Korean Netizen Reaction To The Current Top 9 of “Girl Planet 999”

When the finale of “Girls Planet 999” is only 3 days away, the topic that is currently causing storms on social media is the provisional rankings that Mnet has just announced. Many people still could not have foreseen that the situation would turn upside down to this extent. All 8 top positions belong to Korean contestants, only 1 Chinese representative is in Top 9, all Japanese trainees are not in the top 9 debut line up.

In fact, the top debut up to the time the interim rankings were announced was very close to the so-called “ideal lineup” that Korean netizens wanted in the past few round of “Girls Planet 999” – with all 9 members being Korean. But looking at the current results, many netizens suddenly change their mind, and thought that with a group that is oriented to global activities, it is better to have a few foreign members in the debut lineup.

With that in mind, the Korean online community named 4 K-GROUP trainees that they think should be replaced by foreign contestants with better talent, looks and popularity to balance the lineup. Out of these 4 trainees, while Kim Suyeon, Seo Youngeun, and Guinn Myah were only mentioned in a few comments, Huening Bahiyyih was the contestant mentioned by Korean netizens the most, saying that from visuals and talent, Even her star quality is not enough for the debut line up.

For foreign trainee, instead of Su Rui Qi, who weren’t like by Koreans due to political issue. Knet has nominated C-GROUP and J-GROUP contestants that they believe should be in the Top 9. Shen Xiao Ting and Sakamoto Mashiro are the two most mentioned names because they possess all the necessary qualities for the winning group such as appearance, talent and international fandom. Followed by Kawaguchi Yurina and Ezaki Hikaru, while Nonaka Shana was also mentioned in some of the comments.

“Remove Huening Bahiyyih and Su Rui Qi and replace it with Nonaka Shana and Sakamoto Mashiro is perfect”

“But it’s not good to have an all-Korean lineup like this… At least there should be some foreign members like Yurina or Shen Xiao Ting”

“To be honest, even though I like all Korean contestants, I still think it’s reasonable to replace Kim Suyeon, Huening Bahiyyih, Seo Youngeun and Su Rui Qi in the current Top 9 with Kim Bora, Shen Xiao Ting, Yurina and Mashiro.”

“It’s not good to have a Korean lineup like this because the group still has to do international activities. It’s better to remove Seo Youngeun, Huening Bahiyyih and Kim Suyeon and replace it with Yurina, Shen Xiao Ting and Mashiro”

“If there must be 1 Chinese member and 1 Korean member, I think Shen Xiao Ting and Hikaru would be the best choice”

“To be honest, Huening Bahiyyih, Seo Youngeun, Kim Suyeon, and Guinn Myah, all four of them have very vague positions in the group. Korean trainees who have the same position as them have stronger colors, so I think it would be more ideal to replace them with people with high popularity in Japan and China like Shen Xiao ting, Mashiro or Hikaru.”

“Hopefully Myah, Bahiyyih and Su Rui Qi will be eliminated so that Bora, Hikaru and Shen Xiao Ting will debut ㅠ”

“Huening Bahiyyih is 5th… No visual, talent or charisma, why is the ranking so high ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ I’d rather add Mashiro or Hikaru”

“The ideal ratio is still 6 Korean, 2 Japanese, 1 Chinese. If it’s only Koreans, no one will carry the international popularity. Shen Xiao Ting, Mashiro, Yurina or Shana, this foreign cast is most ideal”

“Shen Xiao Ting, Kim Chaehyun, Kang Yeseo, Kim Bora, Mashiro, these 5 are the key members that must be in the group. The rest just need to be without controversy, have good abilities and the visuals are easy to see”

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