Back in January, Chinese streaming service, Youku, decided they wanted a piece of the pie in the male idol trainee reality shows. So they came out with their own semi-original, semi-inspired version of a male idol trainee competition called, “All For One” (以团之名). The show made a bold move by airing the same time as the second season of “Idol Producer” a.k.a “Qing Chun You Ni”. However, they were also prudent enough to have their finale earlier to avoid clashing with iQiyi’s “Qing Chun You Ni”. They were also different from the other idol trainee competitions in that they debuted two groups during the finale in March: New Storm and BlackACE.
It’s uncertain what the management companies have in store for New Storm and BlackACE because they have been very quiet compared to their peers, UNINE and R1SE, who also debuted this year. Perhaps, Youku decided to promote BlackACE 6 months after their debut, as they went on their first variety show, “Hua Hua Wan Yu 2” (花花万物2) recently. The show is hosted by Kevin Tsai (蔡康永) and Dee Hsu (小S) and in their usual sharp hosting style, they didn’t hold back with their questioning.
A lot of information about the group is uncovered, like that they have a nickname called “Youku’s 8 Dolls”, they don’t all live in the same city, whose departure would make the group better, they don’t have a lot of events on their itinerary, or members who liked their prior group better than BlackACE. Pearain (赵品霖), was one of the members who expressed he liked his prior group better.
When it’s revealed Pearain and NINE PERCENT’s Cai Xukun (蔡徐坤), used to be in the same group, SWIN, Dee Hsu jokingly asks him, “Are you content joining this group now?” Everyone bursts into laughter and Pearain doesn’t know how to respond. When Dee Hsu asks him what happened to the group, Pearain responds, “It’s a personal choice. Our personal relationship is actually pretty good. Because of personal choices, there might be some disagreements when it comes to work.”
Kevin Tsai then asks Pearain if he texted Cai Xukun now, would he reply, “We chatted yesterday. We won’t put our emotions into work. We don’t discuss about work, never talk about it.” Later on Dee Hsu then goes, “Do you want to tell him ‘Going solo is really good. I also want to go solo one day.’?” Pearain is shocked by the question, but answers, “Truthfully, I really respect his decision. The only thing I blame him for was when he left, he didn’t tell me. That’s the only thing.”
Pearain starts talking about Cai Xukun around 39:29: