationship. On that same day their respective agencies, DSP Media and Interpark, confirmed the reports.[34]

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