Chinese idol, Yao Mingming (姚明明), debuted in April of this year as a member of male group, “UNINE”, after winning third place on iQiYi’s male idol survival show, “Idol Producer 2” / “Qing Chun You Ni” (青春有你). UNINE was at Hong Kong’s Disneyland Resort a few days ago filming for their reality show, “UNINE BOMBA” (UNINE蹦吧). Even though the group only debuted for two months, a flock of fans were already waiting around for them. They filmed on a weekday, but it’s reported there were over 100 fans surrounding the location until filming concluded.
As for Yao Mingming’s affinity with Hong Kong, he had signed with Hong Kong celebrity, Louis Koo’s (古天樂) company, “One Cool Group,” last year. Before signing the contract, he had also visited Hong Kong’s Disneyland resort. He posted on Weibo, a picture of him at Disneyland from last year and a picture from this year, saying, “A year has past and I am here at Disneyland once again under a different identity. I am really happy!”
It was a long road for Yao Mingming as he had spent years as a trainee in Korea and was about to debut as a member of K-Pop group, SEVENTEEN. For unknown reasons, he left the company and returned to China to join “Qing Chun You Ni.” Things got awkward as The8, who is a member of SEVENTEEN, was also the dance mentor on “Qing Chun You Ni.” At one point in the show, Yao Mingming was in tears as he despaired over his performance and ranking. Luckily, he snapped out of it and promised his supporters he would get into the top 9 and the rest is history.