Second Season of Produce 101 Sets Its Casting
Hana Lee , Feb. 21, 2017, 10:31 a.m.
The sequel to Mnet’s competition show to build an idol group, season two of “Produce 101,” has finally settled its casting.
The program experienced difficulties in casting as agencies hesitated on allowing their trainees to join the program.
Three entertainment giants -- S.M. Entertainment, JYP Entertainment and YG Entertainment -- announced in January that their trainees would not participate in the program. Other agencies also hesitated on confirming their participation, putting the program in jeopardy.
On Monday, a local media outlet reported that Jellyfish Entertainment, Pledis Entertainment, Cube Entertainment and Fantagio Music, the agencies of some of the final 11 winners, would join the program.
A representative from Mnet said, “The details about the 101 participants will be gradually disclosed.”
The audition program brings together 101 trainees from local labels to compete for a spot in a new 11-member group. The 11 winners from the first season made their debut as a girl group dubbed I.O.I, which recently disbanded.
The new season will start filming Sunday and hit TV screens within the first half of the year.