SB19 'ready for world domination', says training agency

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 28) – What's next for SB19? "World domination."

"I would like to say yes, for sure we're ready for world domination together with the SB19 fans," said ShowBT Philippines chief executive officer Charles Kim when asked if the Filipino boy band can be the next BTS.

ShowBT Philippines trains the five-member group, which is composed of Pablo, Josh, Stell, Ken and Justin. SB19 debuted in 2018 under the organization, and is now known for their hit songs "Go Up," "Alab," and recent comeback release "What?"

"I'm very much sure that we're aiming for a Billboard win next year in 2022," the entertainment and media company big boss told CNN Philippines' The Exchange with Rico Hizon.

SB19 was nominated in this year's Billboard Music Awards for the Top Social Artist category, along with BTS. BTS eventually won the fan-voted award again, besting the homegrown band along with global K-Pop giants Blackpink, Seventeen, and American pop superstar Ariana Grande.

Kim also shared what he looks for in their talents: passion and eagerness to become stars, all of which he sees in the boy band.

He likewise touted the 'distinctive nature' of each SB19 member, which ensures there is 'no redundancy' among the group. For instance, Pablo leads the group's musicality, as evidenced by his composition of their song lyrics. "Ken...he's like a natural-born great dancer. And Josh, he's a good rapper," Kim said.

Despite their success, ShowBT Philippines still keeps the boys under training, he added.

ShowBT Philippines girl group soon?

Meanwhile, Kim said they'll be announcing the names of their girl group's members this September.

"Thanks to the SB19, we plan to do an offline event if the circumstances will allow. We're trying to make them debut this coming December," he said.

Kim said the trainees for this upcoming girl group are currently undergoing fundamentals like dance and vocal training. They're doing these online at the moment given the COVID-19 pandemic, he explained, adding they will train in one place together once lockdowns are lifted.