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Lai Kuan-lin, also romanized as Lai Guanlin, (Chinese: 赖冠霖; Hangul: 라이관린, born 23 September 2001) is a Taiwanese rapper and singer based in South Korea. He is known for finishing seventh in Produce 101 (season 2) and was a member of the South Korean boy band Wanna One.[2]


Early life[edit]

Lai was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He lived in Los Angeles, US for five years until he returned to Taiwan. He attended Lin-kou High School.


2017–2018: Produce 101 and Wanna One[edit]

Main articles: Produce 101 Season 2 and Wanna One

Lai was recruited by Cube Entertainment during the Cube Star World Audition in Taiwan in 2016. In 2017, Lai participated in the second season of Produce 101, representing Cube Entertainment. He ranked seventh during the final episode with 905,875 votes,[3] securing him a place in the show's project boy group Wanna One under YMC Entertainment.

In November 2017, Lai appeared in labelmate Jeon So-yeon's music video for her single "Jelly".[4]

As well as being active as a Wanna One member in South Korea, Lai is also active in China, receiving an offer from skincare brand Dr. Jart to be their brand ambassador,[5] resulting in a great success for the company with over 900 million KRW (US$800,000) of the endorsed product being sold in 56 minutes.[6]

2019: Disbandment of Wanna One and solo activities[edit]

After Wanna One's disbandment on 31 December 2018, Cube Entertainment announced that Lai will focus on solo activities in China and that he will debut in a new boy group later in the year. He was confirmed to guest on variety show Happy Camp.[7][8]

In January 2019, Lai was confirmed as male lead in Chinese drama A Little Thing Called First Love.[9][10] Lai, alongside Yu Seon-ho and Ha Neul were chosen as new models for TBJ clothing brand.[11]

On 20 February 2019, Cube Entertainment announced that Lai would participate in a new group project alongside Pentagon's Wooseok.[12] The unit released their debut extended play, 9801 on 11 March, with the title song "I'm A Star".[13][14][15]

Lai held his first fanmeeting 'Good Feeling' on 6 April at Olympic Hall in Seoul.[16] Followed by Bangkok (20 April), Singapore (30 April), Taipei (4 and 20 May) and Hong Kong (11 May).[17][18][19][20]


In 2018 and 2019, Lai Kuan-lin became an ambassador for Dr.Jart+[5], MGTV International APP[21], Chinese Social Assistance Foundation[22] and Green Carpet Action (Marie Claire x China Green Foundation)[23]. He has endorsed Nongfu Spring (农夫山泉), TBJ[24] , L'Oréal[25] and Downy[26][27], KM Pharmaceutical (XYLIS)[28] , Perfect Diary, VIVLAS Lipstick, Wolong Nuts and elleair.



Television series[edit]

Year Title Original title Role Network Notes Ref.
2019 A Little Thing Called First Love 初恋那件小事 Liang Younian Hunan TV Lead role [9]

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2017 Produce 101 Mnet Contestant  


Concert participation[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result Ref.
14th Asia Model Awards
2019 Asia Special Award N/A Won [30]
China Youth Public Welfare Award Ceremony
2019 Next Generation Influencers for Global Philantrophy N/A Won  
2019 Golden Bud - The Fourth Network Film And Television Festival Best Newcomer A Little Thing Called First Love Nominated [31]
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