The first episode of the 3rd season of the Korean idol survival show has aired and you can check it out by DLing Zaeleus's files in the A/V forum, or stream at the usual Korean TV streaming sources. I don't know if anyone is watching or cares, so let's find out!
Season 1 was all about the girls, Season 2 was a man's world, so what does Season 3 have in store for us?
No, seriously, they picked 48 girls from the various and sundry 48 brands to compete along side 48 actual Kpop trainees. I don't think I'm spoiling anything by saying that, through one episode, the results are mostly predictable. I thought I'd get a kick out of seeing AKB girls getting torched by the heartless judges -- and to a certain extent I did! -- but the show really lays bare the differences between the two industries. And at least one NGT48 girl won me over completely. Yamada Noe is so damned charismatic, funny and silly that even my hatred of Aki-P can not contain my desire for her to win a spot in the final group.
Former After School member Lee Kaeun is also a contestant this time around, as is Kpop survival-show vet Lee Chae Yeon (KPop Star, Sixteen). I'm a sucker for these damned shows.