The hashtags #ยอร์ชยงศิลป์, #yorch_yongsin, and #TraineeA were trending on Thursday following the introduction of Thai actor Yorch Yongsin as a member of forthcoming K-Pop group Trainee A under Big Hit Entertainment.
Trainee A revealed on social media on Wednesday night That Yorch was to become the seventh member of the group, which is set to officially debut between the second and third quarter this year.
Big Hit Entertainment is the agency for the prominent K-pop boy band BTS.
Yorch’s full name is Yongsin Wongpanitnont. The 19-year-old made his first appearance on television as an actor in several Thai TV shows at the age of 10.
Yorch also gained popularity among Thai fans in tandem with the rise of the pro-democracy movement. There is a symbol of three-finger salute on his Instagram bio.
“Yorch feels grateful to everyone who allows him to simply follow his dream on the road of a Korean singer,” his Thai agency AM model wrote on social media.
Apart from Yorch, the current members of Trainee A include Leo, Sangwon, Woochan, James, Jihoon and JJ.
As of Thursday afternoon, #ยอร์ชยงศิลป์ was retweeted more than 567,000 times, while #yorch_yongsin saw over 412,000 retweets.