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6 K-Pop Idols Who Spent More Than a Decade as a Trainee

They say perseverance is the key to success, and literally these 6 idols are living proof.

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With so many talented people training to debut as a K-Pop idol, the competition is rough and long. Although with some luck, some people debut in a short amount of time, these 6 idols spent more than a decade as a trainee. Over the 10 years experience, they’ve persevered to gain the right mindset and set of skills to go beyond their debut stage.

Must Read : 10 K-Pop Idols Who Debuted Quickly With Lightning Fast Speed

Check out who’s dedicated over 10 years just to see their final debut stage!

 

1. JiHyo of TWICE

Started training in 2005, debuted in December 2015.

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2. YeoEun of Melody Day

Debuted after 10 years of training since she was in middle school.

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3. G-Dragon of BIGBANG

Spent 11 years as a trainee since he was a kindergartner. 5 years in SM and 6 years in YG.

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4. Yang JiWon of SPICA

Almost debuted as Five Girls, but debuted after 10 years of training. Disbanded within 5 years.

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5. G.Soul

Longest trainee in JYP. Was cast into JYP with SunYe and JoKwon in 2001, but finally debuted in 2015.

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6. XiYeon of PRISTIN

She was a child star since she was a toddler before turning to training as an idol. She trained for 9 years after her child actor days to debut in April 2017.

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Born to be an Idol? Different Careers of Idols Before Debut

We all think that idols are need “Born to be” since they live such a special life.

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However, there are some members who had been working in a different field before they decided to be an idol.
Just imagine running into them if they were not an Idol. Would we have gone right passed them? Or would we have fallen in love like we are now.

Here are some idols who had a different path in the past

Leo of VIXX
He was one of the soccer player in National Youth Soccer Team. Now we know why he was so happy when he met JiSung Park, the famous soccer player.

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Key of SHINee
Key was also one of the member of Nation Water Ski team. How many talent does he have? I lost count.

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Jackson of GOT7
He was a fencing player in Hong Kong National Fencing team. When he was a player, he was ranked 11th in the world junior fencer.

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InSoo of MYNAME
He was famous for being ballet teacher of Son YeonJae, one the famous woman gymnast. He taught her basic ballet for two years. I guess there is reason why he was even good at sports.

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JeUp of IMFACT
He was in a national team of martial arts. He was even invited to perform in Brazil Samba Festival 2012.

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Chart 10 Wednesday: Pre-Debut Part Time Jobs by Busy Bee Celebs

These busy bee Korean celebrities worked their butts off at part time jobs before they were given a chance to debut.

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The road to stardom is hardly a road full of flowers. You must go through extensive training for over years, while living off of little to no pay. In order to pursue their dreams, many Korean celebrities started off at the bottom of the food chain – part time workers (aka. alba).

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You probably never knew these 10 stars went through so much before they made their first step towards the stardom status.

 

10th – Ken of VIXX

Before his debut, Ken worked at a hamburger join for over 9 months. He was so famous that girls came to eat at the restaurant just to see him. They say that on his last day, the restaurant was flooded with his fans… this was all before his debut!

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9th – Jung WooSung

Can you even imagine this Adonis statue working part time that doesn’t involve the luxury life? Jung WooSung worked at a cafe before his debut, and just his presence brought in a ton of female customers.

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8th – YuJeong of Brave Girls

YuJeong worked at a cafe before her debut. Four years ago, she even met the original members of Brave Girls while working at the cafe. Who knew that she would debut as a Brave Girls herself?

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7th – ChoA of AOA

ChoA was a busy bee not just as the leader of AOA, but even before she knew of her AOA fate. She recently revealed that she raised over 5 million won a month while working as a part time employee at a tele-marketing company.

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6th – WooHyun of INFINITE

He may look like he was born with a silver spoon, but WooHyun worked hard for his chance to debut. He even applied for a motorcycle license so that he can work part time as a delivery boy for a Chinese restaurant. He also worked as a model for a small shopping mall.

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5th – HyeRin of EXID

HyeRin even worked part-time after her debut. When she first debuted with EXID, the group was doing terribly. In order to help her members, she secretly started working part time at an ice cream store. When SolJi heard of this secret years later, she cried for her younger member’s devotion to the team.

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4th – SECRET’s HyoSung

HyoSung worked at a coffee shop, ice cream shop, and a jjajangmyun restaurant. She said she was popular among the customers while working at a cafe.

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3rd – Kim TaeRi

Before she made her name known through the movie “Handmaiden”, Kim TaeRi did multiple part time jobs, such as at a fast food joint, cafe, convenience store and more. She used to sell soy milk at markets, when a cafe owner asked her to come work as a barista thanks to her good looks. She also modeled for a Samsung ad for Kim Yuna.

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2nd – Ryu JunYeol

The trendy star started off working as a delivery boy, catering server, convenience store clerk, waiter at a Korean BBQ place, package deliverer and more. His most memorable job was working at a goods store at a SHINee concert!

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1st – SoJin of Girl’s Day

SoJin tops our list mainly because she’s the iconic part-time experienced idol that comes to mind first. In order to financially support her dream to become a singer, she would practice during the day and work two part times at night. She worked everywhere from bars to tele-marketing companies. She says the most difficult job was putting stickers on socks. She worked so hard that she even fainted from the lack of nutrition and rest.

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10 K-Pop Idols Who Debuted Quickly With Lightning Fast Speed

These 10 K-Pop idols were so talented (and lucky) that they only required the bare minimum length of training.

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Usually K-Pop idols train for endless amounts of years before they get the chance to debut. 2 years of trainee era is considered common, while others train for over 10 years just to stand on their debut stage. However, there are also idols who trained less than a year before they were pushed out onto their debut stages. Was it luck? Good timing? Maybe they needed no training whatsoever!

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Here are the 10 K-Pop idols who debuted quickly with lightning fast speed!

 

1. EXO’s BaekHyun (7 Months)

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2. APink’s Jeong EunJi (2 Months)

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3. VIXX’s Hyuk (2 Months)

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4. miss A’s Suzy (10 Months)

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5. BIGBANG’s SeungRi (10 Months)

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6. Rainbow’s WooRi (7 Months)

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7. Super Junior’s KyuHyun (3 Months)

 

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8. Lovelyz’s YeIn (4 Months)

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9. Goo Hara (3 Months)

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10. Wonder Girls’ YeEun (0 Months)

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Chart 10 Wednesday: K-Pop Idol Trainees Who Rose to Fame Pre-Debut

It’s never too early to gain a massive fandom for yourself – even before you officially debut into the K-Pop scene!

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We’ve been seeing a lot of survival audition and debut programs like “Produce 101” and “Kpop Star 6”. With the massive popularity that these shows bring in, the participating trainees of various labels are garnering a large amount of love and fame even before they set foot on their official debut stage!

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This week, we take a look at 10 K-Pop idol trainees who’ve yet to officially debut, but have risen to massive fame!

 

10th – Han Byul

She may just be a tiny elementary schooler, but she’s got the talent and heart that matches any K-Pop idol out there. Han Byul is a fan favorite among “Kpop Star 6”, as she stole the hearts of JYP, YG and Yoo HeeYeol with her talent that makes everyone rethink her age.

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9th – Jung KiSeok

Jung JiSeok is one of the most famous JYP trainees. When he participated in “Boys 24”, fans recognized him as the trainee who had been under JYP’s training system for over a year and a half. Although he had failed to make it onto Boys 24’s final lineup, fans are patiently awaiting JYP news of his official debut.

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8th – Jeon SoYeon

We saw this familiar face in both “Produce 101” and “Unpretty Rapstar 3”! Jeon SoYeon wowed the viewers on both shows with her unique persona and rapping skills. She’s currently signed under Cube Entertainment, and rumors have it that she’s preparing her official debut. Will she be a soloist or a girl group member? We’ll just have to wait and find out!

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7th – Krisha Chu

Krisha Chu is a trainee under Urban Works Entertainment, but she only recently gained fame through “Kpop Star 6”. With her stunning visuals and outstanding dance abilities, she won the hearts of not just the public, but the undivided attention from JYP and YG! She’s currently been cast into YG Entertainment on the show, and fans patiently await her official debut.

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6th – Lee HaeJoon

HaeJoon was first relatively famous among trainee-fans from his 1 year of training in LOEN Entertainment and another year in Woollim Entertainment. He made his screen debut on Mnet “Boys 24”, where he won over more fans through his heart warming guitar performance. He won a place into the final lineup of trainees, and is currently promoting as Boys 24 as a pre-debut-trainee-who-kind-of-debuted-but-didn’t.

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5th – Jeon MinJoo

Jeon MinJoo initially debuted before as a part of The Ark. The team fell apart, leaving her to return back as a trainee. She recently auditioned for “Kpop Star 6”, where she has been making strides and creating fans left and right. Her beautiful visuals, solid talent and her undying support for her fellow contestants places her 5th on our famous trainee list!

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4th – Shannon

Shannon is also an idol-trainee who had debuted before. She debuted in 2014 as a soloist under Core Contents Media (now known as MBK Entertainment). Her success didn’t meet the expectations, so she’s currently a trainee. As a last hope, she entered the “Kpop Star 6” ring, and it seems to be paying off. With a combination of her past-debut fans and her new fans, Shannon will surely make a lasting impression as a trainee and debut idol!

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3rd – Kim ChungHa

This dancing queen own the stage wherever she goes, but she is still considered a trainee! Now that I.O.I is over, she’s training hard under M&H Entertainment for her solo debut. With superb vocal talents and an unmatched dancing ability, we don’t doubt that ChungHa’s fame will go above and beyond her current fame status as a trainee.

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2nd – Choi YooJung & Kim DoYeon

I.O.I’s forever-sisters Choi YooJung and Kim DoYeon have yet to debut, but pull in a massive amount of followers and fans. The pair are scheduled to debut sometime this year as the trainee group Fantagio Girls. Although their exact official debut date hasn’t been set, their fandom from I.O.I brought the upcoming Fantagio Girls a lot of love and attention!

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1st – Jeon SoMi

Without a doubt, the most famous pre-debut trainee is SoMi of I.O.I. Surprised? She actually has yet to officially debut as an idol. Many mistake her as a debuted artist, because of her fame from “SIXTEEN”, “Produce 101”, I.O.I, “Unnies’ Slam Dunk 2”, concerts and more. However, she’s still considered a trainee under JYP Entertainment, and will be continuing her training to officially debut – as a girl group or soloist! As she continues to train, she will continue her broadcast appearances.

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