This first generation girl group is making headlines due to a surprising reason.
Baby V.O.X, who made an incredible impact in the K-Pop scene back in the late 90’s and early 20’s is making headlines. It’s been belatedly revealed that 4 out of the 5 members were actually casted on the street to be a part of the girl group.
First up, we have the leader of the group, Kim E Z. Right after her college acceptance, she was street casted by her group’s label at the time, DR Music. She knew her family would be against it so she tried to run away from the representative who was trying to sign her. They caught up to her and talked her into trying out for the label. She practiced and prepared for her debut without her father’s knowledge, but eventually he found out about her plans. He was vehemently against it and refused to let her proceed. Kim E Z almost didn’t make it to her debut, but her label’s CEO coerced her father and the rest is history.
Next up, we have Shim Eun Jin. The former girl group member also got casted during her school years. Shim Eun Jin was quite famous as an ulzzang (good looking face) during the time of her casting and was well-known on her campus. Her visuals were so stunning that at the time of her Baby V.O.X casting offer, she was already preparing for her debut with another label’s girl group. Due to unforeseen circumstances, however, the other girl group was cancelled and Shim Eun Jin was able to join Baby V.O.X.
Member Lee Hee Jin had no desires to become a celebrity prior to her debut. She actually had no interest in that world and didn’t even enjoy listening to K-Pop music at the time. Until one day, that all changed. Lee Hee Jin was at a mall parking lot waiting for her friends when she caught the eye of a comedian who happened to be signed under Baby V.O.X’s label. He gave her a business card and asked if she wanted to audition for the company. While she wasn’t interested in joining a girl group, her older brother and mother talked her into it, saying that getting scouted is a rarity.
Kan Mi Yeon is the last Baby V.O.X member who got scouted for the group. Baby V.O.X went through a few member changes and Kan Mi Yeon was one of the newer members to join. When she was a freshman in high school, she went to Lotte World to hang out with her friends when she saw Baby V.O.X filming at the amusement park. She went to go watch when she caught the eye of the group’s manager. She debuted not too long after she joined the agency due to the abrupt departure of the then lead vocal. Kan Mi Yeon took over the role of the position not even two months after her scouting offer.
While Yoon Eun Hye wasn’t scouted for Baby V.O.X specifically, the former girl group member was also street casted at some point during her career. She was the only Baby V.O.X member who made it into the group through normal casting auditions, but it was after her debut that she got scouted on the street. The story goes that Yoon Eun Hye was street casted when she walking around with a bare face. Some managers who didn’t recognize her tried to cast her even after she informed them that she was already a part of a girl group.