Does JYP accept foreigners?

Created on 14 Nov, 2019
Revision of 14 Jun, 2022

Official Statement

JYP Entertainment is the most open company for foreigners out there in K-pop. According to Park Jin-young, founder of JYP Entertainment, the industry can no longer rely on Korean nationals alone if it wants to stay globally relevant:

“We’re trying to figure out the next stage ... We can’t just keep sending over Korean stars forever, we need to find the next thing. Now, I want to build with foreign talent and create something with young talented kids from Japan and China.”
Park Jin-young, founder of JYP Entertainment, according to CNBC[1]

He’s already tested the idea out with TWICE, a nine-member girl band consisting of three Japanese, one Taiwanese and five South Koreans. Signed onto his JYP label, TWICE is now one of the genre’s hottest girl group and has already made its U.S. performance debut.

Many fear the integration of foreign talent will force K-pop to lose its quintessential Korean quality that made it so appealing and novel to outsiders in the first place. But maybe that’s not so bad after all:

“We can’t keep trying to get other cultures to love Korean stuff. Now, we have to try to understand theirs, and make something together. We owe them that, because they’ve been consuming Korean culture for so long.”
Park Jin-young, founder of JYP Entertainment, according to CNBC[1]

Online Auditions

It is very hard to see a foreigner passing all the JYP online auditions. Even when it happens, it doesn't guarantee anything beyond the video interview with a staff member. They will only advance to an actual in person audition if they are seriously looking at taking the attendant. At this point, they will pay the attendant to fly in and perform in front of a panelist of judges. Therefore, this process adds up pretty quickly if they do it for a lot of potential trainees!

Very few applicants ever reached that stage (perhaps one or two per year), and so far it is unknown if any online auditions ever actually joined the trainee pool. Based on that, JYP does accept non Koreans. However, JYP has yet to accept a non Asian.

External Links

[ 1 ] JYP thinks foreign talent could find K-pop success, CNBC, 2016

Further Reading

[ 2 ] Can an Indian girl join K-pop? How?

[ 3 ] What is the age limit for KPop auditions?

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