K-Pop idols often debut young, and there are some idols who debut extremely young! Here are 13 idols who debuted at the young age of 15, and blew fans away with their incredible talent at such a young age!
1. BTS’s Jungkook
BTS debuted in 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment, and have grown on to become a supergroup in the music scene today! At the time of their debut in 2013, Jungkook was only 15 years old and debuted as the maknae, vocalist, dancer and rapper of the group! Earning himself the title of “Golden Maknae” with his incredible talent and visuals, over the years, he has truly grown into his own as an adult and an artist!
2. Former 2NE1 member Minzy
2NE1 debuted in 2009, and maknae Minzy was just 15 years old when they released their first hit single “Fire”! She debuted as the maknae, main dancer and lead rapper of the group, and went on to be a part of one of the most legendary girl groups of all time!
3. Jeon Somi
Jeon Somi first gained attention as a participant on the JYP Entertainment survival show that created TWICE, SIXTEEN. After unfortunately not making the cut for the group, she then ended up becoming a contestant on Produce 101, ultimately coming in first place and winning a spot on the final debut lineup for I.O.I.! She debuted as the center, maknae and lead dancer of the group, and made waves with her talents and visuals at just 15 years old!
After being rejected by other entertainment agencies, IU was finally accepted into LOEN Entertainment, and after just 10 months of training, made her debut with “Lost Child” in 2008, at just 15 years old. Her breakthrough came with the song “Good Day” in 2010, and since then, she’s been revered as one of K-Pop’s most legendary solo artists, and was also given the adoring nickname of the “Nation’s Little Sister”!
5. B.A.P’s Zelo
B.A.P. made their debut under TS Entertainment in 2012, and maknae Zelo was just 15 years old when he debuted with the rest of his members! He debuted as the lead rapper, dancer and maknae of the group, and caught tons of attention with his talent and visuals!
6. AKMU’s Suhyun
AKMU‘s Suhyun and her brother Chanhyuk participated on K-Pop Star 2 in 2012, and finished in first place! After signing with YG Entertainment, the sibling duo finally made their debut in 2014, when Suhyun was just 15 years old!
7. Former Miss A Suzy
Former Miss A‘s Suzy is one of K-Pop’s OG visuals, and the gorgeous idol debuted with Miss A in 2010, under JYP Entertainment! She debuted as the maknae, visual and lead vocalist, and made waves with her incredible talent and breathtaking visuals!
8. TVXQ’s Changmin
TVXQ‘s Changmin is a veteran in the K-Pop industry with 17 years of experience under his belt, and he started his journey as an idol extremely young! Changmin debuted as the maknae and vocalist with TVXQ under SM Entertainment in 2003, at just 15 years old!
9. IZ*ONE’s Ahn Yujin
When Ahn Yujin participated in Produce 48, she drew lots of attention for her visuals and talents, and also for her very young age! She ultimately finished the competition at 5th place, making the cut for the final debut lineup of IZ*ONE, and debuted as the lead vocal, and dancer of the group at age 15!
10. ITZY’s Yuna
ITZY‘s Yuna was already well-known by netizens after her appearance on the JYP Entertainment survival show Stray Kids, and also by her appearance opposite BTS’s Jungkook in BTS’s Love Yourself: Highlight Reel. She ultimately made her debut as the maknae, lead rapper, lead dancer and visual of ITZY in 2019 when she was 15 years old (international age), just a few months short of turning 16!
11. NCT Dream’s Chenle
NCT Dream as a group all debuted very young, and Chenle is part of the group’s maknae-line! He’s famous for having joined the group after just 2 months of training, and he debuted as the main vocalist of the group at only 15 years old!
12. Apink’s Oh Hayoung
Apink is a veteran old girl group, and turned 9 years old this year! They have cemented themselves as one of K-Pop’s most iconic girl groups with their cute, innocent concepts and eventual maturing concepts that retain that Apink touch! The group debuted in 2011, and Oh Hayoung debuted as the group’s vocalist, dancer, and maknae at the young age of 15!
13. Former X1 member Nam Dohyon
When Nam Dohyon participated on Produce X 101, he was one of the youngest members there, and shocked fans with his incredible talents at such a young age! He eventually finished in 8th place, and made the cut for the final debut lineup for X1, and debuted as the main rapper and maknae of the group at just age 15! Although X1 unfortunately disbanded, he’s still regarded as a talented rapper and maknae, and fans can’t wait to see him on stage again!