In what has to at least be partially trolling at this point after the ‘MIXNINE‘ debacle and the ongoing lawsuit with Happyface Entertainment, YG Entertainment has been reported to be starting survival shows for both a new girl group and boy group.
A couple days ago, reports emerged that YGE was planning on a survival program for a girl group, which almost seemed like something from The Onion given current circumstances.
On September 19, a media outlet reported that YG was currently planning to launch a survival program to pick the members of the company’s next girl group, with plans to broadcast the show at the end of the year. According to the reports, producing director (PD) Go Ik Jo, who recently transferred to YG Entertainment, will be in charge of the new survival program. He participated in Mnet’s “Show Me The Money” and “High School Rapper.” Trainees from YG Entertainment, as well as those from Teddy’s subsidiary label, The Black Label, will reportedly appear on the show.
Then YGE gave their response, saying they are considering it but nothing was finalized.
YG Entertainment gave an official statement in response to these reports, stating, “[The program] is merely one of many we are currently drawing out. We do not have much information to announce just yet.”
Comically, a day later a report emerged that YGE was working on another survival show, this time for a boy group.
On September 20, an industry insider revealed that YG was preparing to launch a new boy group through a survival program in November. Instead of broadcasting the show through television networks, YG was reportedly planning on exclusively broadcasts through Naver TV. The insider also stated that Bang Ye Dam and Choi Resung, who gained popularity through SBS’s audition program “K-pop Star,” and other trainees slated for YG’s next generation idol group would appear on the program. Trainees from other agencies in Korea, along with global trainees chosen from Japan and other areas, will reportedly participate in the competition as well.
In regards to the reports about the girl group survival show, the report says YGE is prioritizing the boy group, and later YGE gave their statement, basically confirming it’s in the works.
Later in the day, YG gave an official statement, saying, “It’s been three years since iKON’s debut, so it’s expected that a rookie group will emerge from YG,” revealing that the company has made preparations for its new boy group. In responds to reports that YG was currently producing a survival program, the agency responded, “When looking at Yang Hyun Suk’s tendencies, he doesn’t produce groups based on the same number of members or similar musical tones, so it’s hard to predict just yet, even from within YG. However, it is true that we can already see YG’s broadcasting team and music producers settings things in motion.”
I have to laugh.
Well, at least these will apparently use their own trainees (primarily), so there’s less incentive to fuck them over.