Although dedicated fans of After School may have known, for the general public who have never heard, Pledis Entertainment has unveiled some of those details earlier today. It turns out that members Ara and Yoonjo were previously in a group called ‘Pre-School Girls‘ together, which was a training group for future members of After School.
Ara took first place in Pledis’s 2009 audition program titled ‘Find the 9th Member of After School’ and participated in the 2011 ‘Happy Pledis‘ album. Thanks to her outstanding vocal talents, acting skills, and Japanese language skills, she was chosen as the leader for Hello Venus.
Yoonjo has experience featuring for After School’s first studio album, ‘Dream‘, and is exceptionally youthful looking. She’s acquired a big fanbase since her trainee days.
Pledis officials commented, “Because both of them were so beautiful and talented, we originally planned for them to join After School. However, we believed that they would be able to express more of their charms in our new group, and thus included them in Hello Venus instead.”
Source + Photos: Newsen via Nate