Honestly, I think the Japanese trainees just make for better TV because their story is inherently more interesting. We've already seen expertly trained Korean trainees battling it out on these shows. Just in the last couple of years - Sixteen, Finding Momoland, Idol School, two seasons of Produce 101, The Unit, MixNine... it's been done to death. Japanese idols, with no formal training or real foundation doing this kind of thing? That's new and exciting.
Posted 21 July 2018 - 05:29 PM
Just watched some of the performances from the position evaluations, and they were all kind of meh. I'm very disappointed with the dance performances, but that could also be because of Mnet's crappy editing... (like why do they have to do slowmo's on hairflips I don't understand). Also interesting to note, all of the Korean trainees from the current top 12 were shown this week. Looks like the performances from the Japanese trainees in top 12 will be shown next week. I'm not sure if that is intentional or not, but you never know with Mnet... In any case I'm hoping there will be better performances next week.
Posted 21 July 2018 - 06:46 PM
Posted 10 August 2018 - 02:14 PM
This, imo, shaped up to be the most bland and underwhelming season of this series so far. The concept is novel but in the end we barely have 10 Japanese girls left, and much of the dance/performance talent has been eliminated (when this season was already short on talent anyway).
My interest in the show honestly kind of puttered out after Jurina left but I have been lazily following the eliminations and watching the performances even without her, but nothing has really impressed me or caught my eye. I only hope that at least one or two of the good vocalists makes it into the final group, because most of these Korean trainees are pretty boring anyway. At least let the group be boring and talented lol.
Just a very bland batch of trainees in the end... I really wish Korea would give these shows a break for a year or two so that the companies can stockpile some actually impressive trainees again. Sending trainees all over these shows for two or three years has clearly stretched their reserves thin.