Volume 1 / Chapter 20
Upon hearing Yoon Kwang Hun’s response that Jun Hyuk could not sing, the writers held an impromptu meeting in the corner.
“Won’t he be okay until the team mission?”
“Exactly. He won’t make it to the top 10, but shouldn’t we have enough to air about him before them?
“Exactly! If he just goes on broadcast, he’ll be more popular than the top 10. We’ll have to push his story as much as possible before the main missions and change the direction later to that of a pianist.”
“These girls! You need to think a little. Once the program ends, we can make him go on variety shows and the game’s over when he plays the piano. Entertainment agencies will come flooding in to pick him up. They probably won’t give the winner a second look.”
The broadcast writers did not pay attention to Yoon Kwang Hun and spoke amongst themselves excitedly.
“Excuse me… “
“Yes? Oh, sorry. We were chatting too much on our own, right?”
“Sorry, but most of the agencies have already come with scouting offers.”
“Yes, we know. We figured it would be so. But if he gets popular on our show, the contract conditions change.”
“Yes. To start, you wouldn’t have to pay the advance fee.”
“Oh, you don’t know about this stuff. A scouting offer doesn’t mean that they’ll just debut the child.”
As soon as Yoon Kwang Hun showed interest, the main writer took the opportunity and started explaining in detail.
“These days, it takes 5 to 7 years to debut an idol group. The costs alone come out to at least $500,000. When there are a lot of members, it’ll reach over $1 million. So they take about $40,000 to $50,000 per person.
“I heard people like that who take money from the kids are scammers. That proper companies don’t demand any money…..”
All of the writers burst out in laughter at Yoon Kwang Hun’s words.
“No, all agencies are the same. The fees for vocal training and dance lessons alone are incredible. And how much are the costs for creating and marketing a debut album? Even after they debut, it’s not like they start making money right away.”
“Among girl groups awaiting their debuts, there are even girls whose parents have invested $10,000 to $20,000 to have them placed in their groups.”
“Only the main member of the group won’t have to pay the company. Instead, she’ll basically be under a slave contract.”
Looking at Yoon Kwang Hun sitting silently with his eyes wide open, the main writer thought that her plan had succeeded.
“So if he goes on our show and presents himself well, you won’t have to pay the advance fee and he can skip years of training.”
She emphasized that it would not cost him anything, but Yoon Kwang Hun’s expression went back to that of apathy.
“I see. Anyway, I understand. I’ll talk to Jun Hyuk and get back in contact, but don’t hold your expectations. Jun Hyuk doesn’t have intentions to become a star or an idol singer.”
The writers had to leave without interviewing Jun Hyuk.
Do you think Yoon Kwang Hun fell for the agency lady’s lies?