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Current whereabouts of Miyeon and the idols who almost debuted in Big 3 agencies

If only they had a little more luck, Miyeon, Soyeon or Heo Chanmi could have debuted in the lineup of Big 3 idol groups.

The battle for a debut position of K-pop idols has always been extremely competitive. In particular, to become a member of a group of the Big 3 agencies is even harder. There are idols who almost fulfilled that dream. They could have been members of BIGBANG, SNSD or BLACKPINK. Unfortunately, they had to leave for some reason.

Idols who almost debuted in Big 3.
Idols who almost debuted in Big 3.

Hyunseung was almost a member of BIGBANG

The 2nd generation’s legendary boy group of K-pop was supposed to have 6 members instead of 5. In addition to G-Dragon, Daesung, TOP, Seungri, Taeyang, Jang Hyunseung – the former BEAST member, used to be a YG trainee. Hyunseung practiced hard with other members and seemed to have secured his debut. However, the reason Hyunseung was eliminated was because his facial expression was not good enough.

What if BIGBANG had 6 members?
What if BIGBANG had 6 members?

After leaving YG, Hyunseung joined CUBE Entertainment and debuted with BEAST. His dream of becoming an idol came true. BEAST quickly blew up with a series of hit songs such as Shock, Fiction, On Rainy Days. The male singer also collaborated with “Kpop’s sexy queen” HyunA to form the subunit Trouble Maker.

Hyunseung and BIGBANG are still close 
Hyunseung and BIGBANG are still close 

Heo Chan Mi, Soyeon almost debuted in SNSD

SNSD is probably the group with the most idols that almost debuted in. The most famous ones are Soyeon (T-ara) and Heo Chanmi. Soyeon almost became a piece of SNSD because only 6 months before the debut of the national girl group, the female idol left the company. Thanks to her family’s support, Soyeon was determined to find new opportunities.

Eventually, Soyeon fulfilled her dream by debuting in T-ara. T-ara was even considered a strong rival of SNSD. Fans of the 2nd generation Kpop groups certainly remember how Roly Poly, Day By Day or We were in love were big hits that brought T-ara to the top among Kpop idols back in the day.

Soyeon (second from left, top row) was almost a member of SNSD.
Soyeon (second from left, top row) was almost a member of SNSD.

At the age of 15, Heo Chanmi was the youngest member of SNSD‘s debut lineup. She even participated in recording SNSD’s debut song “Into The New World”. However, suddenly SM decided to remove her from the official line-up. Not giving up, Chanmi continued to become a trainee under other companies such as MBK Entertainment, Pledis Entertainment and Duble Kick Entertainment (now MLD Entertainment).

Heo Chanmi (leftmost bottom row) used to be in the SNSD lineup pre-debut.
Heo Chanmi (leftmost bottom row) used to be in the SNSD lineup pre-debut.

In 2016, Chanmi joined the survival show Produce 101 but could still not end up in the debut lineup. In the show, Chanmi even had to perform the song that almost became her debut song. When she signed an exclusive contract with First One Entertainment in 2020, fans expected that Chanmi‘s idol career would no longer be difficult. Unfortunately, to this day, she still struggles to make a name for herself.

Heo Chanmi in Produce 101.
Heo Chanmi in Produce 101.

BLACKPINK once almost had Miyeon, Jinny

Actually, BLACKPINK used to have more than 4 members. Because in the past, Miyeon ((G)I-DLE) used to have a chance to debut with the group. In many pre-debut photos of BLACKPINK, Miyeon and the 4 current members were very close. The reason Miyeon was eliminated was said to be violating the company’s dating ban.

Current whereabouts of Miyeon and the idols who almost debuted in Big 3 agencies

After that, Miyeon joined CUBE Entertainment and debuted in the lineup of (G)I-DLE. Here, the female idol has the opportunity to shine her best and become one of the outstanding visuals of K-pop. 

Current whereabouts of Miyeon and the idols who almost debuted in Big 3 agencies

Along with Miyeon, Jinny also had time to practice at YG and was part of the project “future 2NE1“. The girls worked together to practice singing and dancing day and night. However, Jinny has been removed from the debut lineup by the company. In 2018, Jinny participated in ‘Produce 48’ but only ranked at 68. In 2019, luck finally smiled to her when Jinny debuted with ‘Secret Number’.

Current whereabouts of Miyeon and the idols who almost debuted in Big 3 agencies
Current whereabouts of Miyeon and the idols who almost debuted in Big 3 agencies

Not only do K-pop idols need to practice extremely hard, but they also have to have a little luck to achieve their dreams.  Even though they don’t have the predestined debut in the Big 3, these idols are all conquering their new paths.

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