WARNING: This is a serious article. I hope your feelings aren’t taken strongly about this. you will post in a mature way, rather than bash.
“Your nationality or your age does not matter” – Amber, from f(x) to promote SM Global Audition
In a way Amber, it does.
Imagine it this way. A K-Pop fan who has pretty good vocal and dancing skills believes he/she has a big ambition to debut in South Korea. Whether it’s as a solo artist or in a group with other people, it does not matter. He/she has a high hope of passing the audition and training under the enertainment company they have selected. The problem? The person is not accepted because they are not Asian or do no look Asian at all.
It may seem harsh, but if you think of it this way, Enertainment Global Auditions seem to only target Asian people however there are slim chances of other races getting in to be trainees at enertainment companies for example, I remember someone uploaded a YouTube video of three SM trainees, one of the girls was Half-Black, Half-Japanese but she didn’t look Asian at all.
A copy of an SM audition information form proves my point.
But if you think about it this way, there are good and bad reasons for doing so.
Some and I mean some Asians would be more comfortable seeing their own race in a group on TV, they are more likely to be popular and taken more seriously.
This can also be similar to when people audition for American Idol or X-Factor, do you know how quick some of them get voted out or not taken seriously for? I was so mad and I’m not even Asian!!
- Crushes the dreams of K-Pop fans who are non-Asian and want to debut in South Korea. They can audition but are less likely to be picked.
- Shows that Korea have a long way to go in terms of seeing somebody of complete different ethnicity up there with everybody else compared to multi-cultural countries as the UK or USA.
People can audition but I highly doubt they will pick a non-Asian, I mean seriously, groups seem to be more popular these days and I have yet to see a black boy/girl in a Korean boy/girl group of no Korean descent.
Try out as a choreographer or producer, but singer, no. I’m afraid not. ¬_¬ I heard they are be picked more likely for behind-the-scenes stuff than debuting as a singer. If someone does get picked, please message me so I can spread the word that there is a non-Asian trainee in K-Pop.