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Posted by hannahleex AKP STAFF Wednesday, January 16, 2019

19 K-Pop stars who were famous before their debut

K-Pop idols are known for their great talent. In fact, tons of K-Pop idols began their music and acting careers even before they debuted. Here are just a few to check out! 

Red Velvet’s Wendy 

Red Velvet's Wendy showcased her talent early on. Before joining Red Velvet, Wendy had a YouTube channel where she uploaded covers of both K-Pop and English songs. 

Eric Nam 

Eric Nam’s past Youtube cover videos are simply iconic. In 2011, Eric posted a viral cover of 2NE1’s “Lonely,” landing him a spot on the Korean music program ‘Birth of a Great Star 2.’ 

iKON’s Bobby

iKON’s Bobby surprised hip-hop fans when he won ‘Show Me the Money Season 3’ even before he debuted. Through the program, he was able to gain widespread respect and recognition from fans everywhere. 

KARD’s B.M 

Before his debut, KARD's B.M uploaded freestyle dance videos on his Youtube channel, allowing fans to get a sneak peek of his excellent dancing skills. 

TWICE’s Dahyun

Long before she debuted as a member of TWICE, Dahyun performed an iconic Eagle dance at her church. The video instantly went viral!

Dara

Dara is the queen of the Philippines. She was already famous in the Philippines before she came to Korea – in fact, some people even say that there was no one who DIDN’T recognize her when she walked around in public!

CLC’s Elkie

CLC’s Elkie was active as a child actress in Hong Kong before she moved to Korea. She was even part of a C-Pop girl group called the Honey Bees! 

Big Bang’s G-Dragon

G-Dragon is well-known for his adorable child era. He was both a child actor and member of Little Roo’ra when he was 5 and made his rap debut at the age of 13. 

Girls Generation’s Hyoyeon

Hyoyeon has had some notable activities before she debuted. She was a background dancer for Janet Jackson and was also BoA’s silhouette dancer. 

Big Bang’s T.O.P

Not a lot of people know this, but Big Bang’s T.O.P was an underground rapper in the early 2000s. He showed off his rapping skills under the name Tempo. 

Super Junior’s Heechul and Kibum

Before they made their debut, two Super Junior members, Heechul and Kibum, were part of the main cast of ‘Banolim.’ This drama was extremely popular across all of Korea, and some schools even used it in their textbooks. 

Akdong Musician

Akdong Musician won hearts of fans when they made their appearance on ‘K-Pop Star Season 2.’ Their original song, “Don’t Cross Your Legs,” was one of the most popular songs for a while. 

WINNER’s Lee Seung Hoon

WINNER’s Lee Seung Hoon is another ‘K-Pop Star’ veteran. He appeared on the first season of the show, and even danced to JYP’s “I Have a Girlfriend.”

DAY6’s Jae

DAY6’s Jae also made lasting impressions through ‘K-Pop Star.’ Prior to joining DAY6, he gained attention as one of the six finalists during the first season. 

iKON’s Chanwoo and ASTRO’s Moonbin

iKON’s Chanwoo and ASTRO’s Moonbin were notable child actors in the K-entertainment industry. Before pursuing musical careers, they were the younger versions of the lead actors in ‘Boys Over Flowers.’ 

IZ*ONE’s Ahn Yujin

IZ*ONE’s Ahn Yujin was a CF queen before she made her appearance on ‘Produce 48.’ In fact, she was known as the contact lens girl. She has also appeared in multiple Starship music videos. 

2PM’s Nichkhun

Nichkhun is an undeniable Thai prince. He guested on ‘Superstar Survival,’ made appearances in countless magazines, and even acted in numerous CFs as a model. 

  1. Akdong Musician
  2. Moonbin
  3. T.O.P
  4. G-Dragon
  5. CLC
  6. Jae
  7. Eric Nam
  8. Hyoyeon
  9. Bobby
  10. Chanwoo
  11. IZ*ONE
  12. B.M
  13. Wendy
  14. Heechul
  15. Dahyun
  16. Lee Seung Hoon
  17. Dara
  18. Nichkhun
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Ohboy69 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Your definition of famous is, in most cases, more than questionable.

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gu1mell0 Thursday, January 17, 2019 3
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Yeah, but go take a breathe

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Ohboy69 Thursday, January 17, 2019 0
Thursday, January 17, 2019

never stopped breathing, babe.

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rozasusan (Banned) Thursday, January 17, 2019 0
Thursday, January 17, 2019

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badajoze567 (Banned) Thursday, January 17, 2019 0
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youaremyjhope Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

What about Zhong Chenle from NCT? Wasn't he a singer before he joined nct as well?

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EXOsTinkerbell Wednesday, January 16, 2019 0
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Yes this! He has already won awards and performed on big stages when he was still a small kid. Super cute!

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pink_oracle Wednesday, January 16, 2019 0
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

'Famous' ?

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Starry_Dynamo Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sulli was a well-known child actress, wasn't she?


Also, AKMU aren't considered idols, are they?

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truthistrue Wednesday, January 16, 2019 0
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

They are artist

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Fantastic99 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 0
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Bobby aka the Nation's trainee aka one of the Men of the Year in 2014

AKMU aka the Nation's siblings


(Its cute how Chanwoo and Moonbin were born on the same day in the same year.)

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kimmiefonze Thursday, January 17, 2019 1
Thursday, January 17, 2019

As much as I love everyone here, I think only Dara was famous. She had a record deal, movies, series, multiple endorsement deals, basically an actual career as an entertainer back in the Philippines.

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FEAniba Thursday, January 17, 2019 0
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Not really a fan of Dara but she's the only one who fits the definition.

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MaeilKpop Thursday, January 17, 2019 0
Thursday, January 17, 2019

If we're including people who were on K-Pop Star and didn't win then you should mention Oh My Girl's Seunghee (and her awesome vocals). BTW she did win another singing contest when she was 11 and placed 2nd on the JTBC show Girl Spirit (after debut).

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MXKpopFan Wednesday, January 16, 2019 0
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Dara doin the damn thang

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coco_puffs Wednesday, January 16, 2019 0
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

wendy look the same to me

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maragana Wednesday, January 16, 2019 0
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

I wish I could've seen Wendy's pre-debut videos on her YouTube channel. Lol.

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wishh 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

NCT :

Ten was in some tv show in thai

Chenle Zhong was a singer before debut

Xiao Jun was on X-fire

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liliez143 Thursday, January 17, 2019 0
Thursday, January 17, 2019

7/19~ wow, yg artist were famous before they debut.
Bang yedam, I see you, which will soon debut (fingers cross)
hoping for your success this 2019!

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Freakshow Thursday, January 17, 2019 0
Thursday, January 17, 2019

What about Chae Hyungwon, who was a famous South Korean model before he debuted?

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Fairytailloverr Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

I just want to know why dahyun was dancing like that in her church 😂😂😂

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jokbal_is_yum Thursday, January 17, 2019 0
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Evangelicals get pretty.........rambunctious.

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coco_puffs Wednesday, January 16, 2019 0
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

dam elkie, that performances were something else entirely

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coco_puffs Wednesday, January 16, 2019 0
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

dahyun electrifying performance though

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EXOsTinkerbell Wednesday, January 16, 2019 0
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Oh hello my beautiful Wendy!

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Leila_ssss 10 days ago 0
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There's also GFRIEND's SinB and Eunha. SinB was a child model with ASTRO's Moonbin and someone from iKON (sorry I don't follow iKON) and even appeared on Star King for her dancing. Eunha was a child actress but her parents pulled her out right before she could make it big because they wanted her to have a normal childhood.

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hiroonakamura Thursday, January 17, 2019 0
Thursday, January 17, 2019

i dont think that the writer knows what "famous" means

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Donna_Dash Thursday, January 17, 2019 0
Thursday, January 17, 2019

What about Lee Hi.... She the definition of famous before debut.

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kaanchi14 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 0
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

that wasn’t moonbin?

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KPOPTrashTalker (Banned) Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

OMG finally a post where nobody talk abou BTSHIT

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army22 Thursday, January 17, 2019 0
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Why gotta hate? Why you gotta hate? I mean just because you don't like it, don't mean you need to hate on it.


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jox Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

they alll look different before their plastic surgery

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LadyLuna22 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 0
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

there's a thing called "puberty", ever heard of it

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Kosmo_Lap (Banned) Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

WHy did Dahyun dance inside a church? In fact, why do some people sing at church?

There's a place for everything. You might as well put a disco light inside a church.

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sototallyrandom Thursday, January 17, 2019 0
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Since the song they were playing is Christian, let me tell you what 2 Samuel 6:14 from the Bible says: "Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might." So nothing surprising with singing and dancing during worship.


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