If you didn’t already know, Itzy are the emerging queens of K-pop. Just a year into their careers, the powerhouse JYP Entertainment rookies have exploded onto the scene with their infectious, confidence-boosting anthems like “Dalla Dalla,” “Icy,” and their latest single, “Wannabe.”
I mean, how can you NOT stan a group that sings lyrics like, “Stop with the nagging, I’ll take care of it” and “Can’t let you kill my vibe, that’s a no no”?
But let’s rewind real quick and dive into how Itzy came to be. The name “Itzy” means “to have” or “got it,” and their slogan/greeting is “All in us,” which all together means that they’ve got everything you could want in a K-pop group — yes, they’re that confident. ✨That’s also why their premier showcase tour (which brought the girls to five US city stops in January 2020) was called “Itzy? Itzy!” It’s basically like saying, “Got it? Got it!”
Housed under JYP Entertainment, the group is made up of five talented members: Yeji (the leader), Ryujin, Chaeryeong, Lia, and Yuna. Their fans are called Midzy, which thoughtfully combines “trust” in Korean (“믿음” or “mid-eum”) and their own name, Itzy. They officially debuted in February 2019 with It’z Different and the lead single, “Dalla Dalla,” but the members had already captivated audiences with their incredible performance capabilities even prior to their debut — with Chaeryeong competing on Sixteen (the JYP Entertainment reality competition show that created Twice), Ryujin earning the top female spot on JTBC’s show Mix Nine, and Ryujin and Yuna’s cameos in BTS’s “Love Yourself Highlight Reel.” Seriously, it’z all so impressive.