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Posted by beansss AKP STAFF 23 days ago

Netizens share their opinions on the 'most appropriate' age to debut, between 15-19+ years old

Netizens want to find out what the "most appropriate" debut age is for a K-Pop idol, according to fans' opinions!

The options were divided into two categories: option 1 (debut between ages 15-17) and option 2 (debut by age 19 or above). 

Here are some pros to debuting in option 1 (15-17 years old), as well as examples of idols who actually fit in the category:

- An idol should always have a youthful image! Fans love seeing their idols grow up on the screen.
- Debuting early means more chances, and even after success, you can use your young age to an advantage.
- Rising in popularity takes several years on the current market, and in the case of male idols, there's the issue of mandatory service.

SHINee's Taemin, debuted age 16

IZ*ONE's Jang Won Young, debuted age 15

B.A.P's Zelo, debuted age 16

KARA's Jiyoung, debuted age 15

TEEN TOP's Changjo, debuted age 16

And here are some pros to debuting in option 2 (19 years old), as well as examples of idols who fit in the category:

- Debuting at 15-17 years old is too early! When you debut at 19+, you're at least almost a legal adult.
- Debuting too early can affect an idol's mental and physical development.
- Children should spend their childhood going to school and spending time with their peers normally


EXO's Sehun, debuted age 19

Wanna One's Park Ji Hoon, debuted age 19

Red Velvet's Joy, debuted age 19

Girls' Generation's Taeyeon, debuted age 19


2PM's Chansung, debuted age 19

Netizens who sided with option 1 commented, "Late middle school early high school is just perfectly sweet!", "Option 1, because there's no guarantee that you can become successful early on", "It's impossible to tell the outcome, but as a Shawol I love that Taem debuted at the age he did ^^", "Number 1, especially if they're the maknae of the group! Too cute!", "If you start training and debut way early, you won't have past controversies to worry about", etc. 

On the other hand, netizens who sided with option 2 said, "Option 2 because debuting earlier than that is too much societal pressure on a child who can't handle it...", "Definitely option 2, I mean 19 is still very young...", "If you think about yourself as a fan, you may want to choose 1, but if you think about the idol, 2 is the more morally just option""Some idols who debut too young look way too old by their mid twenties", and such. 

Some simply added, "It's a case-by-case situation", "No matter what age you debut, the people who are meant to be successful will become successful", "All people live at their own paces, age doesn't determine anything", "How about 21", "The opinions are really varied...", and more. 

Which do you prefer?

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mentalxfiction 23 days ago 0
23 days ago

Definitely 18+ should be debut age. If child labor is illegal, isn't being a performer at 15 also child labor? At least let them get a high school education first.

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myfirstwasmblaq 23 days ago 0
23 days ago

I’m going with 20 years old. And for males they should go to the army before. Of course is wishful thinking on my part. I would just want them to be adults before entering that world.

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Merasan 23 days ago 0
23 days ago

For me its 17-18 years old (international age). For me everyone under 17 shouldnt become an idol. They work way to much for that age. Doesnt korea have a law to protect children?

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DK_han 23 days ago 0
23 days ago

Appropriate age? My opinion... 20


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Julian5 23 days ago 0
23 days ago

What about JYJ/TVXQ members!! They all debuted at such a young age!!

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ruben 23 days ago 0
23 days ago

didnt victoria from fx debut when she was 23 yo?

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Fantastic99 23 days ago 0
23 days ago

I mean idols should be around 17-18 at least but companies are debuting idols that are really young. Like YG treasure box has kids born in November 2005. Its upsetting but i get where they are coming from with the military laws,

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Hopefully 23 days ago 0
23 days ago

This is Korean age right? Because Wonyoung is listed as 15 which is her Korean age. She only just turned 14 international age a few months ago.

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elfinkyy 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

At least the legal age for sure - fame can mess with you real bad if you're not careful and it can really impact your mental and emotional health if you debut too early and you don't surround yourself with good/healthy influences

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kpoplolita 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

18+ is the best age. and hjoly shiiii chansung at 19 inthat pic? hot tamale he looks real grown.

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Alastair 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

With the exploitation problems with Korea's entertainment industry, I think debuting as a legal adult and have taken a class or 2 in work ethics, and entertainment law, and business deals and contracts will be best due to how shady these companies can be. Remember all those idols and trainees have sign NDAs with their companies and we as the audience have little to no clue about what the companies put them through to secure deals for them or their company. The idols may be smiling but there's a lot of abuse and harassment that goes on behind the scenes and idols are really never in a good position to defend themselves against powerful men in the industry. I think being an adult and knowing your rights and entitlements and just not being ignorant of what you're getting into can go a long way.

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DaniellaBaraka 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

I think they should at least have had a basic high school education. As long as they are educated , matured and mentally and physically ready then yes .

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hiroonakamura 23 days ago 0
23 days ago

imho, you should never debut people when they are kids. Don't throw them into a world of what is basically slavery, unrelentless schedules with 3-4 hours of sleep/night and extremely high pressure from everyone to never have a flaw.
Kids dont know how to handle that shit.

Wait until they are adults. 19-20 at least.


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Queen_Sana 23 days ago 1
23 days ago

for me depend on there concept and environment where they work if its cute concept they are going for than they will debut young idols and if they want crush concept than go for adults

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Tirkam 23 days ago 0
23 days ago

I do agree with you on this one : it depends on the general concept and vibe the group is going for, especially for girl groups. Look at Girl's Day Sojin, she debuted at 24, and I found her a bit awkward when they were going for the cute concept. When they switched to sexy/mature concept, she just skyrocketed in my opinion because she had the right age/confidence to dance sexilly without looking awkward. Opposite example is Somi in her IOI's days. As much as I love her, I found very awkward they made her look waaaaay older during Whatta Man promotion era.

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KPOPTrashTalker 23 days ago 0
23 days ago

Age is not important when you have talent. For example, Minzy and Yeri. Minzy was a great artist in the times of 2NE1. He has an excellent vocal and knows how to dance very well. Yeri is totally the opposite. It has been 3 years since her debut and until today she does not sing right, does not know how to rap and her ability to dance is average. The truth is that it does not matter if an idol knows or does not sing. The important thing is to be cute or cute.

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