Xu Minghao (Chinese: 徐明浩; Korean: 서명호; born November 7th 1997), known by his stage name THE8, also stylized as The8, is a Chinese singer, dancer and songwriter based in South Korea. He is a member of the South Korean boy group SEVENTEEN under "Performance Team".

 Profile[edit | edit source]

  • Position:
    • Lead Dancer
    • Sub Vocalist
    • Visual (Because I said so)

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

The8 was born in Anshan, Liaoning, China on November 7th 1997. He attended Beijing Contemporary Music Academy.

Career[edit | edit source]

2008–2014: Pre-debut[edit | edit source]

He made his first appearance on Seventeen TV in late 2014.

2015–present: Debut with Seventeen and solo activities[edit | edit source]

In 2015, The8 debuted with the South Korea boy band, Seventeen. Their first EP 17 Carat was digitally released on May 29.

After debuting with Seventeen, The8 also landed a television role in Real Class - Elementary School in 2017.

On December 12, 2017, Pledis Entertainment announced that The8 would be suspending his promotional activities due to a waist injury. It was not until the release of the revised album "Directors Cut" that he return to promotions.

The8 released his mixtape, "Night and Rain"(밤과 비), on March 8th 2018. The song was released on Soundcloud, along with a sneak peek posted to his Instagram.

In 2018, The8, along with his bandmate Wen Junhui, participated in the Chinese reality TV show Chao Yin Zhan Ji (潮音战纪). The8, along with his Victor, went on to complete the show, coming in second place.

In 2019 he served as one of the two dance coaches (alongside Jolin Tsai) in the Chinese survival show Idol Producer 2.

The8 made his solo debut on 9 June 2019 with the single, "Dreams Come True". The choreography video for the single was released on Seventeen's official YouTube channel on June 11th 2019.

On May 4, 2020, The8 announced the release of a second single, "Falling Down". The single was released on May 8, 2020.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

 TV shows[edit | edit source]

Year Title Network Role Note
2010 Day Day Up Hunan Satellite TV Cast member
2017 Real Class - Elementary School SBS
2018 Chao Yin Zhan Ji Tencent (China) Contestant with Jun
2019 Idol Producer 2 (Qing Chun You Ni) iQiyi (China) Dance mentor
Day Day Up Hunan Satellite TV Cast member

Music shows[edit | edit source]

Year Title Network Role Note
2017 M Countdown Mnet Special MC with Wonwoo, Woozi, DK, Mingyu, and Jeonghan
2018 with Jun, Joshua, Vernon

Credits[edit | edit source]

= Participated

✖ = Didn't participate

SEVENTEEN Discography[edit | edit source]

Year Album Song Writing Composer Arrange
2016 Love & Letter Drift Away
Going Seventeen HIGHLIGHT
2017 Al1 My I
- My I (Chinese Ver.)
Teen, Age Without You
2018 We Make You Highlight (Japanese ver.)
(Single) Oh My! (Chinese ver.)
2019 (Single) Home (Chinese Ver.)
An Ode 247
Network Love
2020 24H 247 (Japanese ver.)
Semicolon HEY BUDDY
2021 Your Choice Wave

 Discography as a soloist[edit | edit source]

Year Album Song Writing Composer Arrange
2019 - Dreams Come True
2020 - Falling Down
2021 Side By Side Side By Side (Chinese ver.)
Side By Side (Korean ver.)

Mixtapes[edit | edit source]

Year Artist Song Writing Composer Arrange
2018 The8 Night And Rain


Year Artist Song Writing Composer Arrange
2020 The8 Maze

Discography[edit | edit source]

Digital singles[edit | edit source]

OSTs[edit | edit source]

Mixtapes[edit | edit source]

Other releases[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Nickname: Cute King, Little Prince, Little8, Fairy, Hao, Mr.8, Xiao Ba, Kinghao, King of China, Dragon8/yongpal, Eisa, 🐸
  • Family: Mom and dad (He’s an only child)
  • Education:
    • Beijing International Art School (Graduated)
  • Specialty: Break dancing, Martial arts, Tumbling, B-boy
  • Hobby:  Break dancing, Martial arts, Shopping, Painting, Photography, Reading 
  • Training Period: 1 year and 5 months
  • Favorite Drinks: Milk, green tea latte, wine
  • Favorite Animals: Puppy
  • Favorite Body Parts: Eyes, hands
  • Favorite Colors: Black, White, bright colors
  • Favorite Number: 8
  • Favorite Season: Summer
  • MBTI Personality types: INFJ (Advocate)
  • He was the last member to join the group.
  • He has been practicing Chinese wushu since he was 5 years old. 
  • His role models are his parents. 
  • He is a Christian and Buddhist.  
  • He participated and won first prize at the National Children’s martial arts competition.  
  • The meaning behind his stage name is that the number 8 is a number well liked by many people in China and when the 8 is laid down, the infinite sign appears. 
  • He wanted to be a superstar since he was young. He got into an audition at school when he was in China.  
  • He did b-boying in China for 6 years.  
  • He always makes sure to eat his meals without skipping any. Even if he has to wake up at 3 AM, he would wake up 1 hour before and eat. 
  • His role model is Henry. He is Chinese and really works hard and efficient. He wants to be like him.  
  • He said he watched a lot of variety shows when he was in China and he wanted to be a superstar, so that’s why he became a singer in Korea. 
  • Between Korean food or foreign food, he prefers Chinese food. 
  • He created and is part of a group chat with other Chinese idols who work in Korea, including Jun, WayV's Kun, and Pentagon's Yanan. 

Spotify[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Official Links[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Seventeen Logo gallery.png
To view the The8 gallery, click here.

References[edit | edit source]

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