BLACKPINK’s Jennie Gives BABYMONSTER Advice She Wishes She Had Received As A Trainee
YG Entertainment has been slowly introducing the members of their highly-anticipated new girl group BABYMONSTER since the beginning of the year.
Seven trainees, Ruka, Pharita, Rora, Asa, Chiquita, Ahyeon, and Haram, were introduced to fans through individual teasers showing their unique talents and daily lives as trainees.
While it was believed that all seven members would be debuting as BABYMONSTER, YG Entertainment shocked fans when they announced just days ago that they don’t intend to make BABYMONSTER a seven-member group.
BABYMONSTER will never be a seven member group. It will definitely be less than seven.
— Yang Hyun Suk, YG Entertainment’s founder and Executive Producer
To determine the final member line-up for the group, the company announced that the seven trainees would undergo a “last evaluation” to determine their status in the future group.
The first episode of Last Evaluation recently aired on BABYMONSTER’s official YouTube channel. It showed the trainees being split into two groups to carry out a vocal mission with 30 days to prepare for their performance.
This week’s episode focused on Team A, which consists of Ruka, Pharita, and Ahyeon.
For their vocal mission, they had the challenge of performing BLACKPINK Rosé‘s song “Gone.”
Team A planned to make the song their own with their unique vocal colors and a newly added rap to show off Ruka’s skills.
As the three prepared for their performance, Pharita’s vocal condition took a turn, causing the highlights of the chorus to be given to Ahyeon.
As the group worked to adjust to the changes and make the best of an unfortunate turn of events, a surprise mentor, BLACKPINK’s Jennie, visited them to monitor their performance and give them valuable advice as a member of one of YG Entertainment’s boundary-breaking girl groups.
When Jennie entered the practice room to surprise the members, she gave them a heartwarming pep talk with advice she wished she had known as a trainee.
As BLACKPINK’s talented main rapper and lead vocalist, she had advice for Ruka regarding her rap performance.
When Ruka asked her sunbae for advice on overcoming nerves on stage, Jennie knew just what to say from her experience.
Before going on stage, rather than thinking about things like, ‘What if I’m not in tune,’ I think of how I’m going to shock everyone sitting out there.
— BLACKPINK’s Jennie
When it came to BLACKPINK’s group mentality during their trainee days, Jennie explained that it wasn’t about becoming the “best singers or dancers” but about proving their all-or-nothing mentality and determination to debut, letting nothing stand in their way.
I think it would have been good if someone told me this when I was a trainee. That’s why I’m saying all these things I wish I knew when I was a trainee… I hope people can see that from you guys too.
— BLACKPINK’s Jennie
Team A’s vocal challenge performance will be revealed during next week’s episode, along with Team B’s song for their challenge.
Check out episode one of BABYMONSTER’s Last Evaluation below!