PH’s Sophia Laforteza lands top spot in Korean show ‘The Debut: Dream Academy’ finals


We’re proud of you, Sophia!

Lone Filipino contender Sophia Laforteza has successfully secured a spot in the live finale of “The Debut: Dream Academy” after landing the top spot in the competition’s third mission.

The Debut: Dream Academy is produced by South Korean entertainment company HYBE and American label Geffen Records, with the aim of forming an “international” girl group.

On Monday, Nov. 6, HYBE Labels announced the top 10 finalists which included Australia’s Ezrela, USA’s Daniela, Lara, Emily, and Megan, Brazil’s Samara, Switzerland’s Manon, Thailand’s Marquise, and South Korea’s Yoonchae.

Representing The Philippines, Laforteza led the roster as the top-ranked contestant during the third mission with 45,184 fan votes, securing a spot at the program’s live finale.

Mission 3 involved the remaining 13 contestants divided into three teams. Each group was assigned to perform hit tracks of female pop stars which included: Demi Lovato’s “Confident,” Pussycat Dolls’ “Buttons,” and Spice Girls’ “Wannabe.”

Laforteza was placed in the team that performed Buttons, along with Argentina’s Celeste, South Korea’s Nayoung, Switzerland’s Manon, and the USA’s Daniela.

During the third mission, Nayoung, Celeste, and Japan’s UA were eliminated, reducing the number of contestants to 10 who will compete in the finale.

This marks another achievement for Laforteza who also landed the top position in the rankings for the second mission.

The survival show’s live finale will air on November 17, 2023, on HYBE LABELS’ YouTube channel. The final members and the name of the group will be announced at the finale.

Patricia Dela Roca
Patricia Dela Roca
Patricia Dela Roca is a content producer with nerdy tendencies. She tends to lose herself in writing, films, fictional novels, video games, and in her Kpop bias' eyes.