3 Biggest K-Pop Underdog Stories That Are Straight Out Of A Movie Plot

Debuting as an idol isn’t enough to guarantee success, and often, more idols end up failing rather than succeeding.

These three groups, however, pulled through a tough rookie period and came out on top after going viral on the Internet.


A video of EXID’s Hani catapulted the group into immense popularity after one fan cam of her dancing to “UP&DOWN” went viral.

It racked up over 24 million views on YouTube and is now referred to as the “legendary Hani fancam”.

According to EXID, they believed “UP&DOWN” would be their last promotional album due to their stagnant popularity, so this fan cam truly turned everything around for them.


NU’EST have already been in the industry for 6 years, yet their popularity ceased to grow. To continue their dreams of being idols, the members competed on Mnet’s trainee survival show, Produce 101, and won the hearts of many viewers.

Although Minhyun made it into Wanna One, the other members of NU’EST became equally as popular, having held one of the biggest fan meetings in K-Pop.

Last Year This Group Couldn’t Even Fill A Small Auditorium, Now They Sell Out Concert Halls


GFRIEND’s popularity and recognition levels went through the roof after one particular performance of “Me Gustas Tu”.

They were performing it at an open radio broadcast on a rainy day, but due to the rain, the stage became slippery and made it incredibly difficult for the members to maintain their balance.

Throughout the performance, some of the members slipped several times on stage, but they remained resilient and got back up to continue the performance until the very end.

Their professionalism truly shone through and they were highly praised for their strong work ethics.

Source: Dispatch