Chittaphon Leechaiyapornkul, known professionally as Ten, is a Thai dancer, singer and rapper. He is the main dancer, center, one of the main vocalists and a sub rapper in the permanent NCT sub unit, WayV. WayV sings primarily in Chinese, as well as songs in Korean and English, bridging a gap between c-pop and kpop. He is also a lead dancer, lead vocalist and sub rapper in the SM supergroup SuperM, which combines members from Shinee, EXO, NCT 127 and WayV. He is SM's first Thai artist.
II. 2013-2016: SM Rookies
Ten was introduced as an SM Rookie on December 23, 2013. Ten began appearing with other members of the pre-debut SM Rookies team in live performances and variety shows.
He made his first appearance in NCT on April 10, 2016, as part of NCT's rotating combination unit, NCT U. NCT U utilizes different members to match the song and its accompanying performance, as well as serving to debut new NCT members. Ten appeared as a rapper and dancer in "The 7th Sense," NCT's debut single.
Ten appeared in the ongoing NCT reality show, NCT Life, from varying periods throughout 2016-2018. In April-May 2016, he appeared in NCT Life in Bangkok, focusing on the members of SM Rookies and their journey to debut. As part of the show, he served as a guide to the other members to his native Thailand, including Taeil, Hansol, Johnny, Taeyong, Yuta, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Mark, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin and Jisung. As a part of the show, members toured Ten's old school and talked to his teachers.
In October-November 2016, he also appeared in the fourth season, NCT Life: Korean Food King Challenge, a cooking competition show featuring his fellow SM Rookies members, Taeil, Taeyong, Yuta, Doyoung, Jaehyun and Winwin, who had already debuted formally as the permanent sub-unit NCT 127 in July 2016.
Ten returned for the sixth season NCT Life in Chingmai in March-April 2017, again serving as a tour guide to Thailand for NCT members Johnny, Taeyong, Doyoung, Winwin and Yuta.
Ten released a solo song "Dream in a Dream" on April 6, 2017 as part of the digital SM Station project.
He participated with NCT during the NCT 2018 project on March 14, 2018, featuring all NCT members, and debuting three new ones. This project also included the first NCT full album, NCT 2018 EmpathyHe appears as a singer and dancer on the duet "Baby Don't Stop," the re-released "Dream in a Dream" and as a featured dancer in "Black on Black."
Ten duet - Baby Don't Stop:
Dance practice - Baby Don't Stop:
Ten solo - Dream in a Dream:
Dance practice - Dream in a Dream:
Black on Black:
Dance practice - Black on Black:
Ten released another solo song, "New Heroes" on April 6, 2018 as part of the SM Station project, as well as co-creating the choreography.
SM announced plans to launch an NCT China unit on August 13, 2018. The formation of the group was finalized and announced on December 31, under a new China-exclusive label. Due to the political tensions between China and South Korea at the time, the group was not promoted as an NCT sub unit.
During December, Ten also choreographed a number of dances as content for the NCT Dance channel on YouTube.
III. January 2019: WayV debut
Ten debuted in the permanent Chinese sub unit WayV on January 17, 2019 with the EP The Vision. Ten is often considered one of NCT's best dancers, including from choreographers that have works with the group, and his artistic fluid style of dance shapes WayV's overall dance style. He has a strong singing voice, that serves as a counterpoint to the two other main vocalists' styles, which are softer and delicate or more powerful with a wider range. WayV has a sleeker, sexier sound and style than the other sub units, as well as a more fluid style of dance.
WayV released a second EP on May 9, 2019, Take Off.
IV. August 2019-April 2020: SuperM and 2nd WayV EP
SM Entertainment and Capitol Music Group announced a "K-pop supergroup" formed of members of popular SM boy groups. Described as "the Avengers of K-pop," the group included Shinee's Taemin, EXO's Kai and Baekhyun, NCT 127's Taeyong, NCT 127 and NCT Dream's Mark, and WayV's Ten and Lucas. As a heavily dance-focused group featuring members recognized as some of the top dancers in k-pop, Ten is a lead dancer and lead vocalist, as well as a sub rapper.
The group was met with mixed reactions from fans who felt SM was prioritizing this new group over the members' existing groups. Additionally, the group's promotional activity was heavily focused outside of Korea, notably in the United States. However, the group debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts on October 4 with its first EP SuperM.
WayV also released another EP on October 29, Take Over the Moon.
SuperM began touring through North America, Latin America and Europe through February 2020, before being halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also premiered the first online-dedicated live concert on Vlive on April 26, 2020.
V. June 2020: First WayV full album
WayV released its first full album Awaken the World on June 9, 2020, following its online live concert on Vlive. It also appeared on its own reality show, WayVision.
VI. August 2020: First SuperM full album
Ten participated in SuperM's reality show Mtopia with other SuperM members in the build-up to the release of their first album. SuperM's full album was released in September 25, 2016, debuting at #2 on the U.S. Billboard charts. Additionally, SuperM participated in multiple live online events.
One (Monster & Infinity)
VII. October 2020: NCT 2020
WayV also participated in the NCT 2020 project in October 2020, featuring all NCT members, and debuting two new ones. This project also included a 2-part NCT full album, NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1 and NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2. He appears as a singer on WayV's song "Nectar," as well as a part of NCT U combination units on 3 songs: "90s Love," "Work It" and "Faded in My Last Song." He also features in the combination single "Resonance," which combines multiple songs. He also moves to center as part of the dance formation at points in the choreography. The entire project also appeared on NCT World 2.0, a competition-focused show.
90s Love (dance and rap-focused - he is 1 of 2 vocalists)
Work It - 1 of 4 vocalists
Faded in My Last Song - 1 of 5 vocalists
WayV - Nectar
MAMA 2020 Performance -Xiaojun appears at the end with the other foreign members of NCT during From Home
NCT World 2.0
Ten also featured in key dance segments during the Resonance music shows and award events, as well as performing in a separate sequence with Monsta X's Shownu during the MBC Gayo Daejejeon on December 31, 2020.
AAA awards, where he has a featured dance break
NCT Resonance on MAMA
Performance for MBC Gayo Daejejeon 2020
WayV Turn Back Time on MAMA
March 2021: Kick Back
WayV released its third EP, Kick Back, on March 11, 2021, while simultaneously airing the second season of its reality show WayVision. Ten showed greater development and range within his vocals with the songs on the album.
SM released a video using the audio from NCT's MAMA performance that captures the journey of the members through their career.
VIII. Social Media
Official Weibo: https://weibo.com/WayVTEN
His official NCT emoji is 🐱 (cat face.)
2017 - "Dream in a Dream"
2018 - "New Heroes"
2020 - "The Riot" with Ginjo
New Heroes: Dance practice
X. Dance Performances
April 2018 - "New Heroes" (co-choreographer with 1LL)
July 2018 - "Devils"
December 2018 - "Coco Chanel" (Nicki Minaj feat Foxy Brown) for NCT Dance
December 2018 - "Taki Taki "(DJ Snake ft Selena Gomez, Ozuna, Cardi B) for NCT Dance
December 2018 - "Humble" (Kendrick Lamar) for NCT Dance
April 2019 - "Lovely "(Billie Eilish, Khalid) - for Rainbow V (choreographer)
Taki Taki (DJ Snake ft Selena Gomez, Ozuna, Cardi B)
Humble (Kendrick Lamar)
Coco Chanel (Nicki Minaj feat. Foxy Brown)
Lovely (Billie Eilish, Khalid) - Rainbow V
Television and Web Content:
2014 - EXO 90:2014
2016 - NCT Life in Bangkok
2016 - NCT Life: Korean Food King Challenge
2017 - Master in the House (guest)
2017 - Real Class - Elementary School (guest)
2018 - South Korea Foreigners (guest)
2019 - WayV Dream Plan
2019 - Crazy Magic: Season 6 (guest)
2019 - Food Truck Battle
2019 - Happy Camp (guest)
2019 - Day Day Up (guest)
2019 - All for One (guest)
2019 - The Way to Your Heart (guest)
2019 - IQIYI 2019 Fan Fiesta (guest)
2019 - SuperM: The Beginning
2020 - WayVision
2020 - Knowing Brothers (guest)
2010 - Life Corp (guest)
2020 - MTopia
2020 - After Zzz (guest)
2020 - Random Q (guest)
2020 - Dong Dong Shin Ki (guest)
2020 - SuperM: As We Wish
2020 - NCT World 2.0
2021 - WayVision 2: Winter Sports Channel
- Ten is SM's first Thai artist.
- Ten is a choreographer.
- Ten can play the piano and guitar.
- Ten is fluent in five languages: Thai, Korean, Mandarin, English and Japanese.
- Ten is also an artist and his designs have been utilized on WayV merchandise.
- Ten is creative, whipsmart, blunt, sassy and funny and loves to hassle his fellow member Kun. He's also sweet and thoughtful, especially with the younger members.
- His fans are called 10velys.
- Ten is Alice in WayV's Princess performance of their song "Bad Alive" for Winwin's birthday