As an actress signed under SM Entertainment, she talked about the company's viewpoint when it comes to celebrities dating.
Lee Yeon Hee said, "The company has a lot of complaints.
K-Pop companies want to be global and want to branch out. However, if you just want in the industry and have little or no talent whatsoever and just want in, you're going to have fit a formula that they know works and makes money.
K-Pop fans are known to get quite aggressive with their opinions when it comes to their K-Pop allegiances, so has this helped to blow a situation out of proportion – or is their uproar justified?
In order to try to get to the bottom of this there are a few things that have to be understood.
Companies always seem to be thinking three or four years ahead of the public, so anything is possible.
You won't be able to get in on your looks and half-assing it.
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South Korea’s music business is thriving and is worth more than billion a year.
Especially since at that point, they were probably looking at potential candidates to help break them into the Chinese market [this was the audition that they cast EXO-M's Kris.]) Another telling detail is the fact that some companies have a section for foreign auditions, but the applications are all in Korean!
SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, and YG Entertainment are the so-called "Big 3" entertainment agencies of South Korea. T., SM has focused on "blockbuster" idols that can be well showcased.
Kyuhyun said, "This is because Lee Yeon Hee is not dating," to which she replied informally, "How do you know? It's better to reveal their relationships, but that would mean there's no need to take talentless artists only bcuz of their looks anymore.. I think she would have wanted to continue the relationship if SM didn't stop her though.