I Want To Be A K-Pop Idol: Can Intensive Bootcamps In South Korea Help? - Part 2 | Talking Point

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Published 2024-01-22
K-pop bootcamps organised by foreign-based companies have become popular in Korea. Many promise participants an authentic taste of idol life and a shot at getting casted as trainees. Munah Bagharib follows 14-year-old Singaporean idol hopeful, Kade, as she embarks on a 10-day intensive bootcamp in South Korea. Can bootcamps really score participants a contract with major K-pop labels? Or are they simply a marketing gimmick?

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0:00 Previously on Part 1
01:07 Intensive 10-day K-pop bootcamp in South Korea
03:15 How rigorous is bootcamp training?
09:17 Director judges their performances after 14 hour training days
12:11 What K-pop casting agents look out for
16:18 Kade's father's concerns about her K-pop dreams
18:30 Will Kade make the cut?

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All Comments (21)
  • @denden2935
    What's ironic is a lot of idols who are in the biggest groups were scouted and passed auditions despite having no singing or dancing abilities. I think becoming a trainee is sheer luck/happenstance and then it's afterwards the sheer hard graft starts.
  • @celo0o0
    After seeing too many underaged idols’ parents letting their kids debut at very very young age, I am very satisfied with Kade’s father’s response. Now that I’m older, do wish idols should at least graduate high school before being a trainee / debuting. I wish 18+ isn’t old enough to start. Nowadays kpop company started recruiting kids as young as 8, which is crazy.
  • I know her parents think they are doing her a favor but getting a call from a big company is pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It would be a shame to watch them prematurely cut her wings. I understand their concern but there most likely won't be that opportunity waiting for her once she reaches 21 as her dad wanted. I think if she gets through, they should really discuss it together. Some people's strengths are not all in academics and it's unfair to value it over everything else imo.
  • @ktwei
    These people still don't understand. You can pay companies to train you, to give you a shot but likely from the first day they already know if there are gonna put you on a team or not. Besides even with the slight chance that they do, the public still has to like you. Some people get the easier way in life to make big money but the incredibly high majority don't.
  • @wehcd
    2.5k just for this bootcamp? Kade is very much loved by her parents! Back then my parents don't even want to pay for my local university fees when they disapprove of the course of study, because to them it is not "technical" or "specialised" enough for them.
  • @yumingsu9263
    I am definitely rooting for Kade! She got the idol look and the talent, and she has also put in a lot of work! I believe she will go far! Keep pushing! ✊✊✊
  • NGL the producer had the time of her life in Korea. free vacation and she got free dance lessons and had a ton of fun. huge W to the producer lady.
  • @xEPICxNESS
    I’m happy with Kades father giving his answer, while still providing his daughter the experience to attend idol bootcamp to achieve a part of her dream while focusing on her studies.
  • @be5825
    I got contacted by YG when I auditioned for them online, I was 15 back then. I'm 25 now and thinking back, it was definitely the best decision for me to reject them and gave up on dreaming to be a Kpop idol. I thought a lot about my freedom, what I really wanted to do with my life thus it wouldn't be guaranteed that I would have passed the later in person auditions or even debuting. Being a Kpop idol is not an easy job, it takes a lot of passion and dedication from a person for every single day. Definitely not for me. Good luck to whoever dreams or trying to pursuit their dream of being a Kpop idol.
  • @HelenFlotildes
    I can see Kade in a KPop group. She kind of looks like Izone's Minju, imo. She has nice lines when she dances. And her voice sounds sweet. I wish her all the best. 😊
  • @euneun1605
    I'm rooting for Kade, Jiayous girl!!! She definitely put in a lot of hard work to get to where she is right now. I'm sure she'll have her opportunity one day :) Stay healthy and keep going~
  • @betamax1091
    David Yong is a great guy and will be a tremendous advocate for aspiring Singaporean entertainers. As he mentions, there are no Singapore companies that have the "right" connections to support the growth of these budding talents. He was on another Korean program, and he has big plans for Korea and K-Pop. I wish him the best of luck!!!
  • @jengjengcute
    Kade's dad has very valid concerns, with all the suicides happening. Aja aja fighting Kade! Have the grit to pursue your dreams, continously improve and if its really for you, you will find a way to make your dreams to reality
  • @elainelat8067
    The entertainment industry is a gamble. Even if you get in, staying in is a different story. When a Korean agency picked the final 7 of what's to become the first all-Filipino boy group to debut in Korea, Hori7on, the boys already knew that it was going to be a blood bath from then on, from what kind of training they experienced from Korean coaches. In an interview, Reyster even somewhat expressed the thought of giving up but that his fellow members are the ones anchoring him to stay strong. It gave us SEA K-pop fans a glimpse of what it's like to fight for a place and what it takes to keep that place theirs. I really do hope more Southeast Asians can make it to the K-pop scene. I believe it's a matter of giving it your all and showing that you're hungrier than anyone else. It's not going to be easy but given that K-pop popularity is only growing globally, anyone can have the chance as long as you're willing to climb to the standards that their predecessors in the industry had set.
  • keep going kade ❤ it seems so tough to break into the industry, with visa and experience differences :” but pursue ur dreams!
  • @mai7287
    i feel like shes gonna make it she has so much potential😭
  • @alrose8870
    Kade has the looks of a potential visual of a group. These top tier companies turn normal looking people into superstars.
  • @melvin91motorola
    I'm so proud of munah cover this segment ❤ I like her proffesional vibes here
  • @c4un544n5
    K pop training will always look extreme from the outside, but the last scene of fans waiting in the freezing cold just for a 1 second glimpse of their idols is truly captivating.