It looks like Indians can finally say they have their own K-Pop star too. 18-year-old Sriya Lenka from Odisha became the winner of DR Music‘s global auditions to find the fifth member of idol group Blackswan. She was last selected for the final stage of training in Seoul to become a member of Blackswan. The hunt for a final member of the group started after its oldest member, Hyeme, left the group back in November 2020. Blackswan’s associated entertainment agency announced global auditions for her replacement in May 2021. Lenka and Gabriela Dalcin from Brazil were selected from 4,000 applicants through a YouTube audition programme.
Blackswan, which officially debuted in 2020, is already popular for its foreign members Fatou, the first Senegalese-Belgian K-pop singer, and Brazilian-Japanese Leia. The other members of the all-girl band are Young-heun and Judy. Now, Lenka and Dalcin have been selected as the fifth and sixth members of the group.
DR Music on Thursday introduced Lenka and Dalcin as part of the Cygnus project. The caption read, “’Cygnus’, which means a constellation of swan, is a project to discover and to train trainees to become stars like the Cygnus. Sriya and Gabi are the first generations of Cygnus, which will be introduced soon. Thank you for your interest and support. And the Cygnus project will continue in the future.”
Sriya told Talk Talk Korea last year that she had been dancing since kindergarten but she began training seriously when she was 12 years old. The rising K-pop star studied Odissi, an Indian classical dance, while she has been learning freestyle, hip-hop and contemporary dance to become “a versatile dancer.”