Although the A2K series from JYP Entertainment and Republic Records aired between July and September 2023, the actual contestants had spent closer to a year practicing and performing in the series. (We have a full summary of the A2K series, if you could use a refresher!) These girls proved themselves in K-pop under some of the most stressful circumstances, and in the series finale on September 21, 2023, A2K created the six-member North American K-pop group, VCHA. Now, the question is when they will debut. So here is the full, official answer to when Camila Ribeaux Valdes, Lexus Vang (Lexi), Kendall Ebeling, Savanna Collins, KG Crown, and Kaylee Lee will debut as VCHA at JYP.
VCHA Will Debut on January 26, 2024 with a Single
VCHA will officially debut on January 26, 2024 with a single, as originally announced at the end of their second predebut song, “Ready for the World.” No further details have been released by JYP Entertainment as of yet, but they shall be provided here immediately as they become available. However, their pre-debut period has been exciting as well, and we have the full story behind all of that below as well.
Incredibly, just two hours after the conclusion of A2K, VCHA made a pre-debut with the single album SeVit (NEW LIGHT), which contains the three songs featured on the two-part A2K finale: “Y.O.Universe,” “Go Getter,” and “Know Me Like That.” In fact, even a VCHA “Y.O.Universe” music video was released in tandem with the single album, at midnight ET on September 22, 2023.
VCHA furthermore performed “Y.O.Universe” on Korean music television: Music Bank on September 22, 2023 at 5:15 p.m. KST and Show! Music Core on September 23, 2023 at 3:15 p.m. KST.
On December 1, 2023 at midnight ET, VCHA released another pre-debut song, “Ready for the World,” which would receive a performance video. This release had originally been announced around midnight ET on November 20, 2023. This version of “Ready for the World” is a full-length release of the A2K theme song, with new vocals for all six VCHA members.
Prior to JYP Entertainment announcing an official debut date for the group, there had been several reports indicating that they would debut in Q1 2024. A Nylon interview with VCHA and JYP Entertainment, published October 24, 2023, had also described their debut as being “expected in 2024.”
Ultimately, VCHA will be debuting four months and five days after the conclusion of A2K. This means they are actually debuting slightly quicker than another, somewhat similar group that debuted at JYP: NiziU. NiziU is a Japanese girl group that was created by the first season of the JYP series Nizi Project. Season 1 of Nizi Project concluded on June 26, 2020, and NiziU ultimately debuted on December 2, 2020 — a difference of five months and six days. It is a pleasant surprise that VCHA is arriving a little faster than NiziU did.
So in summary, VCHA will officially debut on January 26, 2024 with a single. VCHA made a pre-debut on September 22, 2023 with SeVit (NEW LIGHT), and they had a second pre-debut on December 1, 2023 with “Ready for the World.” For more about the group, check out how old the VCHA members currently are, who the leader of the group is, and what languages the group speaks. Or if you love MBTI, here is the MBTI for each VCHA member!