These idols auditioned for one position but debuted with another.
1. Red Velvet’s Seulgi
Seulgi originally entered for her vocal ability rather than her dancing. Before Wendy joined SM Entertainment, she was slated to be the main vocal of the girl group.
2. BIGBANG’s Taeyang
BIGBANG‘s Taeyang had auditioned to be a rapper and had originally trained to debut as one, but ended up debuting as a vocalist.
3. MAMAMOO’s Moonbyul
During the filming of Idol Dream Operation Team (IDOT), Moonbyul revealed that she had auditioned and originally trained to be vocal. When she got put into the line-up for MAMAMOO, however, there were four members and 3 power vocals. Due to this, Moonbyul was assigned to be a rapper.
4. Cosmic Girls’ EXY
Exy used to be vocalist until she had vocal cord nodules. Because of this, she was told not to strain her vocal cords, which lead her to learn about rapping. Since then, she has written and rapped her own lyrics for WJSN.
5. (G)I-DLE’s Soyeon
During Soyeon‘s introductory video for (G)I-DLE, she reveals that she started auditioning for companies as a vocalist. She confesses that she auditioned for over 20 companies as a vocal but never got called back. Soyeon then decided to switch things up and audition as a rapper, claiming she had always been interested in rap. After she started audition as a rapper, she started getting callbacks. Since then, she stuck with rap.
6. SEVENTEEN’s Woozi
Woozi was originally supposed to be part of the performance team rather than the leader of the vocal team. When he started getting more interested in composing and when he discovered Garage Band on Wonwoo‘s laptop, he started making music and moved over to the performance team.
7. SEVENTEEN’s Hoshi
The opposite of Woozi, Hoshi was originally part of the vocal team. Actually, Woozi and Hoshi switched to their teams at the same time. Hoshi has stated that if possible, he would like to sing and train as a vocal one day.
8. f(x)’s Luna
Luna was originally meant to debut as the main dancer of f(x) rather than the main vocal. Amber also said in an interview that she was intimidated by Luna when she first met her because she was the only girl trainee who was popping and locking. (Watch the clip below at 1:30)
9. f(x)’s Amber
Amber revealed during an episode of Radio Star that she had passed the auditions for SM Entertainment for her singing. Many were surprised and asked why she did rap. She explained that because f(x) had no rapper originally, they assigned her the role. (Watch the clip starting at 0:23)
10. PENTAGON’s Wooseok
Wooseok originally entered CUBE Entertainment for modeling. When he decided he wanted to be an idol, he originally started training as a vocal before finding his talent as a rapper.
11. PENTAGON’s Yan An
Yan An originally trained to be a rapper but debuted as a vocalist.
12. PENTAGON’s Shinwon
Like YanAn, Shinwon was training to be a rapper before switched to vocals.
13. GOT7’s Jackson
Jackson was originally training to debut as a vocalist. During his training, however, he found rap and switched over to rapping.
14. NCT’s Jaehyun
In pre-debut songs with SM Rookies, NCT‘s Jaehyun was a rapper. When he debuted, however, he debuted as a vocalist. He has adlibbed rap in some songs with NCT, but his official position is a vocalist.
15. TWICE’s Jihyo
Jihyo was originally training to be a main dancer rather than a main vocal. During an episode of Happy Together, a pre-debut video of Jihyo dancing ballet is shown, which proves that she’s had the talent for dance ever since she was young.
16. ASTRO’s Rocky
ASTRO‘s Rocky originally trained to be a vocal rather than a rapper. Fans were shocked to hear Rocky take some of Jonghyun‘s parts (including the final high note!) when the group covered SHINee‘s “Replay.”
17. NCT’s Mark
NCT‘s Mark auditioned for SM Entertainment by singing Bruno Mars‘ “Grenade” and passed for his vocal ability. Now that he debuted, however, he is one of the main rappers of NCT.
Proof that mark got into SM by his vocal, when a fan asked Mark the song he sing for his SM audition in Canada, Mark answer he sang Grenade by Bruno Mars
☺☺ our vocalist Mark
— 젤리 (@Jelleemark) December 16, 2018