NCT member Jeong Yun O (정윤오) or better known as his stage name Jaehyun’s (재현) pre-debut story recently came to light when one netizen created a post in an online community forum, Pann with the title “This SM idol’s father told him he can audition for SM because he won’t get in anyway”. In the post the individual shared the story of one SM Entertainment’s idol who successfully debuted in the agency despite initial protest from his parent.
Jaehyun was cast by the entertainment agency outside of his school in 2012, where he had stayed behind to finish his cleaning duty. When he was about to head back home, a casting manager who was waiting outside his school immediately approached him and scouted him because of his handsome visuals. However, his father did not seem to think that he was that attractive.
The netizen in the online community forum explained that although Jaehyun was granted permission to audition for SM Entertainment, his father only permitted it because he initially thought that his son’s visual appearance was not a good fit for the agency. His father believed that he would not make it in the audition but permitted him to go for it anyway.
Jaehyun, however successfully passed the audition to join SM Entertainment and began his training under the agency that year. Netizens commented that they were impressed with Jaehyun’s exceptionally good looks even when he was young.
“Even WonBin’s father was saying there are tons of kids who look like him on the street, lol. I guess fathers don’t know what good-looking guys are, lol,” remarked one netizen under the post. The individual who created the post also shared the pre-debut photos of the NCT member and captioned it with, “This kid would later grow up to be Jaehyun, visual centre of SM Entertainment’s idol group, NCT.”
Jaehyun debuted as the main vocalist of NCT U in 2016. In the same year, Jaehyun made his debut with NCT 127 and has been well-loved for his vocals, dancing talents and his outstanding visuals.