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Mnet’s Head of Content Management, Kang Ji Hoon, at the 78th Korean Standards Commission (KCSC) Conference in December 2019, announced that they had officially stopped producing audition programs. This decision was taken because the voting manipulation scandal on Produce 101 went public.
After a year of vacuum issuing audition programs, early in 2021 Mnet launched a survival show titled Girls Planet 999. The show involves contestants from Korean, Chinese and Japanese negeara.
The requirements for participants who can join are women born above 2006. May be tied to an entertainment company, whether it already has debut experience or never at all. Registration will be open until February 21, 2021.
Trainees from other countries still have the opportunity to audition, as long as they are connected to entertainment agencies or residencies in Korea, China, or Japan. Full details can be found on Mnet’s official website.
The first teaser for Girls Planet 999 was released on Janurai 11, 2021. This audition program collaborates with NCSOFT, the gaming company that founded a global K-Pop platform called UNIVERSE.
UNIVERSE will provide a wide variety of digital content and services for fans, along with the opening of a global voting system for debut line ups. The plan, through this platform Girls Planet 999 is broadcast globally for easy access to international audiences.
Despite many scandals, Mnet’s audition program is almost always highly rated. Idol group formed by this television channel has a wide fanbase, both at home and abroad.
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Mnet’s Most Popular Audition Program
The talent search event to form a new idol group is growing rapidly in South Korea. Like the audition program launched by the Mnet television channel always manages to attract the attention of the audience. This is the most successful audition program in recent years.
1. Produce 101 Season 1
Produce 101 Sesaon 1 was Mnet’s first project, working with CJ E&M Entertainment and Signal Entertainment to form a girl group. The event involved 101 participants from 46 agencies. The program has the second largest budget of all shows produced, with a total of approximately four billion won.
Produce 101 Season 1 aired on January 22, 2016 – April 1, 2016. The debut line up consisted of 11 participants, namely Jeon Somi, Kim Se Jeong, Choi Yoo Jung, Kim Chung Ha, Kim So Hye, Joo Kyulkyung, Jung Chae Yeon, Kim Do Yeon, Kang Mina, Lim Na Young, and Yoo Yeon Jung.
Participants who placed 11th in the first place formed a sub-unit called I.O.I which officially debuted on May 4, 2016. Idol group that has many fans is only active until 2017.
2. Produce 101 Season 2
With the success of the first season, Mnet re-launched Produce 101 Season 2 which aired on April 7, 2017 – June 16, 2017. Still working with CJ E&M Entertainment, the second program involved 101 participants to form an 11-member boy group.
Produce 101 Season 2 was attended by 54 agencies from South Korea. The participants who escaped include Kang Daniel, Park Ji Hoon, Lee Dae Hwi, Kim Jae Hwan, Ong Seong Wu, Park Woo Jin, Lai Guan Lin, Yoon Ji Sung, Hwang Min Hyun, Bae Jin Young, and Ha Sung Won.
The name for boy group Produce 101 Season 2 is Wanna One, making its official debut on August 7, 2017. The active year is quite long, they ended their promotion and contract in 2019.
3. Mnet Idol School
In 2017, Mnet teamed up again with CJ E&M Entertainment to launch a new audition program titled Idol School. This survival event formed an idol group with 9 members from 41 participants. Participants were trained to sing and dance for 11 weeks.
The idol school group’s official name is Fromis, with members including Roh Ji Sun, Song Ha Young, Lee Sae Rom, Lee Chae Young, Lee Na Kyung, Park Ji Won, Lee Seo Yeon, Baek Ji Heon, and Jang Gyu Ri. The idol group will be trained under Pledis Entertainment, and produced by CEO Han Sung so.
Fromis debuted on Januri 24, 2018, and is still active today. The first EP was titled To Heart. Before its debut, the idol group had already avoided various music shows performing a single titled Glass Shoes.
4. Produce 48
Mnet launched an audition program with a different concept in 2018. Survival titled Produce 48 formed 12 members of 96 participants from South Korea and Japan.
Produce 48 has a different way of voting than previous survivals. Participant ratings are determined only by South Korean spectators. The show aired on June 15, 2018 – August 31, 2018.
This audition program, Mnet collaborated with CJ E&M Entertainment and AKATV. It is broadcast on Mnet Japan, BS SKY Perfect TV!, and TVING Global.
Girl Group produce 48 has the official name of IZONE with members Jang Won Young, Sakura Miyawaki, Jo Yu Ri, Choi Ye Na, Ahn Yu Jin, Yabuki Nako, Kwon Eun Bi, Kang Hye Won, Honda Hitomi, Kim Chae Won, Kim Min Ju, and Lee Chae Yeon.
IZONE officially debuted on October 29, 2018, and is still active today. Idol group is managed by South Korean agencies Off the Record Entertainment and Swing Entertainment. While in Japan managed by Verna Lossom.