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Korean TV, This Is Just Getting Ridiculous

So by now we all know about Produce 101.


In case you don't, though, here's a short breakdown: There have been two seasons on MBC (one for girls, one for boys) that takes 101 trainees and puts them through tests and voting until only a certain number remain and they create a new idol group (for a short period of time, then they go back to their original companies.

The channel KBS is preparing to take it to the next level.


The company is preparing a show currently called "The Final 99 Match" that will take performers that have had the chance to debut, but never found success. There are plenty of idol groups (unfortuately called "nugus") that have never really succeeded. Ideally, this show is where they get a chance to join a new group and get a shot at fame.

That's sort of normal and understandable, but this is where it gets absolutely ridiculous.


There reportedly will be 250 BOYS AND 250 GIRLS competing.


9 of each gender will survive and be placed into groups (number of groups have not been decided)

I understand that idol TV shows are getting popular, much like how American Idol in the States led to The X Factor, The Voice, America's Got Talent, etc etc etc. But 500 people?! When they've already survived the harsh kpop audition and training system to debut? That must be so heartbreaking for all of them.

I'd feel less bad if they were complete rookies with zero training but dang, to already debut...its like NU'EST being in Produce 101 right now. So sad for the fans :/

I wish everyone luck and hope it changes some lives for the better but I have a feeling this competition is going to be a heart ache.


What do you guys think?


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aint nobody got time for watching this
i cant even watch produce 101! i have my one friend who is actually watching it update me haha
500 people?!?! I mean, on produce 101 trainees don't all get the same amount of screentime (I'm really salty about that, mnet) so I can't imagine how many contestants are going to be eliminated on this show simply because viewers don't even know who they are
I know 😕. I've been watching this season and it frustrates me how really talented trainees are being eliminated because mnet seems to be sabotaging them
Think of how much that show is going to cost! That's a decent amount of human beings to take care of. I'm thinking this could potentially make or break Mnets reputation and/or the reputation of the idols competing. I mean, I'm sure you've seen what's happened to some of the trainees competing in Produce 101 Seasons 1 & 2... I don't know Mnet. Whatever happened to the good, wholesome variety/reality/game show like... Star Golden Bell?! Bring that back! That was fun!
Are they for real? That's bonkers! Now it's gonna make me think that the ones on the show are gonna be from groups like Speed, etc. That's just ridiculous. 500 of them?!?!?!?! SBS is insane!!!!!! I won't have time for that!!!!
I don't watch produce 101 but even when it first came out it seemed like a lot of people to focus on.
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