SM Entertainment recently announced its three newest SM Rookies, Eunseok, Shohei, and Seunghan. SM Rookies functions as a way for pre-debut trainees to gain experience and be exposed to the public.
The trio was announced via the SM Rookies social media accounts and each post included several editorial shots of each of the new rookies. As it turns out, the three were interviewed and photographed by WWD Magazine.
While fans have been loving these gorgeous photos, many are recalling the former members of the SM Rookies. Members of Red Velvet and more than half of NCT were SM Rookies in the past.
sm rookies irene, seulgi, wendy and yeri and pre debut joy 😍 pic.twitter.com/iiqydE9Ydn
— shei 🤍 (@psychoqueendom) July 2, 2022
SM ROOKIES '18 SM ROOKIES '22 pic.twitter.com/EaJPYgdyhD
— derymilk (@gaeshenv) July 1, 2022
— the first neo (@THEFlRSTNEO) July 1, 2022
Many fans have hilariously taken note of the much more sophisticated look of the SR22B (SM Rookie 2022 Boys) compared to the visuals presented in the past. At first glance, you can see that the new rookies have a much more elevated look and were introduced in a much “cooler” fashion.
those sm rookies with a magazine shoot fully dressed head to toe in designer… bring back shirts with their names on them pic.twitter.com/BezayUxTLn
— shay ♡ JACK IN THE BOX 🃏 (@stillwithmark) July 1, 2022
This how sm rookies used to be dressed pic.twitter.com/qlSEXaA5c4
— Anna🍹| Harvard Swim Coach 🐠🏄🏾♀️ (@strawbrry_Baek) July 1, 2022
sm rookies first introduction
2013 2022 pic.twitter.com/0VFgNTnYxP
— erni. (@_renjxn) July 1, 2022
There are also a few complaints from fans regarding the treatment of current idols compared to these newly announced trainees including the fact that WayV, one of NCT’s subunits, has not had a group comeback since May 2021.
NOT THE SM ROOKIES HAVING A PHOTOSHOOT BEFORE NCT DREAM I'M GONNA BE A HATER
— yans (@hrjnktty) July 1, 2022
It's the way sm rookies had a layout change first and moved on already to 2022 meanwhile wayv still stuck in 2021 pic.twitter.com/gdOq0izbDi
— ♡ (@angelxiaodery) July 1, 2022
Overall, most fans are curious about where these new rookies will debut. Currently, SM Entertainment has announced its NCT Tokyo subunit as well as teased a new boy group outside of the NCT concept.