Produce X 101 Preview & Episode 0 Recap

SAITAMA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 12: Members of IZ*ONE attend the 2018 Mnet Music Awards FANS' CHOICE in Japan at Saitama Super Arena on December 12, 2018 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Ken Ishii/Getty Images)

At this point, it has become an annual tradition for MNet to run a “Produce” season at some point in the year. The series has proven itself as a success for it’s winners, with award-winning groups like I.O.I and Wanna One coming from the show. There is also IZ*ONE, who are the most recent group to come from a Produce series. Winners of PRODUCE 48, IZ*ONE has found success in Korea and Japan since their fall debut. After producing another girl group, MNet is set to make another boy group with this season, called Produce X 101.

A Preview of The “Produce X 101” TV Series

What To Watch Before The Premiere

This season will see a return to starting off with 101 contestants and ending with a certain number of winners who will debut. There is already a plethora of content out there on this season. Every single contestant has had their one-minute greeting videos, as well as a performance of the show’s theme has been posted online. The energetic theme for the show is titled “X1-MA,” and had the theme of not giving up. It had a similar intense choreography and energetic sound that themes before have also had.

A Recap of Episode 0

For anyone who doesn’t have time or patience to watch every greeting video, highlights of them were shown on “Episode 0” of the season. The episode had Lee Hong-gi and PRODUCE 48 winners IZ*ONE watch various clips. Here’s some of what happened on the episode.

The first thing the panel did was watch the performance of “X1-MA.” They commented on how Lee Dong Wook is the national representative this year, replacing Lee Seung Gi. It was pointed out how the song has a dance break and how Son Dong Pyo got a dance solo at the end.

Fashion Show and 1-Minute Greetings

They watched the fashion show that the trainees took part in next. While by the looks of it every trainee competed in the fashion show, the ones highlighted on this episode were Kim Kook Heon, Won Hyuk, Park Sion, Lee Tae Seung, Kim Shi Hoon, Park Seon Ho, Cheo Seung Yeon, Kim Sung Hyun, Yu Ri, Kim Woo Seok and Cha Jun Ho.

The previously mentioned one-minute videos were watched next. The trainees highlighted were Lee Eun Sang, PEAK, Kim Hyun Bin, Kwon Hee Jun, Lee Tae Seung, Jung Jae Hoon, Kim Young Sang, Park Sun Ho, Kim Dong Bin, and Lee Eugene. There were some weird videos, like when Lee Tae Seung did the Produce 101 Season 2 dance in a dinosaur costume or when Kim Hyun Bin showed his energy by biking on a stationary bike while singing Zion.T.

Dance and Vocal Auditions

The dance and vocal auditions were shown next. Song Hyung Jin stuck out as he danced to many girl group songs including music from TWICE, Jennie from BLACKPINK and previous PRODUCE seasons. Kim Si Hoon danced to Celeb Five, a song that went viral during PRODUCE 48. Along with them, we saw dances from Hwang Yun Seong, Kwon Hee Jun, Choi Jin Hwa, and Baek Jin. We also got vocal performances from Kim Kwan Woo, Kim Sung Hyun, Cho Seung Yeon, Han Seung Woo, Lee Mi Dam, Nam Dong Hyun, Song Yu Vin, Kim Kook Heon, and Wei Zi Yue. Their songs were eclectic, with some performing ballad while others did rap.

The final series that was looked at is a personal favorite. The panel saw the “special talents” from some idols. These were too good to not all detail, so here’s a list of each person and their talent.

Nam Do Hyun: Beatboxed and made bird noises

Song Dong Pyo: Did “angel” and “demon” faces

Cha Jun Ho: Spoke in “goblin language”

Kim Min Kyu: Placed lead on top of his eyelashes

Woo Je Won: Played music with his teeth

Lee Woo Jin: Mimicked a pigeon

Kim Yo Han: Played a recorder with a nostril

Lee Ha Min: Mimicked Lee Hong Ki

Jung Myung Hoon: Sang while doing some sort of galloping/slapping dance

Yu Ri: Mimicked inhaling helium

Sung Min Seo: Did a magic show

Looking Ahead To The Pilot

After that was watched, the broadcast concluded. The first episode of the season will officially air on Friday at 11 PM KST, with an obvious delay for people who are watching via subtitles.

Here is a full list of Produce 101 entrants:

 

Individual Trainee
  • Lee Eugene
  • Choi Suhwan
  • Kang Seokhwa
  • Kim Sungyeon
  • Park Jinyeol
  • Lee Hyeop
  • Lee Hamin
  • Im Siu
  • Jung Youngbin
A-CONIC
  • Kwon Taeeun
AAP.Y
  • Kang Hyeonsu
  • Lee Midam
  • Jung Myunghoon
Around Us Entertainment
  • Woo Jewon
  • Jeong Jaehun
  • Choi Sihyuk
Astory Entertainment
  • Jeon Hyunwoo
  • Heo Jinho
BrandNew Music
  • Kim Sihun
  • Yun Junghwan
  • Lee Eunsang
  • Hong Seongjun
C9 Entertainment
  • Keum Donghyun
  • Lee Jaebin
Chandelier Music
  • Peak
Cre.ker Entertainment
  • Gwon Huijun
DS Entertainment
  • Steven Kim
DSP Media
  • Song Dongpyo
  • Lee Junhyuk
  • Lee Hwan
E Entertainment
  • Won Hyuk
  • Lee Wonjun
ESteem
  • Kim Seunghwan
  • Kim Jingon
  • Anzardi Timothee
  • Yuri
Enfant Terrible Company
  • Choi Byunghoon
Fantagio
  • Han Gichan
Gost Entertainment
  • Yun Hyunjo
  • Lee Sangho
Happy Face Entertainment
  • Won Hyunsik
HONGYI Entertainment
  • Wei Ziyue
  • Tony
iME Korea
  • Lee Sejin
JH1
  • Uehara Jun
Jellyfish Entertainment
  • Kim Mingyu
  • Choi Junseong
JYP Entertainment
  • Yun Seobin
Kiwi Media Group
  • Kim Hyeonmin
  • Song Changha
  • Lim Dahun
Krazy Entertainment
  • Kim Kwanwoo
Maroo Entertainment
  • Lee Woojin
  • Lee Jinwoo
  • Lee Taeseung
MBK Entertainment
  • Kim Yeongsang
  • Nam Dohyon
  • Lee Hangyul
Million Market
  • Yoo Geunmin
MLD Entertainment
  • Kim Dongbin
Music Works
  • Kim Kookheon
  • Song Yuvin
NEST Entertainment
  • Park Yoonsol
  • Oh Saebom
OUI Entertainment
  • Kim Yohan
Play M Entertainment
  • Choi Byungchan
  • Han Seungwoo
Plasma Entertainment
  • Park Sion
SF Entertainment
  • Sung Minseo
sidusHQ
  • Park Sunho
Source Music
  • Kim Hyeonbin
  • Yoon Mingook
  • Tsai Chiahao
The South
  • Nam Donghyun
Starship Entertainment
  • Kang Minhee
  • Koo Jungmo
  • Moon Hyunbin
  • Song Hyungjun
  • Ham Wonjin
Stone Music Entertainment
  • Kim Sunghyun
Think About Entertainment
  • Kim Junjae
TOP Media
  • Kim Wooseok
  • Lee Jinhyuk
Urban Works Media
  • Kim Dongkyu
  • Kim MInseo
  • Byeon Seongtae
  • Hong Sunghyeon
VINE Entertainment
  • Baek Jin
WM Entertainment
  • Lee Gyuhyung
Woollim Entertainment
  • Kim Dongyoon
  • Kim Minseo
  • Moon Junho
  • Joo Changuk
  • Cha Junho
  • Hwang Yunseong
WUZO Entertainment
  • Choi Jinhwa
YG Entertainment
  • Hidaka Mahiro
  • Wang Jyunhao
Yuehua Entertainment
  • Yu Seongjun
  • Cho Seungyoun
  • Hwang Geumryul

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