'Produce x 101' & 'Idol School' trainees allege unfair advantages were given to some competitors

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'Produce x 101' and 'Idol School' trainees are alleging some competitors were given unfair advantages over other trainees.

Mnet's 'Produce x 101' is currently undergoing an investigation for allegedly rigging votes for the final project team X1, and other 'Produce' series as well as 'Idol School' are also being suspected of similar allegations.

The October 3rd episode of MBC's 'News Desk' sat down to conduct interviews with two trainees from the competitive reality shows. One 'Produce x 101' trainee stated that one of his fellow trainees already knew the song they would be given for a challenge. He stated, "One friend already knew the track being used for the competition. We pressed him on how he got the information, and he said the choreographer told him." The trainee also claimed producers filmed specific trainees before the show even aired, which means they had some idea of who would get the spotlight without votes from viewers. It's also reported that label staff and 'Produce x 101' producers had pre-made lists of trainees, and the two parties are suspected to have colluded on results.

One trainee from 'Idol School' further stated that not every trainee had to undergo an audition to appear on the show. She alleged, "At first, there were 3000 who came in, but out of the 40 who were selected, only 4 came in for an audition." If her claims are true, it seems some trainees were already confirmed to be appearing on 'Idol School' with or without going through an audition process.

Stay tuned for updates on the controversies.



 

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wow they really are looking into this rigging thing. and MBC is taking advantage of it
im nosey so i wanna know the truth, but i feel bad for all the trainees, and now the final groups have this negative "rigged" connotation being attached to them
 

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One trainee from 'Idol School' further stated that not every trainee had to undergo an audition to appear on the show. She alleged, "At first, there were 3000 who came in, but out of the 40 who were selected, only 4 came in for an audition." If her claims are true, it seems some trainees were already confirmed to be appearing on 'Idol School' with or without going through an audition process
funny, i would like to know who paid for them to get in then?
 

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I wonder if this will go anywhere. I hope it brings a stop to rigging. But I feel cynical about it.
 

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So...basically, this is not that different than an agency debuting a group. But instead of a straight-forward debut, they wrap the whole group into a story - a story about a competition, and about a group that was hand-picked by the discerning public. The reality, though, was that the finalists/winners were known from the beginning. The competition was one, an opportunity to get the buy-in from fans and the GP, while two, making some broadcast money at the same time. But the real producers where still the agencies and Mnet/CJ E&M.

In the past, I've wondered what effect Produce would have on small and mid-size agencies, as Produce was setting itself up as a finishing school for agencies, with agencies just being a training academy for idol hopefuls. Little did I realize that while some nugu agencies would certainly suffer as a result, others were actually part of the overall scheme of faking a competition.

For the agencies benefiting, Produce is a god-send - no need to take unnecessary risks to debut groups with members unknown to the public,. They get to generate awareness of the trainees for free - nay, while being paid a stipend by their partners in crime, Mnet and CJ E&M, while ensuring that their trainees have a spot in the final group. In exchange, the only thing they had to do with share the profits from their scheme.

So let's be clear about what's happening here. It's not a case of a competition, where the PD-nim is taking matters into his own hands. This is a debut strategy, crafted from the very beginning by the heads of the agencies and networks involved, and above them all CJ E&M, who own many of the parties involved in the competition.

Seriously, I find them, Mnet / CJ E&M / colluding agencies equally as deplorable as YG and his dubious side businesses.
 

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'Produce x 101' and 'Idol School' trainees are alleging some competitors were given unfair advantages over other trainees.

Mnet's 'Produce x 101' is currently undergoing an investigation for allegedly rigging votes for the final project team X1, and other 'Produce' series as well as 'Idol School' are also being suspected of similar allegations.

The October 3rd episode of MBC's 'News Desk' sat down to conduct interviews with two trainees from the competitive reality shows. One 'Produce x 101' trainee stated that one of his fellow trainees already knew the song they would be given for a challenge. He stated, "One friend already knew the track being used for the competition. We pressed him on how he got the information, and he said the choreographer told him." The trainee also claimed producers filmed specific trainees before the show even aired, which means they had some idea of who would get the spotlight without votes from viewers. It's also reported that label staff and 'Produce x 101' producers had pre-made lists of trainees, and the two parties are suspected to have colluded on results.

One trainee from 'Idol School' further stated that not every trainee had to undergo an audition to appear on the show. She alleged, "At first, there were 3000 who came in, but out of the 40 who were selected, only 4 came in for an audition." If her claims are true, it seems some trainees were already confirmed to be appearing on 'Idol School' with or without going through an audition process.

Stay tuned for updates on the controversies.



If the program never claimed that the trainees would only come out of the auditions, I don't feel this is an issue. They were no doubt already scouting indy candidates that they felt would work well with their image of the final team.

The only issue to me is if they ignored the public vote for Idol School (or the Produces). They can "evil edit" or try to influence the public all they want but if they claim that the final team is determined by public vote then it should be as they say.