8 most prominent centers of 4th generation idol groups as selected by K-netizens (ft. ITZY’s Ryujin, TXT’s Yeonjun, and more)

Not every center member of 4th gen idol groups is labeled “legendary” by Korean netizens. 

In K-pop groups, members occupying the center position usually have eye-catching visuals and top-tier stage presence. They should be the most well-suited members for every concept. Recently, Korean netizens have picked out 8 most outstanding centers of 4th generation idol groups, both male and female. 

Jang Wonyoung (IVE)

Before making her second debut with IVE, Jang Wonyoung was the center of IZ*ONE – the project girl group that came out of Mnet’s survival show Produce 48. With experience as a center, Jang Wonyoung proves she was born to stand in the middle of every lineup. The female idol draws attention for her pretty, doll-like face, impressive height and surreal body proportions. 

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Wonyoung has a doll-like face…
centers of 4th generation idol groups
… and amazing body proportions

Every time she’s on stage, Jang Wonyoung looks radiant. However, during IVE’s promotions for the debut song ELEVEN, the 17-year-old female idol came under controversy over her lack of energy while dancing and not doing her best as the center. Therefore, many netizens expect Wonyoung to work harder to live up to the center position. 

Wonyoung’s ELEVEN fancam at Music Bank

Ryujin (ITZY)

When ITZY first debuted, despite being a center, Ryujin was often at the edge while performing. She was even deemed to be overshadowed by Yeji. However, thanks to her outstanding charm and performance skills, Ryujin proves herself to be the worthy center of ITZY. 

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Ryujin is getting more prominent every comeback
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She proves herself to be the deserving center of ITZY 

Ryujin is a main rapper, but she dances well and her stage presence is top-tier. The female idol once went viral for a long time for her shoulder dance move in WANNABE. After eye-catching stages at 2021 year-end events, Ryujin gets more appreciated for her performance skills, helping ITZY’s performances leave a strong impression on the public.

ITZY – LOCO & Mafia In The Morning (MAMA 2021)

Karina (aespa)

Among the outstanding centers of Kpop 4th gen, it is impossible not to mention Karina. In addition to her AI-like visual, she also has surreal body proportions with a tiny ant waist and long legs. Karina takes the spotlight every time she stands on stage, so it’s easy to understand why she is given the center position in aespa. 

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Karina has an unreal beauty like a 3D character
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Her perfect body also makes her stand out, no wonder she is chosen as the center of aespa

Karina’s biggest strength is her alluring charisma. However, Karina has recently stumbled into controversy over her underwhelming dancing skills, despite being a main dancer. In the joint performance by 4th gen idols at MAMA 2021, the female idol received negative comments for her stiff dancing and lack of flexibility on stage.

Opening performance of Karina at MAMA 2021

Heejin (LOONA)

LOONA does not assign official positions to the members, but Heejin is often called the “visual center” because of her pretty visuals, along with good singing and dancing skills. Moreover, the female idol also exudes an outstanding charm when standing on stage, so it is easy to understand why she is the first LOONA member to be introduced to the public through the song “ViViD”.

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Heejin is considered the “visual center” of LOONA
ViViD MV  – Heejin 

Unfortunately, LOONA is still not so popular in Korea, despite having a huge international fan base. Therefore, Heejin’s reputation is not on the same level as other centers in this list, although she always fulfills her role well.

Yoon (STAYC)

STAYC is considered an all-center girl group because the 6 members all sing well and have equal beauty, but Yoon is still the most outstanding one.  Right from her debut, the female idol born in 2004 has attracted attention because she is as beautiful as a doll, and has a height of 1m70.  The attractive face helps Yoon look pretty despite wearing many “weird” hairstyles.

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Yoon stands out with her impressive height..
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and beautiful face

Thanks to his outstanding appearance, Yoon always shines at the center of the group’s performances.  If she puts in more effort and is properly invested by the company, Yoon will definitely go further and become one of the top 4th generation centers.

Fancam Yoon (STAYC) – Stereotype + ASAP

Yeonjun (TXT)

Referring to the centers of Gen 4 boy groups, it would be remiss to ignore Yeonjun.  He was once called a legendary trainee of Big Hit for doing well in all 3 areas of singing, rapping, and dancing.  When debuting, Yeonjun shined even more in the center position thanks to his top-notch performing skills.

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Yeonjun is indeed an all-rounder
Fancam Yeonjun (TXT) – 0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Love You)

Appearance is also the factor that makes Yeonjun take the spotlight every time he goes on stage.  The male idol is 1m82 tall, he is not only handsome but also leaves an unforgettable impression with attractive monolid eyes.

Hyunjin (Stray Kids)

Hyunjin is considered the center of Stray Kids because he often stands in the center position.  He is also the most prominent member of the group on stage.  The male idol has good dancing skills, amazing singing and rapping skills.  Moreover, he also attracts fans by his handsome appearance, romantic long hairstyle, which is even a factor that helps Hyunjin become famous.

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Hyunjin attracts fans thanks to his charismatic aura and bright visuals
Fancam Hyunjin (Stray Kids) – Thunderous

However, Hyunjin’s reputation was affected after the scandal of bullying his classmates.  The Stray Kids member apologized and took a hiatus for a while, but he was still criticized by many netizens.

Hyunjin’s image was badly affected after the bullying scandal.  Many people were even annoyed when he was mentioned in the list of legendary Gen 4 centers. 

Juyeon (The Boyz)

Juyeon belongs to the “Bermunda triangle” – the famous visual trio of The Boyz. However, Juyeon’s physical appearance is not the only factor that helps him take on the role of center. He has good dancing ability as the main dancer. Furthermore, his exceptional charisma and stage presence assist the male idol in bringing balance to the group’s performances.

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Juyeon has top notch visuals and professional performing skills
Fancam Juyeon (The Boyz) – MAVERICK

The 8 idols above are all prominent in the center position, but it is Ryujin that is the female center most mentioned by Korean netizens.  As for male idols, only TXT Yeonjun is recognized by netizens.  They think that these 2 idols completely deserve to be the legendary centers of Gen 4.

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… and Yeonjun is recognized by Korean netizens as the legendary Gen 4 center
  • Personally, Jang Wonyoung and Ryujin for female idols, Yeonjun for male idols
  • Why do you keep washing the bully clean?
  • In terms of all-rounder skills and stage dominance, it’s Ryujin and Yeonjun
  • Ryujin and Yeonjun stand out the most on stage, they’re legendary centers
  • Female Idol – Karina, Ryujin. Male Idol – Yeonjun
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