It’s time to pick another idol candidate for Produce 101, MNet has continued their famous survival show to make another temporary idol group. Every trainees from various agency are fighting for top 11 ranks to debut under CJ E&M Entertainment for a year. The big three (SM, JYP, YG) didn’t send their trainee to this show. But, the subsidiary of YG company, YG K+ (modelling entertainment) sent 4 of their models to this show, I wonder what talent can these models show in this boy group-making show. Besides YG K+, there are CUBE Ent, Fantagio, FNC Ent, Jellyfish Ent, Pledis Ent, Starship Ent, etc that sent their amazing trainees to Produce 101 season 2. But there’s a heartbreaking moment of this show, which Pledis Ent sent NUEST members to this show, because of their poor popularity. Pledis has failed to manage them to be popular like SEVENTEEN, and NUEST members have to appear in PRODUCE 101 as trainees again. I’m so disappointed with this season’s voting system, only Korean National Producers can vote for this show.
“When we first met the 101 trainees, we asked this question, ‘What does being a trainee mean to you?’. One trainee answered, ‘It’s like rocking waves’. One said, ‘It was like riding an elevator with no buttons, you don’t know when you’ll get down.’ Another said, ‘It’s like walking towards mirage, you think you reach it but you don’t’, ‘A thread of hope’, ‘A phrase that I hope would dissapear in front of me.’ ” – BoA in Produce 101 prolog
PRODUCE 101 Season 2 – PICK ME
The host and trainee coach of this season is amazing as well, BoA is the host and the same trainer as the previous season are Kahi (former leader of After school, dance trainer) and and Cheetah (Rap trainer). Also there are Lee Seok Hoon (vocal trainee, ballad singer), Shin Yoo Mi (vocal trainer of YG and JYP), Kwon Jae Seung (Boy groups Dance trainer) and Don Mil (Rap Trainer)
Many trainees are introduced in this opening episode, they’re looking for attention to get spotlight in this show and hoping that they can get many votes from national producers. Every trainee is a pride of their company. I can noticed Hong Eunki who’s brave enough to took seat at 1st rank (center’s seat), but then he’s pushed away from that seat by FNC trainee Yoo Hwiseung and Eunki just gave up without even defend his seat. After Hwiseung got his 1st seat, another trainee (independent, doesn’t belong to any company) challenge him with arm wrestling but he can manage to maintain his position, but not for long. The famous Jang Moon Bok took an attempt to replace him on that seat.
VOTING RANK: Park Ji Hoon > Jang Moon Bok > Lee Dae Hwi > Joo Hak Nyeon > Bae Jin Young > Arredondo Samuel > Ahn Hyeong Seop > Ong Seung Wu > Lee Eui Woong > Lai Kuan Lin > Hwang Min Hyun
The audition performances continued as many amazing trainees appear. My favorite performances are from Brand New Music’s trainees, Ong Seong Wu (Fantagio Ent), Kim Samuel (Brave Ent), the guys who’s not under any entertainment were good as well. Turned out only 7 trainees that got into Grade A group, and 31 in Grade F group. Whatta big gap right? But that grade won’t last forever, they would have to dance and sing with the new “Pick Me” song in reevaluation to decide whether they would stay in their grade, or even go up/down grade. Many trainees were having bad times with these training session.
VOTING RANK: 1.Park Ji Hoon 2.Arredondo Samuel 3. Lee Dae Hwi 4.Ong Seung Wu 5.Jang Moon Bok 6. Lai Kuan Lin 7. Ahn Hyeong Seop 8.Joo Hak Nyeon 9. Hwang Min Hyun 10. Lee Eui Woong 11. Kim Jong Hyun
Finally, this episode was about their struggle to get that “center” position. Few trainees could manage to upgrade their level to A and got chance to became center. In the end, Lee Dae Hwi and Lee Woo Jin were the candidates, and Dae Hwi was the winner! I felt so bad watching the F trainees who didn’t even perform in the stage, they cried and bewailing their fate. But after the trainees were polished and perform “Pick Me” on stage, each of them radiated their charisma.
*anyway I ship Kang Daniel and Lee Woo Jin’s hyung-dongsaeng relationship. They’re so cute, Daniel seemed to took care of Woo Jin so much. If I were Daniel, I couldn’t resist Woo Jin’s cuteness as well.
The trainees started their second mission, which would be group battle performances in front of live audience. 16 teams will compete to perform:
1.Super Junior’s “Sorry Sorry“ 2. Shinee‘s “Replay“ 3. 2PM‘s “10 out of 10” 4.B2ST (now known as Highlight)‘s “Shock” 5.Infinite‘s “Be Mine” 6.EXO‘s “Call Me Baby” 7. BTS‘s “Boy in Luv“ 8.Seventeen‘s “Mansae“. For this episode, there were only 4 teams (2 songs) showed, the remaining 12 teams (6 songs) was showed in episode 4. The ‘Call Me Baby’ and ’10 out of 10′ teams performed first. There are my favorite performances.
VOTING RANK: 1.Park Ji Hoon 2. Lee Dae Hwi 3. Arredondo Samuel 4. Ong Seong Wu 5. Ahn Hyeong Seop 6. Jok Hak Nyeon 7. Lai Kuan Lin 8. Jang Moon Bok 9. Yoon Ji Seong 10. Bae Jin Young 11. Jung Se-woon
This episode, the remaining teams performed their assignment. The ‘Sorry Sorry’, ‘Replay’, ‘Boy In Luv’, ‘Shock’, ‘Mansae’ and ‘Be Mine’ teams.
These are my favorite performances for this episode
I praise Kim Jonghyun’s leadership this time, I never stalked about Nuest ever in my life. Knowing his patience, kindness and wisdom to lead his ‘Sorry Sorry’ team. Eventhough Kwon Hyun Bin is one of my bias in this show, I admit that Hyun Bin was unenthusiastic to practice, but Jonghyun can fix this situation and even Hyun Bin went into top 11 in this episode. I’m so proud of Jonghyun ❤
Surprisingly the live audience vote result was unexpected! Even from the weekly top 11 contestants, only Park Ji Hoon and Jang Moon Bok who were the top 11 for this episode. I’m glad that Produce 101 gave the time for the others to shine, and that was shown by the voting rank they got 🙂
VOTING RANK (LIVE PERFORMANCE VOTES): 1. Park Woo Dam 2. Kim Tae Dong 3. Ahn Hyeong Seop 4. Choi Min Ki 5. Kwon Hyun Bin 6. Takada Kenta 7. Jang Moon bok 8. Yoo Jin Won 9. Yoon Hee Seok 10. Park Ji Hoon 11. Lee Ki Won
Special opening with motivation speech from BoA about her career journey to the trainees was really touching. The show continued with Kim Sohye , Choi Yoojung and Kim Sohee as the show host. We can see their reaction there watching the Produce 101 Season 2 Episode 5. It started by a show that hosted by Kim Doyeon and Choi Yoojung (I Know my words seems confusing right? Host watching the other host leading an event?). The first challenge for the trainees was the battle dance among the trainees. Random songs were played and trainees could come out to the stage and show their freestyle dance, and the winner was….. Hong Eunki from D grade! Chukkaee Eunki, the prize was running shoes for all D grade trainees. They also got few physical training from a trainer and there’re also arm wrestling battle. Really, Kang Dong Ho got me shocked that he could beat all the Boy in Luv 1 Team so easily 😀
1. Park Ji Hoon 2. Arredondo Samuel 3. Yoon Ji sung 4. Ong Seong Woo 5. Kang Daniel 6. Ahn Hyeong Seop 7. Lee Dae Hwi 8.
This episode’s challenge was my favorite. This time, the trainees were tasked to perform live based on the position they want to (Vocal, Rap, Dance).
Vocal Songs: IOI – Downpour, BTS – Spring Day, BoA – Amazing Kiss, Blackpink – Playing with Fire, Jung Sehwan – If It Is You. Dance Songs: Jason Derulo – Get Ugly, NSYNC – Pop, Ed Sheeran – Shape of You and Florida – Right Round. Rap Songs: Mino feat Taeyang – Fear, iKON – Rythm Ta, Zico – Boys and Girls, Simon,G2,BewhY,One – Who You.
So sad that the trainees with low ranks couldn’t get the position they want. But they still can be lit in their groups. Because of BoA’s tour schedule in Japan, she’s substitued by Leeteuk Super Junior, yeah! 🙂 I really like Shape of You Team (they even got the “encore” from audience) and Playing with Fire team.
ONLINE VOTES: 1. Kim Jong Hyun 2.Kang Daniel 3.Park Ji Hoon 4.Hwang Min Hyun 5.Lai Guan Lin 6.Ong Seong Woo 7.Kim Jae Hwan 8.Kang Dong Ho 9.Joo Hak Nyeon 10.Lee Dae Hwi 11. Yoo Seon Ho
The remaining teams performed in this episode, my favorite performance was the IOI – Downpour (it was so breathtaking) , and BTS – Spring Day (too bad Woojin didn’t hit the high note). And I just realized that Bae Jin Young voice was sooo good!
LIVE VOTES: 1.Lee Gun Hee 2.Kim Jong Hyun 3.Noh Tae Hyun 4.Im Young Min 5.Yoo Seon Ho 6.Kim Yong Guk 7.Kim Jae Hwan 8.Jung Se Woon 9.Joo Hak Nyeon 10.Park Woo Jin 11.Jung Jung
President BoA was such an angel from heaven for the trainees, she treated all trainees with Pizza because she couldn’t be together with them for their Position Evaluation stage. The trainees were so happy, they said that it was the best food they got after being in the show. After the best part, here comes the worst part, the second elimination time! Oh noo 😦 But before the elimination, the trainees had new challenge, which was very nerve-wrecking. Because there were 5 fresh songs produced by many famous producers. Kang Daniel, Kim Dongbin and Lee Kiwon they were involved in controversial articles with regards to the song selection process. So they would not participate in those songs they want as the penalty. For your information, the elimination happened in the middle of their song’s practice (Mnet was really cruel).
TOTAL VOTES (Ep 6 & 7): 1.Kim Jong hyun 2.Lai Guan Lin 3.Park Ji hoon 4.Lee Dae Hwi 5.Im Young min 6.Hwang Min hyun 7.Ong Seong woo 8.Kang Daniel 9.Kim Jae hwan 10.Joo Hak nyeon 11.Kang Dong ho
*For Episode 11, I will talk about that in another post. Wait for that okay? 🙂