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Lay reveals SM Entertainment gave him a low rating on his looks during training

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EXO's Lay revealed SM Entertainment rates trainees based on their looks.

According to a report by Asia Today on February 12, Lay recalled his trainees days on the recent airing of Chinese 'Produce 101' and said, "The agency rated the trainee's appearance and I received a C rating."

He continued, "There were 2 trainees who received D ratings. In physical appearance, I was fourth from last at the time. I worked even harder while I was a trainee because I received a C rating, and it was an opportunity for me to look back on myself."

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soum 7 days ago 4
7 days ago

That's sad that they even have a category about physical appearance and are even rated for it. It's the voice that should matter.. I guess having had Kim Jaejoong as their visual shock (with great voice) in their company gave them too high standards lol. Anyways Lay is an A:)

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T_Jazz 7 days ago 0
7 days ago

It's sad how video killed good music.

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6 days ago

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6 days ago

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alicehalf 7 days ago 1
7 days ago

I'm curious, who was number 1?

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karakamilia 5 days ago 0
5 days ago

Probably Kai, since he's the visual.

But idk how this works exactly.

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saemi_fan 6 days ago 1
6 days ago

Okay it should be no surprise that SM would rate looks but it's still really sad they do that over actual talent. I'm glad Lay is really successful but I lowkey hope he gets out of the kpop industry. No matter how much I love EXO, i feel like Lay can do a lot better than being with SM at this point in his career. I say that because he's not Korean so the level of comfortabiliy the rest of the korean members have with SM is so different. He's really found success in China and beginning to break out in America. I'm really happy he's working with other artists and doing solo projects and hope he keeps that up

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vpriyajr 5 days ago 0
5 days ago

i guess compared to other chinese artists in sm lay has the most freedom out of all.. sm gives him more attention than the rest of the chinese artists they have.. this is the 7th year of exo and i guess the time for contract renewal is near.. we have to see if lay will continue to be part of sm and exo.. it will be good for lay's career and health if he completely shift his career to china but its lay and he dont care about his health so there are some chances of his renewing with sm( i will say 70-30 chances, 30 of renewel).. with other chinese artists its 90% sure that they will leave sm once they are capable of having a career of their own..

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Ohboy69 7 days ago 0
7 days ago

I don't think he is attractive, but the fact that they even rate that is bizarre. Way to bully people into plastic surgery.

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Honestlytho 7 days ago 0
7 days ago

Tbh I didn’t think he was handsome when EXO first debuted. However, he became my bias after I saw his personality. I think it was his hair that threw me off initially. But I’m glad I gave him a chance and his hair is definitely better now haha.

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nuriel 7 days ago 0
7 days ago

And yet he's one of the hottest SM idols.

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amyrich208 6 days ago 0
6 days ago

BEFRE ANYONE EVEN JUMPS AND SAYS OH KOREANS ARE RACIST AGAINST CHINESE JUST BECAUSE OF THIS POST know that EXO and SM themselves ranked Chen and Baekhyun lower than Lay in terms of visual appearance. Also, he was ranked C amongst fellow EXO/EXO-to-be members, who were clearly one of the top visuals in the industry....it's all about relative perception; it doesn't mean he's ugly, it's just a way for SM to compare and standardize him to the rest of all other potential candidates for the same spot. Obviously, looks aren't everything because he got picked, and i'm sure not only his C level looks but also his vocal, rapping, and dance had a higher factor in determining his candidacy as EXO

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courtney86 6 days ago 0
6 days ago

Sm doesn't know what they're talking about. Lay is handsome.

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beashineeshawol 6 days ago 0
6 days ago

Korea is such an appearance oriented society so it's not surprising. I mean beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that jazz. They debuted him because he was talented and that's what matters in the end. Now he's crazy successful in China. I'd say he did just fine for himself regardless of the C rating. ^^

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Mitch1 6 days ago 0
6 days ago

he's an A..with that dimple, its an A+

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jcin 6 days ago 2
6 days ago

Why are they getting ratings on their looks? isn't the dancing, rapping, and singing enough?

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JaneStewart 6 days ago 1
6 days ago

Lol thats what majority of the world would think ..But we are talking about SK

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shh 6 days ago 0
6 days ago

and the fact that it’s sm entert

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jungkookiscute 6 days ago 0
6 days ago

his hair ruined it back then but hes hot now lmao

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imperfectlife 6 days ago 0
6 days ago

I think this ep was a mistranslation. The term he used for his rankings was “appeal to viewers” not exactly appearance. Although appearance must be part of it, I think personality and “likeness” was a factor. Things like charisma, attitude, and manners adds up to that popularity in the audience. In that case, I could see why they decided to rank them as they probably want to figure out “how much of an impact is he/she going to make on the audience.” I don’t approve of it, but in Lay’s terms, he believed he was “luckily” ranked in C and because he did, he worked even harder to showcase what he was capable of. (Honestly not speaking for SM, in fact I highly dislike this company’s way of treating idols. Also if personality and likeness was also an factor...idk how the heck was Lay rank C)

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RVis 6 days ago 0
6 days ago

Whaaat? If he’s C what god tier visuals do you need to be A?

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joanner22 6 days ago 0
6 days ago

They we’re obviously blind

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Amarisakwon 6 days ago 0
6 days ago

And who were the judges the Three blind mice?

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Kiki_Imti 6 days ago 0
6 days ago

Korea industry band society is all about appearance. They don't care about talent .ughhhh .lay baby you're an A++++++++++

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DAB_WITH_MOOSE 6 days ago 0
6 days ago

LAY?! C-rating?!?!?!? Then what does that make me then? An Z-?

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ExoWeAreOneOT12 7 days ago 0
7 days ago

I wonder what other exo members rank was

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