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In 2005, SM Entertainment debuted a large boy group Super Junior, and then proceeded to plan a similar large girl group counterpart. SM put together a showcase comprised of internal trainees; most were veteran trainees and the total number of girls featured was 11.

SM Girl Group Project Revision 1

Members: Seo Hyun-jin, Park So-yeon, Jessica Jung, Kim Hyo-yeon, Kwon Yu-ri, Choi Sooyoung, Stella Kim, Im Yoon-a, Jang Ha-jin, Seo Ju-hyun, Lee Hwan-hee Due to various reasons, SM decided to replaced the oldest (Seo Hyunjin) and the youngest (Lee Hwanhee) members with two relatively new trainees, Kim Taeyeon and Korean-American Stephanie Hwang. IN: Kim Tae-yeon, Stephanie Hwang OUT: Seo Hyun-jin, Lee Hwan-hee However, this project groups line-up didnt last long. The line-up went through its first major revision. Out of 11 girls, only 6 of them stay in the group. Interestingly enough, the six girls who stay in the group are Jessica Jung, Kim Hyoyeon, Kwon Yuri, Choi Sooyoung, Im Yoona, and Seo Juhyun. There were more line-up revisions coming, but we all know that those six made it to the final line-up. They pretty much had secured their place in the project group even from the get go.

SM Girl Group Project Revision 2

Members: Park So-yeon, Kim Tae-yeon, Jessica Jung, Stephanie Hwang, Kim Hyo-yeon, Kwon Yu-ri, Choi Soo-young, Stella Kim, Im Yoon-a, Jang Ha-jin, Seo Ju-hyun SM started calling this project group as Super Girls. Despite the plan to debut this project group, Stella Kim and Jang Ha-jin ended-up being cut from the group. There was a rumor that it was because of their lack of dancing skills. As for Stella, some also said that her parents refused to let her debut before she get a degree. OUT: Stella Kim, Jang Ha-jin

SM Girl Group Project Final Roster

Members: Kim Tae-yeon, Jessica Jung, Lee Soon-kyu (Sunny), Stephanie Hwang (Tiffany), Kim Hyo-yeon, Kwon Yu-ri, Choi Soo-young, Im Yoon-a, Seo Joo-hyun (Seohyun), Well, we are all know very well who made it to the final line-up. The group of nine girls then named as (So-nyuh Shi-dae) which literally means The Era of Maidens. When the group name was announced, Koreans bewildered and amused at the odd choice of name. Thankfully, they have Girls Generation as their English name instead of the literal meaning. Name itself was taken from Lee Seung-chuls 1989 hits So Nyuh Shi Dae. I found it interesting how the song was a hit in year 1989, the very year where most of SNSD members were born.