Find Out More About SM Rookies and Their Trainees!

SM Rookies’ Showcase in Bangkok

On February 14th, 2016, SM Entertainment held the first concert SM Rookies Show in Bangkok for SM Rookies. The show took place in Muang Thai GMM Live House Central World in Bangkok. Although they did not officially debut, they successfully entertained the audiences.

SM Rookies have stolen the attention of international fans since they appeared in a reality video show on YouTube. In fact, for their first concert abroad, the tickets have been sold out. They have performed popular songs from SM Entertainment such as TVXQ’s “Hug,” Girls’ Generation’s “Lost in Love,” and EXO’s “Call Me Baby.”


SR14G, or SM Rookies 2014 Girls, is a talent show project by SM Entertainment for girl trainees. The SM Rookies girl members were prepared to debut as SM’s new girl group. Irene, Seulgi, and Wendy are three names that are already familiar. Through SMTOWN’s official YouTube, they have been showing their dancing and singing abilities. The girls later debuted as SM Entertainment’s girl group called Red Velvet.

The video of Seulgi and Irene performing a song titled “Natural” was released through the agency’s YouTube channel before their official debut.

SM Entertainment also released a video of Wendy covering Taylor Swift’s song “Speak Now.” Wendy really showed her singing skills with a very melodious and soothing voice. She also showed her ability to play the guitar.


SR15B, or SM Rookies 2015 Boys, is a talent show project by SM Entertainment for boy trainees. The SM Rookies boys were also prepared to debut as SM’s next boy group. Through SMTOWN’s official YouTube, they were introduced to the public and they were able to showcase their powerful dancing abilities. The members include Hansol, Johnny, Tae-young, Yuta, Doyoung, Ten, and Jaehyun. The six members except for Hansol later debuted as SM Entertainment’s boy group called NCT U. Hansol did not make it to debuted as part of the group and left SM Entertainment.

SMTOWN’s YouTube channel introduced and showed SR15B’s dance practice. There are six members Hansol, Johnny, Taeyong, Yuta, Ten, and Jaehyun. They also released their Music Video for “Bassbot.”

SM Rookies_Coming Soon

SM Rookies coming soon is a teaser released by SM Entertainment to promote their new website for the trainees. SM Rookies is SM Entertainment’s project from late 2013. On their official YouTube channel SMTOWN, the agency released a promo for their newest website to be dropped The website will be connected to SM Entertainment’s official website.

In the coming soon video, there are some trainees skateboarding their way to SM Entertainment.

In the second video of SM Rookies Coming Soon, they are showing some trainees who are doing dance practice, vocal training, etc.

How Are They Now?

It has been seven years since SM Rookies was first introduced to the public by SM Entertainment. In that time period, some trainees have debuted in boy groups and girl group, some have left the agency because they were tired of waiting for an uncertain debut, and some are still trainees.

Former Members

Before SM Entertainment launched NCT and Red Velvet, they introduced some of their potential trainees and formed them into a group called SM Rookies. Through this project, they introduced the trainees’ name, some short information, and their visuals, and talents. However, not all the trainees that were introduced as SM Rookies members would debut as a member of the idol group later. There are some trainees who did not make it to the debut lines and decided to give up and leave the agency.

Seo He-rin

Seo He-rin was one of the potential trainees from SM Rookies that decided to leave the agency after being trained for many years. He-rin was part of SM Rookies girls and she was introduced in 2015. She is a talented singer and has performed many songs when she was in the Mickey Mouse Club with other SM Rookies members.

After waiting several years to debut as part of SM Entertainment’s next girl group, He-rin decided to part ways with SM Entertainment in 2017. People have speculated that she left the agency because SM Entertainment kept delaying the new girl group’s debut. The same year, she joined Mnet’s survival program, Idol School. However, she was eliminated and did not make it be part of the debut group, FROMIS_9. She decided to leave the Korean entertainment industry and returned to her hometown, Manchester, England.

Ji Han-sol

Ji Han-sol was one of the former trainees from the SM Rookies under SM Entertainment. He was introduced to the public as a member of SM Rookies on December 16th, 2013, and almost made his debut together with NCT members.

He is well known for his excellent dancing, vocal and rap abilities. In 2017, he ended his contract and left SM Entertainment. After leaving the agency, he took part in the survival program under KBS, The Unit. In April 2018, he made his debut as a member of UNB from the survival program The Unit. On April 25th, 2019, he officially debuted as a member of the new boy group NewKidd formed by J-Flo Entertainment. The group consists of seven members: Jinkwon, Ji Han-sol, Choi Ji-ann, Yunmin, Hwi, Woochul, and Kang Seung-chan.

Xu Yiyang

Another popular SM Rookies trainee, Xu Yiyang also has left SM Entertainment in September 2018. Yiyang confirmed through her Weibo that she’s walking a different path from SM Entertainment after being trained for several years. She is a trainee from China. She was born on August 12th, 1997, in Sichuan, China.

She was first introduced as a part of SM Rookies on September 19th, 2016. She was most famous for her amazing visual that resembled f(x)‘s Krystal and Twice’s Tzuyu.