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Posted by KayRosa AKP STAFF Saturday, December 29, 2018

Netizens debate the right age for idols to debut

AKP STAFF

Netizens had a debate on the age range for idols to debut.

Although there wouldn't be a set formula, netizens debated whether it would be more ideal or less to debut at an younger age. Two age ranges came up: 15-17 years old and 18-19 years old.

With the former, netizens argued that it would best for idols to debut as early as possible. The three points they made were: 

"You can watch them grow up as they grow older. A younger age means they have lots of other opportunities in the future, so age itself can be their weapon. It also takes a longer time these days for idols to gain popularity, so starting early is good; especially for male idols who need to service in the military."

SHINee's Taemin (debuted at the age of 16)


IZ*ONE's Jang Young Won (15)

KARA's Jiyoung (15)

Teen Top's Changjo (16)

Meanwhile, others argued that idols should be at least 18 or 19, in order to be mature enough for debut. 

"Seeing idols who are too young isn't so comfortable for viewers. Debuting at such a young age isn't good for their own psychology; it is also linked to the physical growth of the idols. It's best for idols to complete their studies and experience school life as an ordinary person."

Girls' Generation's Taeyeon (19)

EXO's Sehun (19)

Wanna One's Park Ji Hoon (19)

Red Velvet's Joy (19)

What do you think of this topic? Would you prefer the first category or the second?

  1. Sehun
  2. Taeyeon
  3. Jiyoung
  4. Joy
  5. Taemin
  6. Changjo
  7. Park Ji Hoon
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kas7ia1,569 pts Saturday, December 29, 2018 0
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Is allkpop drunk again? The same article was posted yesterday: https://www.allkpop.com/article/2018/12/netizens-s...

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forgivemenot1214 pts Saturday, December 29, 2018 1
Saturday, December 29, 2018

The reason a lot of these idols debut so young is because the market that supports them is also very young, they are aimed to appeal to principally teenagers and being teenagers themselves makes it easier for both parties to connect; the downside is when they reach their mid twenties they are considered "old" and can't get much support from the newer batch of teenagers that replaced their base who where there for their debut.


This affects girl groups more than boy groups and is the major reason why the seven year curse exists.

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