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Inside the courtroom trial of Bi and JYP Entertainment vs. Click Entertainment, JYPE Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Byeon SangBong revealed details about the education that JYPE trainees receive in their years there.
Min SunYe, Ahn SoHee, and SunMi received this JYPE training system for years, while Park YeEun and Kim YooBin later joined in. Wonderful fans always were allowed glimpses of their training through video clips on various shows, but only their singing and dancing were showcased at those times.
So what other types of education do these stars-in-training receive? Continue to find out!
“We make stars,” said JYPE Vice President Byeon in the Hawaii courtroom when asked what the company does.
Byeon stated that there were currently 30 students training under their entertainment company from all regions. Students are provided with funds to cover tuition and other expenses. For example, if there are trainees coming in from China, JYPE covers plane fare costs, visa issuance fees, living expenses, and the like.
JYPE holds auditions to pick those talented students not only in South Korea, but many other countries as well. In China, 100,000 people auditioned, but only 2 were selected. The audition process is a challenging one, but the demanding road to stardom does not end there.
Training at JYPE is not limited to only singing and dancing lessons. Byeon shared that they also undergo studies in foreign language(s), community service (focusing on handicapped and orphans), reading, and other special lectures that include proper dieting methods, vocal training, anti-smoking, and proper sex education. For the reading portion, they have a book club in which they read and discuss books they believe are good.
The training ends when all the teachers agree that a student is ready to debut, at which point the student is presented to JYPE President, Park Jin Young. On average, this process takes 3-5 years, but various with individuals.
JYPE expects that students who “graduate” from their training program to become stars. Not only stars who are good at singing and dancing, but also ones who have proper manners/etiquette, can speak confidently, and have humility.
Well, this training system certainly created five amazing stars if nothing else.
CREDIT TO KAY @ WGJJANG.WORDPRESS.COM + Major Bi Fan HutHut. Please do not post elsewhere as this is a wgjjang-exclusive (sorry, it’s my friend’s terms, not mine).
I hope this was interesting for you. I’ve always been curious as to what type of training Korean artists get besides singing and dancing.
I had several random thoughts while typing this up:
- in the Hawaii courtroom – Man I wish was there … in the land of paradise… with Bi… his body is exquisite. Sorry, I’m a girl, and I can appreciate even though I’m not a fan.
- Students are provided with funds to cover tuition and other expenses. – Dang. Wish my university did that. *dreams*
- 100,000 people auditioned, but only 2 were selected – WHOA. O.O;;;;;
- community service (focusing on handicapped and orphans) – According to my friend’s notes, they do this to make sure their trainees grow up with good characters. Which I guess means so they do not grow bigheads.
- proper sex education – O.O It’s necessary, but that came out of nowhere in the list.
- they have a book club – I think SoHee/SunMi mentioned that they liked certain books… for the life of me, I can’t remember the book titles or what these interviews were. It’s on the old Wgjjang Archived posts somewhere. I’ll find it… one day…
- Not only stars who are good at singing and dancing, but also ones who have proper manners/etiquette, can speak confidently, and have humility. – This line fit the Wonder Girls perfectly. I’ve became a fan because of those traits. And their big hearts.