K-pop supergroup talent agency Twice and Republic Records are holding auditions to create an American girl group.
JYP Entertainment and the label are collaborating to create “America’s first artist from a K-pop system” and will begin by holding auditions across the country, starting in September, for their new project, titled “A2K.”
In a video unveiling the plan released on Monday (7/25/22), two of the executives involved in the new show explained their reason for looking to the United States for their next act.
Park Jin-young, the founder of JYP Entertainment – which gave the world Stray Kids, Twice and ITZY – said, “The name of this project is ‘A2K’, which is an abbreviation of ‘America2Korea’. Thus, the last artist to come out of this procedure will be the first American artist made from a K-pop system.
“It’s like talented performers going through a training system like an Olympic gymnast will. He is the K-pop artist whom global audiences have fallen in love with because of his dedication, discipline, hard work and the values he carries. This is what differentiates them from many artists.
He added, “This is the biggest project ever for me and JYP Entertainment.”
Monte Lipman, Founder and CEO of Republic Records, said, “We’re going to find, identify and curate this incredible talent coming from America, but we apply the K-pop system, the JYP system to develop a supergroup, which we don’t know. ‘ve never seen before.
The auditions – which are open to US and Canadian nationals between the ages of 12 and 16 – will take place in five cities across the United States, such as Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Dallas and Los Angeles. Successful contestants will be invited to attend a bootcamp in Los Angeles to see if they receive an invitation to JYP Entertainment’s offices in Seoul for the final round.