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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.

Pre-show promotionsEdit

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 1
(Online votes)
Episode 2
(Online votes)
Episode 3
(Online votes)
Episode 4 (Live votes) Episode 5 (Total votes)
Name Votes Name 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 6
(Online votes)
Episode 8 (Total votes) Episode 10 (Total votes)
Name Votes Name 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)
Name Votes Company
1 Jeon So-mi 858,333 JYP
2 Kim Se-jeong 525,352 Jellyfish
3 Choi Yoo-jung 438,778 Fantagio
4 Kim Chung-ha 403,633 M&H
5 Kim So-hye 229,732 RedLine
6 Zhou Jieqiong 218,338 Pledis
7 Jung Chae-yeon 215,338 MBK
8 Kim Do-yeon 200,069 Fantagio
9 Kang Mi-na 173,762 Jellyfish
10 Im Na-young 138,726 Pledis
11 Yoo Yeon-jung 136,780 Starship

v - e
(G) I-DLE Logo
Korean Mini-albums   
Singles "HANN (Alone)" • "Uh-Oh" • "LION"
Collaborations ONEWow Thing (Soyeon)I Wanna Be (Soyeon)
Soundtracks RelayHelp Me
Pre-debut 35 Girls 5 Concepts (Soyeon)Jelly (Soyeon)Idle Song (Soyeon)

Japanese Mini-albums  

English Singles LATATA (English Ver.)
Collaborations POP/STARS (Miyeon and Soyeon)EMPIRE (Minnie)GIANTS (Soyeon)
Dance All That JazzBrand NewFAKE LOVEFireHot IssueLight My Body UpSunnyU-Go-Girl
Vocal Be NaturalGoodbye Sadness,Hello HappinessGravityLove Scenario
Concerts / Tours United Cube ONE (2018) • I-LAND (2020)
Pre-debut Produce 101 (Soyeon)Unpretty Rapstar 3 (Soyeon)
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