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