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Top celebs that could have debuted under SM

By jubilantj   Tuesday, May 31, 2016   210,269   15,703   0



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We covered which idols JYP missed out on in our last feature; today, we are back with an SM edition!

SEE ALSO: Top idols that JYP Entertainment missed out on


It was by complete chance that G-Dragon was recruited by SM. Back then, SM wasn't the mega conglomerate that it is today. Lee Soo Man undeniably had a sharp eye for natural talent, and he saw that G-Dragon had what it takes to be a star. The SM founder discovered G-Dragon at a dance competition, and the current Big Bang leader trained with SM for a total of five years. In a past interview, the rapper fondly recalled playing on the Shinhwa members' laps and training alongside S.E.S and BoA. However, G-Dragon eventually moved on after hearing the Wu Tang Clan's music at a friend's house which compelled him to take free style rap lessons. Who knew that Wu Tang was G-Dragon's inspiration to transition into hip hop?

Lee Hyori

Adored and looked up to as one of the top divas of K-Pop, Lee Hyori had started off as a trainee at SM. If she had stayed she may well have debuted under S.E.S. rather than Fin.K.L!


Block B's Zico had dreams to make it big in K-Entertainment, and in his early days, he had even tried out for SM. Alas, he and SM weren't meant to be is seems, as he didn't make it into the company. Fast forward to now to Zico's immense success and popularity--I guess Zico didn't need SM after all!


'Fierce unnie' rapper Jessi tried out for SM a long ago and made it into the company; however, she realized that the image that the company pictured for her wasn't quite what she had in mind for herself, leading her to decide against joining the company. What's more, Jessi revealed on a past episode of 'Radio Star' that she had attended the same school as Tiffany, Jessica, and Stephanie. Jessie had quipped that she could have been in Girls' Generation--hard to imagine, isn't it?


Soyeon was so close to debuting as a member of Girls' Generation; so close, in fact, that she was a part of the final member line-up. However Soyeon withdrew the very last minute, citing "lack of determination and drive" as the reason for doing so. She had practiced to the point of exhaustion every single day but it was not enough for her. She felt an emptiness that quelled her desire to become a star, and she reevaluated whether she really possessed the necessary qualities to maker herself into an K-Pop idol.


BTS's Jin was offered to join SM by a recruiter he met on the streets, but he had rejected the offer, believing the whole thing a scam. Can you imagine Jin as a member of EXO? Well, lucky for us that he didn't end up joining the company because now, he is a part of BTS, one of the most beloved boy groups in K-Pop!

Yoo Yeon Jung 

IOI's Yoo Yeon Jung is known to be former trainee of SM Entertainment. Things must not have worked out for her there as she eventually left the company to join Starship Entertainment


Former KARA member Gyuri had contended for a top spot in one of the 'Big 3 (SM-YG-JYP) in the beginning of her entertainment career. When asked on a past airing of 'Entertainment Relay' why she chose DSP, Gyuri had replied that she did "go to all three agencies," and trailed off in embarrassed laughter, implying that she did not make the audition at any of the 'Big 3.'

Kim Ji Hoon 

Kim Ji Hoon revealed on a recent episode of 'Taxi' that he had trained at SM with dreams to stand under the flashing lights as an idol. The actor even attended dancing and singing classes with the likes of Junsu, Yunho, Eunhyuk, and Leeteuk! However, SM saw more acting potential in Kim Ji Hoon rather than in idol-dom, leading him to ultimately give up his idol dreams. 

Gong Seung Yeon

Much like Kim Ji Hoon, Gong Seung Yeon was a trainee at SM and on the path to idol-dom. However, after seven years of training at the agency, she ended up making an acting debut instead through a feminine hygiene product commercial. 

Kwon Soon Il

It may be a bit hard to believe but indie/R&B trio Urban Zakapa's Kwon Soon Il could have debuted as a member of Super Junior. After winning an award at a singing competition hosted by SM, Kwon Soon Il trained for a total of three years at the label. Ultimately, the singer left SM on his own to do the kind of music that he loves. You go, Kwon Soon Il!

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papparazi Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I actually think jin would fit exo more than bts

ivomanolo Sunday, June 5, 2016

Thank the heavens Jin didn't lol.

giraffuru Saturday, June 4, 2016

Jino from sm the ballad too! I know he isn't a top celeb yet but he has a high potential and has trained with sm for years then left for cube.

Black_wind Saturday, June 4, 2016

I think it's useless to mention people who only auditioned for SM and never trained there because then the list would be much much longer...

Exo_Leia Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Jin would've fit in so well with EXO when I think about it, but I love him in BTS. And still, Jessi in snsd lmao

tellmemorevn Wednesday, June 1, 2016

i dont know who u are but thank you Wu Tang Clan

jessie90 Wednesday, June 1, 2016

funny that GD was discovered in a dancing compitition and yet he isn't known for his dancing at all. And what group would he have been in if he had stayed with SM??? TVXQ or SJ.

KrystalKwiee jessie90 Saturday, June 4, 2016

shinee maybe?

jessie90 KrystalKwiee Saturday, June 4, 2016

You think so?

ainrahim jessie90 Saturday, June 4, 2016

I think it's TVXQ.

jessie90 ainrahim Saturday, June 4, 2016

honestly me to.

k_zelle jessie90 Saturday, August 20, 2016

Bec dancing is taeyang's spot in the grp. Gd is actually a great and natural dancer esp when he really show his dancing moves but gd already claimed the songwriter and producer spot in the grp, he's also the leader. If he were to claim the dancing that would be too much i guess.

xxsuper_girlxx Wednesday, June 1, 2016


karebearsays xxsuper_girlxx Wednesday, June 1, 2016

he actually would've fit really well with EXO in my opinion

xxsuper_girlxx karebearsays Thursday, June 2, 2016

True~! But its hard to imagine BTS without JIN haha

karebearsays xxsuper_girlxx Thursday, June 2, 2016

True. True. Lol

mihomiko Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Well, that's great. Not only they, but us too, are lucky that they did not debut under SM because that agency sucks hairy monkey d*ck.I just can't imagine Zico and Jessi as part of SM but THANK GOD they are not. Just. I'm so so so glad that they're making music that they like.I wish many SM artists didn't join that f*ckin rat hole because honestly some of them have so much potential in fields that the company will never let them take part in. (Especially Chanyeol. Chanyeol oh Chanyeol ; _ ; He can sing but that's what SM doesn't let him do and he can rap well as proved on his stage at Haize's guest on Unpretty Rapstar but SM doesn't do hip hop. And he can also compose songs too. Oh my poor baby ; - ;)Also, you left Himchan from B.A.P out. He was once an SM trainee but look now, he's shining so brightly as a part of Best Absolute Perfect <3 I'm so glad he didn't debut under SM <333Lol. I just wanted to rant.

Karagon9999 Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Jin should have just gone to SM, at least he might have had the chance to shine. Not a fan of them but all the songs I heard that guy barely has any lines. V was given the acting role while I think it should have been Jin. He's too handsome for this fate. Exo would have been better for him.

krisanthemum Karagon9999 Wednesday, June 1, 2016

lol no.

JINDDA_Trash Karagon9999 Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I am jin stan and I dont agree at all ...Jin belongs to Bangtan

hoseokie Karagon9999 Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Jin would've gotten even less lines in EXO. His kind of voice doesn't mix well with the EXO members' voices at all.

ainrahim hoseokie Saturday, June 4, 2016

Actually his voice suit with EXO but suit more with BTS since their voice are so harmony

hoseokie ainrahim Saturday, June 4, 2016

Absolutely not. EXO have the smooth/sexy voice and Jin's voice is on the nasally, sharp side. His voice would stick out like a sore thumb. His voice mixes better with the various types of voices BTS' vocals have.

JINDDA_Trash hoseokie Monday, June 6, 2016

Actually I would even say that BTS vocal line have quite harmony when it comes to singing ...they all have at some point something similiar in their voices but they also can be I think Jin belongs where he belongs

hoseokie JINDDA_Trash Monday, June 6, 2016

I agree. Individually, BTS' vocals aren't that strong, but together, they sound wonderful :)

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