JTBC’s new audition TV show “MIXNINE” is rising as more details about the program are revealed. “MIXNINE” is a survival program in which YG Entertainment’s founder Yang Hyun Suk visits agencies all over Korea to find the next K-pop stars.
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Unlike other audition programs that focus on the participants after they pass the pre-audition and enter the competition, Han’s new project will shed light on the whole process from as early as recruiting participants and their stories of entering the audition in the “Enter Tour Step,” and the actual competition will be aired in the “Competition Step.”
“The final competition between male and female groups, which will be decided by public vote, will be the highlight of the show,” said Yoo Sung-mo, co-producer of the show.
Show producer Han Dong Chul explained, “I conceptualized ‘MIXNINE’ while planning ‘Produce 101 Season 1,’” and added, “I made a personal move to a different company, so the show is produced by YG Entertainment instead of CJ E&M, and will air on JTBC.”
“Before I was working on Produce 101 on Mnet, I had in mind that I wanted to make a survival show for a K-pop girl group first, boy group for the second season and the male-versus-female competition for the third season. But, since I left Mnet for YG, YG created this show and JTBC will broadcast it,” the producer said at JTBC’s headquarters in Sangam-dong, Seoul, Tuesday.
The general concept of “MIXNINE” is as follows: Of 400 participants, nine male trainees and nine female trainees will be selected to form a boy group and girl group respectively. The winning team between the two groups will debut after the final match.
In regards to the uniqueness of “MIXNINE” as an audition show, the producer answered, “Unlike most survival programs, we deal heavily with showing the participants before they join and also portraying the state of mind and intent they have for being on the program.”
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“MIXNINE” may also include trainees from major agencies including YG Entertainment. However, the co-producer of the program Yoo Sung Mo emphasized that no particular trainee will receive a privilege based on his or her agency.
After the program’s finale, the future of the debut group from “MIXNINE” will be determined after gathering the opinions of each agency. The group’s promotional period and management agency will be revealed in upcoming press conferences.
Moreover, the producer revealed, “We plan to release around 10 to 12 songs in collaboration with leading songwriters such as Kim Do Hoon.”
“MIXNINE” is scheduled to air on Sundays at 4:50 p.m. KST starting from October 29.