Here's why K-pop took over Twitter today: 'Produce X 101'

Raechal Shewfelt
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
Produce X 101 promises to create the next big thing in K-pop. (Photo: "Produce X 101" via YouTube)

The season finale of South Korea’s popular cable show Produce X 101, with the premise that audience members vote and assemble a K-pop group, sent Twitter into overdrive Friday.

Fans, who have cast almost 15 million votes online and by phone since the season premiere in May, debating the results of the music competition show caused several terms to trend at once.

Here’s a closer look at a few:


The show is the fourth installment of the Produce series, a reality competition show in which the fans play the role of music producer by assembling the next big group in K-pop. The show, which airs on Korean cable channel Mnet, has produced three of the most popular K-pop groups of recent years: Wanna One, IZ*ONE and I.O.I, Billboard reports. Much like in the case of The Voice or American Idol, some former competitors have gone on to success in the music industry, even if they didn’t win the show.

This season, 101 trainees — learning songs and dances — competed for 11 spots in a group called X1. They were given a five-year contract with the group.


Contestant Song Yu Vin, 21, is no newbie to the entertainment industry. He’s released his own music (both solo and as part of the group Myteen) and acted, and he’s even appeared on reality shows before.

Yu Vin’s supporters and fans cheering on other contestants who lose out were understandably crushed that he didn’t make the final cut on the finale, and some speculated that the voting process was suspect.


Han Seung Woo, 24, did make the cut for X1. He’s a music veteran, too, who’s part of the group VICTON.


Kang Min Hee, 18, received happy news, too. The teen will be dancing and singing up a storm alongside Seungwoo and eight more winners of this round of the show.

Obsessed yet? Produce X 101’s executive producer Kim Yong-bum revealed going into the season that the show is expanding to Japan, but said that there are no plans to allow international voting.

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