After only 1 month since Mnet’s “Girls Planet 999” officially ended with the selection of Kep1er’s debut lineup, another girl group survival shows quickly became a topic of discussion among fans. On November 28, after a long time of “teasing”, the survival reality show “My Teenage Girl” aired its first episode on MBC, revealing the contestants’ performances.
“My Teenage Girl” is a new MBC survival show to create a global girl group entering the Billboard charts. The program evaluated 160 contestants within 3 months before the first episode to select 83 trainees that will compete for the final top 7, with the contestant ages ranging from 11 to 23 years old. “My Teenage Girl” has a total of 12 episodes and will air every Sunday night on MBC.
The MC of the show will be Actor Yoon Kyun Sang. At the same time, the contestants will be divided into 4 classes 1-4 depending on their age. Each class will have its own homeroom teacher full of familiar faces like Yuri of SNSD, dancer Aiki of street woman fighter, Soyeon of (G)I-DLE, and Ock Joo Hyun of Fin. K.L. Ahead of the auditions, the four mentors of the program gave powerful intro performances, with Yuri performing “The Boys” by Girls’ Generation, Soyeon with “Oh My God” by (G)I-DLE, Aiki “End of Time” by Beyoncé, and Ock Joo Hyun performed “NOW” by Fin.K.L.
Speaking about the program’s format, the first task is an entrance exam – where only 10 students of each class are selected for official “admission”. This means that out of a total of 83 contestants currently, only 40 are eligible to advance. To pass the first round of the mission and face the mentors’ evaluation, the contestant needs to gain more than 75% of the audience’s vote. Suppose they reach the required number, the gate separating them from the studio will be removed, and the group will enter the second evaluation round from the mentors.
With a unique format, “My Teenage Girl” was expected to breathe new life into the Idol survival show genre that has become saturated in recent years. However, right after the first episode, “My Teenage Girl” faced a lot of heavy criticism from the Korean audience for two main reasons: the quality of the contestants and the assessment process.
According to netizens, The evaluation process of the first mission had a severe problem when MBC invited the contestants’ parents to the studio. The rules are that the gate separating the contestants and the studio (where the judges and parents are present) will not be opened until they receive 75% of the votes. The parents then have to blindly judge the performance without knowing which one is their children. This led to many painful scenes where not all of them could see their children’s performance, although many contestants performed well. This evaluation method does not sit well with Korean netizens. In many other shows, no matter how much drama, the contestant family member was never involved.
Some netizens were furious, calling the show “ruthless” and “cruel” for playing with the emotion of the contestant and their family, especially when there are many young contestants who are only 11 and 12 years old. In the past, My teenage girl were already criticized for having way too young trainees participating, similar to the concerns about the 12-year-old P-NATION trainee Tanaka Koki from LOUD, who is set to debut with the group.
The next problem that netizen had were some of the performances in the show. Among all the stages aired in episode 1, the performance of “Nonstop” by 2 contestants Kim Seo Jin and Kim Ye Seo, has shocked viewers due to their poor singing ability. What confused Korean netizens was that this performance received more than 75% of the audience’s votes. However, the mentors were fair enough to not let this performance move on to the next round. G-idle Soyeon even commented that this is one of the worst performances she has heard so far, reminding the audience to be more responsible with their votes.
“It’s crazy… Don’t touch your family”
“Call the children’s parents and do something like that”
“Why call your parents if you want to do things like that… This trashy TV station”
“At first, it’s very well said, will take care of the mental health of the children and then invite a psychologist to come. Finally, not only play with the contestants’ dreams but also push parents theirs to the brink of despair”
“Is the person who came up with this trick still human???”
“If you don’t have blood or blood, you can still feel pity, ask how much the family must suffer ㅜㅜㅜ”
“The production team is crazy, right???”
“MBC is a central station… I’d rather be able to understand if Mnet did this…”
“Saying it’s not evil edit but this is no different from evil edit… Maybe even more cruel”
“It’s been a month since I’ve laughed this much ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ”
“Kim Ye Seo sings everything wrong from the rhythm to the vocal range…”
“This must be up to the standard of deafness, right…”
“Worse than Produce 48’s ‘Hellbaya’, Idol School’s ‘Rookie’ and Girls Planet 999’s ‘Hmph’…”
“Fortunately, if I just let the audience vote, it’s a waste ㅋㅋㅋ”
“”Rookie” on Idol School hasn’t gotten this far… Maybe I have to reevaluate the “Rookie” stage, it’s the first time I’ve seen a singing show worse than Idol School”
“Fortunately, there is an honest jury. If it was Mnet, they would’ve let it go because “has potential ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ”
“Please Don’t be an idol “
“One of them needs more practice, and the other one… If it’s wrong from rhythm to vocal range, it’s not deafness, but what…”
Produce 48’s “Hellbaya”, Idol School’s “Rookie”, My Teenage Girl’s “Nonstop. Bermuda disaster of survival shows”