Stars Who Were Almost in Girls GenerationPosted: March 30, 2011 | |
Regardless that they didn’t pass the final cut (or skipped over the cut) to become members of Girls Generation (SNSD), these stars found their spot in the limelight either with acting or just different idol groups. Take a look at the ones who could’ve been Girls Generation girls.
“M.I.L.K member, sings well but has no luck…”
Instead of debuting with Girls Generation, this talented singer was sent to debut earlier with the 4-member girl group M.I.L.K in 2001, but M.I.L.K never quite reached the popularity of Girls Generation. Now, Seo Hyun-jin sings solo for drama OSTs (notably for “Goong”) and singles on SM Entertainment albums… Not so lucky.
Jang Ri-in (Zhang Li Yin)
“Sent to China for activities…”
In SM Entertainment’s
global domination Hallyu scheme of ideas, they felt Jang Ri-in would be best fit for the Chinese market, but that just means she missed the real Hallyu wave.
Surprising most fans, cute actress Lee Yeon-hee (“Paradise Ranch,” “My Love”) was also up on the list of could-be SNSD girls. Instead of waiting for idol stardom with Girls Generation, she had her acting debut in 2004.
“Dropped because her image was too similar to Tae-yeon’s”
These days not many people would say that So-yeon and Tae-yeon have a similar image, but looking back on these past pictures, we can see the cutesy image So-yeon had during her training days. Nevertheless, So-yeon had her girl group debut in 2009 with T-ara.
Heo Chan-mi (Co-ed, 5Dolls)
Just imagine if Girls Generation had these members too… Anyway, after being cut from the girls list (at the age of 15, no less), Starlight Chan-mi found herself playing with the boys in Co-ed, debuting in 2010, and doing activities in sub-group 5Dolls under management of Core Contents Media. Heo Chan-mi was also supposed to debut in a 5-member girl group Alice in 2009 under SM Entertainment (along with the girl from the SHINee “A.M.I.G.O” music video, Kim Ye-jin, another on the SNSD cut list), but the group (obviously) never debuted.
“1st in ‘SM Audition’ and after preparing for singing, changed to acting.”
Known for her pretty face, the young actress who appeared in “Boys Over Flowers” as the hospital girl and now the MC of KBS “Music Bank,” Kim Min-ji is often asked why she isn’t in a girl group when they see that she fits the “idol look.” In the end, Kim Min-ji went to the acting side. Though she is still early in her career, many are expecting her success in the future.
What would Girls Generation be like if they had these member additions?