Many singers and idols express that they want to collaborate with IU, recently Suga of BTS. Even Eugene of S.E.S once confessed that she wanted her daughter to become someone like IU.
It’s not hard to find IU’s name on several Kpop beauty charts. Many male idols confessed that IU is their ideal girlfriend, recently Tao (former of EXO) admitted that he has fallen in love with a female idol, later found out by netizens that this female idol is IU. Not only that, she became the main actress of many hit K-Dramas.
As strange as it sounds, with such many strengths, IU was rejected more than 20 times by many companies, including JYP.
At that time, IU was said to not suit the image of a girl group JYP was forming. It is said that the agent who turned IU down that day was fired from JYP.
Looking at IU’s achievement and her worldwide reputation, it’s understandable that Park Jin Young was upset, he even confessed: “My heart breaks every time I see IU”. Indeed, who doesn’t regret not recruiting such a big star like her!
Before officially entering the KPOP entertainment industry, Lee Hyori was once an ardent fan of the legendary group H.O.T from SM Entertainment. That’s why she decided to audition for SM, but was rejected.
Hyori admitted that it was her biggest failure, because all she wanted was to be as successful as other SM artists at the time like BoA, DBSK or S.E.S. After that, Hyori nearly debuted with Yoon Mi Rae in the group Uptown Girls of World Music entertainment.
At that time, DSP Media began to keep an eye on her and tried to recruit her after many discussions with World Music.
Finally, Hyori made her debut in the first-generation idol group Fin.KL. With an attractive physique, skillful and powerful dance moves, after 22 years of debut, Hyori is still popular to this day, even more famous than many SM idols.
Obviously, Hyori proves that one doesn’t need to be in a Big3 company to achieve great success.
Every Kpop fan definitely knows that Xiumin once auditioned for JYP but was unfortunately dropped. In the same year, Xiumin decided to go for another Big3 company, which is SM.
He registered and became the runner-up of “Everysing Contest” organized by SM. Not long after that, he became an SM’s trainee. When debuting with EXO, Xiumin took on the main vocal position beside Baekhyun and Chen, thanks to his strong and stable vocals.
EXO is now one of the most famous male KPOP groups worldwide with so many high quality products. To this day, many fans still want to thank JYP for turning Xiumin down, because if JYP didn’t, then Xiumin would never be a part of EXO
After having a spectacular debut with EXID and becoming one of the most famous female idols, Hani surprised people when she revealed that she had trained at JYP but was eliminated.
After that, she was then contacted by Banana Culture and debuted with EXID. No one could imagine the pain of being a Big3 trainee, and then got dropped to a smaller one like Banana Culture.
However, Hani didn’t lose any hope. Thanks to her talent and effort, she has achieved great success that she could have not gained if she’d still been in JYP. People call Hani the “fancam queen” as her fancam videos on Youtube often get millions of views.
Not only that, Hani possesses a powerful vocal, it was proved when she became a runner-up of “King of Masked Singer”. Additionally, Hani receives lots of love from fans and even nonfans because of her 4D personality when joining reality shows. So, JYP once again missed a perfect idol.
CL is also a famous name in the list of being rejected by JYP. Similar to Hani, CL was eliminated during the internship and then joined YG at the age of 16. She debuted with 2NE1 and quickly became famous thanks to the unique swag style that is completely different from most girl groups at the time.
2NE1 is also the group that received the most Daesang awards in MAMA’s history. After only 3 years of debuting, CL and her fellows received 2 trophies of “Song of the year”, 1 for “Album of the year” and 1 for “Artist of the year”.
Notably, 2NE1 is the first female Kpop group to receive the title of “The best new group in the world” at MTV Iggy (2011).
The success of CL and 2NE1 is clearly so big that many people still mock JYP for eliminating her. But maybe CL’s style just doesn’t fit with JYP’s concept, not that she wasn’t talented enough for JYP. So it makes perfect sense to say that CL belongs to YG.
Yook Sungjae surprised many people when he revealed in “Master In The House” that he once went to the final audition at JYP but was eliminated because of his appearance. He also said that being eliminated at JYP had hurt him so badly that he even decided it was the first and last time he took the audition as a trainee.
However, opportunity once more time came and changed his decision. Sungjae became a trainee at CUBE Entertainment and debuted with BTOB.
In addition to being one of the best singers of Kpop, Sungjae is also a potential actor when he has joined many K-dramas, which are very popular among Asian countries.
Looking at Sungjae’s achievements today, fans believe that JYP again made a mistake.
It seems like JYP always turns down big idols. They rejected potential artists so many times that people started to call them “the rejecting company”. Their victim this time is J-Hope.
After being rejected by JYP, J-Hope became a trainee at BigHit, a small company at the time. Far forward to 2016, J-Hope and his group BTS received their first Daesang, marking the first great achievement of BigHit.
However, many people said that it was just luck. 2 years later, J-Hope released his first solo mixtape titled “Hope World”. This was a project that he prepared meticulously.
After his solo debut, the song ranked at number 63 and then climbed to No. 38 on the Billboard 200. J-Hope became the first Korean solo artist that achieved the highest ranking on this chart.
The successes from the first solo mixtape proved J-Hope’s excellent songwriting ability. He is also the second Korean solo artist after Psy to appear in the top Artist 100 Chart. In 2019, J-Hope released the music video “Chicken Noodle Soup” featuring famous singer Becky G. This song simultaneously debuted on two famous music charts, UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100.
The MV of the song also got the top trending in more than 80 countries. Together, J-Hope and his teammates prove that luck is when JYP turned him down so he can now be an indispensable part of BTS.
Bi Rain is considered the “King of Kpop” with his illustrious solo career. After 18 years of working in the Kpop industry, he’s still a reputable name and is admired by almost all juniors.
Everyone knows that the success of Rain in the early years was supported by JYP Entertainment.
Still, it turned out that he had auditioned for YG Entertainment but unfortunately, shared the same fate with other artists who were rejected by YG.
Later, Yang Hyun Suk admitted that not accepting Bi Rain is a great loss for his company. A decade has passed and he still regrets it.
After this loss, maybe YG should think a hundred times before turning down any idol.
Crush is currently one of the leading solo singers in the Kpop industry. He has changed so many companies before joining Psy’s P Nation.
However, few people know that Crush once auditioned for YG but failed. He then signed with Amoeba Culture, and his career started here.
Currently known as Korea’s top R&B artist, Crush achieved unexpected success with the 2 albums “Interlude” and “Wonderlust” which he released in 2016.
In particular, his song “Don’t Forget” featuring Taeyeon received tons of compliments from fans. It reached an All-kill achievement on the 8 most extensive online music charts of Korea in 3 days.
Not stopping there, Crush proved his international influence when successfully holding the tour “Crush On You” in the US and Europe.
Critics commented on his music like this: “Best spiritual food for cold days.” Maybe YG should know by now what they have missed.
G-Dragon (BIG BANG)
BIGBANG’s leader G-Dragon is on the list of artists who make SM regret. Before joining YG and having a successful career as now, G-Dragon was discovered by SM. He spent 5 years – a very long time – being a trainee at SM.
However, SM never really cared about him. Things took a turn when G-Dragon took a hip-hop class at an academy where he used up all of his luck to be noticed by the YG President. Yang Hyun Suk realized G-Dragon’s potential and convinced him to join his company.
In 2002, G-Dragon finally left SM and started all over again at YG and debuted with BIGBANG. This legendary boyband has achieved the records that every KPOP group desires. They own 75 winning trophies on weekend music shows.
The group also owns a huge number of triple crowns, which is 11. In 2009, G-Dragon officially released his first solo album “Heartbreaker” with 150,000 copies sold, and received the “Album of the Year” Award MAMA 2009.
To conclude, SM should better pay more attention to their artists so they don’t leave and become their great opponents.
Wendy (Red Velvet)
Wendy is another idol who made a Big3 company regret, which is YG Entertainment. She once sent audition videos to YG but was not accepted.
Many fans still don’t understand why YG rejected her since this is a company that prefers idols’ real talent over appearance, and though Wendy didn’t look remarkable at the time, her voice is obviously the top.
Luckily, she was later recruited into SM and became the main vocalist of Red Velvet. Wendy has had many opportunities to show off her talents during her 6 years with Red Velvet. She’s currently considered one of the best singers of gen3 thanks to her incredible vocals.
There were some people think that Kpop idols barely had a proper singing ability, but they had to reconsider after listening to Wendy’s. Netizens believe that she would be more successful if she ever becomes a solo artist.
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