It looks like JYP, YG, and SM Entertainment will not send trainees to Produce 101 Season 2 this year. It has been confirmed by a representative that the Big Three of KPop agencies won’t join in Mnet’s reality survival show. And apparently, the decision also led to other entertainment labels to stay away from joining the show.
Last season featured 101 female trainees from various entertainment agencies. The girls went through different challenges in singing, dancing, and rapping. Out of 101 contestants, only 11 got the chance to debut. The 11 winners are known as I.O.I and became one of the trending KPop acts of 2016. After a year of promotion, I.O.I will disband and the members of the group will return to their own agencies.
No Big Three In Produce 101 Season 2
— C.H.D Entertainment (@TheChase_CHD) January 6, 2017
Before the first season of Produce 101 came to a close, there were already talks for a second season. This time, male trainees will be a part of the program. The goal was to make a male version of I.O.I. However, it looks like Mnet is going through a lot of conflict right now. Aside from the resignation of the show’s director, there are no notable agencies who are willing to join Produce 101 Season 2.
Apart from the Big Three, talent agencies like Big Hit, Woolim, Starship, and Cube declined the offer to join the show. One source commented that these labels refused to join because of their upgrade in training idols. The source also added that there were conflicts between the agencies that managed the I.O.I members.
“I.O.I’s promotions were successful but it wasn’t a walk in the park. There were problems regarding the schedule, contracts, and there were some labels who did not want their trainees to attend I.O.I’s last concert,” the source said.
Aside from the difficulty of finding members, the main director of Produce 101 resigned from the show. Allkpop reported that Director Han Dong Chul will be focusing on another personal program. Despite his absence in the second season, Mnet confirmed that the male version of Produce 101 will push through.
Another conflict is the absence of the an MC for the show. Actor Jang Geun Suk, who hosted the first season, will not return due to his hectic schedule. A representative from Mnet said that they are currently looking for another male MC to replace Jang Geun Suk.
Despite the conflicts and setbacks, Produce 101 Season 2 will push through in the second half of 2017.
— ALEX YAN-SON JR. (@JRalxzander1411) January 14, 2017