Key confessed about the slump period he experienced when he first debuted.On a talk show, 'As You Say,' aired on October 12, SHINee's Key was captured having a genuine, heart-to-heart, conversation with a crowd of people, even spilling some tears.
Key started off, "Before I begin to talk, I want to say that I am 26 years old, and I know that I am too young to give any advice to others on how to live. I will tell a short story, and I hope you guys will listen.
"One reporter said to us that SHINee is like a group of swans, that we seem to have natural-born elegance. I came home and thought about it carefully, but I realized that I don't have anything 'natural-born.' So I considered which bird I am like the most and concluded that I am like a chicken."
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Key confessed, "Since I was little, I wanted to become a singer, and I wanted to convince my parents' support before it's too late. They opposed at first, but eventually caved in...I kept getting rejected at auditions then finally made it at an audition that was 8000:1 passing ratio. I came an trainee at age 15 and debuted at age 18; I thought I was a swan at the time. But when I finally debuted, reality hit me. Among SHINee members, I always ranked 5th place [last] in search engines."
He explained, "I started to doubt myself...I found myself as a chicken among many swans. I had to admit that I had no competitive edge."
Aaawww...It's okay, Key! You are a swan now. We are happy that he got over the slump period and became a star!