Today’s episode of Mnet’s TMI News was dedicated to TOP 7 artists who companies missed out on, and one of the artists that were being discussed was Sunmi.
For those of you who maybe don’t know, in 2004, when she was only 12 years old, Sunmi participated in an SM competition in which she won second place, but since it was a “Best Look” competition, they wasn’t given a shot to become a “real” trainee.
Fun fact – Gong Seungyeon, TWICE Jeongyeon’ sister, and Goo Hara also joined SM through that same competition.
After that Sunmi tried her luck in JYPE. She finally became a trainee but, according to herself she was always “one step behind the rest of them” and she was constantly compared to her unnies. After two years as a JYP trainee, she debuted with Wonder Girls.
Then in 2017 she decided it was time to part ways with her company, and the rest is history. In the video above, at around 2:40, you can see JYP himself talking about how he was worried about what Sunmi was going to to when she told him she was leaving his company.
It’s more than safe to say that he had nothing to worry about – Sunmi has completely blossomed in the last two years as s solo artist.