How To Become A K-Pop Idol: Life As A Foreign Trainee

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Droves of Korean teenagers sign up with K-pop academies with dreams of becoming the next BTS, BlackPink, TWICE or Red Velvet. At 24, Yanagi Mizuho was not just a late-starter, but a foreigner - a Japanese graduate in linguistics.

Making it through the auditions with entertainment agency Star Road Entertainment was just the beginning, though, of a tough road filled with sweat, tears, diets and gruelling training. And no guarantee of a debut.

Star Road Entertainment manages K-Pop duo JBJ95, Kenta Takada and Kim Sang-Gyun.

‘Get Real’ is CNA's award-winning investigative documentary series. Bold and in-depth, it travels across Asia taking a fresh look at old issues, highlighting trends and triggering debate.

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