Taiwanese girl set for big time in Korean pop group
A new South Korean girl group, Twice, which has drawn attention in Taiwan as one of its members is Taiwanese, will officially hit the airwaves Oct. 20 in their own right, JYP Entertainment announced Wednesday.
The announcement was made on the South Korean entertainment company’s social network service.
Taiwanese teenager Chou Tzu-yu is a member of the band and goes by the stage name Tzuyu. She will be one of the first Taiwan-born and raised members of a South Korean girl group.
Earlier this year, a competition was held on the South Korean TV talent show “SIXTEEN,” which saw 16 girls from different countries vying to become a member of the new group.
16-year-old Tzuyu was one of the nine members eventually chosen for the group. The other members are from South Korea and Japan.
Born in Tainan, Tzuyu was approached by a scout from JYP during her second year in junior high school. She dropped out of school in Taiwan and moved to South Korea to receive training from the company.
She has been praised for her dance skills on the TV show.