SIXTEEN: The Real Survival Show of Soon-to-Be Female K-Pop Idols!
Have you ever heard of SIXTEEN? In 2015, it was one of the most popular survival shows with performances showcasing a bunch of talents from various contestants. The show presented great performances, a final line-up of contestants, and had controversy surround them. Through this article, Channel Korea will reveal everything you need to know about SIXTEEN, so keep on reading!
What Was SIXTEEN?
What was SIXTEEN about? SIXTEEN was a reality-survival show focused on forming a girl group made by JYP Entertainment and Mnet. The show was aired from May 5 until July 7, 2015. Before the official airing, JYP Entertainment revealed that the show would follow 16 JYP trainees as the contestants from various countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and even Thailand as well!
So, what was the purpose of SIXTEEN? JYP Entertainment planned to create a new girl group which was later known as TWICE, and SIXTEEN became the field for TWICE’s soon-to-be-members to show off their skills and abilities. Later on, they also got an assessment for singing, dancing, charisma, and personality. They were competing against each other to achieve a spot as a TWICE member.
Meet the Participants of SIXTEEN Here!
Name: Im Na-yeon
Specialty: Copies choreography quickly
Name: Yoo Jeong-yeon
Specialty: Playing mobile games
Name: Hirai Momo
Specialty: Doing the wave with her stomach
Name: Minatozaki Sana
Name: Park Ji-soo
Name: Myoui Mina
Name: Song Min-young
Specialty: Playing the piano and guitar
Name: Park Ji-won
Name: Kim Da-hyun
Specialty: Rap and dance
Name: Son Chae-young
Name: Chou Tzu Yu
Name: Lee Chae-yeon
Name: Kim Eun-suh
Specialty: Dancing various styles
Name: Jeon So-mi
Name: Lee Chae-ryeong
Specialty: Writing music
Name: Ahnatchaya Suputhipong
SIXTEEN‘s Best Performances
Let’s take a look at SIXTEEN’s best performance choices here:
Tzuyu, Minyoung, Sana, and Dahyun made an amazing performance of “Problem” with their fancy style! The viewers also praised their stunning vocals and how they performed with such good energy!
The fierce and sexy performance from Jiwon, Momo, and Chaeyoung during “The Way You Love Me” also gave the fans such an exciting sensation! The mixture of nice vocals, powerful rap, and energetic dance completed their performance!
All of the girls performed “7/11” which was originally performed by Beyoncé. They appeared in various styles but at the same time looked as gorgeous as ever! Not to mention, they had sturdy dance skills!
Rankings and the Final Line-Up of Girl Group TWICE
After a long competition, SIXTEEN finally got the final assessment for the upcoming group TWICE! Here are the final rankings of SIXTEEN:
Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Mina, Dahyun, Sana, Chaeyoung, Jihyo became the official winners due to the home voting and final results. Meanwhile, Tzuyu and Momo were added to the line-up due to the audience’s pick and JYP’s choice as well! The 9 final contestants successfully debuted as TWICE on October 20, 2015, with the first mini-album The Story Begins!
What Happened to the Other Participants of SIXTEEN? Find the Details Here!
After the show ended, JYP Entertainment focused on the future career of TWICE. Meanwhile, what happened with the rest of the SIXTEEN contestants who didn’t debut as a TWICE member? Learn more about their careers here:
She participated in Produce 101 and made it to the 1st rank, which made her became an I.O.I member. After the group’s disbandment, Somi became a solo singer under The Black Label and debut with “Birthday.”
Minyoung left JYP Entertainment and is currently known as a YouTuber.
Natty also participated in Idol School, but she didn’t make it. In 2020, she became a solo singer under Swing Entertainment and debuted with “Nineteen.”
She participated in Idol School, but she was eliminated.
About SIXTEEN‘s Controversy
Despite the exciting euphoria of TWICE’s debut after SIXTEEN, there was controversy behind it. It was about the final members of TWICE which were initially seven but later became nine after Tzuyu and Momo were added even though they were eliminated previously. There was a theory that the final members were determined before the show even started.
Regarding the controversy, JYP Entertainment released an official statement and apology to the public: “We apologize for failing to communicate the selection process, and we’d like to explain it in detail once again.” They explained that the final members were chosen through the audience votes, but then they decided to add Tzuyu who was chosen by the viewers and Momo who was chosen by Park Jin-young (JYP Entertainment’s CEO).
“Tzuyu had been the most loved by viewers and was the contestant who improved the most.” Then, Park Jin-young also said, “I’ve chosen Momo, who will bring great dance skills as well as vocals.”
That is everything about SIXTEEN! We hope for a bright career for every contestant! What do you think about the SIXTEEN survival show? Add your opinion through the comments below, and don’t forget to share our article on your social media!