Kpopmap Charts: 7 Idols Who Almost Debuted Through Other Agencies
When an idol really makes it big in the industry, they become the face of their agency – their names becoming almost simultaneously one in the same with one of the Big 3. (Could you imagine an SM Entertainment without TaeYeon? How about a YG Entertainment without T.O.P? Yeah, we didn’t think so.)
For this week’s Kpopmap Charts, we’re going to make your head spin a little and introduce seven K-Pop idols who were supposed to debut in completely different agencies before finding the one that they finally broke into the scene with. We can’t help but wonder how their previous agencies would’ve changed the direction of their career.
1. 2PM’s Jun.K – YG Entertainment
Before Jun.K found a home in JYP and a brotherhood with his fellow ‘beast idols’ in 2PM, he is rumored to have trained alongside BIGBANG’s G-Dragon and TaeYang at YG Entertainment for a short time.
2. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon – SM Entertainment
Speaking of G-to-the-D, did you know that G-Dragon used to be a trainee at SM Entertainment? He was scouted by CEO Lee Soo Man when he was just eight years old and stayed with the agency for five years before making his way to YG. How weird would a SHINee-ready Kwon JiYong be?!
3. MONSTA X’s ShowNu – JYP Entertainment
Apparently, JJ Project was supposed to be JJJ Project! During the taping of MONSTA X survival competition “No Mercy,” ShowNu shared that not only did he used to train at JYP, but he was even supposed to debut as a trio with JB and JinYoung of GOT7.
4. B.A.P’s Zelo – YG Entertainment
Zelo is among a number of popular idols rumored to have trained at YG Entertainment, but allegedly was held from debut due to his young age. The idol was noted not only for his rapping ability, but his dancing skills – having trained at a dance academy owned and operated by BIGBANG’s Seungri.
5. HyunA – JYP Entertainment
Another former JYP trainee, HyunA actually debuted through the agency – featured as the main rapper in the original Wonder Girls line-up. The singer’s parents pulled her out of activities due to health concerns, with the rap responsibilities handed over to Good Entertainment trainee YuBin.
6. B2ST’s HyunSeung – YG Entertainment
Perhaps the most famous ‘almost’ on this list is this ‘almost’ BIGBANG member – B2ST’s HyunSeung. The idol may not have made it into the final group, but fans can check out his adorable trainee days with the group in their pre-debut documentary.
7. Wanna One’s DaeHwi – JYP Entertainment
This “Produce 101” cutie pie has been making a splash with his project group, Wanna One. But before he was Brand New Music, he was just another trainee at JYP Entertainment, where his epic friendship with I.O.I’s Jeon SoMi first began.