Big Hit Entertainment, home to BTS and TOMROROW X TOGETHER, and subsidiary label Source Music, home to GFriend, are looking for the next big stars in an upcoming series of global auditions to find a new K-pop girl group.
The Plus Global Audition will be held in 16 cities between Oct. 5 and Oct. 27 across Asia, North America and Australia, with the intent to select members of a girl group that the companies hope to launch in 2021.
“The two companies plan to fully utilize their capacities in launching the next-generation girl group backed by the know-hows accumulated home and abroad,” read a statement sent out on Wednesday (Sept. 4) by Big Hit. The South Korean company acquired Source earlier this year, saying that the move was done with the intent to gain access to a “pool of trainees with high growth potential in the girl group category.”
The girl group will be the brainchild of Big Hit Entertainment founder and CEO Bang Si-hyuk, who will oversee production elements, and Big Hit CBO Min Hee-jin, who will be in charge of the creative direction and branding associated with the act. It is the first project at Big Hit that Min is spearheading since moving to the company earlier this year after a lengthy career at SM Entertainment, and the first Big Hit girl group since GLAM disbanded in 2015, and the second overall.
This is the latest in a string of announcements coming out of Big Hit Entertainment in recent weeks, with the company rapidly expanding over the past few months. The girl group was first formally announced last month at the company’s corporate briefing.
A YouTube video announcing the Plus Global Audition featured several young women from across the globe and featured a poem read aloud after being found in a bottle.
“This is a poem for all your secret powers,” it says. “Your powers must break through your potentials for your passionate preferences in puppy pugs, pomeranians, pepperoni pizzas and PJ party will always push you playful. You love your friends, and therefore they should be as lucky and lovely as lady lions. We are the unpredictable unicorns plus strong plus special plus smart plus sassy plus sunny plus superb and plus we hope to see you soon.”
The auditions for K-pop hopefuls will be held in the following 16 cities next month:
October 5: Los Angeles and New York City
October 12: Perth and Singapore
October 13: Melbourne
October 19: Busan, Gwangju, Osaka, Sapporo, and Taipei
October 20: Seoul, Tokyo, and Kaohsiung
October 26: Hanoi and Bangkok
October 27: Ho Chi Minh