HyunA burst into tears on KBS’s The Unit when JOO auditioned on the show.
JOO is a ballad singer and one of Hyuna’s closest childhood friend since their trainee days in JYP.
“When I first started training, I wanted to become an idol.
I was preparing to debut as one, but I ended up debuting as a ballad singer.
I always had the thought of being an idol in the back of my mind.
I was first hesitant on coming on the show because I thought the general public would be a little reluctant to see me as an idol.
A lot of people are probably wondering, ‘Why is a ballad singer here?’
But I feel like if I don’t try now, there won’t be any other chance.”
She had trained to debut as a member of Wonder Girls, alongside Hyuna.
“Hyuna and I were trained together for Wonder Girls.
I would see Wonder Girls and sometimes think, ‘How would it have been if I was there?'”
Hyuna burst into tears as she recalled back on their training days, and how much time has changed since then.
“JOO and I used to talk about our dreams together since we were in elementary school.
We would ride the subway to JYP together every day.”
JOO performed a beautiful rendition of Min Hye Kyung’s “Miss your face” and moved on to the next round by receiving the all six votes from the judges.
“I thought it was a good stage for you and everyone else who need a second chance.
I saw how happy you looked as soon as the music started.”
San E also praised her courage, expressing his own issues with staying motivated.
“I have been very cowardly and timid on many things lately.
When I saw your bravery on the stage today, it really inspired me.
Thank you for that.”
— San E
Fans also praised her for her courage and celebrated Hyuna and JOO’s reunion.
Joo looks extremely happy. She's so pretty. Her angelic voice. I love joo and hyunAhttps://t.co/XtKFeX1aS6
— dayne (@dynb1a4) November 5, 2017
Viewers can’t wait to see how JOO and Hyuna’s friendship will shine throughout the show.