A Pink's Eunji: She attended a vocal academy before her director recommended that she audition for A Pink. She got in on first try and debuted two months later. Jessica and Krystal: SM tried to cast Krystal at first but her parents felt that she was too young and declined. They instead recommended Jessica so Jessica joined SM first, then was followed by Krystal once she got older. SHINee Minho: An SM manager tried to cast him at a ski resort but Minho declined. He kept following Minho around only to be denied again. The manager then spotted Minho walking home from school and gave him another casting offer. Minho declined. Manager kept following and offering anyway again until Minho finally accepted. MBLAQ GO: He placed second at a singing competition and was shocked when he found out that the first place winner was someone younger than him. He dropped out of school to focus on his singing before finally debuting as MBLAQ. The first place winner ended up being SNSD's Taeyeon. EXO-K Sehun: He was eating ddukbokgi at a street food stand when a casting manager approached him. Sehun got scared and thought the person was weird so he ran away. Manager persisted and chased him down for 30 minutes before finally persuading and casting him. Sunny: She was originally a trainee in a different agency. Her group disbanded before they got to debut so Sunny kind of floated around before she auditioned for SM and got accepted. Ended up being Lee Soo Man's niece. 2PM Wooyoung: He wasn't really given much attention when he originally auditioned for a Wonder Girls' audition. Ended up winning #1 at another public audition and debuting with 2PM. Tiffany: She was cast while standing in front of a bathroom at a Korean festival. VIXX Hongbin: He decided to become a singer after watching a non-celebrity perform at a singing competition. After he auditioned and joined a company, he ended up debuting in the same group as that non-celebrity he first saw (VIXX's Ken). TVXQ Changmin: SM's casting manager waited for Changmin outside of his school every day after seeing him play badminton during phys ed class. He was so persistent that Changmin told his mom. His mom was a BoA fan so she took Changmin to an SM audition because she wanted to see BoA. Changmin passed the audition and debuted with TVXQ. EXO-K Baekhyun: Baekhyun initially gave up auditioning because he failed all of them and began preparing for music college instead. While clearing his throat and practicing outside of his practical exam room, he was cast by an SM manager. Super Junior Kangin: He was cast while riding an elephant train at an amusement park. INFINITE Sunggyu: After graduating from high school, he left home for Seoul to become a singer. He lived alone and worked several part time jobs, one of them being at a cafe. His cafe manager mentioned to a customer that Sunggyu was preparing to become a singer. The customer asked Sunggyu who his favorite singer was and he replied that it was Nell. The customer ended up being Nell's manager and offered him a chance to audition at the company. Sunggyu obviously passed and debuted with INFINITE. Seohyun: She was cast by an SM manager while riding the subway when she was an elementary school student. B2ST Doojoon: He was originally preparing for admission into an athletics college but changed paths to become a singer when he saw a Big Bang documentary at home while in his underwear and eating pork cutlets. He became a JYP trainee when he placed 3rd at a public audition. Joined the survival 'Hot Blood' program and almost became a member of 2AM before being eliminated. Left JYP to join Cube and got a fresh start as a member of B2ST, the same group as Hyunseung, a previous member of the same Big Bang documentary he watched. SHINee Jonghyun: SM originally cast him for his handsome looks when he was a bassist for a band. Ended up becoming SHINee's main vocalist.