3 SM Entertainment Apprentice Rules created because of Super Junior
If you’ve ever thought, “If I don’t go to college, I’ll be a K-pop star,” you might want to think again. It takes a lot of hard work and a rigorous training schedule to become an idol.
K-pop stars weren’t always perfect. Before budding stars become idols, they must go through a training regimen that can take a decade or more of their lives.
Even after completing the training, there is no guarantee that things will turn out well. Trainees never know if they’ll ever perform in front of a live audience or if they’ll thrive in the competitive world of K-pop.
And trainees have to follow a long list of rules, some of which seem logical and others…funnier or downright ridiculous.
Eunhyuk and Ryeowook from Super Junior and Sunny from Girls’ Generation once spoke about their days as trainees at SM Entertainment.
During their conversation, Eunhyuk revealed that three important rules for trainees were actually created due to the super junior members’ antics of the time, and we love it!
Let’s find out together what these rules are.
- Apprentices are not allowed to have a relationship
This may seem obvious to some as it is a known fact that kpop apprentices and idols cannot have relationships, but actually this wasn’t always the case!
Eunhyuk revealed that during his apprenticeship at the company “Many apprentices were together back then”. Ultimately, therefore, male and female apprentices were divided into separate courses.
Eunhyuk wanted to clarify that he wasn’t one of the trainees who had relationships, but he explained that some go on escapades so they can date to escape SM.
He didn’t name names, but made it clear that the members of Super Junior were among them!
- Apprentices are not entitled to expensive meals
Sunny once revealed that there was a price limit on meals. This rule didn’t exist before, but… Super Junior seems to have changed that!
When Sunny surprised Eunhyuk with a special meal, he immediately felt reminded of his apprenticeship days. He explained that the dish in question was known as “LA Meal” — a combination of Japanese fried pork chops, fried fish chops, and ground beef.
Eunhyuk then revealed that SM provided them with meals during their apprenticeship, and of course the Super Junior members took advantage of this to have “delicious and expensive” food delivered to them.
In fact, this “LA meal” was the most expensive on the menu, and members ate it twice a day! Then Sunny realized: I guess it’s true they set the price limit because of you! »
- Apprentices cannot eat outside of the set times
Continuing the meal theme, Sunny then talked about the trainees only being able to eat at the times set by the company. Eunhyuk then revealed that this rule was also created after Super Junior’s apprenticeship days.
“As an apprentice, you’re hungry no matter how much you eat‘ Sunny confessed, adding: “After about an hour you’re hungry again. »
But Eunhyuk revealed that the rule that trainees can only eat at a certain time was created because future super junior members ate “all the time”. In Eunhyuk’s case, he ate two to three meals a day at the company.
Are you surprised by these revelations?