Why do K-Pop groups have so many members?

Believe it or not, that’s one question fans of K-Pop often get asked about. Unlike boy bands and girl groups in the US, K-Pop idol groups will typically have 4 to 15 members. Some of the biggest idol groups in the K-Pop industry made their debut under SM Entertainment.

Source: One Hallyu
Super Junior / Source: One Hallyu

Recently, rumours began to spread in the Korean music industry that SM Entertainment could be debuting a bigger group with a whopping 24 members.


Soompi said that rumours regarding the 24-member boy group emerged online after the Korean entertainment powerhouse confirmed that they will be debuting a new multinational group next year. Further details regarding the group were not disclosed, but they’re most likely a boy group.

SM Entertainment New Boy Group

It’s unclear how SM Entertainment will round up 24 members, but fans believed that it won’t be hard for them to do so, especially since the talent agency is now managing SM Rookies.

For those who are not in the know, SM Rookies is a pre-debut team that consists of trainees who are ready to make their debut under SM Entertainment. Past members of the team include Red Velvet‘s Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, and Yeri.

The upcoming idol boy group will most likely consist of those from the team as the company has been actively promoting SM Rookies by starring them in Disney Channel Korea‘s “Mickey Mouse Club”. Some members even worked as MCs for MBC’s music show “Show Champion”. They even held their own pre-debut concerts titled “SM Rookies Show” earlier in August and September this year.

As such, these SM Rookie members have already garnered a certain amount of fans even before they make their debut.

Source; Soompi
Source; Soompi

Regarding the rumours about a 24-member boy group debuting, a rep from SM Entertainment said that it is untrue.

The rep explained:


I think we’ve Already tried What we can with forming large groups. In other words, there is no interest anymore in the number of members. While it is true that the SMRookies are very active these days (with their show) and that there will be a group debuting next year, how many members and who, and what genre have not been decided yet.

Unconfirmed rumours about the (upcoming) team members can be hurtful to the members of SMRookies who are working hard in order to debut,” the rep added.

So, how many members do you think that this new boy group is going to have? Will the boys from SM Rookies join the new group? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.

Source: Soompi.

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