1 December 2016

I.O.I (Hangul:  아이오아이 ; also known as IOI or Ideal of Idol ) was a South Korean girl group formed by CJ E&M through the 2016 rea...

I.O.I (Hangul: 아이오아이; also known as IOI or Ideal of Idol ) was a South Korean girl group formed by CJ E&M through the 2016 reality show Produce 101 on Mnet. The group was composed of eleven members chosen from a pool of 101 trainees from various entertainment companies: Lim Na-young, Kim Chung-ha, Kim Se-jeong, Jung Chae-yeon, Zhou Jieqiong, Kim So-hye, Yu Yeon-jung, Choi Yoo-jung, Kang Mi-na, Kim Do-yeon and Jeon So-mi. They debuted on May 4, 2016 with the mini-album Chrysalis and actively promoted as a whole and as a sub-unit for less than a year.

The group's concert titled Time Slip – I.O.I, which was held on January 20 to 22, 2017, marked their last group activity on stage. They officially disbanded at the end of January 2017 and returned to their respective agencies.

31 May 2016

Produce 101 is a 2016 reality girl group survival show on Mnet. It is a large-scale project in which the public "produces" a u...


Produce 101 is a 2016 reality girl group survival show on Mnet. It is a large-scale project in which the public "produces" a unit girl group by choosing members from a pool of 101 trainees from 46 entertainment companies as well as the group's concept, debut song, and group name. The show has the second-largest budget of all shows produced by Mnet. 

Concept

Produce 101 is the nation's first agency-collaboration unit girl group project, which brings together 101 trainees from different entertainment companies both inside and outside of South Korea, and 11 trainees will be selected to form a unit girl group. The unit group will perform four songs together for a year and release a debut album under the record label of CJ E&M but may later join a girl group that their agencies are planning. The members began living together on December 5, 2015. They took to the stage for the first time to face off in a group mission at the CJ E&M studio in Ilsan on December 27, 2015.
For the girls' training, several artists have been recruited for the show. Actor-singer Jang Keun-suk serves as a mentor, while Brown Eyed Girls' vocalist JeA, alongside vocal trainer Kim Sung-eun, soloist Kahi with choreographer Bae Yoon-jung, and rapper Cheetah are respectively in charge of vocal, dance, and rap training. In addition, trainer Ray Yang is in charge of the girls' fitness training.


Directed by: An Joon-young
Presented by Jang Keun-suk
Theme music composer DJ KOO, Midas-T, Maximite
Opening theme "Pick Me"
by Produce 101
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11
Production
Executive producer(s) Han Dong-chul
Running time 80–120 minutes
160 minutes (Finale)
Production company(s)
  • CJ E&M
  • Signal Entertainment Group
Distributor CJ E&M
Budget ₩4 billion (approximately US$3.4 million)
Release
Original network Mnet
Original release January 22 – April 1, 2016