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 with different genres. Those were: “I Know You Know” (Synth-pop/Funk), “Oh Little Girl” (Hip Hop), “Show Time” (Nu-disco), “Open Up (열어줘)” (Future EDM), and Triple H’s (Hyunaa! I know that :D) “Never” (Deep house).
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
After the second elimination, at the moment there were 35 trainees left gathered in the room and lining up based on their perspective song group. BoA came to their room and explain the number of trainees who can stand on the stage in the final debut evaluation would only be revealed after the concept evaluation had done. (Though there were 22 trainees in season 1 who can perform on the final debut evaluation, that didn’t mean the same amount of trainees will be applied in this season).
For this “5 Songs 35 Trainees” concept, the trainees would received the audience’ onsite votes after the audience watching all of the 5 performances. Each audience had opportunity to vote 1 time for the team that best embodied the song, and 1 vote for the trainees in that chosen team that best portrayed the song. The first team with the most votes, would have benefit of 220,000 votes and the member in the winning team with the highest number of individual votes will get additional 10,000 votes. The remaining members would share the leftover votes at 2000 votes equally. What a huge perks in a competition right?? I know.. I know.. But not only stopped there, the winning team had the chance to perform on stage at MNet Countdown!
Anyway, remember that there were an elimination happen in the middle of their song practice in the last episode right? From having 58 trainees to become 35 trainees, the remaining number for each song differed currently, so there were re-adjustment because there can only be 7 members performing each song (I feel bad for the moved trainees, they had to practice for a new song from the start?!). In order to decide who need to move out or move in to the group, there were team progress vote within themselves. After the voting, the leader of that team revealed the fixed member of that team. After the hard works, finally the members had to perform their performance in front of the songs’ producers before the stage performance. Soo check out their amazing performances!
I like it when the scene was going backwards to the time when “Never” team recorded their song in Cube Entertainment. Guanlin was so happy to record the song in his own agency and show the other trainees his practice room and his locker. 😀
LIVE VOTE: 1.Kang Daniel 2.Kang Dongho 3.Joo Haknyeon 4.Yoo Seonho 5.Kim Yongguk 6.Im Youngmin 7.Takada Kenta 8.Park Jihoon 9.Park Woojin 10.Hwang Minhyun 11.Bae Jinyoung
This episode began with the trainees entering the elimination auditorium and show their funny way of entering the auditorium (before facing the cruel fact of 3rd elimination). Before continuing to the elimination time, yeahh my favorite part! Times when they were in the dorm! I can see their dorkiness, funny moments, and know them better by seeing their daily life. Hidden cameras, the “get it beauty” moments during the shooting break the trainees were dolling themselves up. The best part is our momma Jisung! Hahaha he was so funny, applying the cushion powder flirtatiously and his lips were very red. They also use the face mask with 7 colors variants, and they look so cute and funny, especially Seongwoo 😀
There was also “say anything” corner for 101 trainees. Noh Taehyun’s scratching habit (he clarified after that that he didn’t scratch his stomach tho.. haha he only detach his sticking T-shirt because he’s sweaty after practicing), Seonho confessed that he and Guanlin were friends before the show. They were talked to each other informally before the show, but after Produce 101’s crew asked them who the hyung is, they started to feel awkward and speak formally. Seonho was also a cute chick to Minhyun and liked to do the skinships with Minhyun. He always hug Minhyun everytime they met, maybe Seonho thinked Minyun as his older brother. But it was hard for Minhyun. Also the short trainees like Daehwi who recommended using stool to stand every time he shot the program, but he confessed that he always wore 3 cm insole inside his shoes. Daehwi summoned Jinyoung who wore the same insole as him. Next talk.. back to our momma, Jisung recommended the other trainees to wear the lip tint so they would came out prettily in camera. But Daniel shocked when he figured out that he looked like ahjumma in the camera. (Actually there were so many more confession but you must watch it by yourself okay?) 😉
Then moved to the scene where the 35 trainees gathered in a big basketball indoor field, Seongwoo and Jisung became the MC of that event. They were so awkward yet funny, they explained that the trainees would play 3 games, the games were Speed Quiz (Talking with your body), Elephant Lipstick (Elephant Spinning and applying the lipstick to team mate), and Photo Time (2 persons swing the rope, 5 persons jump the rope, after jumping 10 times they got a cue to ‘It’s Photo Time’ and showcase their most confident pose. The winning team waaaaaas… Open Up Team! Chukkae guys..
After laughing so much because of them, suddenly the scene backed to the elimination time. Ommo 😦 I was shocked at that time when Lai Guan Lin almost eliminated in the show (How dare you MNet playing with our emotion 😦 ) He was placed in 20th rank, and turned out the amount of trainees who could go to debut evaluation was 20! That was so close my Guan Lin 😦 😦 😦 But congrats to Sungwoon whose rank raised a lot to 3rd rank from 25th rank.
After the elimination, the remaining 20 trainees gathered in a room with BoA for preparing their last debut evaluation in the last episode. The trainees were surprised because after the debut evaluation song was revealed, turned out they would be divided into 2 groups because there would be 2 songs! Different with the previous season which there was only one song “Crush” for 22 trainees, and the center was determined by the 1st rank of the 3rd elimination. But this season, the chosen trainee who became the center was chosen by group voting after seeing everyone’s video as the center. After that, BoA asked the trainees to came forward for choosing the line distribution part from the lowest rank (Guan lin) consecutively to the highest rank (Daniel). The higher rank trainee, could take the chosen part to become theirs and move another trainee’s part. Then they were practicing their parts and trying the center’s part.
TOTAL VOTES (Ep 9&10): 1.Kang Daniel 2.Park Jihoon 3.Ha Sungwoon 4.Bae Jinyoung 5.Arredondo Samuel 6.Park Woojin 7.Kim Jonghyun 8.Ong Seongwoo 9.Yoon Jisung 10.Lee Daehwi 11.Hwang Minhyun
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