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'Produce 101' season 2 is having a difficult time casting trainees!

By alice101   Wednesday, December 21, 2016   111,839   8,051   0

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Mnet is busy casting trainees for their second season of 'Produce 101,' featuring male trainees, but insiders are saying that the recruitment is proving harder than expected. 


The production team of 'Produce 101' has already officially announced the launch of season two with a similar system as that of the first season. The problem is the casting. They expected many trainees to jump at the chance of becoming the next IOI, but the reality was little bit different. 

Many agencies like SM Entertainment and YG Entertainment, again, decided not to participate. CUBE, Woollim, BigHit, and Starship also have expressed their plan to not participate. There are plenty of individual trainees, but not very many agencies seem to be interested. 'Produce 101' even reached out to agencies  that mainly have actors with little result.  


Why are many agencies cold about the idea of sending their trainees to the new season of 'Produce 101' when IOI was one of the most popular groups of the year? 

One insider stated, "IOI was successful this year, but internally, they are struggling. There are conflicts that have to do with contracts and scheduling. Some of the agencies even tried to pull members out of the last schedule of the year, which is the IOI concert...Smaller agencies might use the opportunity to promote, but there are not many incentives for them to be on the show." 


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According to the insider, another reason many agencies are reluctant about 'Produce 101' is the clear hierarchy of power. 'Produce 101' contract shows that trainees get zero compensation for being on the show. Additionally, agencies and trainees must sign away any legal rights to take CJ E&M to court even if they do not like the way they are portrayed or edited on the show. 


Mnet still plans to air 'Produce 101' season two early next year. Guess we will find out if it will be another success or not! 

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adrian_4d Thursday, January 5, 2017

i think this about demography who watch the show... i think woman watch woman perform and become fans is normal..... but i think man watch 101 man perform is not gone happen, so who watch this show is woman.... and i think thats not make good move just make another girls audition...

razorbladeromanc Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Produce 101 song were great. from Pick Me to "35 girls 5 concepts" songs, the upcoming girl group looks promising with GOOD songs. but we know what happened...  besides "very very very" which is the only good song that they promoted (and probably the last one as a complete girl group) IOI generally SUCKS. I just wished that they have just promoted they 5 produce 101 song for a year.

RAS33 Thursday, December 22, 2016

This is good, this means smaller companies how a chance and people won't be bias towards the bigger companies.

victony324 Thursday, December 22, 2016

Ummm how do I audition?!?!

krell victony324 Monday, December 26, 2016

http://www.allkpop.com/article/2016/12/adult-self-cam-of-a-man-looking-like-certain-male-actor-leaks-online ... <-- (Joking) Creatively !!! ... ;-)

snsdtwinkle Thursday, December 22, 2016

Good. Don't do it.

lume90 Wednesday, December 21, 2016

I thought there was a boy version already recently?  With a diff. name.

MaryScary lume90 Thursday, December 22, 2016

boys24 was a completely different show

lume90 MaryScary Friday, December 23, 2016

oh ok

Moogirl Wednesday, December 21, 2016

This is understandable from the agencies' points of view.

grifsnax Wednesday, December 21, 2016

They really should just cancel and start up produce season 2 with FEMALE cast again late 2017 to debut in 2018.... say what u want, the female cast will always be immensely more popular than the male one.

thefabcat92 Wednesday, December 21, 2016

oopss! they might have to take free agent trainees now like BOYS24

BakaKaori Wednesday, December 21, 2016

I can see why agencies think there isn't much of an incentive to put their trainees on the show. Honestly, even though 101 is super popular, the other groups that the girls belong to don't seem to be gaining a lot of popularity from their 101 members. I'm sure there are a lot of guys out there who'd want to join the show but aren't a part of an agency. I think it'd be cool to see more trainees who aren't from the agencies. Although realistically these trainees have less of a chance of succeeding. Even though every should have an equal chance to show off their skills, the producers and the contestants themselves have biases, and think if a person is from an agency they are automatically better.

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