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SOMI promoting GAME PLAN (2023)

SOMI (소미) is a Korean-Canadian artist under The Black Label. She was a member of the Produce 101 project group I.O.I.


  • Stage Name: SOMI (소미)
  • Birth Name: Ennik Somi Douma
  • Korean Name: Jeon Somi (전소미)
  • Birthdate: March 9, 2001 (2001-03-09) (age 23)
  • Birthplace: Canada
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 168cm
  • Weight: 48kg
  • Hobbies: Collecting socks, looking for good songs, searching for restaurants
  • Specialties: Taekwondo, caricatures, cooking
  • Family: Dutch-Canadian father (Matthew Douma), Korean mother (Jeon Sun Hee), younger sister (Evelyn Douma)
  • Education:
  • Groups:


Jeon Somi promoting Chrysalis (2016)

Early Years

Somi was born in Canada to Dutch-Canadian father, Matthew Douma, and Korean mother, Jeon Sun Hee, granting her triple citizenship. She also has a sister named Evelyn who is eight years younger than her. Her family moved to South Korea when she was one year old. Because she was of mixed decent, Somi was often bullied in school and hated the way she looked.

Both Somi and her father are skilled in Taekwondo. She has her third-degree black belt but could not gain the fourth-degree like her father due to her age. In 2013, she appeared on the Children's Day Special of KBS2's Let's Go! Dream Team II as part of a Taekwondo demonstration team from Midong Elementary School. In August 2014, she, her mother and her grandmother had a short appearance on episode 187 of Hello Counselor. She also had a cameo role in 2014 film Gukjesijang along with her father and sister.

Trainee Years, I.O.I

Somi auditioned twice for JYP Entertainment before being accepted into the company. The song she used for her audition was 2NE1's "Lonely". She has stated that 2NE1 is the reason she wanted to become a singer and that "Lonely" is her life's song. While still a trainee she appeared in GOT7's "Haji Hajima" music video with other female trainees.

In May 2015, JYP Entertainment held a girl group survival show called Sixteen where trainees were pitted against each other to form the company's new girl group, TWICE. Somi made it to the final round, but was ultimately eliminated due to her lack of dance skills.

In January 2016, Somi joined another girl group survival show, Mnet's Produce 101. She was the only trainee from her company to participate. Out of 101 female trainees, Somi ranked #1 on the final episode with 858,333 votes. Her #1 rank earned her the center position of the show's project group I.O.I. She promoted with the group from their debut on May 4, 2016 until their disbandment in January 2017.

On October 7, Somi was selected as the new host for SBS' The Show along with UP10TION's Wooshin.

SOMI promoting "What You Waiting For" (2020)

2017: Solo Activities

On January 9, 2017, it was confirmed that Somi signed a formal contract with JYP Entertainment to start solo activities. On the 17th it was announced that she would join the second season of variety show Unnie's Slam Dunk as the youngest member. Two days later, she co-hosted the 26th Seoul Music Awards along with Super Junior's Heechul and singer-entertainer Tak Jaehoon.

After the official disbandment of I.O.I, JYP Entertainment launched Somi's website and fan community. She also launched her official Instagram account during the filming of Unnie's Slam Dunk.

On March 9, Somi and singer-songwriter Eric Nam dropped a collaboration track titled "YOU, WHO?".

On April 9, it was announced that Somi would participate in the upcoming variety show Idol Drama Operation Team that would begin airing in May. On the 21st, Somi took part of the Immortal Songs' broadcast alongside her Unnie's Slam Dunk members. On the 25th, SBS announced that both Somi and Wooshin would be departing their positions as host for The Show. The broadcast that day would be their last. That same day FuseTV named Somi as one of the "Biggest Teen Musicians of 2017". She was the only K-Pop solo act to make the list.

Leaving JYP & Solo Debut

SOMI promoting XOXO (2021)

On August 20, 2018, it was announced that Somi and JYP Entertainment agreed to cancel her exclusive contract with the company. A month later it was revealed she signed an exclusive contract with YG Entertainment sub-label The Black Label.

On February 25, 2019, The Black Label announced Somi was preparing to make her debut as a solo artist with a lead single produced by Teddy. Her debut single "BIRTHDAY" was released on June 13th, along with its accompanying music video. She made her first music show appearance as a solo artist on MBC's Show! Music Core on June 15th, performing both "BIRTHDAY" and its B-side "Eojil Eojil (Outta My Head)".

In 2019, Somi was confirmed as part of the cast for Law of the Jungle in Chuuk. In 2020, MBC announced that Somi would be joining Lose If You're Envious as an MC.

On March 28, 2020, Somi's reality series, I Am Somi, was released on The Black Label's YouTube channel showing a daily v-log series of a 20 year old idol. On the sixth episode on May 2nd, Jeon revealed that her comeback was delayed and the series was cut short because of travelling restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic. On July 14th, it was confirmed that Somi would be making her comeback on July 22nd with the new single "What You Waiting For". On July 20th, in conjunction with the release of her new single, Somi signed with Interscope Records, in a partnership with The Black Label; she will be represented alongside Universal Music Group for promotions outside of Asia. On August 6, 2020, Somi took her first music show trophy with "What You Waiting For" on Mnet's M Countdown.

On May 4, 2021, Somi and the members of I.O.I celebrated their 5th debut anniversary with a reunion live stream show called "Yes, I love it!". On July 23rd, it was confirmed that Somi would make her comeback on August 2nd with new single "DUMB DUMB".




Digital Singles




Year Title Role Notes
RR Hangul
2014 Gukjesijang 독고 리와인드 Yoon Maksoon's eldest daughter Cameo


Year Title Network Role Notes
RR Hangul
2013 Chulbal Dream Team Season 2 출발 드림팀 시즌2 KBS2 Guest As part of Midong Elementary School's Taekwondo demonstration team
2014 Annyeonghaseyo 안녕하세요 Guest Ep. 187 – with her mother & grandmother
2015 Sixteen 식스틴 Mnet Contestant Survival show that determined TWICE members
Finished in 11th place
2016 Produce 101 프로듀스 101 Contestant Survival show that determined I.O.I members
Finished in 1st place
Annyeong Urimal 9hoe Star Tansaeng 안녕 우리말 9회 스타 탄생 KBS1 Guest Ep. 13
with Sejeong, Chungha, & Nayoung
Comedy Big League 코미디빅리그 tvN Guest Ep. 168 – as part of I.O.I
Battle Trip 배틀 트립 KBS Traveler Ep. 11-12 – with Zhou Jieqiong
Happy Together 해피투게더 KBS2 Guest Ep. 451 – with her dad
Ep. 453 – with Yoojung, Nayoung, & Chaeyeon
Jal Meoggessseubnida 잘 먹겠습니다 JTBC Guest Ep. 5
M! Countdown 엠카운트다운 Mnet Guest Host 2016.09.01
Hello Friend Chingu Chuga 헬로 프렌즈 친구 추가 KBS2 Guest Special 1 episode show for Chuseok
with Chungha, Yoojung, & Sohye
The Learning Show with Chungha, Sejeong. & Mina
Annyeonghaseyo 안녕하세요 KBS2 Guest Ep. 300
2016–2017 The Show 더 쇼 SBS MTV Host October 11, 2016 – April 25, 2017
2017 Golden Tambourine 골든 탬버린 Mnet Guest Ep. 6
26th Seoul Music Awards 26th 서울가요대상 KBS N Host with Heechul & Tak Jaehoon
Eonnideurui Slam Dunk 언니들의 슬램덩크 KBS2 Main Cast
Idol Drama Operation Team 아이돌 드라마 공작단 KBS Main Cast
Neoui Moksoriga Boyeo 너의 목소리가 보여 Mnet Detective Season 4, Ep. 4-5
2018 Produce 48 프로듀스 48 Host Ep. 1 – with Kang Daniel
Ep. 5 – with Chungha
Music Bank World Tour: Berlin KBS2 Host with Park Bogum
2019 Niga Aldeon Naega Anya 니가 알던 내가 아냐 Mnet Protagonist Season 2, Ep. 1
Law of the Jungle in Chuuk 정글의 법칙 SBS Cast member Ep. 393–397
2020 Bureoumyeon Jineungeoda 부러우면 지는거다 MBC Main Cast
Unite ON: Live Concert V Live Host with Choi Bomin
I Am Somi 아이 엠 소미 YouTube Herself Reality documentary series
2021 Inkigayo 인기가요 SBS Host September 5, 2021; subbing for Ahn Yujin
SBS 2021 Super Concert In Daegu SBS 슈퍼콘서트 in 대구 October 31, 2021; with YooA and Yunho
2022 2022 MAMA Awards Mnet November 29–30; with Park Bogum
2023 2023 MAMA Awards Mnet November 28–29; with Park Bogum

Music Videos

Year Artist Song Notes
RR Hangul
2014 GOT7 Haji Hajima 하지하지마
2016 UP10TION Hayahge Bultaewosseo 하얗게 불태웠어


  • [2016] CJ CheilJedang Alaska Salmon
  • [2016] CJ CheilJedang Spam
  • [2016] SK Telecom
  • [2019] Fanta (with Dae Hwi)


  • [2017] Korea First Brand Awards: CF Model
  • [2020] Mubeat Awards: Best Female Solo
  • [2022.01.08] 36th Golden Disc Awards: Best Performance

TV Music Shows

What You Waiting For


  • She was a trainee for two years prior to her appearance on Produce 101.

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