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May 27, 2011

100 Things U Need to Know about 2NE1

One of the hottest K-Pop idol girl groups is coming to town! They're not just anyone, but 2NE1! This group has been close to the hearts of the Filipinos since one of their members, Sandara Park, had her acting career in the Philippines and was known to be the "Pambansang Krung-Krung". Other than that, we know you'd want to know more about each member. So we're giving you this "100 Things U Need To Know About 2NE1".

CL (Lee Chae Rin) - Leader, The One and Onle Baddest Female

1. During her childhood years, she frequently traveled with her family, because of her father’s occupation as a Physics professor

2. Recently, it was revealed that CL’s father, Professor Lee Ki Jin is not only a physicist but also an author for children’s stories

3. Languages she can speak - French, Korean, Japanese & English

4. CL used to be a JYP trainee and shared dorms with So Hee. She was said to be very close to both Ye Eun and So Hee

5. She became a YG trainee in 2006 after she personally handed her demo to YG Entertainment. She was originally supposed to debut as a solo artist but eventually became the leader of 2NE1

6. She was featured in a song recording of Big Bang’s “Intro (Hot Issue)”. However she was not credited

7. Her dream is to become an American rapper like Lil Kim

8. On a radio interview, CL revealed that she used to wear boy school uniform to school since they don’t have pants for girls

9. CL's nickname when she was in Japan was "Pig-rabbit"

10. CL-roo was coined for many terms such as “Ahh go go go!!!” & “Oh my Gawdddd” that she often used in 2NE1TV

11. She is the birth mother of Tam-Tam, which was later on adopted by Sandara

12. She is not really good with computer, but she does know how to use iTunes and use internet to search for pictures of Teddy

13. CL is a clean freak. She is in-charge of the overall cleaning and organizing of their living quarters

14. CL used to be a translator between local and foreign dancers. She learned hip-hop from them

15. She also knows other various dances, including jazz and ballet

16. CL was raised as a Roman Catholic

17. If given an opportunity, she wants to try to live in Egypt, Africa, and Greece

18. Known as the "sleepy head" of 2NE1, the longest she had ever slept is 20 hours

19. She has a sexy mole on her chest which was revealed due to her daring white outfit for "Heartbreaker" performance at 2009 SBS Gayo Daejun

20. CL never cries in front of 2NE1 members

21. She gave one of the robots from "Can't Nobody" MV to Teddy for his room

22. Her choice of coffee is Americano

23. CL is attracted to things that have spikes

24. She wrote her rap in G-Dragon's track, "The Leaders"

25. On 2NE1TV, she said that she can draw very well, but only when she’s drawing lion-bear, pig-rabbit, and duck-snake

BOM (Park Bom) - Main vocalist

1. English name: Jenny Park

2. Languages she can speak: Korean, English, Japanese

3. Bom resided in America for six years as an exchange student

4. She enrolled in Lesley University with a major in Psychology, then transferred to Berklee College of Music to pursue her music career

5. Before she came to YG Entertainment many years ago, Bom decided to audition in SM Entertainment, but was rejected

6. Bom was rejected by YG Entertainment the first time she auditioned but that didn't stop her. She continued to knock on YG's door for the next 3 years and was finally accepted as a trainee

7. Her debut was on MBC show Music Core on November 25, 2006 alongside Big Bang's GD and TOP performing Big Bang's "Forever With You"

8. She was hired as the Hyori look-alike for Lee Hyori’s last Anycall commercial film, prompting her to record her own version of Anystar, with G-Dragon replacing Lee Junki with his own version of lines.

9. She was featured in some songs by her seniors, namely Big Bang’s G-Dragon and T.O.P, Lexy and RedRoc together with Masta Wu

10. Park Bom loves corn!

11. She has named American singer Mariah Carey as one of her biggest influences who inspired her to get into music

12. Bom is the youngest child in her family but the eldest member in 2NE1

13. Bom revealed that the group was originally planned by YG to be a 3 member group with Goo Hye Sun and Sandara Park

14. She has 2 dogs: Choco and Danchoo (button)

15. Bom really likes to eat healthy foods and her favorite is deer belly button

16. Instruments she can play: piano, cello, flute

17. Bom has been revealed to be doing the “Lettuce Diet” to lose weight

18. Bom is often mistaken to be the singer Dia. Fans have compared Dia's looks and powerful vocals to Bom

19. She is known to be a shy person, very secretive and emotionally touched quickly

20. Bom used to sleep walk

21. Teddy revealed that Bom is fond of drawing heart shapes in her lyrics

22. Bom's ideal type is Jay-Z

23. She had a part in GD & TOP's "Jibe Gajima" but was edited out

24. Her nickname is "Bbang Bom," meaning "Bread Bom"

25. Out of 2NE1, she has the most number of fans in her individual fancafe in Korea

DARA (Sandara Park) - Sweet-voiced vocalist

1. Her unusual three-syllable Korean name, which she has talked about numerous times during interviews, comes from a Korean general, Kim Yushin, whose childhood name was "San Da Ra"

2. Dara used to be celebrity in the Philippines. She appeared in movies, dramas, commercials, and released a ong collection, which achieved 2x platinum status in sales

3. She used to be an actress and student at the same time. She is excellent in Math and Physics

4. Her younger brother is Park Sang Hyun, known to be "Thunder" of the Kpop idol group MBLAQ

5. Yang Hyun Suk of YG Entertainment discovered Dara after seeing the KBS documentary, "My Name is Sandara Park"

6. Dara trained under YG Entertainment for 3 years before debuting in 2NE1

7. She stands out the most among all the other members of the other girl groups. She has several fanboys and admirers attached to her name. To name some are 2PM's Wooyoung, FT Island's Choi Minhwan, Park Hae Jin, MC Mong, MBLAQ's Lee Joon, 2AM's Seulong, Kim Taegoon, U-KISS' Kevin, and Lee Jung Suk

8. She became popular for her palm tree hairstyle during the Fire days which was parodized by various artists. She also set the trend by popularizing tenggu hair, apple hairstyle, byeomeori (the one with the braid in front), and many other various hair styles

9. Dara's hometown is in Busan, and she speaks the Busan dialect

10. She cited Uhm Jung-hwa, as the one she looks up to because of her beauty, sexiness and cuteness all rolled into one polished package

11. Dara always texts instead of calling because she thinks it gets awkward when you call someone

12. She has a birthmark on her right leg that she had always covered up with leggings or socks during her celebrity years in the Philippines. That's why she didn't wear shorts and skirts

13. Dara has a habit of stealing other member's cellphones and putting her picture as a wallpaper

14. Kim Ji Eun was her vocal trainer

15. Dara's kissing scene with Bigbang's T.O.P in Gummy's MV "I'm Sorry" was revealed to be just a camera trick

16. Dara was voted by the rest of the members to be the best at variety shows

17. She said she likes to wear jeans and T-shirts and usually wears them at home

18. Dara was the first member to release a single featuring fellow member CL's unique rapping skills in the song entitled "Kiss"

19. She is a big fan of Lee Hyori. She a member of LH fancafe

20. Dara's favorite Filipino food is sinigang na hipon. She is good in peeling shrimps

21. She is afraid of dogs and big animals, particularly that of G-Dragon’s dog Gaho

22. She deletes the number of the person who doesn’t reply to her messages. She even deleted the number of 2NE1 members once

23. In an interview, she stated that her ideal guy is Korean actor Won Bin

24. Dara was dubbes as the "Me2day Queen" because of gaining 200,000 followers that said to be the largest number of followers for a celebrity

25. Among the members, only Dara eats ramyun/ramen

MINZY (Gong Min Ji) - Maknae, The dancer

1. Minzy is the grand daughter of dancer and actress Gong Ok Jin, who was a performer of Pyeongshin choon

2. Minzy went to the same dance company, Millyohrae Joy Dance Academy and Plug In Music Academy, with Bigbang's Seung Ri, Yunho, and KARA's Goo Hara

3. There was a video of Minzy dancing that was uploaded in the Internet and got many hits and praises for her dancing ability. Because of her rising popularity, YG contacted her and recruited her

4. Originally she was supposed to debut in Japan with ex-YG trainee May Doni, who left YG Family for another record label

5. She joined YG Entertainment when she was in 6th grade

6. Minzy has a Gundam collection

7. She loves taking photographs and wants to be a professional photographer someday

8. She is the best cook among the 2NE1 members

9. She sings 24/7 even when she is not on stage or on rehearsals

10. Yang Goon loves her so much that he gave her a nickname, "Brilliance"

11. Minzy confessed on Yoo Hee Yeol's Sketchbook that she sometimes has trouble understanding lyrics

12. Minzy likes cross stitching

13. She called herself as "Bom Junior" because of her exercising and dieting

14. She is known as the “child that G-Dragon adores even more than Seungri”

15. She cited famous entertainer Michael Jackson as her musical influence

16. She’s a member of 문미엔 (Moonmien), which stands for “Christian meeting for culture media entertainment workers”. It has small scale worships and prayer meetings. Siwon (Super Junior), Tiffany, Yoona, Hyoyeon & Hyoyeon (SNSD), Jungjoon, Kim Junghwa, Yang Donggeun, Kim Soohyun and Ryu Won are also members of 문미엔

17. She is a huge fan of Usher

18. Minzy is known for her thick lips

19. Minzy can dance sexy to any song even if it's a children song

20. She loves wearing dresses and skirts

21. She is noted for her popping and locking dance skills and it has seem to be her signature moves

22. She wanted to be a contemporary dance choreographer but ended up to be a singer

23. Minzy loves songs from '90s and '70s even '80s trot songs

24. She loves to read and if she start something, it is hard for her to stop

25. Minzy loves puppies, but a bit scared of dogs

Special thanks to 2NE1PH.

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