Shinee’s Key reminded me of SM entertainment audition.
KBS 2TV ‘Yoo Hee-Yeol’s Sketchbook’, which was broadcast on November 30, appeared as a tall guest who recently released a solo album.
When Yoo Hee Yeol asked how he had managed to finally pass his auditions and get into SM Entertainment, Key replied, “I asked one of the agency employees at the time. She told me that [SM Entertainment founder Lee Soo Man] had said simply, with no further comment, ‘This kid is one of ours.’”
Yoo Hee Yeol wondered aloud, “What could have made him say that?” Key exclaimed, “Exactly, I don’t know either! I’m not sure what he saw [in me] that made him say that.”
However, Key went on to speculate that it was his unusual style that had caught the agency’s attention.
“It was the dead of winter at the time, but I wore white cargo pants and a sleeveless top with a hoodie over it,” he explained. “And I went to the audition wearing makeup that one of my female friends from a different middle school had applied for me.
“The judge at the audition looked at my style and seemed to be thinking, ‘Who is this kid?’”
Key then went on to talk about his hopes for the future. “I’d like to be able to appear on variety shows, greet viewers as an actor, and release albums at the same time,” he shared. “I also want to be a singer that can be a positive influence on lots of people.”
After passing the audition, Shinee became a member of Shinee’s 10th anniversary of his debut this year. He expressed his heartfelt testimony that he would be happy if he could continue as long as he can.
Meanwhile, Key released his first solo album ‘Face’ (FACE) after his debut on November 26th.