Idol Producer was one of my favourite reality survival shows last year. I loved the show even though there was a lot of controversy surrounding its blatant copy of Mnet’s “Produce 101” series. Despite this, a great group called Nine Percent came out of it, and my love for CPOP had only increased.
Just like that, we are already on Season Two of the show. Rebranded as Qing Chun You Ni, this season brings 100 new trainees, challenges and some famous new mentors.
One of these new mentors is renowned (and my favourite) Chinese singer Jolin Tsai! She takes on the role of the dance mentor. She is sweet and seems to be dazzled by all the good-looking trainees, but she has been in the industry for over twenty years. She is the most qualified to teach and guide the contestants.
Another famous face is Xu Minghao, who is also known as Seventeen’s THE8. He will be working under Jolin Tsai as a dance trainer. Minghao may still be relatively new to the industry, but he has trained for a long time. Also, he is one of the best performers in this group. He is young, so he may be able to relate to the trainees in ways that the older mentors may not be able to.
After Journey, a famous rapper has also joined the cast. He will be working under the returning MC Jin as a rap trainer. Personally, I do not know much about After Journey other than he participated in a rap competition show in China. However, he seems to be an interesting and funny person, and he has a lot of chemistry with MC Jin.
Li Ronghao returned as the vocal mentor while EXO’s Lay has also returned as the host of the show.
Another new thing this season is the “Art Advisory” group consisting of veteran performers and producers. They provide their expert commentary and even help out the contestants in numerous ways. I would not say any more about that for those who want to watch the show! Let’s just say that this advisory group has more power than I expected.
Several episodes have aired so far, and some of my favourite contestants have already left or been eliminated. One of these contestants was Casper. Some of you may know him as a former member of the resilient KPOP group, Cross Gene or a participant of the Korean survival show, “The Unit.” Casper debuted a long time ago and was one of the most vibrant and talented contestants of Qing Chun You Ni. He suddenly left the show for unexplained reasons, which was a great pity since he was one of the higher-ranking members. He had great potential. I was sad to see him go. There are still many other contestants that I really love.
My favourite contestant at the moment is Yao Chi from Mavericks. He looks a lot like Wanna One’s Ong Seungwoo! They also have similar upbeat and comedic personalities. It is so hard for me not to be drawn to him! I have been voting for him almost every day! Not only does he have a great personality, but he is also very talented. His vocals are top-notch. Just check him out in this fan-made YouTube video below!
Another one of my favourites is Lian Huaiwei. He is an individual trainee. He is such a cutie! I just want to hug him and keep him safe! However, do not be fooled. Despite his youthful appearance, Huaiwei can pull any concept. Just check out his evaluation and dance practice performances! I could not believe that this was the same cutesy guy!
Source: Woah Changbin and Qing Chun You Ni Subs
Source: Qing Chun You Ni
Yao Mingming is another one of my favourite trainees. Older Seventeen fans may recognize him as one of the former members of the groups who departed before their debut. He has been through a lot, and I hope that he can finally get his time to be on stage. It is strange seeing him interact with Xu Minghao, but it warms my heart a bit.
UNIQ member, Li Wenhan, is also a participant in the show and is the most famous member among the viewers. He has been ranked first for three of the six episodes that have aired. His years in UNIQ has granted him experience and time to hone his skills and that shows. He is easily one of the best performers in the show. I have not been seeing much of UNIQ recently, so I hope this show gives Wenhan and UNIQ some more exposure.
Last but not least (for now), is Manny, who is also a member of the KPOP group VARSITY. Now, I will be honest. I do not follow VARSITY, and I did not even realize he was a member until I looked him up. He is of Chinese Uyghur descent, so he stands out from the other contestants. He is a great singer and knows how to rock a stage. Every time I see him, I cannot take my eyes off of him. He is one of the lesser popular trainees in the show, so I am worried about him. I believe he has what it takes to be successful in the final lineup. He has my full support.
I am really excited to see how this show turns out. There have been great performances and interactions between the contestants and mentors. I foresee this being a great season which will result in a phenomenal lineup. Until then, good luck to all the trainees!