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.