Ever since iQiyi came out with the mega popular male trainee idol show, “Idol Producer” (偶像练习生) last year, it has created several spinoffs, including the second season of the show, which was renamed to “Qing Chun You Ni” (青春有你). A few days after “Qing Chun You Ni” aired its finale, there were already reports that a female version of the show was in the works. At the time, trainees that were rumored to join included Ladybees, (蜜蜂少女隊), AKB48 TEAMSH, Banana Culture’s TRAINEE18 trainees, Yuehua Entertainment trainees and Wang Yiren (王怡人), who debuted as part of the Korean girl group, EVERGLOW, in March. Back in July, SNH48 announced select members from SNH48, BEJ48, and GNZ48 were joining the second season of “Qing Chun You Ni” at its annual General Election.
In May, a list was leaked showing rumored mentors for the show. The mentors included Hong Kong celebrity, Miriam Yeung (楊千嬅), Hebe Tien (田馥甄) of S.H.E., Luhan (鹿晗), and TFBoys’, Karry Wang Junkai (王俊凱). Recent rumors have been circulating that the mentors list will include Luhan (鹿晗), Victoria Song (宋茜), Hebe Tien (田馥甄), BLACKPINK’s Lisa, and NINE PERCENT’s Xiao Gui (小鬼).
At the time, there was a poster showing the “Qing Chun You Ni” logo with a pink background and “Season 2” listed on the bottom. Today, netizens discovered iQiyi had created an official Weibo account for the show, but the Chinese name has changed from “Qing Chun You Ni” to “Nian Shao You Ni” (年少有你). It’s reported iQiyi will officially announce the show at its sales conference on October 15.