Jang Ha Na (also spelled Jang Hanna and Jang Hannah) has reportedly decided to sign a recording contract with South Korean powerhouse label YG Entertainment.
The teenage "K-Pop Star 3" contestant is "highly likely" to join a new YG girl group, scheduled to premiere in the second half of 2014, according a report on Wednesday, in the Korean publication Star News.
Several entertainment industry insiders reportedly claim Jang signed with YG Entertainment on April 13, immediately after the reality show ended, and began training at the label, a month ago.
Considering that the article was reposted on YG Entertainment's website a few hours after it was published, the signing appears to be a done deal.
YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk, a judge on "K-Pop Star 3," was never bashful in his praise of his label roster's newest addition.
Back in December, after Jang performed the Adele song "Turning Tables" in the singing competition's second round, Yang wondered aloud why the aspiring singer even bothered with the TV show.
"Personally, I don't know why Jang Ha Na decided to try out for 'K-Pop Star 3,'" said the label CEO. "It would have been better if you just came to YG from the first place."
Then turning to the singer, Yang expressed his admiration for her talent.
"You have a voice that I really like," he said. "You're a great singer and you have a unique character. I enjoyed your performance very much."
Jang made it to the final six on "K-Pop Star 3," before being eliminated in the show's 17th episode.
American singer of Korean descent Bernard Park came in first place. He has reportedly signed with JYP Entertainment.
Jang is not the first "K-Pop Star" contestant to sign with YG, the label roster includes several past competitors, including Lee Hi and current chart-topping brother sister act Akdong Musician.
YG Entertainment could not immediately be reached for comment.