You’ve probably heard of Korean entertainment companies holding auditions that people can apply to become interns at, which tends to be the most common method of recruitment. However, this is certainly not the only way to be cast by a K-Pop company, and some idols’ stories seem almost unreal! It’s amazing how many currently popular K-Pop idols were thrown on the street or by some other method, just for their looks, or how they carried themselves. Here are 8 idols whose casting stories are some of the most bizarre or incredible!
1. Eunwoo (ASTRO)
Eunwoo did not want to become a K-Pop idol when he was younger, and did particularly well in school with plans to become a lawyer later in life. When he was contacted by a recruiter during a school festival after he got out of the bathroom and got a business card, he planned to ignore it.
However, it was his father who encouraged him to apply for the company – which turned out to be Fantagio – with the logic that he could quit if he did not like it. With this advice, Eunwoo tried himself for the company and found that he liked it more than expected and the rest is history.
2. Nichkhun (14.00)
Nichkhun lived near Los Angeles at the time he was contacted by a recruiter, and attended a music festival that included artists such as God and NRG. A woman approached him and spoke Korean, but since he only spoke English and Thai at the time, he could not understand her. A translator with the woman explained that she was from JYP Entertainmentand wanted him to accompany her back to her hotel room to film an audition tape!
Of course, this was incredibly creepy for Nichkhun, and he declined the offer, but gave the woman his phone number. She was determined to get him to audition and kept contacting him about it until he finally came to audition for the woman in front of a Starbucks near his home. And that’s how his K-Pop career began!
3. Yang Yang (WayV)
Although YangYang’s casting story in itself was pretty normal, it was what led him to audition that was unusual! While playing a basketball game, he ended up seriously injuring his shoulder to the point where he had to undergo surgery. It was during the operation that he had a dream that led him to become a K-Pop idol.
At the time, I had a dream that I still remember until now. I perform on stage, but I did not know how to dance. I did not know the choreography and I do not know what the song was. I was just standing on the stage. But nothing happened. It just went normally. Then I woke up.
He was confused about the dream at the time, but only a few weeks later he saw an announcement for an online audition set by SM Entertainment, and realized he had to try. And that’s how he came along NCT and WayV!
4. JR (NO)
YangYang was not the only idol who was cast because of a dream. A recruiter at Pledis Entertainment had a dream that they would find a K-Pop idol at a certain school in Gangwon, and instead of shrugging, they decided to go and check it out.
It turned out that JR was going to that school, and on the way home from teaching one day, he ran into the recruiter who had had the dream! From there, he ended up becoming Pledis Entertainment’s first male intern.
Ryujin’s casting story is the kind that most people only dream of. She was a big fan of GOT7 at the time and was attending one of their concerts when she was contacted by a recruiter while waiting in line at the toilet. While hesitating with the offer, she ended up giving the woman her number because she was cute!
I went to see GOT7’s concert. Someone came up to me in front of the bathroom and asked if I could give her my phone number. I was suspicious at first, but she was so sweet, so I decided to give it to her.
Since then, she has lived the dream of working in the same company that used to be home to GOT7!
Hongjoong’s casting history shows that patience and perseverance can really help you achieve your dreams. While KQ Entertainment was a relatively small and unknown company several years ago, and which did not even hold auditions, Hongjoong submitted a mixtape that he had made in the hope that he would be hired as an intern.
However, the mixtape only ended up being seen a whole year later as the company moved from one building to another! Despite how long it had been, they ended up calling Hongjoong and asking if he was still making music, and that was how he became their first intern. And he still has the same drive and passion as ATEEZ’s leader today!
7. V (BTS)
Several of BTS’s members end up signing up BigHit Entertainment in strange ways, so much so that it’s a miracle that they ended up where they are now! V’s casting history is no exception. While he always had an interest in music, it was only to support one of his friends when he auditioned for BigHit Entertainment to audition.
But one of the recruiting staff at the company saw him and encouraged him to audition as well. After getting permission from his father, V did just that, and ended up being the only person at the location in Daegu who made it through to the next round! The rest, of course, is history.
8. Soobin (TXT)
BTS’s members were not the only ones with interesting casting stories with BigHit Entertainment. Soobin’s first attempt to join the company was pretty normal: He submitted a clip of himself dancing like an audition. But when he did not hear back from the label for two months, he assumed they were not interested in him.
Thankfully, it could not have been further from the truth! It turns out that Soobin somehow gave them the wrong phone number to contact him with, and when they realized the mistake, it took the company a while to find the right number and get in touch with him. So in reality, they went above and beyond to get Soobin to be a trainee at BigHit Entertainment!