Switched Idol Trainees

Some of you wonder, “Wasn’t Junsu a trainee of YG?”, or “I thought Zico was a trainee under SM Entertainment?” Well, here’s a list that shall confirm your curiosity. If you want to know what idols switched agencies after their training, then look here and be reassured!

NOTE: If anything is wrong, let us know!


B-Bomb (Block B)
Woolim Entertainment → Brand New Stardom

YG Entertainment → LOEN Entertainment → B2M Entertainment

Bohyung (SPICA)
JYP Entertainment → B2M Entertainment

Chanmi (Co-Ed School)
   SM Entertainment → Core Contents Media

Chorong (A Pink)
 JYP Entertainment → A Cube Entertainment

CL (2NE1)
   JYP Entertainment → YG Entertainment

Dongwoo (Infinite)
   JYP Entertainment → Woollim Entertainment

Dongwoon (Beast)
   JYP Entertainment → Cube Entertainment

Doojoon (Beast)
   JYP Entertainment → Cube Entertainment

JYP Entertainment → Cube Entertainment

Eunkyo (Co-Ed School; 5Dolls)
JYP Entertainment → Core Contents Media

Gajin (JQT)
DSP Entertainment → GP Entertainment

G-Dragon (Big Bang)
   SM Entertainment → YG Entertainment

   Good Entertainment → JYP Entertainment → Cube Entertainment

SM Entertainment → J. Tune Camp

Gayoon (4Minute)
SM Entertainment → Cube Entertainment

Gikwang (Beast)
JYP Entertainment → Cube Entertainment

Gyuri (KARA)
SM Entertainment → DSP Entertainment

Gongchan (B1A4)
   KeyEast Entertainment → WM Entertainment

Hoya (Infinite)
 JYP Entertainment → Woollim Entertainment

Hyomin (T-ARA)
JYP Entertainment → Core Contents Media

Hyori [Lee Hyori]
SM Entertainment → DSP Entertainment

Hyorin (SISTAR)
   JYP Entertainment → Starship Entertainment

Hyosung (Secret)
   Good Entertainment →  TS Entertainment

Hyuna (4Minute)
   JYP Entertainment → Cube Entertainment

Hyunseung (Beast)
   YG Entertainment → Cube Entertainment

Hyunyoung (Rainbow)
   SM Entertainment →  DSP Entertainment

Jaehyo (Block B)
   Cube Entertainment → Brand New Stardom

Jaekyung (Rainbow)
JYP Entertainment → DSP Entertainment

Ji Eun (Secret)
JYP Entertainment → TS Entertanment

Jihyun (4Minute)
   JYP Entertainment → Cube Entertainment

Jisoo (Swincle) 
DSP Entertainment → Kant Entertainment

Jungmin (SS501)
   SM Entertainment → DSP Entertainment → CNR Media

Jiyoon (4Minute)
JYP Entertainment → Cube Entertainment

Junhyung (Beast)
   Xing Entertainment → Cube Entertainment

Junsu (2PM)
   YG Entertainment → JYP Entertainment

JYJ (Jaejoong, Yoochun, Junsu)
   SM Entertainment → CJes Entertainment

Kahi (After School)
 SM Entertainment → Pledis Entertainment

Kevin (U-KISS)
   Xing Entertainment → NH Media

Kibum (U-KISS)
   Xing Entertainment → NH Media

Kwangmin (Boyfriend)
   JYP Entertainment → Starship Entertainment

Lee Jun Ki (Actor)
SM Entertainment  →  JG Company

Minhyuk (BTOB)
JYP Entertainment → Cube Entertainment

Minwoo (ZE:A)
JYP Entertainment  →  Star Empire Entertainment

Nam Gyuri (SeeYa; Actress)
JYP Entertainment → Core Contents Media

Peniel (BTOB)
JYP Entertainment → Cube Entertainment

Psy (Soloist)
LNLT Entertainment → YG Entertainment

Raina (After School)

JYP Entertainment → Pledis Entertainment

Seyong (MYNAME)
JYP Entertainment → H2 Media

Seungyeol (Infinite)
SM Entertainment → Woollim Entertainment

Sohyun (4Minute)
JYP Entertainment → Cube Entertainment

Son Anna
SM Entertainment → Nine Media Group

Soohyun (U-KISS)
   Good Entertainment → JYP Entertainment → NH Media

Soyeon (T-ARA)
   SM Entertainment → Core Contents Media

Soyou (SISTAR)
Cube Entertainment → Starship Entertainment

Sungjae (BTOB)
   JYP Entertainment → Cube Entertainment

Sunhwa (Secret)
   JYP Entertainment → TS Entertainment

Sunwoong (TOUCH)
   JYP Entertainment → YYJ Entertainment

Thunder (MBLAQ)
   LOEN Entertainment → J.Tune Camp

UEE (After School)
   Good Entertainment → Pledis Entertainment

Viki (Dal Shabet)
   Star Empire → Happy Face Entertainment

Wheesung (Soloist)
SM Entertainment → YG Entertainment → YMC Entertainment

Yoobin (Wonder Girls)
   Good Entertainment → JYP Entertainment

Yoosung (Co-Ed School)
F&C Entertainment → Core Contents Media

Yoseob (Beast)
   Good Entertainment → JYP Entertainment → M Boat Entertainment →  Cube Entertainment

Youngjae (B.A.P.)
JYP Entertainment → TS Entertainment

Young Ji 
JYP Entertainment → Cube Entertainment

Youngmin (Boyfriend)
   JYP Entertainment → Starship Entertainment

Youngsaeng (SS501)
   SM Entertainment → DSP Entertainment → B2M Entertainment

Youngsky (One Way)
   JYP Entertainment → Yejeon Media

Zelo (B.A.P)
YG Entertainment → TS Entertainment

Zico (Block B)
SM Entertainment → Brand New Stardom


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Last updated June 26, 2014 by Jomarie

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  • Comments (103)
    • ~~music~~
    • June 23rd, 2011

    i think that beast’s lee Gikwang trained under JYP ent. and then later transfered to Cube ent.
    thanks for this new page though! its really cool, and you learn something new! ^.^ thanks, keep up the good work!

  1. Cool!
    You’re really creative and hard working ^^

    • k-popfan
    • June 25th, 2011

    you really awesome…

  2. there too much trainee from JYP was transferred and all of them gained more attenttion bcus of powerfull voices. thnku for sharing, this will help for newbie on k-pop

  3. before Yoseob BEAST in Cube Entertainment, he trained in JYP Entertainment and transfered to M Boat Entertainment.

    Jiyoon, Gayoon, and Sohyun 4Minute are from JYP entertainment, transfered to Cube Entertainment.

    please tolerated if wrong, this is just my knowledge.
    btw, thank you so much for this page 🙂

    • Ahh, really? I’ll trust your word then and add it to the info! Thanks for sharing (:

        • nn
        • March 6th, 2012

        gna was trained under good ent then jyp then cube.

        notice that most jyp went to cube or a cube. that is because a cube and cube are under jyp companies

    • renee
    • July 3rd, 2011

    jungmin from SS501 didn’t really train under SM Ent right? Both SM and DSP wanted to sign him but in the end he chose DSP and trained under DSP

  4. before Kahi After School in Pledis Entertainment, she trained under SM Entertainment 🙂

    • JeyAthena
    • July 10th, 2011

    Jaehyo didn’t just transfer from Cube Entertainment to Brand New Stardom… right? I don’t remember it being so simple… Hm…

    • I’m not entirely sure about that either..but until I find something that proves this info otherwise, I’ll leave it this way

      • yuki
      • February 22nd, 2012

      jaehyo transfer from cube ent.. to brand new stardom.. but he also a trainee for LOEN entertainment.. and DSP Media.. but i don’t know the sequence though..

  5. Hyorin SISTAR, Youngmin and Kwangmin Boyfriend are from JYP Entertainment and then transfered to Starship Entertainment

    • zionstar
    • July 23rd, 2011

    a lot of former JYP trainees… lol

    • jungjungjung
    • August 1st, 2011

    SM Entertainment → CJes Entertainment 🙂

    • ashbelle
    • August 4th, 2011

    why a lot of former JYP ent. trainees?
    is that hard to train under JYP?
    kekeke….just wondering…

    • JYP has a great training program but they train their trainees for a loooong time (example is Jo Kwon from 2AM; he trained for eight years). So most of them who have trained for an extensive period of time usually switch over to another agency to debut sooner.

      • toolate
      • January 30th, 2012

      and as I know, train under JYP is not easy, your report score must be good. if not, you can’t train under JYP.

        • Nanz
        • October 22nd, 2012

        yess.. agree with that.. JYP concern about his trainees’ and idols’ education..

        • baekhun
        • November 16th, 2012

        but sm is famous for it’s slave-like-training, so any artist who came out of sm must be either talented or has godlike face

    • Jin-young could be quite picky you know?

    • alexa
    • August 18th, 2011

    i did not know that CL was orginally in JYP
    or that G Dragon trained in SM
    nor Kahi also trained in SM
    as well as Hyori training in Sm before
    Wow. SM lost a LOT of AMAZING trainees – due to the slave contract i guess :/

      • BF13
      • September 15th, 2011

      As I see JYP loses the most.
      And pls, who can be sure contracts with JYP and YG are greater than SM’s. Take KARA issuses as an example 🙂

      Anyway, I’m also suprised to know about G-Dragon, Kahi.

      • i think gd transfer because he wasn’t sure if he’ll debut because sm just make him like dancer..

      • baekhun
      • November 16th, 2012

      well you need to pay some fee you’ve spent in your trainee days if you’re about to leave sm, so not many trainee left sm compare to jyp. that’s what i heard, it’s written in the contract, at least your contract expired you don’t need to pay anything

    • Miyoung Geun
    • August 30th, 2011

    Wasn’t Raina originally from SM ent.? Then she transferred to Pledis?

    • No. She was a trainee under JYP Entertainment.

      However, she was a former student of SM Academy, which is an academy runned and owned by SM Entertainment.
      SM Academy is a school that specializes in dancing, singing and acting. It kinda sounds like she was trained under SMent, but it’s really just like a “school for the arts”. After graduating SM Academy you move on to be a trainee, and then you finally debut!

    • Diamond
    • October 2nd, 2011

    Omg! Sumandu. Thks for this page! Ur great!

    • msia_pilot
    • October 10th, 2011

    no wonder cube artists are called recycled, but hey i adore cube far more than jyp

    • Diamond
    • October 14th, 2011

    I dont care if they are recycled! Cube artists ROCKS! Better then the top!

    • crenmao
    • October 15th, 2011

    wow.. JYP had an huge army on trainees.. i wonder how they were able to provide for all of them

    didn’t know that Le HyoRi, GD, Kahi and Zico were originally under SME ._.

    and why th do you call cube artists ‘recycled’ ..? sounds horrible
    use refined or polished

    • Diamond
    • October 17th, 2011

    Exactly!I think that you are 100% right on this fact! I am also baffled by how JYP can provide for so many trainees and singers all at 1 shot.

    • Fany
    • October 28th, 2011

    I thought IU was under SM Ent. but she’s in LOEN??

    • Fany :
      I thought IU was under SM Ent. but she’s in LOEN??

      from what I know, IU was a JYP audition but never was from SMe. So she’s LOEN since the beginning after being rejected at JYP

  6. Yoseob was really really work hard i proud of him

  7. So Raina is ex-JYP? I think she is ex-SM, since she had studied in SM Academy…

    • cn
    • December 8th, 2011

    … g-d trained from yg since he was little… GD was never SM…
    kahi was from yg …
    CL was never from jyp. she was with yg from the start.
    jsut had to correct.

    • Jessietriciacastle’s Blog
    • December 18th, 2011

    So crazy is the kpop star….i wonder what is the target of they transfered from their real agency to the other agency like now?Im so confused…

      • baekhun
      • November 16th, 2012

      for example sm, the possibility for trainee to debut is small and you need to be one of the top trainee. when someone sees that they wont able to debut in one agency they move to other agency, thats one of the reason, the other reason maybe the agency music’s style doesnt match one. take gd for example, he was more to hip hop and free music while sm’s music style is kind of orchestra thing

    • onyunyu
    • December 18th, 2011

    why does so many JYP trainees transferred to cube ?
    i heard that cube is a kind of JYP’s entertainment sister or somewhat.
    is it true? how can it be?
    can anyone answer me? i’m lil bit confuse bout it. thanks 😀
    i heard that G.Na was trained at JYP at first but she’s transfered to cube. is that true?

  8. wow alot of JYP yeah……

  9. its so nice……. Can

    • minnie
    • January 30th, 2012

    I can not imagine G-dragon or Zico in Sm ent *twitches*

    • A Pink Addict
    • February 5th, 2012

    Chorong is also initially from JYP entertainment rite???but now she’s in ACube Entertainment.

  10. wow i realized how all my bias’s now were once SMe or JYP trainees… they lost big time of talents like GD and Zico (wow they trained under same place!!)

    • appletasteyeollipop
    • February 11th, 2012

    sungyeol from sm to woolim

    • Kallen_Langely
    • February 18th, 2012

    G-Dragon and Zico were originally trainees under SM Entertainment..? O___O K-pop would be VERY different if they remained under those labels. They definitely transferred for the better. ♥

    • starletgurlz
    • February 21st, 2012

    JYP sure a big trained field..there’s a lot of former trainees of JYP…to stay under JYP labels the one must have strong will i heard their training program were the hardest…

    • nn
    • March 6th, 2012

    wait gayoon is not from jyp. she is from SM

    other ex-SM trainees:
    Lee Jun Ki (famous for my girl drama) – now JG Company Inc.
    G.O ( MBLAQ’s member) – now J.Tune Camp
    Seungyeol ( Infinite’s member) – now Woollim Entertainment
    Hyunyoung ( Rainbow’s member ) – now DSP Entertainment

    • B2SHINEE
    • March 8th, 2012

    iu from jyp to loen ^^

  11. If I was not mistaken, Soyou(Sistar) switched from Cube(with 4Minute) to the label she’s under now(not quite sure, Starship?)

    • Renisha
    • March 17th, 2012

    Jang Dongwoo and Lee Howon (Hoya) from Infinite were trainees for JYPE and switched over to Woollim Entertainment.

    • Maria
    • March 23rd, 2012

    i scrolled through this long list to confirm whether jang geun suk trained under sm but no mention of him

  12. G-Dragon never trained under SM ent. YG Family has asked him to become their trainee since they are 13 years old (6 grade school), and SM didn’t take a trainee if they aren’t old enough just like Kai EXO, he was originally accept in SM at the age 12 but they told him to come back after 2 years, so he did. But GD never come to SM, even YG was come himself to GD’s house helping him begging to his mother for becoming a YG trainee

    • GD did come to SM , Because he said it himself and its even on news

      • baekhun
      • November 16th, 2012

      well, sm wasnt this big when gd came or left sm, it still a small company

    • nabell
    • March 24th, 2012

    aiyoyo..seems a lot of idols are past jyp trainees..

    • sistarsocool!
    • March 30th, 2012

    G-Dragon from SM!!!! O.O I wonder what he will be now if he was in SM.Yoseob so many company transfer! And most of origins in JYP transfer to Cube. XD

    • Hangin Bata
    • April 1st, 2012

    i just noticed, there’s not a single artist took training from other labels have transferred to SM Entertainment. Is it because SME has high standards or may be they want to personally mold their artists perfectly for stardom. 🙂 well, they sure got the best artists in the industry. 🙂

      • Kristina M.
      • June 6th, 2012

      There is one. I’ve heard EXO’s Luhan was a JYP trainee. ^__^

        • lenny
        • June 26th, 2012

        nah, from what i heard he did auditioned for jyp, but he wasn’t accepted..

        • sonyeoshidae2510
        • October 30th, 2012

        lenny :
        nah, from what i heard he did auditioned for jyp, but he wasn’t accepted..</p

        baekhyun auditioned but didnt get accepted…

      • 89les
      • September 28th, 2012

      agree 🙂

    • Andwea97
    • April 5th, 2012

    If I’m not wrong.. Isn’t Sungyeol a trainee in SM before changing to Woolim? Just asking.. I’m not sure if this is correct or not

    • Park Han Byul
    • April 5th, 2012

    Thanks for making these list. But as long as I knew that Junho is’t moving from YG to JYP. When he auditioned for YG and JYP, he passed in both audition. But he choose JYP and left YG…

      • Nanz
      • August 12th, 2012

      did u mean Junsu,right there?

    • Safire
    • April 11th, 2012

    Holy moly jyp lost a lot of people

    • ChaeYo
    • April 26th, 2012

    The reason why Jaehyo left Cube was because he sustained a knee injury, which underwent surgery for. If it hadn’t been for that then he would’ve probably been a part of B2ST.

  13. as i knew Lu Han (EXO-M) like that too.. from JYP Ent to SM Ent…

      • ciiii
      • July 16th, 2012

      Luhan say in reality show “he said that the staff of SM told him to join with SM in a shopping center,,,

  14. wow ~~! a lot of them switched from JYPE. to the others

  15. Wow Los of them were from SM

  16. From what I know Jaehyo (Block B) was from LOEN Ent. 🙂

  17. can’t believe it. that dongwoo, had been in SM entertainment (?)

    • kae-chan
    • June 24th, 2012

    Yoobin of Wonder Girls was from Cube Ent. before going to JYP Ent. Its like they exchanged rappers. HyunAh (4 Minute) from JYP Ent to Cube Ent. and Yoobin (Wonder Girls) from Cube Ent to JYP Ent.

  18. Wow, most of the mains of groups that transferred to a different company was SM’s trainees. I guess SM couldn’t debut them in time so they got transferred xD

  19. luhan of exo m was a trainee of JYP before going into SM

      • baekhun
      • November 16th, 2012

      no, luhan and baekhyun did auditioned for jyp but didn’t accepted. but they got to sm instead LOL.
      jyp did require some noticeable talent from the beginning but sm is famous to train from nothing to something

    • kckc1289
    • July 29th, 2012

    Hahah. XD Most of these trainees switched from JYP….And GD and Cl were originally from SM? Wow! Thanks! ^^

    • MyKPOPlovers
    • August 8th, 2012

    Luhan from EXO-M used to train under JYP but switched to SM

      • baekhun
      • November 16th, 2012

      luhan never get to jyp, he originally sm from the start

    • Nanz
    • August 12th, 2012

    JYP is indeed ‘The Switch Guru”. hhahaha.. i thought IU was under JYP too..

      • weya
      • January 12th, 2014

      i think IU is just audition but unfortunately not chosen by jypark. he aid that he regret not accepting her.

  20. Isn’t Sunggyu from Infinite is a trainee in SM then switched to Woolim?

    • pratama
    • August 21st, 2012

    JYP O.O

    • Ally
    • September 14th, 2012

    Learned a lot. :> and JYP let go of a LOT of great talents. o.O

    btw, Infinite’s 성열 should be romanized as Seongyeol not Seungyeol. 🙂

  21. IU, Hoya, Dongwoo, Luhan were all JYPE trainees..

    • kkkk
    • September 20th, 2012

    Tasty twins is from JYPent.

    • jin hye
    • October 15th, 2012

    Doojoon almost debuted in 2pm or 2am but was not choosen in the end so he changed company

    • cuckoo
    • October 17th, 2012

    wow!! so many JYP trainees. I guess the competition must be very high there so they had to move to other companies in order to stand a chance to debut. Well, its good they moved cuz now we have many awesome people to watch 😉

    • vip_bj
    • October 20th, 2012

    as far as i know, the lead vocal from spica is from YG entertainment. she was transferred by YG to the spica’s agency.

    • luvhpurpleluvhSeoKyu
    • October 29th, 2012

    Sunny from Girl’s Generation was a Starlight Entertainment’s ex-trainee. she was a member of a duet called ‘Sugar’, but she never debuted. then someone recomended her to switch to SM. she refused at first because she was afraid that she would be called a cheater or something (coz SM was owned by her uncle, Lee Soo Man). but in the end, she gave up and she debuted as an SM artist with the Girl’s Generation that we know now…

    I was looking for Sunny’s name all the time but I couldn’t find it. so I hope that you’ll add her name soon coz I just love Girl’s Generation. thanks so much!!^^

    • Azz
    • December 5th, 2012

    I like to hear G-dragon now In YG Ent. I don’t know what he is when he in SM Ent. haha XD
    IT IS like ..Who has get transfer is from JYP Ent. :))

  22. wow!!! so many people really wants to be a trainee on JYP!!! but only a few of them can be, lucky, miss a, wonder girls etc…
    if g-dragon debuted as a suju member, i think it wouldnt suit him, his more of bad boy, cool image.

  23. I wonder if they got kicked out of these companies or if they left because they found better options for them and accepted any offers.
    I also wonder how they’d be like now if they kept with their original companies like GD with SM and CL with JYP haha

    • Missylia
    • December 12th, 2013

    Zelo is and ex-yg trainee

    • SaemSiYa
    • January 12th, 2014

    Wasn’t EXO’s Luhan first a JYP Trainee?
    I read somewhere that he went to SM due to a trainee exchange.

    • someone
    • January 24th, 2014

    4/6 members from b2st were from JYP
    so ironic…

    • LostRichKid
    • March 19th, 2014

    Update Immediately!


    Zelo (B.A.P)
    YG Entertainment –> TS Entertainment

    LNLT Entertainment –> YG Entertainment


    Bohyung (SPICA)
    YG Entertainment –> LOEN Entertainment –> B2M Entertainment

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