The holiday's are coming up soon, and that means only one thing for every budding K-pop star - auditions, auditions, and more auditions!
With JYP Global Auditions taking place this weekend (December 10) in Sydney, the competition to be the next big star in Korea will be fierce and stressful in equal measures. Thankfully for you, we have some very handy tips from our very own Peter Hyun from One Way, all of which will help you get a leg up on your rivals!
So without further ado, here are Peter Hyun's big do's and don'ts that every aspiring K-pop star should take into account when auditioning!
1. Dress well
Don't turn up in your pyjamas, but also don't go full Lady Gaga! Show some star quality - style that hair, keep the make-up light, and be sure to wear clothes that are trendy yet easy to move around in.
2. Practice, practice, practice
Everyone will be itching to get through the auditions so you need to stand out from everyone, by being the cream of the crop - and the only way to do that is practice. Not only will this prepare you for your audition, but this will help calm those inevitable nerves!
3. Get used to the waiting
Even established K-pop stars have to wait hours-upon-hours to appear on music shows, so be prepared to wait. In the meantime, be sure to mentally get yourself ready, have those vocal cords ready, and get those muscles warmed up!
4. Be prepared to expect the unexpected
Auditions may not be as simple as "turn up and sing" - judges may throw some surprises at you, such as getting you to sing your song acapella style. Be prepared for all scenarios so you don't get thrown off-guard.
5. Don't perform a song done by a company's artist
If you're at a JYP audition, DON'T PERFORM A SONG FROM A JYP ARTIST! You will only be compared to the original artist, so unless you can perfectly sing something, choose a song from a different company!
6. Pick a song that's suited to you (and your voice)
If you have a low vocal range, stay away from songs filled with high-notes (and vice versa)! Treat the judges as your audience and be sure to connect with them through your performance - just a simple cover won't be good enough, so be sure to pick a song that showcases your character while also bringing something new to the cover. Upbeat songs are definitely good picks!
7. It's not the end of the world if you don't get in first time around
If you don't get through the first time around, it's not the end - some of the greatest K-pop stars failed at several auditions before making it. Take heed of all the advice and be sure to work on all areas that need improvement.