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Lee Jinki (이진기), born December 14, 1989 (1989-12-14) , better known by his stage name Onew (온유). He was born in the city of Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do. The leader and oldest member in the group, he was discovered at the "2006 S.M. Academy Casting". Onew collaborated with Lee Hyun Ji, former member of project group Banana Girl, for his song "Vanilla Love".He was also featured in a duet, entitled One Year Later "1년 後", with Girls' Generation member Jessica for their mini-album Tell Me Your Wish.
Kim Jonghyun (김종현), born April 8, 1990 (1990-04-08) , commonly known as Jonghyun, is the main vocalist in the group. He was born and raised in Seoul. He was discovered at the "2005 S.M. Casting System". Before debuting with Shinee, Jonghyun sang a duet, "Wrongly Given Love" (交错的爱), with Zhang Liyin for her debut Chinese album I Will.
Kim Kibum (김기범), born September 23, 1991 (1991-09-23) , better known by his stage name Key (키), is one of the rappers in the group. He was born and raised in Daegu. He was a gifted varsity water-skier at Dae Gu Young Shin Middle School. He was discovered at the "2005 S.M. National Tour Audition Casting". Before debuting with Shinee, Key appeared in Super Junior's Wonder Boy MV as an extra dancer. Key was featured in label-mate Xiah's solo "Xiahtic".
Choi Minho (최민호), born December 9, 1991 (1991-12-09) , commonly known as Minho, is the other rapper in group. He was born and raised in Incheon. He was discovered at the "2006 S.M. Casting System". Before debuting with Shinee, Minho modeled for Ha Sang Baek's "Seoul Collection F/W 08-09" in March. He has also appeared in Girls' Generation's music video "Gee".
Lee Taemin (이태민), born July 18, 1993 (1993-07-18) , commonly known as Taemin, is the main dancer of the group. He was born and raised in Seoul. He is the youngest member in group. He was discovered at the "2005 S.M. Open Weekend Audition Casting ". Taemin debuted as an actor in the sitcom Taehee-Hyekyo-Jihyun! (Korean: "태희혜교지현이!")