It’s February and that means it’s survival show season. Tencent aired “CHUANG 2021” much earlier than previous years and even beat out its competitor, “Youth With You 3”, by airing a day earlier. In previous years, the “Youth With You 3” group would always debut a little earlier. This year, we might get a finale on the same night.
Tencent shook things up this year by letting the trainees grade their peers by voting and determining their ranks. Also, this season returns to 11 debut spots from last year’s 7 spots. Three trainees ascended to the A group in the first episode: Jaywalk Newjoy’s Zhou Keyu, Chinese-Brazilian Oscar, who joined “We Are Young” last year, and R1SE member (He Luoluo’s bandmate), Lin Mo, from Yi An Musical.
“CHUANG 2021” is off to a strong start with many top level competitors this year including Japanese group, Intersection members, Mika Hashizume, Kazuma Mitchell, and Caelan Moriarty, world renowned street dance champion, Santa, celebrity choreographer, Rikamaru, and more.
iQiYi also upped the stakes this season by implementing a full open mic policy, meaning no accompanying vocals or backtrack. The show also has a new rule in which they only keep trainees in grades A, B, and C.
Prior to the first episode of “Youth With You 3”, the show aired a preview episode showcasing the mentors’ performances. BLACKPINK’s Lisa wowed everyone with her performance of Cai Xukun’s “Lover”, who was the PD of “Youth With You 2”. Before the performance aired, Lisa was trending on Weibo for her figure when they released teaser pictures of her.
iQiYi also kept true to last year’s theme of being limitless and undefined by social norms when it came to picking trainees. This year’s “limitless” trainees include five member boy group, Produce Pandas, who want to defy the industry standards when it comes to appearances.
There is also hot favorite trainee and a familiar face if you watched Produce X 101, Tony Yu Jingtian, who finished in 20th place on the show.
It’ll be tough for fans this year as both shows have strong trainees.
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