SM Announces Global NCT Auditions in US, Canada, Japan… (2022)
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SM Entertainment has announced its official worldwide auditions for the next NCT members.
2022 Welcome to the Neo CiTY: Global NCT Auditions
The new global search is officially called “2022 Welcome to the Neo CiTy.” The auditions will be held from June 10th. SM Entertainment invites male dancers/singers/rappers born between 2001 and 2008 to participate regardless of nationality.
During the auditions, judges will evaluate the auditionees’ skills in Dance, Vocals, and Rap, to find the new and talented NCT members. The second round of the search will have in-person events in 14 cities around the globe, including in the US, Canada, Japan, China, Thailand, and, of course, Korea.
The last members to join the ever-growing group were Japanese dancer-rapper-singer Shotaro and Korean rapper Sungchan. Despite having debuted with the group nearly two years ago, both Shotaro and Sungchan have yet to be placed in a permanent unit. Fans have speculated that the new auditions are being held to find the other members who will debut with Shotaro and Sungchan in NCT’s rumored Japanese unit, though none of these rumors have been confirmed.
NCT Hollywood and the Increasing Success of the Group
In addition to this new worldwide audition, last year, Lee Soo-man, the founder and CEO of SM Entertainment, announced the upcoming American survival program “NCT Hollywood.” “NCT Hollywood” will have K-Pop hopefuls compete for a spot in the group’s future American NCT subunit. For more on “NCT Hollywood” keep reading here.
Since the start of NCT in 2016, SM Entertainment has debuted 23 members with the group. According to the label, NCT, and their successful subunits (which include NCT DREAM and NCT 127 in Korea and WayV in China), sold more than 10 million copies in 2021, making them one of the most successful and bestselling K-Pop artists performing at the moment. Recently, NCT Dream’s repackaged second full album sold over 1.4 million in pre-order copies alone, further proving the group’s incredible ability to move records.
As a fan, I personally can’t wait to see what is in store for NCT and their brilliant catchy music that has been so transformative for the K-Pop sound and industry
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