The idol entered the same agency and hosted many programs with him.
Lee Mi-joo, a former member of the group Lovelyz, properly became Yoo Jae-seok’s apprentice. During the three years after being selected as “Yoo Jae-seok’s variety pick,” she entered the same agency as him and revealed her variety talent under the guidance of Yoo Jae-seok.
It was in 2018 that Yoo Jae-seok discovered Lee Mi-joo’s overflowing talent and energy. At that time, Lovelyz, to which Lee Mi-joo belonged, consistently had a pure and dreamy girl group concept. However, Lee Mi-joo was far from being innocent and chose “on the way to work” as a stage to show her charm.
Lee Mi-joo proved her variety sense by posing with her unique cuteness and bizarre poses in music shows or airport photos. Since then, Lee Mi-joo has attracted attention as a new variety talent that the public has never seen before, starting with her appearance in “Happy Together 3” in 2019 and in “Running Man” in 2020.
Yoo Jae Seok paid attention to Lee Mi-joo’s sense of humor and chose her as his “entertainment pick” on the new program. Lee Mi-joo secured her first fixed cast member position in a variety show with tvN’s “Six Sense” and re-debuted as a “Yoo Jae-seok’s apprentice” as she performed better than expected.
Having both good senses and wit, Lee Mi-joo is a gemstone in entertainment. Lee Mi-joo’s charms were that she was always active, passionate, and full of energy. However, her weakness was that she sometimes made inappropriate remarks due to her lack of experience.
However, after meeting Yoo Jae-seok, she started to improve herself and her cheerfulness began to settle down. Yoo Jae-seok’s best friend Ji Seok-jin even calls Lee Mi-joo “the child who takes Yoo Jae-seok’s train”. Lee Mi-joo has followed Yoo Jae-seok from “Sixth Sense” Season 1 and 2 to “Hangout with Yoo”, and even signed a new exclusive contract with Yoo Jae-seok’s agency Antenna.
Lee Mi-joo’s joining Antenna was influenced by Yoo Jae-seok. After her contract with Woollim Entertainment expired, she began to look for a new company. Then, Yoo Jae-seok asked Antenna’s CEO Yoo Hee-yeol, “What do you think about Mi-joo?”. At that time, Yoo Hee-yeol didn’t know how Lee Mi-joo had performed, so he refused by saying, “It hasn’t been long since you came into our company. I will consider it”.
Three weeks later, Yoo Hee-yeol decided to recruit Lee Mi-joo for Antenna. Yoo Hee-yeol said, “At first, I was like ‘Who’s Mi-joo?’ because I rarely watched the programs in which she appeared. After looking up everything about her, I began to understand why Yoo Jae-seok said so. So I asked her to join our company.”