The last girl group survival show of this season, “CHUANG 2020” (创造营2020), live streamed its finale on July 4 with over 59 million people tuning in. The event was hosted by He Jiong (何炅) and invited Qin Hailu (秦海璐), Meng Meiqi (孟美岐), R1SE, pianist Li Yundi (李云迪), popular influencer, Viya, and the Rainbow Chamber Singers to perform.
This year’s mentors included Victoria Song (宋茜), Luhan (鹿晗), Huang Zitao (黄子韬), and Mao Buyi (毛不易). A fifth mentor in Show Luo (羅志祥) was announced before he was dropped due to his cheating scandal. Since his removal, many guest mentors filled in his spot. The most iconic guest mentor was Kris Wu (吴亦凡), which reunited him with Luhan and Huang Zitao. Luhan and Huang Zitao also peformed their new song, “Sensitive”.
Tencent dropped a bomb on everyone this year by reducing the normal 11 member group down to 7. The live event debuted 7 member girl group, BonBon Girls 303 (硬糖少女303), on July 4. The Chinese name of the group actually translates to “Hard Candy Girls 303”. Many netizens, international and local, are puzzled by the name.
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Final “CHUANG 2020” ranking of the 7 BonBon Girls 303 members:
- Curley Gao (希林娜依高) (Center)
- Zhao Yue (赵粤)
- Wang Yijin (王艺瑾)
- Chen Zhuoxuan (陈卓璇)
- Nene, Zheng Naixin (郑乃馨)
- Liu Xiening (刘些宁)
- Zhang Yifan (张艺凡)
- Xu Yiyang (徐艺洋)
- Joyce Chu (朱主爱)
- Lin Junyi (林君怡)
- Su Ruiqi (苏芮琪)
- Liu Nian (刘念)
- Wang Ke (王珂)
- Liu Meng (刘梦)
- Wu Yalu (伍雅露)
The finale songs featured, “It’s a Bomb” and “Phoenix”.
Curley Gao was ranked in first place for practically the entire competition until the last few weeks, where 7SENSES member, Zhao Yue, reigned supreme. It was also a close competition between Zhang Yifan and Xu Yiyang at the 7th spot. In the last official ranking, Xu Yiyang finished at 7th place. After the final ranking was announced, “Xu Yiyang didn’t debut” quickly trended on Weibo.
Many fans have said this situation is similar to “Youth With You 2020’s” Aria Jin, who everyone thought would debut with THE9. It’s also uncanny that the two know each other from their days as SM trainees.
Lin Junyi, who was a contestant in “Produce 101 China”, was the center for the theme song performance, “You Are Everything to Me”. She was a hot favorite among netizens and was ranked in the top 7 in the initial few weeks. However, as the competition progressed, she fell out of the top 7 and didn’t have much highlights afterwards.
This season of Tencent’s survival show was less scandalous compared to its competitors on “Youth With You 2020”. However, it wasn’t without its drama, particularly surrounding Chen Zhuoxuan, who repeatedly made headlines for her bold and direct personality, including calling out sponsors for not using her in commercials. Before the competition even started, Winnie Zhong Feifei (仲菲菲) was already bombarded with racist comments over her Chinese-Congolese heritage.
One of the most heartbreaking events was seeing Jiang Zhenyu (姜贞羽) withdraw from the competition due to her injury that she incurred prior to the third public performance. Thankfully, she is recovering well and was spotted at the finale, but didn’t perform. Jiang Zhenyu also spoke briefly and rallied support for all the trainees.
There was also some late controversy prior to the finale when netizens started attacking Huang Zitao for being biased for promoting his company’s artist, Xu Yiyang, on his social media accounts. Some felt Xu Yiyang received special treatment because of Huang Zitao being a mentor on the show. Prior to that, rumors of Huang Zitao and Xu Yiyang having more than a professional relationship started circulating when people thought he did a love confession to an anime character that resembled the look Xu Yiyang wore during the “Miss Freak” performance. Huang Zitao and his company have both denied those accusations and threatened to take legal action against those who continued to spread the rumors.
Many fans have expressed anger and sadness over Xu Yiyang not debuting. She was largely on the cusp of entering the top 7, but started gaining traction in the latter few weeks, especially after the “River” performance. Xu Yiyang was teary eyed when 7th place was announced as the other spots were already a shoo-in.
Watch the “CHUANG 2020” Ep. 10 Finale: