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6 K-Pop Stars That Were Well-Known Before Their Official Debut

Life is difficult for the K-Pop trainee. Grueling training hours, very little free time, and barely being able to make rent are all rampant issues that they have to undergo while in the pre-debut phase of their career. If a trainee's lucky, they'll get placed into a new boy or girl group, but some aspiring idols take matters into their own hands. From social media accounts to underground performances, these budding performers gained recognition prior to their official debut dates by giving the public their all. We recently did 19 K-pop Stars who were famous before their official debut, here are 6 more K-Pop stars that were well-known prior to their official debut:

6. IZ*ONE Yujin

A relatively well-known CF actress, Yujin, who starred in many commercials for contact lenses eventually moved from ads to music videos! After making cameos in various MVs, she eventually debuted as a soon-to-be idol on 'Produce 48.' 

5. Teen Top Ricky

Ricky was a familiar face in households as he was a child actor! Ricky also appeared in a number of various CFs throughout his pre-debut phase of life. The most prominent highlight of his pre-debut is his cameo in Seo Taiji's "Human Dream" music video.

4. Seventeen Vernon

Vernon of Seventeen was a child actor, a singer, and a model! He garnered attention at a very young age for having great aesthetic features. Later on, Vernon even went on 'Show Me the Money,' which started driving attention to him in masses.

3. MONSTA X Wonho

Wonho, prior to joining MONSTA X, was extremely well known for... you guessed it- his looks! Wonho is devilishly handsome and was considered a king ulzzang. Wonho even was on a show called "Ulzzang Shidae" because of his amazing looks! Fast forward to now, we know Wonho for all his other talents showcased with MONSTA X. 

2. Fiestar Cao Lu

Under the moniker "LuLu," Cao Lu of Fiestar was an established recording artist in China with a fully released album. She got her idol practice in before officially debuting in South Korea with Fiestar. LuLu embodied early 2000s C-Pop sound.

1. EXO Chanyeol

Chanyeol may not have been known for his performance abilities, but his acting abilities were what put him on the map prior to EXO. From appearances on KBS2 special dramas to cameos in music videos like Japanese version of "Genie" or TVXQ's "HaHaHa," Chanyeol was gracing screens long before we realized.

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Starry_Dynamo 16 days ago 1
16 days ago

Sulli was a well known child actress before her debut with f(x).


Dahyun of Twice was known as the “Eagle Dance Girl” from a church video that went viral.

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gipam (Banned) 15 days ago 0
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Fantastic99 16 days ago 1
16 days ago

Imagine not putting iKON on the list when they were in the Public eye for like 2.5 years before debuting, especially Bobby(aka GQ Korea's Man of the Year before debuting)

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latam_kpop 16 days ago 0
16 days ago

Bobby was featured on the previous article linked at the beginning

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marisaweiman 16 days ago 0
16 days ago

Hongki from Ft. Island was also a child actor as well as Jun from Seventeen.

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hiroonakamura 15 days ago 2
15 days ago

what about sandara park from 2ne1 who was a big artist in the Phillippines already?

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SpanishKpoper 15 days ago 1
15 days ago

in the philipines

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hiroonakamura 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

oh yeah! Sorry, my bad. thanks for the info. I'll edit my post

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8_8 16 days ago 0
16 days ago

AOA's Mina was an extremely famous ulzzang before debuting

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everydxyy 16 days ago 0
16 days ago

twice's nayeon?

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springjk 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

Umm....


You guys forgot Jeon Somi....


She was like hella famous before debuting with IOI (i miss them

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Rekoshuki13 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

what? no IZ*ONE's Sakura?

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SpanishKpoper 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

its more like oh lets do an article without researching shit, cmon you are missing a lot of people lol

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kpopjunkee 16 days ago 0
16 days ago

Elkie from CLC is from Hong Kong and was an actress and also debuted in a different group before joining CLC, from what I read a while back.

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kpopjunkee 16 days ago 0
16 days ago

I had no idea about Cao Lu as Lulu.

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Indri_hapsari 16 days ago 0
16 days ago

nct taeyong, twice dahyun (thanks to her viral eagle dance), bp jennie jisoo, itzy ryujin,

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Blue1 16 days ago 2
16 days ago

No shades but Wonho looks like dumbo, aren't ulzzangs supposed to be good looking?...

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HanixHeechul 16 days ago 0
16 days ago

to Koreans he is good looking, not every country has the same "beauty standard"

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SpanishKpoper 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

that hairstyle doesnt do justice for him

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