Yujeong: I’m the cute member, I have a lot of aegyo [a Korean term for behaving cutely]. I also think I’m like the fan attractor within the group. I think a lot of fans are drawn to me.
Nayoung: I’m like the vitamin within the group. I’m very bright and positive.
Lightsum’s Hina is the only non-Korean member. Photo: Cube Entertainment
Hina: I’m the only non-Korean member in the group. I’ve also heard from a lot of people that I’m a very bright person and that I have a very pure image.
Huiyeon: I’m the bubbly one within the group. My charm is that the more you see me, the more you’ll fall for me. I’m also the only one with dimples in the group.
Jian: I’m the youngest member, and because of that I think I’m going to be able to interact with younger fans and audiences better.
Being a K-pop star isn’t necessarily an easy path. How did you decide to pursue this career?
Juhyeon: I’ve been training for seven years and four months. I joined Cube when I was . I had tried cheerleading and being on dance teams before, because I liked dancing. I didn’t necessarily dream of becoming an idol or performing artist. But I auditioned for a few companies along with my friends, and somehow I made it and luckily was given the opportunity. Once I started training, I was inspired by the people I trained with. It made me realise I wanted to achieve this goal.
Chowon: I trained about six years in total, since I was  years old. I tried modelling and musical theatre, and also played instruments. But honestly, I wanted to be an actress rather than an idol. I auditioned to join Cube as an aspiring actress. But once I joined, I took dancing and singing lessons and the people here at Cube saw my potential to be a vocalist as great as the likes of Taeyeon [of Girls’ Generation] and Yuju [of Gfriend]. Once I started hearing those compliments, I thought maybe I could pursue this path.
Huiyeon started auditioning for K-pop companies when she was young. Photo: Cube Entertainment
Huiyeon: When I was young, I was a figure skater and also danced. I started taking vocal lessons at an academy, and an instructor suggested I audition for a K-pop company. At first I didn’t even know auditions like this went on, but as I began auditioning I began to feel competitive. I began to think that I wanted to make it. During this time, I went to several concerts and saw BTS, Troye Sivan, The Chainsmokers, and everyone who performed at the Melon Music Awards. I was really inspired by how they could make the audience happy and how their performances had so much charisma. It really inspired me to keep pursuing this.
Hina: When I was in Japan, I didn’t necessarily think of becoming an idol but when I was in the start of junior high, Twice got very popular in Japan and that’s how I first got to know K-pop and Twice. I thought they appeared really charismatic and amazing. Shining. I liked to sing and dance already, so that inspired me to begin auditioning.
Jian: Huiyeon and I trained for the shortest amount of time, about five to six months.
Juhyeon was inspired by the people she trained with. Photo: Cube Entertainment
You’ve obviously all worked really hard to debut, so how are you dealing with anxiety and anticipation as you approach the start of this career you’ve been working towards?
Chowon: Honestly, it’s been a while since I competed [on 2018 television show Produce 48], and since then there were many things that I had to go through. People would always ask me many questions about my debut and future, but there was nothing I could answer or share. That was a bit of a struggle for me, but now that I’m finally about to debut, I feel relieved by the fact that I can answer those questions. Because it’s been quite a while, because I’ve been training for quite a long time, my debut doesn’t really feel real to me. Although there were some struggles and tough moments in the process, because that process was there I’ve been able to meet the rest of Lightsum and I’m very happy about that.
Yujeong: I thought I’d be able to debut shortly after I also appeared on Produce 48, but it took a while. I was anxious that people would forget me, but now that I’m finally debuting as Lightsum I’m really glad and happy that this opportunity has come to me. And recently, I was able to talk to some fans during a video call event, and I found out there were fans supporting me since that show, so I was very happy and surprised to learn that they’ve supported me for so long.
Vanilla is inspired by ice cream, so I’m curious. What flavour of ice cream represents each member and why?
Chowon: plain chocolate. Because I think I’m class and have a deep aura, which is why I’m plain chocolate not milk chocolate.
Hina: Strawberries and cream, because I’m sweet, soft, and lovely.
Jian only trained for five or six months. Photo: Cube Entertainment
Jian: I’m like rainbow sherbet, because I have many different charms.
Yujeong: candyfloss, because it reminds me of a joyful, vibrant atmosphere and has the taste of youth.
Sangah: [Baskin Robbins’] shooting star, because it has popping candies and I think my personality is very vibrant and excitable, like that flavour.
Nayoung is the bright and energetic member. Photo: Cube Entertainment
Nayoung: I know I said it before, but I’m like a vitamin of the group so I think the citrusy flavour of lemon goes well with me.
Juhyeon: Yogurt flavour, because I really like that flavour. It doesn’t have a very vivid colour but has a distinct taste to it.
Huiyeon: I think green tea. It’s my favourite, and also I like the colour. I think it’s a flavour that people who like it don‘t just like it, they love it.
Sangah is the vibrant and excitable member of the group. Photo: Cube Entertainment
What do you hope to achieve as Lightsum?
Sangah: I hope that we’re perceived as a group that always learns and becomes better and grows with our fans.
Chowon: I personally think it’s best to have big dreams. I used to hope that people know me by my name, Han Chowon. Everyone would be like, “Oh, I know her.” But now that I’m debuting as Lightsum, my hope has changed to expand to the name Lightsum and those of all our members.