Super Junior – South Korean k-pop, dance pop, and electropop band
Super Junior was formed in 2005 by the producer and co-founder of SM Entertainment Lee Soo-man. Today’s lineup includes eight members, Leeteuk, Heechul, Eunhyuk, Siwon, Yesung, Ryeowook, Shindong, and Donghae. Three other vocalists Kyuhyun, Kangin, and Sungmin are officially part of the group but don’t perform at the moment due to personal reasons.
The story of the band’s formation began in 2000, in Seoul, when SM Entertainment announced castings in South Korea and China. Some of the members were invited to the auditions while they performed at the musical reality shows, which are very popular in South Korea.
Eventually, at the beginning of 2005, Lee Soo-man announced that the group, consisting of 12 artists, was almost ready for a debut. Initially, he called it "The Gateway to Stardom of Asia". It was a telling name since the majority of the initial lineup had experience as actors, hosts, and models.
Then for some time, the group bore the name O.V.E.R, which stood for "Obey the Voice for Each Rhythm". Unofficially, the label called the band “juniors”. The nickname turned into an official name, which stayed with the band for many years.