It's a long road to Asian pop stardom. You have to beat out the thousands of other talented kids auditioning to begin with, train for as many years as your company dictates and then if you're lucky enough, you finally get to debut. It's not for the faint hearted!
It's hard to imagine our favourite idols going through the same process now they're super-mega-stars - right?
Here are some of their 1st auditions and early practices...
SHINee's Taemin's SM Entertainment dance audition
SHINee's Key's SM Entertainment dance audition
Super Junior Shindong’s audition/early performance. This is too funny...
Super Junior-M's Henry's SM Entertainment trainee evaluation
2NE1's Park Bom's audition video
2NE1's CL & Minzy's early dance practice
Girls’ Generation’s Yoona, Sunny, Soo Young, Hyoyeon, and SeoHyun 1st auditions
EXO's Kai's SM Entertainment dance audition
Hyorin's Starship Entertainment audition
SISTAR's Bora's early dance practice
BIGBANG Taeyang - monthly evaluation video as a trainee at YG
AKB48's Paruru (Haruka Shimazaki) audition compilation
KARA's Hara's dance audition at JYP Entertainment
Teen Top's Niel's Lotte World first audition
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu at 12 years old. This isn't an audition video... but how cute is she!!!