iQiyi Has Announced Season 2 of “Idol Producer”, Angering Nine Percent Fans

iQiyi Idol Producer Season 2

Chinese video streaming service, iQiyi, recently announced idol reality competition, “Idol Producer” (偶像练习生), is getting a second season and is set to air in the first quarter of 2019. They also revealed the pictures of more than 10,000 applicants.  Of the 10,000 applicants, 100 of them will be selected to join the competition.  Netizens will then select the first nine contestants.  The first season of the show created idol male group, “Nine Percent,” which includes popular members such as Cai Xukun (蔡徐坤) and Fan Chengcheng (范丞丞).  

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iQiyi Idol Producer Season 2 Trailer Contestants
Credit: iQiyi

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In the trailer for the second season, it shows the applicants come from over 200 management companies including the logos of each company.  However, netizens have noticed the logos of these supposed 200+ management companies are just an exact copy of the top section.  Netizens are surmising some of these smaller management companies probably don’t have logos, which is why there are repeats of the same ones.  The move has earned criticism from fans for being too exaggerated. 

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iQiyi Idol Producer Season 2 Company Logos Copied
Credit: iQiyi

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No Debut Album Yet

Once news of the second season was announced, many Nine Percent fans left angry comments on the “Idol Producer” official Weibo account.  Many felt it was too soon to have a second season when it hasn’t even been a year since the first season ended.  They were complaining that the group has already debuted for over half a year now, not only are they rarely all together, but they still haven’t launched their debut album yet.  Many fans feel the company should produce the first album before considering a second season.  One particular person said, “The company is still not managing well and they are already pushing out the second season.”  It seems many feel iQiyi is not living up to its promise to promote Nine Percent.

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One thought on “iQiyi Has Announced Season 2 of “Idol Producer”, Angering Nine Percent Fans

  1. The producers only care about the process because that’s where the money is for them. They don’t care about the actual group or their promotions.

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