1. BTS’s J-Hope
When I was in my third year of middle school, I took part in… What’s it called, the open auditions? Yeah, I’m from JYPE’s open auditions. Starting with that one, I auditioned for Big Hit. So I was lucky. The timing worked out for me.
2. EXO’s Xiumin
is one of the most well-known solo artists at the moment. Before making his debut as a solo artist, though, he was turned down by JYP Entertainment.
4. GFRIEND’s Yuju
Yuju auditioned for the first season of K-Pop Star, and while Yang Hyun Suk gave her praise, she was immediately shot down by Park Jin Young for her “average singing and dancing,” and failed to advance further in the show.
During an appearance on MBC‘s Radio Star, 2AM‘s Jo Kwon shared that CL was a trainee at JYP Entertainment for a period of time. While she was unable to debut at JYPE, she quickly found a new home at YG Entertainment and debuted with 2NE1, a second generation group that all K-Pop fans know and worship to this day.
7. Lee Daehwi (AB6IX)
Lee Daehwi was a well-known JYP Entertainment trainee during his time there, participating in the company’s trainee showcases. However, he transferred to Brand New Music and later appeared under the label for Produce 101 Season 2. He debuted with WANNA ONE, and later, with AB6IX.
Lee Daehwi’s friendship with then-fellow trainee Jeon Somi was well known, and the two are still great friends today.
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