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The8 (SEVENTEEN) Profile, Bio, & Facts


The8 (디에잇) is a Chinese singer and a member of the K-pop boy group SEVENTEEN under Pledis Entertainment. He also made his solo debut on June 9, 2019 with single “Dreams Come True”.

The8 (SEVENTEEN) Profile

Stage NameThe8 (디에잇)
Birth NameXu Ming Hao (徐明浩)
OccupationSinger, songwriter
BirthdayNovember 7, 1997
Active Years2015–present
Age26 (in 2024)
Zodiac SignScorpio
Height179.8 cm (5’11″)
Weight58 kg (128 lbs)
Blood TypeO
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Early Life

– The8 was born in Haicheng, China.
– He’s been practicing martial arts since he was five.
– He graduated from Beijing International Academy of Arts.

Personal Life

– He doesn’t have any siblings.
– Initially DK was planning to use the name THE8 and he was about to use the name ‘Louie.’ (DOYOURAM)
– The8’s ideal type is someone cute and kind.
– He has won over 40 awards from martial arts contests.
– His role models are his parents and Henry from Super Junior M.
– His stage name represents the infinity symbol when the “8” is laid down.
– He released his solo song ‘Dream Come True’ in China and all of its profits were donated to building a library in an elementary school. (DOYOURAM)
– He used to have his own room in the old dorm.
– He likes to drink wine with Joshua.
– If he were a dog, he would like to be a dog that guards the sheep. (BuzzFeed Celeb)
– He uses Youtube and Instagram the most on his phone.
– He hopes to look cool and sexy on stage.
– He is the most romantic and charming according to Wonwoo. (Superlatives)
– His style is hip-hop-inspired.
– He excelled in school before pursuing breakdancing seriously.
– DK thinks he and Dino are the best dancers of the group.
– He has the best sense of style according to the members because he is passionate about fashion. (Who’s who)
– In Korea, he’s known as Seo Myung Ho.
– He danced in China for six years.
Jun said he has a perfectionist personality and he tends to keenly pursue anything he finds interest in. (Anan Magazine 2018)
– He has a driver’s license.
– The8 is good at taking photos in an artistic way according to S.Coups. (Allure Korea)
– He was good at using nunchucks but forgot most of it. (iQIYI)
– His nicknames are Little 8 and Fairy.
– He’s a fan of the frog character Kermit.
– He and Mingyu have similar fashion interests.
– He is in the performance team in SEVENTEEEN.
– He does stretching before going to bed.
– He is a former professional bboy and was a member of a bboy team for 6 years. (DOYOURAM)
– He dreamed of being a superstar since he was young and auditioned in China.
– The members said he looks like squidward.
– There was a moment when he went to the training center at 5 a.m. and helped trainees who had been practicing all night.
– He was scouted by PLEDIS during a break dancing class at Beijing Contemporary Music School.
– He won 1st place in a martial arts competition at the age of 6.
– Possibly because of the influence of Chinese tones, he has a slight dialect accent, regardless of where he’s from.
– He’s good at cooking and can cook scrambled eggs with tomatoes, egg fried rice, egg pancakes, and scrambles eggs with chives.
– He never skips meals.


– He is a lead dancer, sub vocalist, and sub rapper in SEVENTEEN.
– In 2008, The8 appeared on a Chinese TV show called CCTV Variety Show. Later, he also appeared on another Chinese program called Day Day Up.
– In 2012, he took part in the 6th Shanghai World Dance Competition, which happened from April 27 to April 30.
– He was a dance mentor on “Idol Producer” season 2.
– The8 officially debuted as a member of Seventeen on May 29, 2015.
– He trained for one year and five months.
– In 2018, The8 participated in a Chinese reality TV show called Chao Yin Zhan Ji, along with his bandmate Jun.
– In 2019, he served as one of the two dance coaches, alongside Jolin Tsai, in the Chinese survival show Youth With You.
– On May 4, 2021, he released a single called “Mom’s Missed Call” with his bandmate Wen Junhui.
– On March 18, 2022, The8 released a Chinese single called “Hai Cheng” (海城).

Likes & Dislikes

– He enjoys summer because he loves the ocean.
– His favorite colors are black, white, and bright ones.
– He likes break dancing, martial arts, and watching dramas.
– He likes to meditate.
– He enjoys outings with his group, like riding bikes and watching movies.
– He likes sweet, woody, and heavy scents.

Food Preferences

– He’s not a fan of drinking alcohol.
– He likes tea.
– His favorite food is ‘rice.’
– His favorite tea is pu’er tea because he has a weak stomach. (Arena Homme+ 2022)
– He likes to eat Gyudon (beef bowl)
– He loves dishes with meat and vegetables.
– He prefers Chinese food over Korean food.
– Cold foods upset his stomach, so he avoids ice cream.


– When he’s sad or stressed, he reads.
– He used to have a stubborn personality and would not try things if he was doubtful. (Allure 2022)
– He’s open to others’ opinions and likes playing pranks on close friends.
– He’s into cleanliness and often cleans up the dorm.
– He prefers to show his love through his actions more than words. (BuzzFeed Celeb)

Celebrity Friends

– He’s close to members of other groups like Pentagon, NCT, and more.
– He’s close to NCT‘s Winwin.

Major Work

– His most popular songs includes; “Side by Side (Korean ver)”, “Hai Cheng”, and “Side by Side (Chinese ver)”.
– The8 also took part in the OST “Maze” from The King: Eternal Monarch (Chinese ver.).

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