5Dolls, the four girls from the mixed group Co-Ed School and a newly added member, have recently debuted with their first mini album, titled “Charming Five Dolls.”  5Dolls is comprised of membersChanmiEun Gyo (the newbie), HyewonHyoyoung, and Soomi.

 

Depending on your prior experience with Co-Ed’s music, the word ‘charming’ may or may not come as an eyebrow-raising way to describe any forthcoming material from this group.
As all debuts in K-pop go, there was a lot of hype behind Co-Ed before their first single saw the light of day.  They were pre-dubbed to be a one of a kind group made up of both genders, who were supposedly extremely talented idols who would follow (or rival?) their seniors with music of epic proportions.  That was the basic gist of their hype.
And then they released “Too Late” – the song that made it a point to never buy into hype.  In hindsight, it really had nothing to do with the members of Co-Ed, because their primary purpose is to sell whatever songs their agency decides to plop in front of them, but it was more about the quality of their material.
Co-Ed have been in the K-pop music scene for about two seconds, but already their content has lacked substance, artistry, and hasn’t helped them stand out as a pop group in an overly saturated pop industry.  Unless, of course, you consider their headache-inducing material unique, in that it’s probably the most over processed music available on the Korean market.
However, and this goes back to the onus not falling entirely on Co-Ed: there is some talent and hidden potential buried deep in the recesses of Co-Ed’s schoolbags.  All it takes is the right people who know what they’re doing to assemble the right songs for any pop group to ’succeed’ in K-pop’s music industry ( see “I Love You A Thousand Times“).  Core Contents Media just doesn’t have it quite right yet.
Where things get tricky with Co-Ed is the simple fact that they’re a mixed group.  Their producers have to keep in mind that they can’t go too feminine or too masculine for the sake of keeping each gender sane and cooperative.
Which brings us to 5Dolls.
With this sub-unit, their producers have the leeway to explore and give these girls whatever female sound they want them to be known for.  That kind of artistic liberty is a privilege in K-pop, and in a way, gives these ladies a second chance to say: “Hey, let’s just pretend our rocky debut never happened.
“Charming Five Dolls” kind of accomplishes that, but in the same breath, it kind of doesn’t.
On the up side, it isn’t the worst thing ever.  The album opens with “It’s You“, the song I first thought was some kind of homage to a woman named Maria or something.  The beat is really infectious and for the most part, the processing on the girls’ voices isn’t too brutal.
Right off the bat, “It’s You” establishes a couple of things:
1) Chanmi will forever be the foundation of this group’s vocal competency  – she has been from day one – and as long as the other members are made to sound decent enough at her side on the recording, there’s nothing wrong with having her be the voice to rule them all.
2) Their style.  It is obviously different from Co-Ed, and that’s how it should be.  The point of a sub-unit is to experience enough of a musical departure from the group’s main sound that it feels like a new and refreshing thing altogether.  This song pretty much accomplishes that, and because the production is actually better than expected, it makes 5Dolls sound good.
“It’s You” is girly without completely crossing the line into ‘cute’ and ‘innocent’ territory.  They’re not the type to pull it off anyway, so it’s a relief that at least someone on their team can figure that much out.
MEMBER PROFILE
Name: Lee Soomi (이수미)
Nickname: Shut-eye Soomi, Smile Soomi
Romanized Name: Miso Soomi
Birthdate: March 3rd, 1989
Weight: 167CM
Height: 47KG
Blood Type: A
EducationKorea Aerospace University, Aeronautical Science & Flight Operations (Bachelors’ Degree)
Hobbies: Shopping, watching movies, collecting shoes
Specialties: Costume design
Cyworldhttp://www.cyworld.com/NE89
Twitterhttp://twitter.com/leesumi00
Company: Core Contents Media
Info:
– Auditioned and won SBS’s “Young Jae Yook Sung Project” in 2001 but never became a trainee.
– Joined and released “Rebloom” with SeeYa in 2009; left SeeYa in 2010.

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Name: Heo Chanmi (허찬미)
Birthdate: April 6th, 1992
Blood Type: A
Height: 162cm
Weight: 46kg
Siblings: Sister
Education:
– High School: Anyang School of Arts studying Theater and Movies
Hobbies: Piano, shopping, watching movies
Specialties: Drums, Chinese
Company: Core Contents Media
Info:
– Former SM trainee (2004-2009)

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Name: Ryu Hyoyoung (류효영)

 

Birthdate: April 22nd, 1993

 

Siblings: Sister (Ryu Hwayoung of T-ara) and younger brother

 

Company: Core Contents Media

 

Education: Sungeul High School

 

Hobbies: Shopping, reading

 

Specialties: Cooking

 

 

 

Info:

 

– Won the Miss Cheonhyung 2010 Pagaent
– 2010 Namwon City ambassador
– Starred in KBS1 “Jungle Fish 2″ in 2010

 

 

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Name: Jin Hye Won (혜원)

 

Birthdate: March 6th, 1995

 

Weight: 46kg

 

Height: 168CM

 

Hobbies: Shopping, making cookies

 

Specialty: Jazz dance

 

 

Company: Core Contents Media

 

 

Facts:

 

-Hyewon’s nickname is DoraeWon
-Hyewon is one of the member of Co.ed’s sub-unit group, 5dolls
-She is known as “Second Goo Hara”
-Fellow member thinks if Hyewon is boyish
-Hyewon can impersonate Doraemon’s voice
-Hyewon was a child model for Yoppy Shop
-Fellow member Eunkyo and Sungmin are the same age with her

 

 

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Name: Seo Eunkyo (서은교)
Birthdate: March 21st, 1996
Height: 158CM

 

Weight: 45KG

 

Hobbies: Listening to music

 

Special Talents: Dance

 

Company: Core Contents Media