There are celebrities who failed auditions at big agencies, then moved to other smaller companies and succeeded
Today, let’s get to know 7 talented idols JYP lost.
IU is the first person that comes to mind when a KPOP fan think of a solo female singer. IU has established herself as an unrivaled solo artist, breaking the formula that it is difficult to succeed as a female soloist in an era of idol groups.
As a singer, IU captivated the public with her musical talents such as writing lyrics and composing, her unique voice and vocal skills.
IU’s activities in the entertainment industry were so diverse that she is undeniably an all-rounder entertainer. After participating in dramas “Dream High”, “Producer”, and “Moon Lovers”, she rose to the top as Jang Man-wol in “Hotel Del Luna” in 2019.
It was reported that IU participated in JYP’s auditions in the past and surprisingly failed. However, she did not give up on her dream to become a singer and knocked on the doors of various agencies, finally debuted at EDAM Entertainment and has been doing well until now.
Park Jin-young, the head of JYP, regretted failing IU. In fact, he said, “I regret it,” adding, “Who dared to fail IU?” and said he would find that staff.
Hani, the member who saved EXID’s career with her “Up And Down fancam,” has also been a trainee at JYP in the past, along with SISTAR’s Hyolyn, Secret’s Song Ji-eun, and Bestie’s Yuji. However, she was eliminated from the company after about a year and eventually debuted at another agency.
EXID did not get much response at the beginning of its debut, so the members even thought of “disbanding.” Thanks to Hani’s fancam, the group received recognition and climbed up the charts.
At the moment, after moving to another agency, Hani is currently working as actress Ahn Hee-yeon. She played Ju-young, a runaway teenager, in the movie Young Adult Matters, released in 2021, and received good reviews for her performance.
Xiumin from EXO
EXO’s Xiumin, the oldest member of EXO, has also participated in JYP auditions in the past. At the age of 19, Xiumin gave up the CSAT and chose to become a singer. Unfortunately, he failed JYP’s auditions. However, the idol later entered SM Entertainment, one of the three major agencies and debuted as a member of EXO after about three years of training.
The group became a global top idol after creating a big fandom in various countries, including Korea and China. Xiumin is also building his acting skills by appearing in the TVING web drama “CEO-dol Mart,” which began airing in September.
Members Yoon Doo-joon, Yang Yo-seop, Lee Ki-kwang, and Son Dong-woon of HIGHLIGHT have all been trainees at JYP.
They became close to each other while being JYP trainees and later debuted as members of BEAST under Cube Entertainment. The group proved its potential by winning first place on music shows, rookie awards and grand prizes.
Currently, after changing the group name from BEAST to HIGHLIGHT, they have established a new agency, Around Us. In their 14th year since their debut, they have consistently released albums and held concerts.
Ha Sung Woon
Ha Sung-woon, who made his debut as a member of Wanna One by participating in the Mnet survival ‘Produce 101 Season 2’ and gained a lot of popularity, is also one of the talents JYP missed.
Ha Sung-woon participated in the audition for JYP’s 6th recruitment of trainees at the age of 17 in 2010. He made it to the final round, but unfortunately failed.
Ha Sung-woon, who layer entered another agency, debuted as a member of Hot Shot in 2014. However, he didn’t get much attention at the time, and participated in ‘Produce 101 Season 2’ as a new challenge.
Ha Sung-woon showed off his stable vocal skills and gained a lot of fans with his cute appearance. He became a top idol as he joined the group Wanna One after the show. And now he’s continuing his career as a soloist.
Yook Sung-jae from BTOB
The youngest member of BTOB, Yook Sung-jae, participated in the 6th JYP open recruitment and got to the final round, but unfortunately failed at the end.
However, with visuals, singing skills, and talents, he debuted as a BTOB member after becoming a trainee at Cube Entertainment.
BTOB didn’t get attention from the beginning, but later gained the title “vocalist idols” and gradually becomes recognized. Yook Sung-jae also proved his outstanding acting skills by starring in the drama “Goblin” in 2016, “Mystic Pop-up Bar” in 2020, and “The Golden Spoon” last year. Not only that, but he also appeared in various entertainment shows and showed his witty personality.