Produce 101 is a South Korean entertainment conglomerate CJ E&M reality television talent competition series centered on the creation of a boy or girl K-pop group. The format is renowned for having no panel of judges and instead using audience voting to reach choices. It is also known for starting with 101 participants and then reducing that number to the top 11. Since its launch in 2016, the brand has grown to include China, Japan, and other East Asian nations. Here we will sneak a peek at Produce 101 Season 2: Winners and Where to watch.
Produce 101 Season 2 is the second season of the franchise’s original South Korean iteration and aired in 2017 on Mnet. Through online and live voting with numerous elimination rounds, the public (referred to as “national producers”) “produces” a boy group by selecting 11 members from among 101 trainees from 54 entertainment businesses. The general public chose the concept, lead song, and group name. The final 11 members that would make their Wanna One debut were revealed in the show’s season finale, which took place on June 16, 2017, and was live aired. More than 16 million voters—or almost 30% of South Korea’s population—cast ballots in the grand finale.
Produce 101 Season 2: Winners
Contestant Kang Daniel from the entertainment agency MMO topped the ranking by winning over 1.5 million votes, followed by Maroo’s Park Ji-hoon and Brand New Music’s Lee Dae-hwi. They took second and third places, respectively. The top 11 winners officially debuted as a project idol group called “Wanna One” in 2017.
What Happened To Them After The Show?
On August 7, 2017, the final eleven made their official debut in the group known as Wanna One. Along with fan requests, these were created. After their final concert, Wanna One officially split up on January 27, 2019. And the group split up. The members went back to their organizations.
Ha Sung Woon (11th) and Hwang Min Hyun (9) returned to their teams. Yoon Ji Sung (8th) made his solo performance debut on February 20, 2019. Ha Sung Woon (11th) made his solo performance debut on February 28, 2019. Lai Kuan Lin (7th) made his debut with Wooseok X Kuanlin on March 11, 2019. Kim Jae Hwan (4th) made his solo performance debut on May 20, 2019.
Park Ji Hoon (2nd) made his solo performance debut on March 26, 2019. Bae Jin Young (10th) made his solo performance debut. Later made its premiere on July 23, 2019, on CIX. Lee Dae Hwi (3rd) and Park Woo Jin (6th) made their AB6IX debuts on May 22, 2019. On July 25, 2019, Kang Daniel (1st) made his solo performance debut.
Produce 101 Season 2: Where to Watch?
Produce 101 Season 2 isn’t available to stream on any OTT platform. But you can surely Watch it on Youtube. In 2017 “Produce 101 Season 2” used to air every Friday at 11 p.m. KST.
Controversy Related To The Show
It was discovered in December 2019 that chief producer Kim Yong-bum and producing director Ahn Joon-young had switched the rankings of one trainee who was scheduled to make their debut in Wanna One with another trainee who was not initially in the debut lineup.
Additionally, they switched rankings for a student who had initially made it past the first round of elimination with a trainee who had first missed the mark. Later that month, Ahn and Kim were subsequently charged with business fraud and obstruction of justice.
But the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office withdrew the fraud-related accusations in June 2020, citing a lack of evidence.