"후! 몬스타엑스! 안녕하세요, 몬스타엑스입니다."
|—Monsta X's greeting, "Panda's Birthday"|
Monsta X (몬스타엑스, stylized as MONSTA X) is a South Korean boy group formed by Starship Entertainment in 2015. The group consists of Shownu, Wonho, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Jooheon (aka Joohoney), and I.M.
The group was formed through the survival show No.Mercy, produced by Mnet in association with Starship Entertainment, and broadcast by Mnet in December of 2014. The final members were decided in the final episode.
They presented a debut showcase on May 13, 2015, at the Lotte Card Art Center, and officially debuted on May 14 in Mnet's music show, M! Countdown. Also, their first mini album, TRESPASS, was released the same day.
Their name, Monsta X, is a reference to them being "monsters conquering the music scene". It can also mean "my star", as mon means "my" in French. The "X" symbolizes the unknown.
Their fans are referred to as "Monbebes", mon bébé meaning "my baby" in French.
- Shownu (셔누) – leader, main dancer, lead vocalist
- Wonho (원호) – lead vocalist, visual
- Minhyuk (민혁) – sub-vocalist, face of the band
- Kihyun (기현) – main vocalist
- Hyungwon (형원) – lead dancer, sub-vocalist
- Jooheon (주헌) – main rapper, sub-vocalist
- I.M (아이엠) – lead rapper, sub-vocalist, maknae
- Although Jooheon's stage name is now Joohoney, Panda Bear calls him Jooheon.
- Monsta X on the Monsta X Wiki