NCT‘s Shotaro posted a dance cover of EXO‘s song “Growl” on the SM Entertainment TikTok account @pinkinmyblood — but he wasn’t alone!
Dancing with Shotaro is an unknown person wearing a similar uniform-style outfit and a hat purposefully covering their face.
At first, fans thought it might have been fellow NCT member Renjun. However, Renjun has a birthmark on his hand that the person in the video doesn’t appear to have!
It could be simply an SM Entertainment choreographer or dancer. But fans questioned why they would dress them in a similar outfit to Shotaro’s if this were the case!
The logo on the blazer could be NCT’s new logo, as it looks slightly similar to the badge-style logos SM Entertainment rolled out earlier last year.
Furthermore, the person’s hat has the word “green” on it, and NCT’s brand color is a shade of green titled Pearl Neo Champagne!
Fans wonder if the person could be a new member of NCT. The group confirmed they are preparing for NCT 2021, and they have a history of adding new members before these full-group projects: in 2018, Jungwoo, Lucas, and Kun joined; in 2019, Hendery, Xiaojun, and YangYang joined; Shotaro and Sungchan joined just last year.
There is speculation that NCT will debut a Japanese unit soon, now that there are two Japanese members in the group: Yuta and Shotaro. Fans think it’s possible that this person could be one of the members!
They could also be “Y from Tokyo,” a trainee introduced through SM Entertainment’s official casting Twitter account back in February. This would make them a potential member for the company’s new boy group, referred to as “SMNBG.”
— SM Audition Official (@smaudition_) February 6, 2021
Whether they’re a new NCT member, a trainee preparing for SMNBG, or simply a dancer within the company, only time will tell!