Let’s Meet Shin Yoon-jo, Ex-Main Vocalist Of HELLO VENUS
K-Pop fans from 2012 must have heard of a girl group named HELLO VENUS. The girl group that debuted with 6 members (Alice, Nara, Lime, Yoo-ara, Yoon-jo, and Yoo-young) and was formed by Tricell Media (formerly a joint venture between Pledis Entertainment and Fantagio). Their debut single “Venus” brought about a fresh and innocent appearance.
One of the talented members of the group is Shin Yoon-jo, the vocalist of HELLO VENUS. She has a beautiful and unique voice and also a fairly wide vocal range, making her entrusted to occupy the position of main vocals in the group. But unfortunately, in 2014, she decided to leave the group with one of her colleagues, Yoo Ara. The reason that Shin Yoon-jo decided to leave is that she wanted to focus on her career as an actress and also her career in music under the auspices of Pledis Entertainment.
Are you curious about what Shin Yoon-jo has been doing after leaving HELLO VENUS? Byeol Korea will provide you with a detailed rundown of everything about it. So, stay tuned and let’s get started!
Full Profile and Facts Of Shin Yoon-jo
- Stage Name: Yoonjo (윤조)
- Real Name: Shin Yoon Jo (신윤조)
- Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
- Date of Birth: December 14th, 1992
- Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
- Height: 165 cm (5’4″)
- Weight: 45 kg (92 lbs)
- Blood Type: AB
- Education: Seoul Arts High School
- Instagram: @_yoonjo
- Groups: HELLO VENUS (2012-2014); UNI.T (2018)
- Her nickname is Fairy Princess.
- She’s fluent in Korean and Japanese.
- Her hobby is listening to classical music, driving, and bowling.
- Her specialty is driving.
- Yoon-jo majored in classical singing, she’s a soprano.
- While on The Unit, Yoon-jo received no boots. She was the only one to make it into the final line-up with no boots.
Shin Yoon-jo’s Debut With HELLO VENUS
HELLO VENUS (헬로비너스) is a South Korean girl group formed by Tricell Media (formerly a joint venture between Pledis Entertainment and Fantagio). HELLO VENUS first became known under the name Venus. Debuted with 6 members (Alice, Nara, Lime, Yoo-ara, Yoon-jo, and Yoo-young) with their single “Venus” on May 9th, 2012. The group was originally a seven-member line-up, consisting of the six girls and Nicole, However, Nicole departed Pledis shortly before Hello Venus’ debut.
But in July 2014, Fantagio and Pledis ended their Tricell Media joint ventures. Yoo Ara and Yoon-jo remained under Pledis, while the other four members continuing their group activities under Fantagio. And in October 2014, Fantagio introduced two new members (Seo-young and Yeo-reum).
HELLO VENUS continued to release new digital singles, such as “Like a Wave” on July 4th, 2012. The single was a part of re-releasing their debut mini-album, Venus.
Hello Venus’ second Extended Play What Are You Doing Today? was released on December 12th, 2012. The album contains five tracks, with the lead single titled “What Are You Doing Today?”
On January 30th, 2013, Tricell Media announced that the group would begin promoting their follow-up song, “Romantic Love” immediately, with the first performance on MBC Music’s Show Champion the same day.
Hello Venus released their third extended play Would You Stay For Tea? on May 2nd, 2013, with a total of four tracks including the lead single “Would You Stay For Tea?”
On July 31st, 2014, it was announced via HELLO VENUS’ official Daum café that Pledis and Fantagio had decided to terminate the HELLO VENUS project. Alice, Nara, Lime, and Yooyoung will continue to promote as HELLO VENUS, while Yoo Ara and Yoonjo will return to Pledis, pursuing careers in acting and continue their careers in music. And after the members’ contracts expired on May 8th, 2019, the group officially disbanded.
Yoo Ara and Yoonjo themselves were trainees of After School, both having performed on their first album Virgin and were originally intended to join the group. Yoo Ara was the leader and the main vocalist with Yoon-jo.
Shin Yoon-jo’s Appearance On KBS’ The Unit
The Idol Rebooting Project: The Unit (아이돌 리부팅 프로젝트 더 유닛) is a South Korean survival reality program aired on KBS2. The concept of the show is to form male and female unit groups of nine members each, among idols who have already debuted. The show is aiming to give them a fair chance to demonstrate their talents that they may not have been able to showcase before.
KBS itself announced in July 2017 that they had started production of a reality show under the working title The Final 99 Match. And on August 2nd, 2017, the show’s first teaser was released under the new title The Unit, stylized as The Uni+, that stands for “You and I Plus.” The show also launched its official website on the same day along with application forms available for any idol interested in joining to fill in and submit, as well as a bulletin board wherein idol recommendations from anyone can be submitted.
The hallmark of this show is they have Booting Evaluations, where members of the audience vote while the contestants perform. The contestants will receive 1 Boot when 15% of the audience votes for them. When 90% of the audience vote for the contestants, which is known as “Super Boost,” the whole group will be able to join the show immediately. If the contestants do not receive a “Super Boost,” the Mentors will determine whether to pass each performer or not. Contestants who receive at least 1 boot from any of the mentors will be able to join the show. The Booting Evaluations were held at the Kintex Hall 9 in Ilsan between September 29th and October 1st, 2017.
The Unit opened up voting at 10 p.m. KST on November 11th, 2017, and servers crashed approximately 15 minutes later as people rushed to place their votes. Voting for the show would be exclusively done through TMON’s website, with only one vote for each TMON ID. Anyone who supports the 126 contestants can participate. Each person gets to choose nine male contestants to form their own “Uni+ B” and nine female contestants to form “Uni+ G”. Within their top nine choices, the voters can pick their favorite contestants, who will be awarded two votes while the remaining eight will receive one vote. This would mean that each voter is able to help out a total of 18 contestants, to achieve their dreams.
As from Episode 11 onward, the voting system underwent a major change. It was announced that the voting would be exclusively done through The Unit official mobile app. Each person can pick only three contestants from “Uni+ B” and “Uni+ G” and is allowed to vote only once per day. The voting period started at 12 p.m. KST on January 7th, 2018 and was closed at 11.59 p.m. KST on January 25th, 2018.
On February 24th, 2018, the broadcast of The Unit‘s Special Show, announced that UNI+ B’s band name will be UNB and UNI+ G’s band name will be UNI.T.
There were 6 mentors that came to help the trainees, those were:
- Rain – as an MC
- Lee Tae-min – Performance mentor
- Hyuna – Performance mentor
- Jo Hyun-ah – Vocal mentor
- Hwang Chi-yeul – Vocal mentor
- San E – Rap mentor
Shin Yoon-jo’s first evaluation was Boosting Evaluation, but unfortunately, her performance was not aired. She performed “Galaxy” by Bolbagan4 and got 3 audience boots but didn’t get mentor boots. But luckily for her, she was still selected to join The Unit.
Her first performances are in Episode 5 which is the Second Mission: Restart Mission. In this evaluation, contestants have to choose one of the given songs of different concepts that they are confident in, new teams of nine are formed. Voting for each contestant is conducted during the performance. The winning team for each gender with the most votes will win a benefit of immunity from elimination after the end of the first voting round, regardless of current overall vote rankings in the show, plus the chance to perform in Rain’s stage comeback.
In the First Mission: The Music Video, the contestants were tasked to form groups of 9 for the first mission. The winning team for each gender would become the center team in the music video of the show’s theme song “My Turn.”
Yoon-jo who was in the Green Team got 4th place.
In this second evaluation, Shin Yoon-jo became the leader of the Yellow Team, her group performed “Heart Attack” by AOA. Yoon-jo got 172 votes which were the most votes in her group, but that didn’t help the group because her group was in 7th place with only 929 votes.
For the Third Mission: Self Producing, the contestants were grouped by the mentors based on the following criteria (Vocal, Rap-Vocal, and Performance). All performances were self-arranged by the contestants themselves, with live band accompaniments for the Vocal and Rap-Vocal categories. The mission would be based on a rival match basis. Voting for each contestant was conducted during the performances. The top 3 members of the winning category team for each gender would win a benefit of immunity from elimination at the end of the 2nd voting round, regardless of current overall vote rankings in the show.
In this Third evaluation, exactly in episode 8, Shin Yoon-jo joined the Orange Team and entered the Rap-Vocal group with the song “Who’s Your Mama?” by Park Jin-young featuring Jessi. Unlike the previous performances, in this third evaluation, her group got 1st ranking with 383 votes.
Next was the Fourth Mission: Digital Singles Release, the remaining contestants after the 2nd Voting Announcement would form 5 groups for each gender, formed by the top 5 contestants from the Self-producing Mission. These formed groups would perform newly produced songs produced by reputable music producers, and these songs would later be released as digital singles. Voting for each contestant was conducted during the performances. The winning team for each gender in this mission would have their songs labeled as title tracks in the single albums categorized by gender and the 2 songs’ music videos will be directed by well-known directors Hong Won-ki and Lee Gi-taek. Plus, every contestant in the winning team would receive a benefit of additional online votes (1st placed contestant gets 10,000 additional votes, 2nd placed contestant gets 7,000 additional votes, and every other contestant in the team gets 5,000 additional votes), which can help in their rankings by the end of the 3rd voting round.
In Episode 12, Yoon-jo joined the Orange team and performed “Poco a Poco”
(Duble Sidekick, Bull$Eye, Song Ho-il). She got 3rd rank for the individual votes, while her group reached the 5th rank with 320 votes.
Because of her talent and her persistence, she got to continue to the Final Mission: Final Stage Battle, which involved the remaining contestants after the 3rd Voting Announcement forming 2 teams of 9 for each gender, through random picking off 1 of the 2 newly produced songs for each gender.
Exactly in Episode 14, Yoon-jo joined the red team and performed “You & I” (Duble Sidekick, Bull$Eye, real-fantasy, YOSKE).
Because of her talent and her perseverance, she managed to secure herself a debut as a member of the UNI.T at the 4th place with the 78,519 votes. Starting from the 23rd rank, she ended in the 4th rank and was able to make her debut.