Posted by Susan-Han Monday, August 28, 2023

HYBE Labels x Geffen Records audition program 'The Debut: Dream Academy' introduces its 20 global contestants


On August 28, a press conference for the HYBE Labels x Geffen Records audition program 'The Debut: Dream Academy' was held at the Geffen Records Studio in Santa Monica, California. 

On this day, the 20 participants of the audition program, selected from over 120,000 auditionees, introduced themselves to viewers for the first time. The participants represented a total of 12 nations including South Korea, the United States, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland, Sweden, Slovakia, Belarus, Thailand, Australia, and the Philippines. All 20 participants have received approximately a year of focussed K-Pop training at HYBE America. 

Beginning on September 1, these 20 contestants will undergo a series of survival missions over the course of 12-weeks, with viewers helping to determine which of them are fit to debut via global votes on Weverse and TikTok.

'The Debut: Dream Academy' will premiere on September 1 at 11 AM EST / 8 AM PDT on YouTube and ABEMA TV. In the meantime, get to know all 20 contestants by name and nationality, below. 

1. Adela, 19, from Slovakia

2. Brooklyn, 17, from the U.S.

3. Celeste, 19, from Argentina

4. Daniela, 19, from the U.S.

5. Emily, 17, from the U.S.

6. Ezrela, 20, from Australia

7. Hinari, 14, from Japan

8. Iliya, 21, from Belarus

9. Karlee, 19, from the U.S.

10. Lara, 17, from the U.S.

11. Lexie, 19, from Sweden

12. Manon, 21, from Switzerland

13. Marquise, 17, from Thailand

14. Megan, 17, from the U.S.

15. Mei, 17, from Japan

16. Nayoung, 21, from South Korea

17. Samara, 17, from Brazil

18. Sophia, 20, from the Philippines

19. Ua, 15, from Japan

20. Yoonchae, 15, from South Korea

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Violetta12321,085 pts Monday, August 28, 2023 7
Monday, August 28, 2023

Please stop with all the survival shows. They're getting really boring.

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ImmaculateLoser964 pts Monday, August 28, 2023 4
Monday, August 28, 2023

Interesting concept for sure…but I guess I’m a little confused in terms of the long term goal. Who is their target audience? What happens when the novelty wears off? HYBE has clearly spent a lot of money on this, so hopefully everything works out for these young ladies.

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