Xu Minghao, best known by his stage name THE8, was born on November 7, 1997. He began his career as a dancer during the sixth Shanghai World Dance Competition before joining the South Korean boy band SEVENTEEN, and serving as a coach on the Chinese reality television show “Chao Yin Zhan Ji.” We are elated because today is his birthday and have decided to celebrate with him!
November 7, 1997
On November 7, 1997, Xu Minghao was born in Anshan, Liaoning, China. He studied contemporary music at Beijing Contemporary Music Academy. He had an appearance on the Chinese variety show “C.C.T.V. Variety Show” in 2008. He later made an appearance on the Chinese show “Day Day Up.” He competed in the sixth Shanghai World Dance Competition, which took place from April 27 to April 30, 2012. He finished in the top eight.
In late 2014, he made his first appearance on “SEVENTEEN TV.” On May 29, 2015, Minghao made his debut as a member of the South Korean boy band SEVENTEEN with their first extended play “17 Carat.” In 2017, he won a television role in “Real Class – Elementary School.” Pledis Entertainment announced on December 12, 2017 that he would be postponing his promotional efforts owing to a waist injury. He didn’t return to promotions until the release of SEVENTEEN’s special album “Director’s Cut.”
Minghao and bandmate Wen Junhui appeared on the Chinese reality television show “Chao Yin Zhan Ji” (“Chaoyin War Chronicles”)in 2018. In the first season of the Chinese survival show “Youth With You,” he was one of two dance trainers alongside Jolin Tsai. On June 9, 2019, Minghao released his first solo single, ‘Dreams Come True.’ He announced the release of his second single, ‘Falling Down,’ on May 4, 2020 to be released on May 8, 2020. He then announced the release of his third single, ‘Side by Side,’ on April 8, 2021. It was released in both Chinese and Korean on April 13, 2021. He and bandmate Wen Junhui released a single named ‘Mom’s Missed Call’ on May 4, 2021. All earnings were donated to abandoned children in China. The song is part of the Dandelion Philanthropy Music Project, which raises money for the Chinese Children’s Charity Association.
Minghao makes his first appearance on season five of the online show “SEVENTEEN T.V.”
Minghao appears on the television show “Real Class - Elementary School,” where elementary students teach cast members how to speak Korean.
Minghao makes an appearance on the reality show where he and other contestants pit their musical talent against each other.
On June 9, 2019, Minghao releases his first solo single, ‘Dreams Come True.’
Why We Love THE8
He is generous
Minghao donated the proceeds from his song ‘Dreams Come True’ to a foundation in his home country that was able to build a library and an elementary school. He also spends time volunteering!
He is talented
Minghao doesn't just sing, but he dances, too. He always wows the audience with his dancing skills. What a talented guy!
He has an amazing personality
He is sweet and kind to everyone he meets. Minghao is also fantastic with fans, joking around and eager to interact with them.
5 Surprising Facts
He is a skilled martial artist
Minghao earned first place in a martial arts competition at the age of six!
He always wanted to be a dancer
Minghao was always more interested in dance than academics as a child, and fortunately, his parents encouraged him.
He was part of a dance team
Minghao was a member of a b-boy dancing team in China for roughly six years before moving to South Korea to become an idol trainee.
Two members helped him migrate
Minghao struggled initially due to not being able to speak Korean fluently, but he had the support of fellow Chinese members Jun and Hoshi.
He has a romantic dream
Minghao hopes to acquire a beach house in the future, where he’ll live with his wife and their dog and watch the sunset together.
Why is The8 called The8?
His stage name derives from the Chinese belief that the number eight is a lucky number.
What is The8’s Korean name?
Seo Myung Ho.
How do you pronounce The8?
You pronounce it as “The Eight.”
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