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Nayeon was a trainee for five years and two months before she debuted with TWICE.
Nayeon and JYP Entertainment were fated to be. When she was a little girl, she entered a modeling competition and was noticed and casted by the agency. Unfortunately, her mother refused to allow her to model and Nayeon was unable to begin training with the agency.
By 2010, Nayeon decided the stage life is what she wanted. She auditioned at JYP Entertainment’s 7th Open Audition without telling her family. When Nayeon passed as the second best out of the whole group that auditioned, she proved she had not only the passion, but the potential too and ended up signing as a trainee with the agency.
Nayeon had always been the ace card. Aside from her flying colors at the audition, she also won the Seoul Art College Dean’s Award and the Spris Star Award. She became a popular trainee with great potential to become a super idol
JYP Entertainment saw her as the gem she is and supported her so she could gain more experience in the K-Pop world even before she debuted. She appeared in GOT7‘s “Girls Girls Girls”, San E‘s “You Can’t Go”, and miss A‘s “Only You” music videos. Nayeon also modeled for several brands like Nintendo Wii’s Just Dance 2, Smart School Uniform, TN cosmetics, and many more. Viewers grew curious about her when she appeared as an aspiring idol-student in Dream High 2.
Fully prepped with the talent and training, Nayeon was naturally selected to become one of the members of JYP Entertainment’s next girl group called 6MIX. The debut of this girl group, however, became cancelled when it lost two members and faced difficulties in replacing the members with the right trainees.
Around a year later from the cancelled debut, Nayeon joined the TV audition program SIXTEEN, held by JYP Entertainment to seek out the qualifying final members of the agency’s newly planned girl group. Nayeon, a trusted trainee that had J. Y. Park‘s faith and support, became the first to be announced as an official member of TWICE.
“I trust Nayeon now. She acts a strong core for the team and leads her teammates.” — J. Y. Park
Jeongyeon trained for five years and eight months prior to her debut as TWICE.
Jeongyeon auditioned for JYP Entertainment when she was younger. Unfortunately, she didn’t make the cut her first time around. This did not stop Jeongyeon from pursuing her dream of becoming a K-Pop star though.
By 2010, Jeongyeon tried again at the 6th JYP Entertainment Open Audition and passed with an Ivy Star Award. In fact, she heard back from both SM Entertainment and JYP Entertainment on the same day, but she chose JYP Entertainment because she was more attracted to the agency.
“I have never thought about debuting with any other agency than JYP Entertainment.” — Jeongyeon
Around 2014, Jeongyeon had high hopes of debuting as one of the members for 6MIX, along with Nayeon. With the unfortunate cancellation of the production of this group, Jeongyeon fell into a state of despair and actually didn’t attend her trainings at the agency. She spent a couple months part-timing at a bakery and realized she liked baking. Right about when she was going to pick up baking as a new career path, JYP Entertainment called her to ask if she would like to appear on SIXTEEN.
Thank goodness Jeongyeon decided to return to the agency and participate in the TV audition program, because she was amazing on the show. Repeatedly ranking within the top three contestants on the program, Jeongyeon was widely accepted by the viewers as a potential member.
When SIXTEEN ended July 7th, 2015, Jeongyeon was confirmed to be debuting with TWICE. With her “girl crush” traits, Jeongyeon is now a popular member that attracts both male and female fans alike.
Momo was a trainee for three years and seven months before debuting with TWICE.
Momo has always been an avid dancer. She learned how to dance at a studio since she was three years old. While practicing at the STEP OUT Dance Studio, located in Osaka, Japan, Momo came across the opportunity to appear in a Korean singer Lexy‘s “Ma People” music video.
By 2011, her dream to become a successful entertainer grew strong as Momo auditioned as a four-member girl group for the Superstar K3‘s preliminary round in Japan. Unfortunately, Momo didn’t make the cut for this program either.
It was JYP Entertainment that discovered Momo through YouTube. A video of Momo’s dance performance was uploaded, which intrigued the agency’s casting team. Momo was contacted to audition. She tried out with her old sister, but passed by herself. She felt bad about being the only one to be selected, but after discussing things with her family, she decided to pursue her dream in Korea and began training with JYP Entertainment immediately.
Momo is said to have been a part of the agency’s “Japanese Girl Group” in the making. When the production was dropped, Momo – along with the two other Japanese members of TWICE – signed up for SIXTEEN. While she originally did not make the cut on the final episode of the show, Momo was chosen by J. Y. Park himself to be an additional member of the debuting group because she offered dance skills like no other trainee could.
“I have chosen Momo whom I believe will improve TWICE’s dancer line and the group’s performance overall.” — J. Y. Park
Sana trained for three years and seven months before she debuted as TWICE.
Since 2009 when she was in 6th grade, Sana practiced dancing for around two years at the EXPG Osaka branch of the EXILE Dance Academy to become a singer. So for Sana, singing and dancing have always been her passion and dream.
When Sana was in middle school, by 2012, she was discovered when she was out shopping with her friend. A JYP Entertainment casting associate noticed her and approached her. The friend who had been with her at the time spoke Korean and helped the agent and Sana communicate. Sana later explained she decided to try out for the JYP Global Audition because the casting associate showed her pictures of the Dream High cast as the agency’s managing artists. Sana was a fan of the K-Drama and recognized the artists.
Sana passed the audition, but her parents were not too sure about allowing her to quit middle school and sending her overseas by herself to pursue an entertainment career. The reason became clear, however, when Sana’s mother took Sana to see a 2PM concert and Sana claimed she wanted to be on the stage too. Sana moved to Korea in April of 2012 and began training with JYP Entertainment.
During her training period, Sana appeared in several music videos. With her eye-catching visual, fans wondered who she could be in GOT7’s “A” and 2PM’s Junho‘s “Feel” music videos.
Sana remained a part of the Japanese girl group project under development by the agency. When another close-to-debut girl group, 6MIX, lost a member, Sana was chosen to replace the position. She received a great amount of attention as a member of this potential girl group. Unfortunately, the girl group’s debut was cancelled and Sana had to wait another year before appearing on SIXTEEN.
Sana was stable throughout the show and won her way into debuting with TWICE. She is a widely loved member now, with fans who promise “No Sana, No Life”.
Jihyo was a JYP Entertainment trainee for over a decade.
It was August 2004 when Jihyo entered the 1st Junior Naver Child Acting Star competition and won second place. While her parents signed her up to do this, Jihyo showed great potential and was recognized by JYP Entertainment’s casting team. She was casted by the agency immediately.
From July 2005 to her debut in October 2015, Jihyo endured ten years and four months of training with JYP Entertainment. Throughout the years, she watched the Wonder Girls and miss A debut while she remained a trainee.
Jihyo did receive some exposure during her trainee period though, as she modeled for brands like TN cosmetics and Reebok.
Jihyo was also a part of the members who were preparing to debut as the girl group 6MIX. When the project was dropped, Jihyo had no choice but to continue training and hope for a different chance, as she had already devoted ten years to pursuing this career and could not change her path. She later shared that during these years of her debut getting pushed around and cancelled caused a tremendous amount of stress for her and she had developed a binge eating habit at the time.
When she joined SIXTEEN, Jihyo received somewhat of a criticism for being chubbier than the girl group standard. She proved herself, however, with pure talent and diligence and won her way into the finalists’ group. She also worked hard to shed the pounds she had put on from the stress eating. Viewers fell in love with Jihyo as she journeyed through the final stages of her decade-long traineeship and stepped closer to debut.
“I have never doubted your singing and dancing skills, have I?” — J. Y. Park
Mina trained for a short year and ten months prior to debuting with TWICE.
Mina started off as a ballet student at the prestigious Obayashi Sacred Heart School in Japan. So she has always been a dancer and performer at heart. She didn’t know she wanted to become a K-Pop idol at this point though.
Then in middle school, she became interested in K-Pop after a friend of hers suggested they learn the choreography to a Girls Generation song. She dove deeper into the world of K-Pop after attending the 2012 Golden Disk Award held in Osaka, Japan. Eventually, Mina signed up at a K-Pop dance school called URIZIP to learn K-Pop choreographies.
Mina was approached by a JYP Entertainment casting associate when she was shopping with her mother in Osaka. Mina passed her JYP Global Audition and signed as a trainee with the agency in January of 2014. She dropped out of the school and moved to Korea to pursue her idol training.
During her training time, Mina got to appear in some music videos too. She was in miss A’s “Only You” and 2PM’s Wooyoung’s “R.O.S.E” music videos.
By May 2015, only 16 months into her traineeship, Mina joined SIXTEEN to compete for a spot in TWICE. While the duration may seem short, especially for a JYP Entertainment trainee, a fellow trainee who trained with Mina mentioned that Mina came ready and could sing and dance well when she signed with JYP Entertainment.
Now, Mina adds grace and elegance to TWICE’s performances and attracts tons of fans as one of the three Japanese wonders of this amazing girl group.
Dahyun was a trainee for three years and four months before she got to debut.
While Dahyun’s most popular past video of the “Eagle Dance” from 6th grade has nothing specific to do with her debut, it does show that Dahyun has always been passionate about dancing whenever, wherever.
Years later, when she was in middle school, Dahyun entered an adolescent dance competition by choreographing and arranging music on her own. A JYP Entertainment casting associate who attended the competition noticed her potential and offered to cast her as the agency’s trainee.
While training with JYP Entertainment, Dahyun had some opportunities to appear in other artists’ music videos. She was in GOT7’s “Stop Stop It” and 2PM’s Wooyoung’s “R.O.S.E” videos, gaining some more exposure since the eagle dance.
Dahyun’s participation in SIXTEEN shed light on the eagle dance again. She used this to her advantage and got a lot of attention on the first episode of the audition program by recreating the dance. Aside from the dance though, fans grew attached to her carefree spirit. She continued to improve throughout the show and ended up winning a spot in TWICE to debut.
“Dahyun has been chosen because although her skills are still unstable, she has the superstar potential that cannot be gained with training or practicing. She knows how to grab people’s eyes.” — J. Y. Park
Fans appreciate Dahyun’s presence in the team, as the ball of energy who likes to have fun and is truly full of talent underneath all the goofing around.
Chaeyoung trained with JYP Entertainment for three years and five months to debut with TWICE.
Chaeyoung never doubted her goal of wanting to become a singer. In fact, she wasn’t shy to chase her dream. She signed up for dance classes in 2011, when she was in 6th grade.
While honing her dance skills at a dance academy, Chaeyoung auditioned for PLEDIS Entertainment as well. By 2012, she passed JYP Entertainment’s audition and was signed to become a trainee in June of the same year. Her dance school uploaded a picture of Chaeyoung in class, titled “Chaeyoung Passed JYP Entertainment’s Audition! Last Class” and captioned, “Chaeyoung from Monday,Wednesday,Friday 7:10PM class had her last lesson today. Congratulations on passing the JYP Entertainment audition, Chaeyoung! Come see us often!”
During her traineeship with JYP Entertainment, Chaeyoung appeared in GOT7’s “Stop Stop It” music video, along with Dahyun and Momo. By exposing herself little by little and building up camera experience, Chaeyoung prepared herself well and was ready when she joined SIXTEEN.
While Chaeyoung received minimal coverage throughout the show, her talent and personality gained her a substantial fan base that supported her to ranking high.
Tzuyu remained a trainee for three years prior to finally debuting as a part of TWICE.
Tzuyu shared on TWICE TV that she signed up for dance classes because she had always been fond of dancing. Around 2012, when the dance school filmed Tzuyu dancing at the recital and uploaded the video to YouTube, JYP Entertainment’s casting team watched it and became interested in Tzuyu. While Tzuyu’s face barely shows in this video, the agency knew exactly what it wanted.
The casting associate flew to Taiwan and saw Tzuyu dance in person. When the associate recorded Tzuyu’s dance to the agency in Korea, the casting team gave the okay to recruit Tzuyu. She was signed into the traineeship immediately.
On SIXTEEN, while Tzuyu’s visual received a tremendous amount of attention from the viewers, her talent remained questionable. In the earlier episodes, J. Y. Park criticizes Tzuyu for not having enough charm to be a debuting girl group member.
On SIXTEEN, while Tzuyu’s visual received a tremendous amount of attention from the viewers, her talent remained questionable. In the earlier episodes, J. Y. Park criticizes Tzuyu for not having enough charm to be a debuting girl group member.
Along with Momo, Tzuyu was not in the original seven chosen to be TWICE. However, J. Y. Park saw potential in the incredible amount of improvements Tzuyu has made throughout the show and decided to give her a chance.
“Tzuyu was the one whose skills improved the most. The best way to see how passionate a person is to check how much he or she is trying to get better. Based on that, I believe Tzuyu is serious and desperate about this.” — J. Y. Park
Watch: Red Velvet, Jeon Somi, Gong Seung Yeon, And More Spotted At TWICE’s Concert
A number of celebrities were seen attending TWICE’s solo concert in Seoul!
On May 19, fans spotted several idols showing their support for TWICE at their “TWICELAND ZONE 2: Fantasy Park” concert at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul. One fan managed to capture a cute video clip of Red Velvet’s Irene and Yeri in the audience, adorably dancing along to TWICE’s “TT.” The video also shows BTOB’s Peniel sitting to Yeri’s left.
Other fans noticed JYP Entertainment’s Jeon Somi and Shin Ryu Jin waiting to enter the concert venue outside. The I.O.I member and the former “MIXNINE” contestant were seen with a number of other female JYP Entertainment trainees, including Chaeryeong, the former “K-Pop Star 3” contestant who also appeared on Mnet’s “SIXTEEN” with Jeon Somi and the members of TWICE.
Actress Gong Seung Yeon, the older sister of TWICE’s Jeongyeon, also snapped several cute family photos and video clips at the concert together with her parents. One video shows Gong Seung Yeon and her mother cheering the TWICE member on by saying, “Jeongyeon, fighting! Do well!” The second clip shows the family backstage posing for photos with Jeongyeon, as their father adorably protests, “Why won’t you film your dad?” Jeongyeon laughs, “All right, all right, I’ll film you, Dad,” while Gong Seung Yeon teasingly remarks, “Dad loves [being on camera].”
Oh My Girl’s Hyojung revealed in a Naver V Live broadcast that she had attended TWICE’s concert as well. “I had so much fun,” she said, explaining that she had gone alone.
Read more about TWICE’s concert here!
[INFO][soompi] Exclusive: TWICE Invites Fans To A Night Of Wonder And Delight At “TWICELAND ZONE 2: Fantasy Park” ConcertBy sacheol-21stC
Exclusive: TWICE Invites Fans To A Night Of Wonder And Delight At “TWICELAND ZONE 2: Fantasy Park” Concert
TWICE invited fans to an enthralling experience as they held their “TWICELAND ZONE 2: Fantasy Park” solo concerts from May 18 to 20 at the Jamshil Indoor Stadium in Seoul.
It was an evening of delight and wonder that began with the members of TWICE appearing in swings suspended above the stage as they sang “You In My Heart.” They had everyone dancing along as they performed hits like “Like OOH-AHH,” “Cheer Up,” and “Likey,” as well as other dance tracks like “Ponytail” and “Hold Me Tight.” Keeping with their fantasy park theme, the stage was decorated like a theme park and dancers appeared in a variety of costumes to give the appearance of TWICE being the highlight performance of a theme park parade.
TWICE seemed to be taking fans through various areas of their fantasy park with different sets and outfits. First moving to a sparkling winter wonderland with a rendition of “Someone Like Me” and “Turtle” and then an utilizing phones mounted on selfie sticks to play with various selfie filters and goof around. They also showed a different side when they appeared in suits to perform “Touchdown” and “Signal,” as well as a cover of BoA’s “Valenti.”
The covers continued and gave the members the opportunity to take on various genres and concepts. First up was Dahyun, who covered Rain’s “Rainism” and made it her own as “Dahyunism.” After the performance, she also shared that her cane had unfortunately broken during the stage, and she was given the chance to recreate the moment. Not having a cane anymore, Dahyun improvised by using the straw from her water bottle and had everyone laughing with her quick thinking. Following her was Jihyo, Momo, and Tzuyu, who performed Beyoncé’s “End of Time.” Tzuyu stated, “We wanted to try a cool concept that was different from our usual sweet and cute concept,” and all three agreed that they were happy with the way the performance came out.
Nayeon and Jeongyeon took on “My Ear’s Candy” by Baek Ji Young and 2PM’s Taecyeon, taking turns to wear a pair of sunglasses to transform into their JYP senior. They later explained, “We were so nervous about doing Taecyeon’s parts. We studied his videos a lot to truly get into character and we kept telling ourselves, ‘I am a beast-dol.'” Lastly, Mina, Sana, and Chaeyoung performed Wax’s “Oppa,” and after the performance, they also called out to their female fans and younger fans as they said, “While we were rehearsing, we kept talking about how our female fans and younger fans would be sad that we’re only calling out to our oppas.” The members then changed up the lyrics from “Oppa” to “ONCE” so they could call out to all of their fans at the same time.
Following the unit performances, the festivities continued with hits like “Knock Knock,” “What is Love?,” “TT,” and “Heart Shaker,” as well as other hidden gems from their albums like “Sweet Talker,” “Only You,” and “Missing U.” TWICE also covered WINNER’s 2017 song “Really Really” and performed “FFW,” a track from their “Twicetagram” album that had never been performed before. The members continuously moved between the various extended stage areas to get one step closer to their fans, and their fans reciprocated by cheering as loudly as they could. There was even a special moment near the end of the concert when fans made hearts over their heads with their arms and the concert venue was filled with a sea of hearts directed at TWICE.
Just when it looked like the concert was over, TWICE returned to the stage for their encore, performing “One in a Million,” “What is Love?” (Acoustic Version) and a medley of their hit songs. For approximately three hours, TWICE and ONCE shared a special and unforgettable experience together.
Having captivated 18,000 fans across three sold-out concerts in Seoul, TWICE is set to take their fantasy park to Japan next. They will perform at the Saitama Super Arena on May 26 and 27, and at the Osaka-jo Hall on June 2 and 3, all of which are sold out. TWICE also has a concert in Singapore planned as well.
The following writings are taken from the book, "The Secret Language of Birthdays" by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers (information available online as well). Readers are encourage to proceed with a light heart and open mind for enjoyment. Similar writings for Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung and Tzuyu shall be available in their respective threads, (and an addition for JYP himself). A brief summary of all readings (including additional selected Korean celebrities) are found on this post link. Thank you.
Momo (November 9th, Scorpio, The Hermit)
Element/Quality: Water/ Fixed
Ruler/Symbol: Pluto (co-ruler: Mars)/ The Scorpion
Mode/Motto: Feeling/ "I Control"
Image/Season: Depth (Scorpio II)/ Mid-Fall
Scorpio Stones & Uses:
Ruby (supports inner faith and courage needed to face the world)
Garnet (balances sexual drives)
Carnelian (keeps one's feet on the ground)
Black Pearl (grants calm and solace in troubled times)
Scorpio Colours: Black, Blood Red, Charcoal Gray
Scorpio Body Areas: Nose, Genitals, Blood, Urethra, Bladder
Scorpio Keys: D minor, (C#) C sharp minor
Scorpio Plants: Root vegetables, Black poppy, Hemlock
(Scorpio II) Grasses & Vines: October 28 - November 21 (Reed)
Scorpio Attractions: To Capricorn, Leo, Pisces
(November 9th) The Day of Earthly Temptation
Strengths: Physical, Insistent, Open
Weaknesses: Impulsive, Troubled, Materially Stuck
Those born on November 9 face a tremendous temptation to give themselves completely to the here and now, to earthly pleasures of all types, and to submerge themselves in an unremitting search for experiential highs. They are often completely caught up in the excitement of what they are doing at the moment, and thus not fully aware of dark forces that may operating behind their drives. For those born on this day to look themselves squarely in the eye is a tremendous and potentially rewarding challenge, as is learning how to direct their prodigious talents and energies in a constructive and productive way.
Temptation itself figures as a major theme in the lives of November 9 people and along with it corresponding moral dilemmas involving upbringing vs. adult experience, societal vs. personal morality, etc. Usually the ethical instincts of those born on this day are well developed, so when they sin, they are fully aware of what they are doing. Nevertheless, some born on this day may reach a point where they are only able to find satisfaction, whether mental or physical, when engaged in dangerous, shadowy or outright illicit activities.
A very positive theme central to the lives of these complex people is the joy of discovery. Often they emerge from their intense experiences having made important realisations about themselves and life itself. Those November 9 people who grow more philosophical with age are capable of withdrawing into a contemplative or meditative state where they can assess their actions and make prudent choices for the future. Still, even after acquiring a large measure of wisdom, those born on this day rarely pause in the thick of battle to ponder their direction; for them, such work is to be done afterwards, preferably in tranquility.
November 9 people live close to the edge, and therefore must learn to protect themselves. In addition it is important for them to maintain respect for their fellow human beings, and to beware of becoming mercenary in their relationships. As they are highly sensitive to rejection, those born on this day also face the danger of retreating into themselves, nursing private grudges and fears, and even in extreme cases coming to live in a dark fantasy world.
More highly evolved individuals born on November 9 use their profound relationship with the dark side to gain insight into how life and the universe work, and equally important, learn to share these insights with others. Like Orpheus rising from the underworld, November 9 people must never look back but constantly move onward and upward toward the light. The greatest danger is that they will get stuck (particularly in the physical-material realm), and for this reason should set themselves high moral and ethical, albeit worldly, goals.
Numbers and Planets:
Those born on the 9th of the month are ruled by the number 9 and by the planet Mars. The number 9 is powerful in its influence on other numbers (any number added to 9 yields that number: e.g., 5+9=14, 4+1=5, and any number multiplied by 9 yields a 9: e.g., 9x5=45, 4+5=9), and the ability of November 9 people to influence others is similarly enhanced. The planet Mars is forceful and aggressive, embodying male energy, and for November 9 people (both men and women) this is doubly true since Mars is also co-ruler of their sign, Scorpio. When combined with Pluto (principal ruler of Scorpio), Mar's potential for ruthlessness and blind ambition is augmented -- but so is the potential for meaningful and deeply transformative changes.
The 9th card of the Tarot's Major Arcana is The Hermit, who is usually depicted walking with a lantern and a stick; he represents meditation, isolation and quietude. The card also signifies crystallised wisdom and practiced discipline. The Hermit is a taskmaster who motivates by conscience and guides others on their path. The positive side of this card is stick-to-it-iveness, purpose, profundity and concentration; negative qualities include dogmatism, intolerance, mistrust and discouragement. November 9 people must beware of becoming too withdrawn from the world, like the Hermit, but perhaps can learn from his positive introspection.
Those born on November 9 at some point will have to deal with their internal emotional rollercoaster. Ups and downs might be evened out by a balanced diet and plenty of exercise; perhaps practicing yoga and meditation could also prove beneficial. Foodwise, it may be necessary to cut down on yang foods (particularly meat), and to move more in the direction of vegetarian diet. Vigorous activities that favour betterment of objective goals (gymnastics, rock climbing, surfing, etc.) may meet the rugged appetites of November 9 people. Plenty of sleep is important, but should not be abused as an escape from the waking world.
Cultivate your spiritual side. Learn to float. Don't just enjoy your pleasures -- be aware of their effect. Step back from time to time and observe yourself living. Heed your inner voice and follow your higher self.
"The act of succumbing to temptation holds many mighty challenges"
Musings and themes to Momo. [Please listen and enjoy] ->>>>