While a lot K-Pop idols get famous as soon as they debut, some K-Pop idols were quite popular when they were trainees. Some idols were even popular among other trainees in their companies. Here are 5 K-Pop idols who were popular trainees in their companies.

1. Yeonjun (TXT)

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When Yeonjun was a trainee, he had quite the reputation since he excelled in singing, dancing, and rapping. Also, Yeonjun never lost first place in a monthly evaluation test!

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Due to this, Yeonjun was labeled as “Big Hit’s Legendary Trainee”.

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Here’s the full video below!

2. Lisa (BLACKPINK)

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Caroline Suh, the director of BLACKPINK’s Netflix documentary, BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky, spoke on Lisa’s bright personality in an interview.

Lisa’s personality is amazing. All the members appreciated Lisa and they all lit up when talking about Lisa. Lisa seemed to be someone who makes everyone feel good

— Caroline Suh

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Also, the other BLACKPINK members shared with Caroline Suh that Lisa was quite the trainee, as she aced pretty much everything.

And the members mentioned that Lisa aced everything back when they were trainees. She’s humorous and she knows how to not take herself too seriously. So even after having become a huge star, she likes to joke around. She has one chill personality

— Caroline Suh

3. Mina (TWICE)

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A former JYP Entertainment trainee once spoke about TWICE and revealed that Mina was quite popular among male trainees due to her visuals. However, Mina never acted arrogantly or bragged about this.

4/5. Seungyoon & Seunghoon (WINNER)

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WINNER’s Seungyoon (Left) & Seunghoon (Right)

Before their debut with WINNER, Seungyoon and Seunghoon both were contestants on survival programs. Seungyoon was a contestant on Superstar K2, where he finished in fourth place.

Not only that, but Seungyoon also debuted as a solo artist before he debuted as a member of WINNER.

Seunghoon was a contestant on the first season of K-Pop Star, and similar to Seungyoon, he finished in fourth place.

These two eventually participated in the survival program WIN : WHO IS NEXT, which is the program that created WINNER. In this show, it was highlighted how tough it was going to be for “Team B” to beat “Team A”, as both Seungyoon and Seunghoon were members of “Team A”.

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Here’s the full video below!