THE iDOLM@STER.KR is a live-action Korean Drama television series announced on April 15th 2016. The series will take a different perspective from its original video game series to capture each character's progress to become an idol and friendships beneath vigorous training at a Korean entertainment production company. The cast was chosen through public auditions and voting systems. Those who passed every audition were given roles in the drama.
During document screenings 37 auditionnees from 17 countries (Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, U.S.A., U.K., Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Philippines, Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Vietnam, Singapore, Poland and Canada) passed; Open auditions were held from April 15th to April 25th, 2016. 31 auditionees passed the first round. From April 29th to May 4th, the second round of voting took place publicly, with the top 20 of that group moving on. Several idols in that top 20 were replaced, with the final count 19.
That group was divided into two teams and 4 subunits for the third round of voting, which was held from May 31th to June 6th. Promotional videos for Kkum-eul Dream and One for All were released during that period, along with two dance covers of READY!!. On June 7th, the third marking period passed and the roster was cut down to 14 girls.
On August 24th, the final roster of 10 girls was announced, forming the unit Real Girls Project. Real Girls Project's MV for Kkum-eul Dream was released on THE iDOLM@STER.KR's Offical YouTube and an EP Kkum-eul Dream was released on all major Korean music sites and iTunes.
- Sori (소리)
- Yukika Teramoto (寺本來可/테라모토유키카)
- Lee Jeewon (이지원)
- Lee Suji (이수지)
- Heo Youngjoo (허영주)
- Mint (민트)
- Lee Yeeun (이예은)
- Kwon Haseo (권하서)
- Cheon Jane (천재인)
- Jiseul (지슬)
- Shim Min Chul (played by Park Chul-min)
- Kang Shin Hyuk (played by Sung Hoon)
- Hyeri (played by Han Hyeri)
- Hyeju (played by Jo Sojin)
- Mina (played by Kim Sunyoung)
- Nakyung (played by Lee Kaeun)
- Performed in the third round of voting by Groups 1 & 2, Groups 3 & 4 (Dance only)
- Kim So-hee, a contestant on the best-selling Mnet reality girl group survival show "Produce 101", was part of the initial lineup for THE iDOLM@STER.KR but later backed out. She then debuted with C.I.V.A.
- Many members of THE iDOLM@STER.KR have already established themselves as K-Pop idols; Sori is a part of K-Pop duo "CocoSori", Suji and Jane being a part of "THE ARK", Mint being a member of "Tiny-G", and several members also having solo careers.