If you don’t receive attention, you are turned away - that is the harshness and the reality of the entertainment business. It’s even harder for those who are working in similar fields with similar concepts, especially in the world of idol groups. There has already been a huge wave of idol stars in the past year, but we can expect to see even more in the new year of 2012. 2012 will be filled with battles after battles amongst the fresh, new faces that will be presented to us. The fierce competition that is to arise among these new idol stars is already a hot topic.
SM Entertainment’s EXO-M and EXO-K
SM Entertainment will produce a new boy group for the first time since SHINee debuted four years ago. SM will execute this debut with a brand new plan that hasn’t been done before. The two groups, EXO-K and EXO-M will separately debut in Korea and China, respectively, on the same day, at the same time, with the same song.
The names EXO-K and EXO-M come from “Exoplanet,” which is an outer planet in the solar system, meaning that the two groups will be a new star from the unknown. EXO-K will be performing in Korea (hence the letter”K”) and EXO-M will be performing in China (the “M” stands for “Mandarin”).
With idol groups such as H.O.T., DBSK, Super Junior, SNSD, SHINee and others, SM Entertainment truly knows what it takes to produce a successful idol group.
Hyori’s Management B2M’s Girl Group SPICA
It has been known that Lee Hyori has put a lot of interest in SPICA, who are her direct juniors in the same management company. There has been a lot of talk about SPICA before their debut because of the fact that Lee Hyori has been giving them guidance and advice.
The SPICA members also have an interesting past. Yang Jiwon was part of the almost debuted Five Girls (the group also consisted of Secret’s Hyosung, After School’s UEE, Wonder Girls’ Yubin and G.NA). Park Narae previously saw her fame through Superstar K in 2009. They will debut with title track “Potently” on January 10.
Cube Entertainment’s “Invincible Chung Dam”
Last year, Cube Entertainment found huge success through their boy group BEAST and now they will be presenting us with a new group. The seven-member group ranges from ages 17 to 23. Out of those seven, five members are already acting in a sitcom called, “Living In Chungdamdong.” Their group name in the sitcom is “Invincible Chung Dam” (though that will not be their real name) and they play the roles of trainees preparing for debut.
In current times, it is known that idols need to have multiple skills and talents in order to truly shine. All of the members of the group have exceptional foreign language skills and there are 2-3 members who are skilled in making rap and writing songs. Cube Entertainment boasts that they are a group with strong vocal and performance skills. They are planning to debut sometime in February.
Rapper Idol Group B.A.P.
B.A.P. is ready to take on the K-Pop world in a storm on January 26. B.A.P. (Best, Absolute, Perfect) is a six-member group under TS Entertainment, which is also home to Secret.
B.A.P. member Bang Yong Guk had already been featured in Secret’s Jieun’s song “Are You Crazy.” Himchan and Zelo have also already shown their faces through album releases and TV variety shows. The rest of the three members will be revealed through a reality show from SBS-MTV called, “Ta-Dah, It’s B.A.P” and it is said that all members have exceptional rap skills. TS Entertainment has increased our anticipation by revealing that B.A.P.’s debut showcase will be a grand, big-scale performance.
The Male Version of After School: Pledis Boys
There is already a huge wave of interest and anticipation for Pledis Boys, which is the male version of After School. The exact name and headcount of the group is not yet known but they will debut sometime in February. They have already shown their faces through the “2011 Happy Pledis” project last month.
Pledis Entertainment states, “Their skills are a given and we believe that their visuals are the best among all the groups so far.” Even during their trainee days, fans would gather around the Pledis building to catch a glimpse of the boys. Pledis Boys also showed off their dance skills at the “SBS Gayo Daejun” by doing the “shuffle dance” last month.
Which idol group are you most anticipating?