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How was TWICE’s Momo discovered by JYP Entertainment?

All by chance? Find out how Momo, from TWICE, was discovered by JYP Entertainment and what the path was to her debut as a member of the group

Active since 2015 as a member of TWICE, the singer, dancer and songwriter, Momo Hiraimade his debut as an idol alongside Mine, Chaeyoung, Nayeon, Dahyun, Sana, Jeongyeon, Tzuyu It is Jihyo with the release of the extended play “The Story Begins”.

Additionally, ido, who is part of the group’s Japanese Line, also debuted TWICE’s first sub-unit, MISAMO, alongside Sana and Mina. The formation’s debut was held on July 26, 2023, with their first Japanese mini-album “Masterpiece” and a MV for the title track, “Do not touch”.

Still, for the idol to become this big star, it was necessary for her to be discovered by JYP Entertainment, the company that manages the group’s career, since before debuting, she was a trainee for three years and seven months.

How was Momo discovered by JYP Entertainment?

To understand the story, it is necessary to remember that it is not for nothing that Momo holds the position of Main Dancer in TWICE. This is because the artist has been a dancer since she was very young, having started practicing at the age of three, as reported by the Koreaboo portal.

So much so that Momo became a student at “STEP OUT Dance Studio”, a Japanese dance studio and entertainment agency. It is believed that she joined the company in 2008, the year she appeared in the South Korean singer’s “Ma People” music video. Lexyas a dancer.

However, she had bigger goals. Thus, in 2011, Momo participated in an audition for the preliminary round of Superstar K3, in Japan, a program that would form a new four-member girl group, but she was not approved for the next phase.

However, the dream of Momo In becoming a big idol was just beginning, as Momo was discovered by JYP Entertainment after they saw a dance video of her and her older sister posted on YouTube.

As a result, the two were called to audition at the agency. The test was carried out, but only Momo managed to secure a place as a trainee, and signed the contract with the company on April 13, 2012.

As a trainee, she performed her first works appearing in the MV of “Stop Stop It”, by GOT7, “Feel”, by June“Only You”, by miss A and “Rose”, by Wooyoung.

More than that, JYP’s official plans were that Momo debuted as a member of the “Japanese Girl Group” that was being formed by the company, but the project ended up being shelved, as explained by Koreaboo.

That way, Momo participated in the TV audition program, “SIXTEEN”, held by JYP Entertainment to search for qualified members for the agency’s newly planned girl group (which would later be known as TWICE).

Unfortunately, Momo was eliminated in the sixth episode of the program, which would have undermined the artist’s chances of joining the girl group forever, if the co-CEO of JYP Entertainment, JYParkdid not decide to reverse the decision made on stage, making her a member of TWICE.

It’s worth remembering that the idol was chosen, even after her elimination, because Momo’s dancing skills were impressive, so JYPark believed that she would improve TWICE’s dance line and the group’s overall performance.

Source: Recreio

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