SHINee's Key wasn't allowed to talk in his early debut days.
The November 14 episode of JTBC's 'Give Me a Meal' welcomed Key and Jang Woo Hyuk from the 1990s SM boy group H.O.T as the guests.
During the show, Key revealed, "In the beginning, SM told me not to talk because of my dialect/accent. But as you can see, I love talking." Jang Woo Hyuk, who's also from Gyeongsang province, said, "Same for me too, so I regret it sometimes. I think it would've been okay to speak with a dialect/accent."
Key added, "I was very embarrassed when I first came to Seoul." He explained that people had trouble understanding him due to his Gyeongsang dialect/accent.