K-Pop fans live their idols being in the groups they are in, so it would be almost strange to see them in other groups. These K-Pop trainees turned celebrities nearly ended up not just in a different group but another company entirely! Life would have been different for all of them if this happened. Let’s take a loot at 12 of these individuals to see where they might have been had life been different.
1. Allen (CRAVITY)
Allen is the main dancer and lead rapper of the boy group CRAVITY, but he almost did not end up being with Starship Entertainment! From 2016 to 2018, he was busy as a trainee at JYP Entertainment, and was supposed to participate in Stray Kids Survival Show. This might have meant he could have ended up in Stray Kids! But he was replaced before the first episode, and ended up going over to Starship Entertainment and debuting with CRAVITY. He is still close with members of Stray Kids such as Bang Chan even to this day.
2. S.Coups (SEVENTEEN)
S.Coups is the leader, main rapper, and sub-vocalist of the group SEVENTEEN, but he almost was destined to be a member of another group at Pledis Entertainment instead. He was suppose to debut with NU’EST back in 2012, but because of line-up changes, he debuted with SEVENTEEN. Along with fellow SEVENTEEN member Woozi, both of them were the longest trainees at the company, spending 6 years training at Pledis Entertainment before debuting in 2015.
3. Jisoo (BLACKPINK)
Jisoo is BLACKPINK’s beautiful lead vocalist and visual, but did you know she might have ended up as a member of Red Velvet? She was training at YG Entertainment to debut with BLACKPINK during the same time she was scouted by SM Entertainment while attending a concert with YG Entertainment. She’s said that if she hadn’t already been a trainee with BLACKPINK, she might have taken SM Entertainment’s offer and ended up as the other third-generation girl group at SM Entertainment!
4. J-Hope (BTS)
Main dancer, sub-rapper, and sub-vocalist J-Hope of BTS once auditioned to be a trainee at JYP Entertainment. Someone in the company rejected him and he wound up joining BigHit Entertainment and debuting as a BTS member. If he hadn’t been rejected at SM Entertainment, he might have debuted as a member of GOT7!
5. Taemin (SHINee)
Taemin is SHINee’s multi-talented main dancer, sub-vocalist, and maknae. As the youngest member of SHINee, he was nervous and trepid with the thought of debuting with a “younger boyfriend” concept. He often wonders how his career might be different if he had debuted with EXO, because the members there are about the same age as him.
6. Mino (WINNER)
Mino is WINNER’s main rapper, lead vocalist, and face of the group, but he was once close to debuting with another group entirely: Block B! Astonishingly, he was part of the original five-member lineup for Block B, but due to issues with his contract he ended up not debuting with them. Instead, this led to him to joining YG Entertainment and becoming a member of WINNER!
7. Subin (VICTON)
Subin is VICTON’s vocalist, rapper, and maknae. Did you know that before joining Play M Entertainment, he was actually a trainee at both JYP Entertainment and Cube Entertainment? He might have debuted with PENTAGON, but ended up leaving the company instead and found himself as a member of VICTON.
8. Jinho (PENTAGON)
The group’s main vocalist, Jinho, was a well-known trainee at SM Entertainment. He almost became a member of EXO had the company decided to change the number of members to thirteen. Instead SM Entertainment decided to keep EXO at twelve members. Because of this, Jinho realized that it could be several more years before he might have the chance of debuting with another group within SM Entertainment. Rather than taking that chance, he left SM Entertainment and went to Cube Entertainment and became a member of PENTAGON.
9. Shownu (MONSTA X)
Shownu is MONSTA X’s leader, main dancer, and lead vocalist, might have debuted with GOT7 had things turned differently. He was well-known as a trainee at JYP Entertainment before he joined Starship Entertainment. He had trained alongside the GOT7 members at JYP Entertainment during his time there. He ended up leaving the company due to training absences, but he’s still close to GOT7 members even to this day!
10. Wendy (Red Velvet)
Fans are excited with the anticipation for Wendy as Red Velvet’s main vocalist for the groups upcoming comeback, but this might never have happened! She participated in her first Korean entertainment audition in 2010 run by Cube Entertainment and Koreaboo. She didn’t join Cube Entertainment even though she was one of 15 finalists out of 5,000 participants. If she had, she might have been a member of CLC?
11. Jin (BTS)
Jin is the group’s sub-vocalist and visual. He is also another member whose life might have turned differently if he had made the choice. What do you mean? A manager from SM Entertainment approached him while he was in middle school and tried to scout him to become a trainee for SM Entertainment. He thought it was a scam and rejected the offer. But if he had, who knows?
12. Wooyoung (ATEEZ)
And finally we have Wooyoung. Wooyoung is the second-youngest member, main dancer, sub-vocalist, and visual of ATEEZ at KQ Entertainment. However, both he and fellow member Yeosang were both actually trainees at BigHit Entertainment before they joined KQ Entertainment. Hoping to debut sooner than later, Yeosang decided to leave BigHit Entertainment and Wooyoung followed his friends lead. They both left the company and joined KQ Entertainment. If they hadn’t, they might have debuted as a member of TXT!
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