While JYP Entertainment is one of the most successful K-Pop companies, that doesn’t mean that all people accept offers to join the company. Here’s a list of some Korean celebrities who rejected offers from JYP Entertainment.
1. Jungkook (BTS)
Jungkook is someone who got scouted by seven different agencies, one of them being JYP Entertainment.
However, he decided to join Big Hit Entertainment because of how cool he thought RM was!
Model and actress Clara received an offer from both JYP Entertainment and SM Entertainment. However, she decided to refuse both their offers since she had no intention of becoming a singer.
3. Park Bo Gum
While it might be hard to believe, Park Bo Gum originally didn’t want to be an actor, but wanted to become a singer! He even sent his audition clip to multiple companies which included, JYP Entertainment, SM Entertainment, and YG Entertainment.
Park Bo Gum got accepted to all the companies he applied to and ended up signing with an acting company since they contacted him first.
4. Vivian Cha
Model Vivian Cha received offers from both JYP Entertainment and SM Entertainment. She didn’t accept the offers as she wanted to continue modeling and had no intention of becoming a singer.
5. CL (Former member of 2NE1)
Before joining YG Entertainment, CL was a trainee at JYP Entertainment! However, she decided to leave the company for YG Entertainment due to her being a fan of Teddy Park, who is one of the main producers at YG Entertainment.
6. Oh Hyuk (Hyukoh)
Oh Hyuk is someone who got accepted by JYP Entertainment, SM Entertainment, and YG Entertainment.
I passed all of them. At the time, I auditioned for SM, JYP, and YG, and I even passed SM’s camera audition. I don’t know why I passed. So I kept doing that, and I kept making songs and singing them for my parents.
— Oh Hyuk
However, he ended up turning all of them down since none of them matched his music style.
In high school, SM Entertainment asked me to come to Seoul, but I didn’t. It was during my school semester, and their color didn’t match with mine. I wasn’t ever going to dance, and I’d never listened to any music made by them. And, well, look at how I look.
— Oh Hyuk
7. Wooseok (UP10TION)
Wooseok is a little different, as he never confirmed the type of offer he got from JYP Entertainment, or if he failed his audition. However, he did reveal on an episode of Radio Star, that when he was working as a barista pre-debut, he received a lot of calls from entertainment agencies, one of them being JYP Entertainment.