Before making their official debut, NU’EST members Aron, Minhyun, Ren, and Baekho were backup dancers for After School Blue’s “Wonder Boy” MV, also performing in the live showcases. On the contrary, JR was featured in After School’s Uee’s debut song “SokSokSok”. He appeared with a rap after the second chorus and also rapped throughout the end of the song. JR was also dubbed as “Bangkok boy” after appearing in Orange Caramel’s “Bangkok City”, while Minhyun starred in the music video of “Shanghai Romance”. Baekho appeared in After School follow-up single music video “Play Ur Love”.
NU’EST was also featured on “Love Letter”, a holiday single with labelmates Son Dambi and After School. The artists later appeared on various stages to promote the single. Minhyun also appeared in labelmates’ Orange Caramel’s MV for “Shanghai Romance”.
The group made their second major unofficial appearance on December 29, 2011, by performing a shuffle dance with After School at the 2011 SBS Gayo Daejun. They even released a CF with label mate Lizzy.
2012-present: Debut and Face
On January 16, 2012, Pledis Entertainment revealed the face of NU’EST’s leader, JR. On the following day, the faces of Minhyun and Aron were revealed. On January 19, 2012, they introduced the final members of NU’EST, Baekho and Ren. It was also revealed that After School’s Uee gave Baekho his stage name.
On March 2, 2012, a NU’EST Bus was spotted driving around the streets of Seoul, advertising the group’s official debut and the title of their highly anticipated single, “FACE”. A little bit over a week later, the official music video for “Face” was released. It was later revealed that their debut single was composed by Swedish songwriter Daniel Bergman. NU’EST made their broadcast debut on Mnet’sM! Countdown on March 15, 2012, with a double stage of “I’m Sorry” and “Face”.
On March 19, 2012, it was revealed that NU’EST would be starring in their own reality show, “Making of a Star: NU’EST, Landing Operation”. On this reality program, the group aims capture the hearts of their fans by visiting various parts of South Korea.
Following Face, NU’EST will begin promotions for I’m Sorry, their follow up track.
NU’EST members Ren and Minhyun made their catwalk debut during Seoul Fashion Week on April 7.
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- 2012: Making of a Star: NU’EST, Landing Operation
- 2011: Happy Pledis MV ‘LOVE LETTER’
- 2012: HELLO VENUS ‘Venus’ MV cameo