A new show called Idol School
started a few weeks ago. It's a reality-competition program where 41 girls receive singing, dancing, acting, etc. lessons in a 11 week semester. One application requirement is that the student cannot be a current trainee or part of an entertainment company. There are, however, some notable participants: Lee Haein (Produce 101
(2016), IBI, God of Music 2
(2016)), Natty (SIXTEEN
(2015)), Kim Eunsuh (SIXTEEN
), Park Jiwon (SIXTEEN
), Tasha (Skarf), and Kim Myungji (Tiny-G). See the full list of students
on the official site.
The top 9 students at the end of the semester will debut as a new girl group. The ranks are determined by public voting, weighted 10% weekly online votes and 90% live SMS votes. (Note that voting via SMS does incur a 100 KRW fee, which is donated to CJ Donors Camp
, an organization that helps underprivileged children.)Idol School Subs
will be English subbing the show, and they recently released the first episode
. Even though the show focuses more on the development of the students, I would recommend watching if you do enjoy music competition shows, particularly if you liked Produce 101
The music video for the show's theme "Pretty
) was released to promote the show.