Why did SM Entertainment pull out of ‘K-Pop Star’? Heechul tells why
Jimmy Pak, Feb. 7, 2014, 10:37 a.m.
on Feburary 6th, JTBC aird a new episode of ‘Ssul Jeon’ with discussions on ‘Superstar K’ and ‘K-Pop Star’. Heo Ji Woong asked Heechul why SM Entertainment dropped out of season 3 of ‘K-Pop Star’.
Heechul said, "In the case with SM, like I said before, when SM produces dramas, they want to take care of their kids," which might explain why SM tends to cast people signed under their agency. Heechul continued, "Just like that, SM has a sense of duty in which they feel like they need to take responsibility for their [current] trainees." SM viewed their trainees very highly; consequently, the agency never cast any of the people who auditioned on 'K-Pop Star.' However, this became controversial as people wondered, "Why don't they cast anyone?" and "Do they not feel any responsibility?"
Heechul said, "There was so much controversy that they decided to just not participate this time."