Most K-Pop idols spend years training under their entertainment companies before making their debut. While some idols had famously long trainee periods, like TWICE’s Jihyo, who trained for 10 years before debuting, some are recruited and expected to debut just a few months after joining their companies.
Here are some of the shortest training periods amongst 4th generation female K-Pop groups!
1. Giselle (aespa) — Ten Months
Giselle made her debut in aespa after just ten months of training, the shortest amount of time of any female SM Entertainment idol! Some fans credit her time in her school’s choir as something that helped her to debut with such a small amount of formal training.
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2. (G)I-DLE’s Shuhua — One Year And Six Months
In 2016, (G)I-DLE‘s Shuhua accompanied some of her friends to a CUBE Entertainment audition, where she passed and joined the company as a trainee. Just two years later, she debuted as the youngest member of the group!
3. LIA (ITZY) — Two Years
ITZY‘s Lia became a trainee at JYP Entertainment in 2017 and also trained vocally at Dream Vocal Academy. She made her debut with ITZY around two years later. Before being a JYP trainee, she also auditioned for SM Entertainment but ultimately never ended up signing with the company.
4. Kazuha (LE SSERAFIM) — Six Months
While LE SSERAFIM‘s Kazuha trained as a professional ballerina for years and was accepted into some of the most prestigious ballet schools in the world, she was a trainee under HYBE for a short six months before her debut.
5. Sullyoon (NMIXX) — Two Years
NMIXX‘s Sullyoon passed auditions for SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and Fantagio before ultimately picking JYP Entertainment in the end. She was cast in 2020 through a private audition and made her debut just two years later!
6. Yoon (STAYC) — Two Years
According to the members themselves, STAYC‘s Yoon had the shortest training time of the members at just two years.
7. Huening Bahiyyih (Kep1er) — ~One Year
It’s unknown exactly how long Kep1er’s Huening Bahiyyih trained before joining Girls Planet 999. Play M Entertainment revealed she was signed to their agency, but it’s unclear if she joined them before or after joining of show’s lineup. Based on information from her dance academy, it was concluded that she had been an official trainee for less than one year!
8. IVE’s Wonyoung — One Year And Two Months
Wonyoung became a trainee when she was only 12 years old and was only 13 years old when she participated in Produce 48. After IZ*ONE‘s dissolving, Wonyoung was introduced as a member of IVE.