Former FNC Trainee And “Produce 48” Contestant Cho Ah Young Shares Why She Didn’t Debut On “CAP-TEEN”

On November 19, Mnet’s new audition program “CAP-TEEN” aired its first episode.

One of the contestants on the show was Cho Ah Young, a former trainee from FNC Entertainment. She had previously competed on Mnet’s “Produce 48.”

As a trainee, Cho Ah Young had had a promising start to her career. She released a digital album at the age of 16, and performed several times at the opening of hip-hop festivals. She got into the arts high school that she had dreamed of, and passed her audition at a major agency on her first try. She was also selected as one of the potential members to debut within four months of entering the agency.

On “CAP-TEEN,” she shared that she had lost the chance to debut after developing an eating disorder. She said, “I got bulimia nervosa and gained weight and was eliminated from the potential debut lineup. That was the hardest time for me. I stayed at home all day and didn’t go out anywhere. I hated meeting anyone.”

She continued, “I had so much self-hatred at the time. I kept thinking to myself, ‘Is this the best I can do?’ I worried a lot about what other people thought of me.” Her mother, who was on the show with her, shared, “She wasn’t like this before, but suddenly it became a habit with her to worry about what other people thought of her behavior.”

On the show, she performed a cover of BLACKPINK’s “How You Like That,” and got emotional when the judges praised her performance.

Check out her performance below!

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