If you’re an ARMY, the questions of how BTS members were discovered and how BTS was formed likely crossed your mind. Well, like the great bands before them, their story is a phối of the conventional và unconventional. BTS debuted in 2013 with their first-ever single, “No More Dream.” Since then, BTS members—RM, Jungkook, Jimin, V, Suga, Jin & J-Hope—have become household names among K-pop fans everywhere.

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With celebrity fans lượt thích Shawn Mendes, Tyra Banks và Charlie Puth, BTS has become one of the biggest và most well-known acts in K-pop history. But BTS wasn’t always BTS. About a decade ago, BTS members were just seven, normal South Korean guys with dreams of pop stardom. Then came Big Hit Entertainment, và their lives changed forever. As ARMYs know, 2020 was a milestone year for the band.

After the release of their first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, “Dynamite,” in August 2020, BTS followed their success with two more number-one hits: “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” with Jawsh 685 và Jason Derulo and “Life Goes On” from their November 2020 album, BE. The boy band was also nominated for their first-ever Grammy at the 2021 award show in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category for “Dynamite.” So how was BTS formed into the band we know today? Read about all of BTS members’ discovery stories ahead.

RM

RM, whose full name is Kim Namjoon, was the first thành viên of BTS & is the band’s leader. RM, whose previous stage name was Rap Monster, is one of the band’s rappers. He started rapping in the sixth grade after he listened khổng lồ Epik High’s “Fly” for the first time. In 2007, when he was in middle school, RM started rapping under the name Runch Randa, which led him khổng lồ the rap crew Daenamhyup. (The crew also consisted of now-known stars like Top Dogg’s KIDOH, Big Hit Entertainment producer Supreme Boi and Show Me the Money 3 finalist Iron.) After that, RM started releasing more songs as a solo rapper until he was invited to lớn audition for a hip-hop agency, where he met Untouchable’s Sleepy, who was a judge at the audition. Impressed by RM’s rapping, Sleepy connected RM lớn producer Bang Shi Hyuk, who invited him to audition for Big Hit Entertainment. Then, in 2010, RM became one of BTS band members, and the rest is history.


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Jungkook

Jungkook, whose full name is Jeon Jeongguk, is one of BTS’ singers. He’s also the youngest thành viên of the band, making him BTS’ Golden Maknae. Jungkook, whose nickname is Kookie, was discovered when he auditioned for the third season of Superstar K in his hometown of Busan. He was eliminated in the audition round, but the show gave him enough exposure to be scouted by at least seven agencies, including JYP Entertainment, FNC Entertainment & Starship Entertainment. In the end, though, Jungkook chose Big Hit Entertainment to lớn become a trainee at. Jungkook has said that the reason he chose Big Hit Entertainment over the other agencies was because of RM, who impressed him with his rapping, which made Jungkook want khổng lồ train & work with him. Long story short, RM is one of the reasons that Jungkook is one of BTS members.


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V

V, whose full name is Kim Taehyung, is the son of farmers in Daegu. With a dream of becoming a musician, V started playing the saxophone in high school, at the recommendation of his father. Soon after, he accompanied a friend lớn an audition for Big Hit Entertainment in Daegu. V didn’t intend khổng lồ audition himself & was only there to support his friend, but a team thành viên at Big Entertainment saw him và encouraged him to audition. After he called his father for permission, V auditioned on the spot & became the only person from Daegu that day lớn make it khổng lồ the next round. He eventually became one of BTS members & is one of the band’s vocalists.


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Suga

Suga, whose real name is Min Yoongi, started as a rapper under the name Gloss in high school. It didn’t take long for Suga khổng lồ make a name for himself as both a rapper and a producer. (He was known at the time for producing & composing beats for local artists, like band D-Town, in his hometown of Daegu.) Soon after, Suga started producing tracks for more well-known artists, like Reflow, who worked with Suga on his song “Who Am I.” Suga auditioned for Big Hit Entertainment after he saw a flyer for the company’s rap competition called “Hit It.” Suga didn’t win the competition, but he did take second place, which was enough for Big Hit Entertainment to lớn sign him as a producer and a trainee. Though he planned on only becoming a producer, Suga was convinced to lớn join BTS in 2010 and became one of the band’s rappers. (He’s joked that founder Bang Shi Hyuk “tricked” him into becoming a BTS member.)

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Jin

Jin, whose full name is Kim Seokjin, was the fourth thành viên of BTS. Jin was originally scouted by SM Entertainment while on the street of his hometown in Anyang. But, thinking that the offer was a scam, he never followed up with the company. He was scouted again—this time by Big Hit Entertainment—while as a college student. A scout for Big Hit Entertainment saw Jin as he was leaving a bus and convinced him to lớn audition for the company. As a theatre major with no singing or nhảy đầm experience, Jin auditioned to lớn be an actor. However, Big Hit Entertainment had other plans và convinced him to become a trainee for BTS. He is now one of the band’s vocalists. Though Jin never planned to lớn become a K-pop idol, we can’t imagine him as anything else other than one of BTS members.

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Jimin

Jimin, whose full name is Park Jimin, was the final member of BTS. While as a student at the Busan High School of Arts, where he studied under the Department of Dance, a dance teacher, impressed by Jimin’s talent, encouraged him to lớn audition for Big Hit Entertainment. After he passed the audition in his hometown in Busan, Jimin was flown lớn Seoul, where he became a trainee. As the last member, Jimin’s training was the shortest in the band. He debuted with the rest of BTS members in 2013.


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J-Hope

Before BTS, J-Hope, whose full name is Jung Hoseok, was best known as a dancer. He started in the dance crew Neuron in his hometown of Gwangju before he auditioned for JYP Entertainment. Though he made it through a few rounds, J-Hope was eventually cut from JYP, which led him to audition for Big Hit Entertainment instead. Because of his dance skills & his sense of rhythm, Big Hit Entertainment saw J-Hope’s potential was a rapper and signed him as a trainee. However, J-Hope’s debut as one of BTS members almost didn’t happen. While he was a trainee, J-Hope & Big Hit Entertainment almost parted ways until RM convinced them both that BTS needed a member like J-Hope. After that, J-Hope stayed with the band & became one of BTS’s three rappers, alongside RM and Suga. & so that’s how all of BTS members were discovered.


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BTS Members Ages

If you’ve ever asked, “How old are the members of BTS?” Let us explain it lớn you. Ahead, we listed BTS members from youngest lớn oldest. As we explained earlier, Jungkook is the maknae, as the youngest member, while Jin is the oldest member. (There is about a five-year age difference between Jin và Jungkook.) In a 2020 episode of BTS’ documentary, Break the Silence, Jungkook opened up about how he doesn’t relate khổng lồ the nickname Golden Maknae, which fans have given because of his all-around skill as a BTS member.

“I envy the image people have of me. People điện thoại tư vấn me the Golden Maknae, but that’s not how I feel, so I have khổng lồ try harder khổng lồ make myself appear that way. After all that time since my debut, I think finally I’m trying really hard,” Jungkook said at the time.

As the youngest thành viên of BTS, Jungkook admitted in Break the Silence that he had a hard time being away from his family, but he found new family members in his BTS band mates.

“I moved to lớn Seoul at a very young age and didn’t really have any best friends,” he said at the time. “The members are the ones who are always by my side và the ones I’ve been with the longest. I think they make me feel emotions that are hard to lớn describe. It feels like we’re companions, & they helped me realize what friendship is. Family. They’re not family but they feel lượt thích family. There are times when I feel a close connection with them. In the way that water flows, I think we’re all doing a good job of maintaining this balance.”

So what are BTS birthdays & ages? to lớn give you a clearer picture as lớn how much of an age difference there is between BTS members, we went ahead and listed their birthdays & ages as of August 2020.

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Jungkook

Birthday: September 1, 1997

Age: 22

V

Birthday: December 30, 1995)

Age: 24

Jimin

Birthday: October 13, 1995

Age: 24

RM

Birthday: September 12, 1994

Age: 25

J-Hope

Birthday: February 18, 1994

Age: 26

Suga

Birthday: March 9, 1993

Age: 27

Jin

Birthday: December 4, 1992

Age: 27

So there you have it. That’s pretty much everything you need to know about how BTS members were discovered. If it wasn’t clear already, be sure khổng lồ memorize BTS members names because you’ll continue khổng lồ hear a lot about them for years lớn come.