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Posted by KayRosa AKP STAFF 20 days ago

Netizens debate the right age for idols to debut

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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kas7ia 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

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

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braddahbraddah 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Age should not be an issue. I think more important is do they have enough training before debut cuz ive seen young people debut and they clearly arent ready.

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forgivemenot1 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

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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kelylund2345 (Banned) 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

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Spud101 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

I honestly think they should debut anytime! Just as long as you know they can handle what it takes to be an idol. And I guess if your younger you can also have more oppertunities. But overall I think they should debut whenever they are reader for their future of being an idol.

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hiroonakamura 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

20-21. Always let them become adults before debuting. Dont put kids into this slavery idol business with a too hectic schedule. Let kids be kids.

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whatever101 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

well with the new laws in place its pretty annoying to debut a group with underage members unless you know that member will become of age when the group hits the jackpot 1-2 years later

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aylmao 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

15-17? fucking yikes lmao these are the same people who call out lolita controversies

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NineMusesMinha 20 days ago 2
20 days ago

shit After School Kaeun debuted at 15, she not on list lmao tf allkpop?

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forgivemenot1 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

She debut in 2012 and is 24 now (94 line) so she was 18 then.

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NineMusesMinha 16 days ago 0
16 days ago

oh im dumb af, hm no wonder i dont get an A in my math class :(

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SherylEstrad (Banned) 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

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