[SS Interview] Genealogy of Finkle and Soshi Lee Eul, ‘Innocent Idol’ Ailiwon “I want to become a Summer Innocent Idol”
July 31, 2023
[Sports Seoul | [Reporter Jeong Ha-eun] “I will inherit the ‘innocent’ genealogy of the 1st generation Fin.K.L seniors!”
In the K-pop world that cries out for girl crush, a girl group has appeared to continue the genealogy of innocence. The group ILY:1 is the main character.
Ailee One (Ara, Lyrica, Hana, Rona, Nayu, Elba), which took its first steps in the music industry in April of last year, is a girl group with an innocent concept and consists of members from three nationalities: Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. The first single 'Love in Bloom' and the second single 'Que Sera Sera' were released, and in January of this year, the title song 'A Dream of Illy One', the first mini album, showed a clear tone and innocent charm with 'Starflower Fairy Tale'.
Watching their performance reminds me of Girls' Generation who sang 'Into the New World' and Apink who sang 'I don't know'.
Nayu said, "All 6 of us thought that the base had innocence, and when all 6 of us got together, we thought there was synergy with a clean image. Recently, there are a lot of girl crushes in girl groups, but the concept of innocence is not common, so wouldn’t it be nice to receive a different energy while watching Ili One?”
On the 25th, Ili1's second mini-album 'New Chapter', a new album released after six months, was released. As the title of the album, 'Truesome', contains the will of 'Illione will open a new page and run to the world, and find our own color'. The first track 'Shining Sky', the second track 'Flowers have bloomed', and the title song 'My Color' are included in total.
The title song 'My Color' is a song that contains the will to find one's own color without losing hope even in a black and white world. With the belief that it will come true someday, it contains the desire not to lose one's own color while running toward the light. Producer Chancellor is credited.
Regarding the song work with Chancellor, Elba said, “Since he is both a producer and a senior singer, he taught me in detail about vocals. In her vocals, she learned how to be emotional,” she said. Rona expected, "It's the first time since her debut that she's working with a new producer, so I think I'll be able to show a more diverse Illy One with a different song atmosphere than before."
This time, while maintaining the innocence concept, the high-difficulty choreography with large movements added a more energetic feeling than before. “As soon as I heard it, I felt like it would work out,” Hana recalled, “I felt more mature and sophisticated with the innocence I always expressed.” Nayu explained, "Previous songs had a girly and soft feeling, but this time I tried to express a charismatic feeling as well."
Regarding the point choreography, Ririka said, “There is a choreography where you turn diagonally and kick, but it was the most difficult choreography so far. I really practiced a lot to match my foot movements in seconds,” he said.
In their first year of debut, Illyone is actively promoting in Japan, such as attending 'KCON Japan 2023' and '2023 Dream Concert in Japan'. They will attend the '2023 Live World Together in Summer Festival' to be held in Tokyo, Japan from August 11th, and decorate the stage with artists representing Korea and Japan, such as Monsta X Shownu X Hyungwon and AKB48. In this concert, Illione will perform various songs, including the stage of a new song.
In particular, Ririka, a Japanese member, serves as the MC of the performance and meets about 60,000 spectators. Her members all said in unison, "I'm so proud of Ririka." Lyrica said, "I couldn't believe it. She trembled and a heavy load fell on her shoulders. When she thinks about it now, she sees it as an opportunity to promote Aire One. I want to do a good job and make people more aware of Illy One.”
As the name of the title song is 'My Color', I was curious about the color of Ili1's group. In response, Ailione shouted, “Clean, pure, cool sky blue” without hesitation. Those who proudly voted to participate in the summer girl group competition, as hot and fierce as the hot summer, pledged with a confident voice, "We want to show our own color well like the title song 'My Color' and let the public know who we are."