Holding the title of main vocal is a challenging feat, especially in the sea of talented K-Pop artists. Here is a list of 7 female idols who showcased why they are the stellar main vocals for their groups in pre-debut videos.
1. ITZY’s Lia
In a studio session, Lia was able to showcase her impressive vocal agility singing “The Place You Belong” by g.o.d. Her youthful visuals and school uniform attire showcase just how young she was during this recording! Lia is constantly praised for her unique vocals, which make ITZY’s songs stand out.
2. Red Velvet’s Wendy
Red Velvet’s Wendy is a former show choir kid, which can be seen in her stellar vocals on stage today. In this pre-debut video, a high school Wendy joyfully sings Beyonce‘s “Halo” in front of her classmates, background vocals included! Now, Wendy is one of the most praised main vocals in a girl group for her stellar technique and outstanding high notes.
3. BLACKPINK’s Rosé
In a vertical video, Rosé, sitting on a velvet cushioned bench, is singing her heart out and playing guitar. Her rendition of the Jonas Brothers‘ “When You Look Me in the Eyes” showcased how much of a music lover BLACKPINK’s main vocal truly is. BLINK’s worldwide love Rosé’s vocal tone and artistry to this day.
4. NMIXX’s Lily
In late 2014 the fourth season of K-Pop Star aired on SBS. While many artists have been able to showcase their talents on the show, Lily(previously Lily M) was a standout due to her young age and powerful vocals. In her rendition of “I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys, NMIXX‘s Lily completely swoons the judges over, especially JYP himself. Her powerful high notes have carried over into NMIXX, and fans can always count on Lily to deliver a stellar vocal performance.
5. MAMAMOO’s Solar
MAMAMOO is a group full of strong vocalists, especially Solar. Her sultry and soulful voice is apparent in every MAMAMOO track, and her pre-debut videos are no different. Singing Whitney Houston‘s “I Will Always Love You” is an extreme challenge, but Solar completely nailed her rendition of the iconic ballad.
6. aespa’s NingNing
In 2015 when NingNing was only 13, she performed on the Chinese show Let’s Sing Kid. Singing the ballad “Father” by Wang pulled on everyone in the audience’s heartstrings. Her silky and powerful vocals prove precisely how strong she is as a vocalist. Now, NingNing is known for being the main vocal of SM Entertainment‘s latest girl group with stellar technique and little to no strain in her voice.
7. LE SSERAFIM’s Huh Yunjin
Being a classically trained singer, Yunjin left a massive impression at the High School Musical Theatre Awards at Proctors with her performance as Carlotta from the well-known musical The Phantom of the Opera. Her operatic tone and vocal agility showcase a different side of her voice and prove why she’s a vocal prowess.