IU confessed that she failed as many as 20 auditions. She said: “I auditioned for JYP Entertainment, one of the biggest [entertainment companies], but got eliminated.” Park Jin Young, the CEO of JYP, stated before that: “I will trace the one who eliminated IU for he is lacking professional disregard.”
IU also shared her audition for SM Entertainment: “I guess my appearance [wasn't] enough for making it into SM, while YG [Entertainment] wasn’t holding any auditions at that time.” (Whoever she auditioned for at SM must have had bad eyes, since IU is very cute and pretty…)
However, IU stressed that: “everything turned out fine. I ended up a singer anyway. The auditions before were exciting experiences for me.”
I think she’s a great role model and I love how she learned from her experiences and persevered to make her dream as a singer come true, even if she got eliminated and rejected so many times! Isn’t IU so awesome?