JYP Entertainment Rejected These 5 Trainees… Now They’re Top K-Pop Stars

Despite being big names in the K-Pop world, these singers and idols faced complications on their road to debut.

Before finding their homes in their current companies and reaching stardom, they actually originally auditioned for JYP Entertainment, and were ultimately rejected.

1. BTS’s J-Hope

Before debuting with the popular idol group BTS, J-Hope auditioned for JYP Entertainment in 2009. While he was not offered a contract, in the end, his dreams did not end there.

He became an official trainee for Big Hit Entertainment in 2010 and debuted three years later.

2. EXO’s Xiumin

The line up of EXO could have been entirely different had Xiumin been accepted as a trainee for JYP Entertainment when he auditioned in 2008.

Fortunately for Xiumin, that didn’t mark the end of his career as he was cast by S.M. Entertainment after participating in S.M.’s Everysing Contest later that year.

3. DEAN

DEAN is one of the most well-known solo artists at the moment. Before making his debut as a solo artist, however, he was actually rejected by JYP Entertainment.

DEAN auditioned for JYP Entertainment when he was only 17 years old, but was rejected and a year later began writing songs for K-Pop acts such as EXO and VIXX.

4. GFRIEND Yuju

JYP failed a young girl during an audition but now she’s a top level K-Pop idol

5. IU

Before being one of the most well known and successful solo singers, IU was on a very bumpy road to stardom.

She had performed at 20 auditions, including JYP over the course of two years and was rejected every time.

Fortunately, Loen Entertainment recognized her talent, signed her in 2007, and debuted her in 2008.

Park Jin Young revealed several years ago that he regrets his decision as she is full of charm and talent.

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