Yoon Sang Says He Never Pulled Strings to Get His Son Anton Into SM Entertainment

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Yoon Sang and his son Anton guest appeared on the January 17th episode of tvN’s You Quiz on the Block.

Yoon Sang, father of K-pop band RIIZE’s member Anton, shared how his son first decided to pursue a career in music instead of swimming. He noted, “It’s true that Anton has loved music since his childhood. But becoming an idol is a different story. He swam for about ten years and showed pretty good records among his peers.”

However, Anton revealed that swimming wasn’t his true passion. He shared, “I just did it to get into a good school. I knew what my parents wanted me to do, so it was hard to share my real dream with them at first,” sharing the struggle before pursuing his true passion.

Yoon Sang’s only wish was for his son to be just one of those ordinary school kids. Recalling his initial reaction to Anton’s desire to become a singer, he recounted, “I told him, ‘You can’t do this to me. Why do you do this to your father?’ I was really shocked when he first told me that he wanted to come back to Korea to become an idol singer. For about a year, he was in an argument with his mom, and I eventually decided to give him a chance. That’s how he came back to Korea.”

Anton revealed that he applied for an SM audition himself. Yoo Jae Suk then mentioned the misunderstanding about Yoon Sang pulling strings to get him into SM Entertainment. Yoon Sang denied it, stating, “Whenever I hear those rumors, it makes me think people don’t know much about the K-pop industry.”

Jae Suk commented that Anton would certainly receive many offers from talent agencies due to his look. Yoon Sang humorously added, “It would be a lie if I said that he didn’t receive any offers from a young age.”

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