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Heechul reveals why SM Entertainment did not participate in 'K-Pop Star'

By alim17   Thursday, February 6, 2014   176,354   5,047   0
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JTBC aired a new episode of 'Ssul Jeon' on February 6 and discussed music survival programs, such as 'Superstar K' and 'K-Pop Star.'


Heo Ji Woong asked Heechul if he knew why SM Entertainment dropped out of season 3 of 'K-Pop Star,' saying, "There are rumors that if they don't do training to a certain extent in SM, it 'gets hard to work together.'"


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Heechul said, "In the case with SM, like I said before, when SM produces dramas, they want to take care of their kids," which might explain why SM tends to cast people signed under their agency.  Heechul continued, "Just like that, SM has a sense of duty in which they feel like they need to take responsibility for their [current] trainees."  SM viewed their trainees very highly; consequently, the agency never cast any of the people who auditioned on 'K-Pop Star.'  However, this became controversial as people wondered, "Why don't they cast anyone?" and "Do they not feel any responsibility?"  


Heechul said, "There was so much controversy that they decided to just not participate this time."




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toni24 Sunday, February 16, 2014

people can say all they want about sm but at the end of the day people are still going to be wanting to be trained under a top company like sm and become famous like all of sm "products" even if they have to spend 10-14 years under a "slave" contract because just like HOT, shinwha and the others once that contract is over they can leave and still be famous. It all about give and take; you give up your rights and freedom as a human being to become famous, it is the same thing happening in Hollywood, excluding the 10 year contracts

kim_chi Monday, February 10, 2014

I think that SM, as one of the leading companies in Korea, has the right to be picky about who they chose to sign with them. A lot of people bash SM because they "mainly focus on looks" but you have to think that in Korea looks are very important, and then talent comes second. That's why when SM chooses to sign a new trainee under their label, they first look for good looks because yes, even though looks can be changed, the person would be bashed for getting so much plastic surgery that they look fake af. So SM selects their artists based off of looks first and then train them for a long long time for them to be able to sing, dance and entertain well enough that they can hold their own on a stage. For example, Jessica of GG. I saw a video that said that she used to couldn't hit all the high notes like how she can now, and i remember when tiffany first debuted she couldnt sing that well either. And now you see how both of them are one of the better singers in GG. Talent/skills can be taught, but looks can't really be learned. That's why people like yoona, dara, top, sulli, etc are even in groups. Its because they have good looks/. They may not be good at singing, dancing, etc but they have the visuals which make them unique to the group and thats what they fall back on when they cant perform as well as some of their other members. I'm not bashing but im just saying that this is how it is. Looks come first before anything else in Korea. That's why most of their idols are pretty, underweight and probably had some sort of plastic surgery. ;

sanguinegirl Sunday, February 9, 2014

@zoro92 im not trying to troll you...yeah he is a rapper but he is a singer too...if you are a fan you should at least know that...he doesn't just rap and by the way if you're a rapper aren't you a singer too.?and i dont hate gd...i am fan of his music but i am stating facts here...gd's voice isnt that good but he is a good artist...better to understand what you're readingg first before you give a senseless comment... :)

luna811 Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sm is so arrogant ...as if the trainees they have and the sm handpicked trainees are better than the raw talent discovered on these talent shows ...ugh such arrogance is just annoying ;

exoticshawol Sunday, February 9, 2014

maybe SM feels so...it's a goodthing...for their trainees I mean...and also, SM has every right to be arrogant, them being the main reason kpop is so huge!!

bomi94 Monday, February 10, 2014

And yg is only like high class right?

jana902 Friday, February 7, 2014

When I see comments about how Yg treats their trainees better, I seriously want to puke. All the companies are the same, they only care about their profit! Don't focus only on "yg lets them do their own music", because I'm sure their trainees work as slaves ALL the time as those from SM or JYP. And do you think the program they did recently was fair? Competing on tv with other trainees and destroying their dream?! Also, if yg wants only talent then why can't I see a decent singer from them (and don't tell me the same bullshit that they focus more on rap because not all their artist are rappers!). Why is Dara on yg, or top? Because they are VISUALS! SM searches looks but looks WITH talent (although not all their artists are good looking). They have some of the best singers and dancers in kpop and that's why they are all successful. I'm not justifying sm, but i hate when people say one company is better! They are all the SAME! P.s heechul, lol that haircut xD

shineefxthebest Saturday, February 8, 2014

Omg I actually love what you are saying!

kevinkhhottest Saturday, February 8, 2014

I actually agree with u even I'm JYP Stan!! The big 3 are all the same. They both look for visual and talent together!

exoticshawol Sunday, February 9, 2014

thank you!! finally someone who thinks like me!!! everyone else just seems to be bashing on SM when all the companies are the same!!

bomi94 Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Yes the YG stan always want to make SM smaller and criticize but they reality is that YG is the same is just a company that want make money is just that they are blind by the marketing of "Yg family"

nana_shi Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Preach it, sistah!

kpop28lover Friday, February 7, 2014

The reason why SM is so successful is because they don't have more then 20-30 trainees at a time and they really invest a lot of time and money into making them amazing. If they accepted more people, I don't think the end product would not be as good as it would've been if there were less people, and let's be honest unless that person is freaking amazing, talented and pretty they wouldn't accept them. As much as you might not want to admit it, at least one SM artist has gone through plastic surgery and if they casted a new person and decided to have them go under the knife, they can't defend him/her that they're natural after they debut since they've been exposed to the public before.

ryuzaki_l Friday, February 7, 2014

You have a very good point. And I don't thinktheir taught can service until after debut, on what that person was saying . And hey some people are gay, it's all good

yaneisshi Friday, February 7, 2014

but why i feel like its because they are not up to SM standards? JUST A FEEL!!

shineefxthebest Friday, February 7, 2014

Agree to SM!Since they have so much trainees,they should care of their trainees more!

kpop28lover Friday, February 7, 2014

Ummm.... SM has like the least trainees out of all the companies out there that are big I'm pretty sure.. SM only has 30 trainees at the most and they currently have about 20-25...

shineefxthebest Saturday, February 8, 2014

@kpop28lover I thought that is a huge number too!30 trainees will make it like 3-4 groups!

kpop28lover Saturday, February 8, 2014

@shineefxthebest Well yes it seems to be a relatively big number but compared to some other companies that have 50-100 trainees SM actually has really little, especially if you look at the standards they're looking for, there won't be that many people like that around

Hyungshi Friday, February 7, 2014

yep SM is so unique in their "style" reason they lost many people over the years, HOT, Shinhwa, SES, Fly to the Sky, JYJ, Hangeng

kevinkhhottest Saturday, February 8, 2014

HHAHAHA! Made my day!

zoro92 Friday, February 7, 2014

SM and YG and JYP are uniqiue and diffrent form each other thats why they are th big 3

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