Produce 101 (Hangul: 프로듀스 101) was a 2016 girl group survival reality show on Mnet. It was a large-scale project in which the public "produces" a unit girl group by choosing members from a pool of 101 trainees from 46 entertainment companies as well as the group's concept, debut song, and group name. The show has the second-largest budget of all shows produced by Mnet at about four billion won (approximately $3.4 million).
Produce 101 is the nation's first agency-collaboration unit girl group project, which brings together 101 trainees from different entertainment companies both inside and outside of South Korea. From the 101 trainees, 11 will be selected to form a unit girl group. The unit group will perform four songs together for a year and release a debut album under the record label of CJ E&M but may later join a girl group that their agencies are planning. The trainees began dorming together on December 5, 2015. They took to the stage for their first group mission at the CJ E&M studio in Ilsan on December 27, 2015.
For the girls' training, several artists were recruited for the show: actor-singer Jang Keun-suk as a mentor, Brown Eyed Girls' vocalist JeA and Kim Sung-eun as vocal trainers, soloist Kahi with choreographer Bae Yoon-jung as dance trainers, and rapper Cheetah for rap training. Additionally, trainer Ray Yang was in charge of the girls' fitness training.
Produce 101 was unveiled for the first time on Episode 453 of M! Countdown on December 17, 2015. The group was presented by Jang Keun-suk, and 98 out of 101 members showcased their talents through an EDM song "Pick Me".
From December 18 to December 25, 2015, the 101 participants were revealed via official website, Facebook, Instagram and Naver TV Cast. Each girl was introduced with a profile, photos, and video introductions.
On January 21, 2016, a production presentation for the show was held at the 63 Convention Center in Yeouido, Seoul. MC Jang Keun-suk, the five mentors, and 97 out of 101 trainees attended the presentation. During the event, it was revealed that the unit girl group from Produce 101 with eleven members would debut under YMC Entertainment.
Cube Entertainment TraineesEdit
Cube Entertainment Trainee representatives were Kwon Eunbin, Jeon Soyeon, and Lee Younseo. They performed the song "Crazy" by 4Minute. The trainees Soyeon and Eunbin both ranked A while Younseo ranked B. Soyeon was praised for her "confidence" and her rapping skills. In the end no Cube Trainees made it into I.O.I and now are in (G)I-DLE and CLC.
The top 11 contestants chosen through popularity online voting at Produce 101's homepage and audience's live voting, shown at the end of each episode. This ranking determined the 11 trainees who will form the unit girl group.
For the first and second voting period, viewers are allowed to select 11 trainees per vote, however on third round, the system changed to only one trainee per vote.
First Voting PeriodEdit
|Episode 4 (Live votes)||Episode 5 (Total votes)|
|1||Jeon So-mi||Jeon So-mi||Jeon So-mi||Kim Se-jeong||1,204||Kim Se-jeong||559,694|
|2||Kim Se-jeong||Kim Se-jeong||Kim Se-jeong||Hwang Soo-yeon||1,180||Jeon So-mi||528,772|
|3||Zhou Jieqiong||Kang Mi-na||Kang Mi-na||Lim Na-young||1,160||Choi Yoojung||392,773|
|4||Jung Chae-yeon||Zhou Jieqiong||Kim Danielle||Kim Ju-na||1,137||Zhou Jieqiong||387,537|
|5||Jung Eun-woo||Kim Na-young||Ki Hui-hyeon||Kim Do-yeon||1,125||Kang Mi-na||376,977|
|6||Ki Hui-hyeon||Kim Danielle||Zhou Jieqiong||Jeon So-mi||1,118||Ki Hui-hyeon||294,540|
|7||Kim Danielle||Heo Chan-mi||Kim Na-young||Kim Min-kyeong||1,117||Kim Danielle||273,930|
|8||Kang Mi-na||Jung Chae-yeon||Choi Yoo-jung||Kang Yae-bin||1,100||Jung Chae-yeon||251,469|
|9||Kim Na-young||Ki Hui-hyeon||Heo Chan-mi||Park Si-yeon||1,097||Kim Na-young||250,552|
|10||Kwon Eun-bin||Kwon Eun-bin||Jung Chae-yeon||Kim Si-hyeon||1,088||Jeon So-yeon||230,395|
|11||Choi Yoo-jung||Jeon So-yeon||Jeon So-yeon||Park Min-ji||1,087||Kim So-hye||227,670|
Second and third voting periodEdit
|#||Second round||Third round|
|Episode 8 (Total votes)||Episode 10 (Total votes)|
|1||Kim Se-jeong||Kim Se-jeong||1,473,687||Jeon So-mi||380,783|
|2||Choi Yoo-jung||Choi Yoo-jung||1,286,447||Kim Se-jeong||131,612|
|3||Kang Mi-na||Kang Mi-na||1,212,720||Choi Yoo-jung||128,004|
|4||Jeon So-mi||Jeon So-mi||1,201,490||Kim So-hye||93,189|
|5||Kim Na-young||Kim Na-young||931,084||Kim Chung-ha||89,323|
|6||Zhou Jieqiong||Zhou Jieqiong||885,556||Kim So-hee||54,538|
|7||Kim So-hye||Kim Do-yeon||841,749||Yoon Chae-kyung||53,255|
|8||Kim Do-yeon||Kim So-hye||833,101||Han Hye-ri||49,379|
|9||Yoo Yeon-jung||Jung Chae-yeon||696,808||Lim Na-young||48,110|
|10||Jung Chae-yeon||Yoo Yeon-jung||684,660||Yoo Yeon-jung||45,985|
|11||Lim Na-young||Lim Na-young||665,898||Kim Do-yeon||44,873|
During the last episode aired on April 1, 2016, Jang Keun-suk announced the unit girl group's name: I.O.I.
|#||Episode 11 (Total votes)|
|Miyeon • Minnie • Soojin • Soyeon • Yuqi • Shuhua|
|Singles||"HANN (Alone)" • "Uh-Oh" • "LION"|
|Collaborations||ONE • Wow Thing (Soyeon) • I Wanna Be (Soyeon)|
|Soundtracks||Relay • Help Me|
|Pre-debut||35 Girls 5 Concepts (Soyeon) • Jelly (Soyeon) • Idle Song (Soyeon)|
|English||Singles||LATATA (English Ver.)|
|Collaborations||POP/STARS (Miyeon and Soyeon) • EMPIRE (Minnie) • GIANTS (Soyeon)|
|Dance||All That Jazz • Brand New • FAKE LOVE • Fire • Hot Issue • Light My Body Up • Sunny • U-Go-Girl|
|Vocal||Be Natural • Goodbye Sadness,Hello Happiness • Gravity • Love Scenario|
|Concerts / Tours||United Cube ONE (2018) • I-LAND (2020)|
|Shows||Queendom • I-TALK • To NEVERLAND • MADE by SOYEON (Soyeon)|
|Pre-debut||Produce 101 (Soyeon) • Unpretty Rapstar 3 (Soyeon)|