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I-LAND poster.jpeg
Official Poster
GenreSurvival show
Directed byKim Shin-yeong, Jung Min-seok
Presented byNamkoong Min
Opening themeInto The I-LAND
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
Executive producer(s)Bang Si-hyuk
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorCJ E&M
Original network
Original releaseJune 26, 2020 (2020-06-26) –
External links
Revised RomanizationAiraendeu

I-Land (Korean아이랜드; RRAiraendeu; stylized in all caps) is a South Korean survival reality show organised by Belift Lab, which is a joint venture between the entertainment companies CJ E&M and Big Hit Entertainment[2].

It currently airs on the following cable channels: Mnet; tvN Korea; Mnet Japan; tvN Asia (Asia-Pacific); as well as online via Mnet Smart; AbemaTV (Japan); Joox (Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand); on the Mnet K-POP & Big Hit Label YouTube channels and Rakuten Viki (worldwide except certain regions) since June 26, 2020.

The first part of the show ended on July 31, 2020. The second part of the show will air starting August 14 until September 18, 2020. A special episode titled, "I-LAND Special: The New Beginning" aired on August 7, 2020 featuring Hwang Kwanghee, Apink's Kim Nam-joo, Momoland's JooE, vocal coach Kim Sung-eun and DOOBU as hosts.[3]


23 participants are transported to a complex (called by the same name as the show title, the I-Land) located in the middle of nowhere surrounded by a luscious green forest, for a total of 113 days. The participants will not only receive singing and dancing lessons, they will also live in the 3-floor complex, which features living spaces like the living room, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, gym, item room (for storage), terrace, dance studio, individual practice rooms, medical center and colorful bedrooms; however, only 12 contestants can stay there. The remaining 11 will be on the “Ground”, which is a simple building with a dance studio and dining area, and the trainees assigned to the Ground do not live there, hence they have to commute to and from the building every day at set times. The two sections are connected through a gate and a stage, where their skills will be tested. A key part of the concept is that, the participants’ and producers' votes play a heavy role in the show, as they decide through voting who will stay in I-Land and who will go down to the Ground. A fixed number of 12 trainees will be in the I-Land, but they may be dropped and demoted to the Ground (and promptly be replaced by trainees from the Ground).

While the show primarily focuses on the trainees and producers votes, the audience would be able to vote on who remains in the I-Land in the first part of the show, and based on this, the show will eliminate all trainees in the Ground. From there, the I-Landers will compete among themselves in the second part of the series, for the final debut team of an unknown number of members.[4]

The I-LAND logo (retouched)

Namkoong Min serves as the official host, as well as the commentator/narrator of the program. The contestants are evaluated and judged by three producers: main producer Bang Si-hyuk, CEO of Big Hit Entertainment, South Korean singer Rain and rapper Zico, who are prominent figures in K-pop and K-hip hop of the early 21st century respectively. Rain and Zico will also act as mentors and train the participants.

A first in Korean survival programs, a Big Brother-style live cams titled, I-LAND Cam, features 1-hour video on demand multi-camera footage inside the I-Land and Ground. New videos are released every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday on the Weverse app and on its website.


Storyteller: Namkoong Min



  • Pdogg
  • Son Sung-deuk
  • Wonderkid



Name Hangul Date of Birth / Age Training period Notes
K 케이 (1997-10-21) 21 October 1997 (age 22) 2 years & 8 months Japanese contestant, marathon athlete
Hanbin 한빈 (1998-01-19) 19 January 1998 (age 22) 11 months Vietnamese contestant; founder & leader of K-pop dance crew C.A.C
Choi Se-on 최세온 (1999-12-14) 14 December 1999 (age 20) 4 years & 10 months Former Yuehua Entertainment trainee & Produce 101 Season 2 contestant under the name Choi Seung-hyuk
Lee Geon-u 이건우 (2001-02-02) 2 February 2001 (age 19) 1 year & 4 months
Choi Jae-ho 최재호 (2001-04-10) 10 April 2001 (age 19) 1 year & 5 months Former N.CH Entertainment Trainee & World Klass contestant
Jung Jae-beom 정재범 (2001-05-17) 17 May 2001 (age 19) 6 months
Chu Ji-min 추지민 (2001-10-11) 11 October 2001 (age 18) 11 months Currently in a band
Lee Hee-seung 이희승 (2001-10-15) 15 October 2001 (age 18) 3 years & 1 month Former Big Hit Entertainment trainee
Lee Young-bin 이영빈 (2001-11-23) 23 November 2001 (age 18) 4 months Basketball player for 7 years
Jay 제이 (2002-04-20) 20 April 2002 (age 18) 2 years & 11 months Korean-American contestant, former SM Entertainment & Big Hit Entertainment trainee[citation needed]
Nicholas 니콜라스 (2002-07-09) 9 July 2002 (age 18) 8 months Taiwanese contestant, B-boy[5]
EJ (Byun Eui-joo) 변의주 (2002-09-07) 7 September 2002 (age 17) 1 year & 6 months Competitive fencer in middle school & former Big Hit Entertainment trainee
Jake 제이크 (2002-11-15) 15 November 2002 (age 17) 9 months Korean-Australian contestant. Picked from the Big Hit Entertainment global auditions with the odds of 500:1
Park Sung-hoon 박성훈 (2002-12-08) 8 December 2002 (age 17) 2 years & 1 month A youth figure skater, won gold medal at the 2015-16 season of the The Asian Trophy & the Lombardia Trophy, also former Big Hit Entertainment trainee
Kim Sun-oo 김선우 (2003-06-24) 24 June 2003 (age 17) 10 months
Noh Sung-chul 노성철 (2003-12-11) 11 December 2003 (age 16) 8 months Soccer player
Yang Jung-won 양정원 (2004-02-09) 9 February 2004 (age 16) 1 year & 4 months Competitive taekwondo player for 4 years, also former SM Entertainment trainee[citation needed]
Kim Tae-yong 김태용 (2004-08-20) 20 August 2004 (age 15) 1 year & 2 months Child actor for 8 years
Cho Kyung-min 조경민 (2004-10-28) 28 October 2004 (age 15) 1 year & 11 months Contemporary dancer
Kim Yoon-won[b] 김윤원 (2005-04-16) 16 April 2005 (age 15) 1 year & 1 month Member of K-Pop dance crew Matchpoint Crew, part of The J Production
Ta-ki 타키 (2005-05-04) 4 May 2005 (age 15) 10 months Japanese contestant
Ni-ki 니키 (2005-12-09) 9 December 2005 (age 14) 8 months Japanese contestant, former backup dancer, notably for SHINee
Daniel 다니엘 (2006-03-26) 26 March 2006 (age 14) 1 year Korean-American contestant, former YG Entertainment trainee under the name Kim Dong-kyu


Introduced in Episode 2, there is a system in place based on a scoring system out of 100. Each of the I-Landers are evaluated individually and given a score from 0-100. These scores are then displayed anonymously so that any particular individual’s score is unknown, and then averaged to get the team score. Based on the team score, a certain number of I-Landers will have to be moved to the Ground and be replaced.

In episode 2, a separate "teamwork" score was also given and factored into the overall average score.

Team Score System
Average Team Score Number of I-Landers dropped
96-100 0
91-95 1
86-90 2
81-85 3
76-80 4
71-75 5
70 and below 6

Global Voting

A global voting system was held and the first part of the it started on July 24, 2020 at 00:00 (KST) and ended on August 1, 2020 at 00:00 (KST). Viewers can vote for 6 contestants, out of 23, that they wish to see them progress to the 2nd part of I-Land. Viewers can vote once per day.

The second part of voting started on August 1, 2020 at 00:00 (KST) and ended on August 2, 2020 at 12:00 (KST). Viewers can vote for 6 contestants, out of the 16 Grounders, that they wish to see them progress to the 2nd part of I-Land. Every vote is equal to 3 votes.

I-Land Team Score Results

Color key

  •      Highest score that round
  •      Lowest score that round
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Contestant Individual Scores Average Score Contestant Individual Scores Teamwork Score Average Score Team Score Contestant Individual Scores Team Score
Youngbin 47 59 - 68 80 78 Vocal: 81

Dance: 73

Total: 154

Youngbin 65 69
Daniel 70 - 69 Kyung-min 64
Jake 40 Ta-ki 75 Jake 75
Seon 66 - 66 Seon 65
Heeseung 61 Heeseung 83 Heeseung 70
K 58 K 88 K 61
Nicholas 46 - 67 Jaebeom 63
Jungwon 75 - 65 Jungwon 83
Jay 59 EJ 70 Jay 76
Geonu 67 - 62 Geonu 60
Sunghoon 57 Sunghoon 80 Sunghoon 81
Ni-ki 65 Kim Sun-oo 71 EJ 66


1. Entry test

Trainees that came together or alone must perform in this test. Every other contestant must raise their hands to judge whether they are worth to be on the I-LAND. If a trainee received 12 or more votes, they are allowed to be on the I-Land. If not, they will be on the Ground. There is no limit to the count, but if there are more than 12 contestants after the whole test, the remaining contestants must pick one or more contestants to be moved out to the Ground until there are 12 contestants remaining.

Color key

  •      I-Land
  •      Moved Out[c]
  •      Ground
Entry Test (Episode 1)
Order Song Original Artist Trainee Votes Results
1 Lullaby Got7 Choi Se-on 22/22 (100%) I-Land
2 The 7th Sense NCT U Park Sung-hoon 21/22 (95.5%) I-Land
Jay 19/22 (79.2%) I-Land
3 Jopping SuperM Nicholas 12/22 (54.5%) I-Land
Ni-ki 20/22 (90.9%) I-Land
Hanbin 7/22 (31.8%) Ground
4 Boss NCT U Lee Hee-seung 20/22 (90.9%) I-Land
5 Danger Taemin K 16/22 (72.7%) I-Land
6 Any Song Zico Daniel 17/22 (77.3%) I-Land
EJ 12/22 (54.5%) Moved Out
7 Shoot Out Monsta X Noh Sung-chul 17/22 (77.3%) Moved Out
Jung Jae-beom 8/22 (36.4%) Ground
Chu Ji-min 7/22 (29.1%) Ground
8 Chained Up VIXX Lee Geon-u 19/22 (86.4%) I-Land
Cho Kyung-min 11/22 (50.0%) Ground
Choi Jae-ho 6/22 (27.3%) Ground
9 Monster EXO Ta-ki[d] 22/22 (100%) Moved Out
10 All I Wanna Do (K) (Feat. Hoody & Loco) Jay Park Kim Yoon-won[e] 9/22 (40.9%) Ground
Kim Tae-yong 9/22 (40.9%) Ground
Yang Jung-won 21/22 (95.5%) I-Land
11 Crown TXT Kim Sun-oo 20/22 (90.9%) Moved Out
Lee Young-bin 13/22 (59.1%) I-Land
Jake 12/22 (54.5%) I-Land

2. Theme song

Trainees begin their first official mission with the theme "encounter"; the trainees are just getting to know each other. The contestants on the I-Land and the Ground must perform the show's theme song "Into The I-LAND". There are 12 parts in this song and each trainee must pick which part they want to perform. The I-Land contestants will be evaluated individually by the producers and directors, and the average score of all of them will correspond to the number of contestants needed to move out from the I-Land[f]. The Ground contestants will each submit a performance video daily to be reviewed by the producers and directors to determine who will replace the eliminated contestants from the I-Land, but they will not have an actual performance on stage.

Lee Hee-seung was appointed the leader and the part 1 position by the contestants but later gave up both positions to Ni-ki. Rain evaluated their performance two days before their mission. The I-Landers received an average score of 59 (from contestants individual scores) and therefore have to choose 6 contestants to be moved out from the I-Land.

Color key

  •      Contestant from the I-Land later moved to the Ground
Theme Song (Episode 2 & 3)
Part Trainee
1 (Center) Niki[g]
2 Lee Geon-woo
3 Yang Jung-won
4 K
5 Choi Se-on
6 Daniel
7 Park Sung-hoon
8 Jay
9 Nicholas
10 Lee Hee-seung[h]
11 Jake[i]
12 Lee Young-bin

3. Teamwork

Their second mission is designed to test and develop their teamwork. Both the I-Landers and the Grounders will perform a remix of "Fire" by BTS. They are given 6 days to prepare. The same scoring system will be used; however, the highest individual scorer in I-Land will be given a dropout exemption card, which can be used on any of the I-Landers, including himself. If the card is used, the next dropout candidate will automatically be eliminated. If there are no dropouts from I-Land in this round, the Grounders will not be able to perform at all.

Jay and Ni-ki became the leaders of the Grounders, while Hee-seung is the leader for the I-Landers. 2 days before the test, Rain and DOOBU evaluated the Grounders while Zico, Pdogg and Son Sung-deuk evaluated the I-Landers as a midpoint check. The I-Landers received a teamwork score of 80 and had an average of 78 and therefore have to choose 4 contestants to be moved out from the I-Land.

K received the highest score and, thus, the dropout exemption card. He used it to save Yang Jung-won from being dropped out of I-Land. Yang Jung-won being saved makes the next contestant, Ta-ki to move out from I-Land. They both have 5 votes but Ta-ki has a higher individual score than Jung-won so he was originally saved from being dropped out.

  •      Contestant from I-Land that received the highest score thus received the dropout exemption card
  •      Contestant that eventually stays in I-Land
  •      Contestant that later moved from I-Land to Ground
  •      Contestant that later moved from Ground to I-Land
  •      Contestant that eventually stays in Ground
Teamwork (Episode 3 & 4)
Part I-LAND Ground
1 (Center) Lee Hee-seung Jay
2 K Ni-ki
3 Yang Jung-won[j] Daniel
4 Lee Geon-u Hanbin
5 Jung Jae-beom Jake
6 Kim Sun-oo Noh Sung-chul
7 Choi Se-on Choi Jae-ho
8 Kim Tae-yong Nicholas
9 Park Sung-hoon Jo Kyung-min
10 Kim Yoon-won Chu Ji-Min
11 EJ Lee Young-bin
12 Ta-ki[k]

4. Representative Unit

Their third mission is picking representatives for vocal and dance battle between I-Land and Ground to test their sacrifice and ability to directly compete. If Ground wins, 6 contestants will be dropped out from I-Land. If I-Land wins, no contestants will be dropped out. They are given 6 days to prepare. Rain and Son Sung-deuk evaluated the I-Landers while Zico, Pdogg, and DOOBU evaluated the Grounders as a midpoint check, 3 days before the test. I-Land won the battle; therefore no I-Landers will be dropped out.

  •      Win
  •      Lose
Representative Unit (Episode 4 & 5)
Vocal I-Land

(Song: Butterfly by BTS)


(Song: Save Me by BTS)

Lee Geon-u Score: 81 Kim Sun-oo Score: 74
Lee Hee-seung Daniel[l]
Dance I-Land

(Songs: Rainism by Rain, 3 Dope Boyz by Dynamic Duo & One of a Kind by G-Dragon)


(Songs: Warrior's Descendant by H.O.T., Reversal by X-Teen & One of a Kind by G-Dragon)

Park Sung-hoon[m] Score: 73 Ni-ki Score: 65
Yang Jung-won Nicholas
K Choi Jae-ho[n]
I-Land Total Score 154 Ground Total Score 139

5. The Final 12

The fourth and last mission of the first part of the show will decide the final 12 members. They will be performing a new original song titled, "I&credible" with the theme, "Awakening". Like the theme song, there are 12 parts in this song and each trainee must pick which part they want to perform. They are given 7 days to prepare. Rain and Son Sung-deuk evaluated the Grounders while Zico, Pdogg, and DOOBU evaluated the I-Landers as a midpoint check. Jay and Ni-ki helps the I-Landers and the Grounders respectively with the details of the choreography.

From the I-Land, 3 contestants will be voted out by the I-Landers themselves and another 3 from the producers. 6 members from the Ground (including the dropped out I-Landers) who will fill up the 6 spots in I-Land will be picked by the global fans through voting. The 6 remaining I-Landers will automatically continue to the second part of the show.

After the eliminated I-Landers arrive in the Ground, they must perform again with the Grounders, they are given 3 days to redistribute parts and to prepare.

K, Lee Hee-seung, Park Sung-hoon, Yang Jung-won, Jake, and Jay are saved from being dropped out, thus, they will continue on to the second part of I-Land.

     Contestants that later moved from I-Land to Ground

The Final 12 (Episode 5 & 6)
Part I-LAND Ground
1 (Center) K Lee Geon-u
2 Yang Jung-won[o] Choi Jae-ho
3 Park Sung-hoon Chu Ji-min
4 Lee Geon-u Noh Sung-chul
5 Lee Hee-seung[p] Ni-ki
6 Jay Hanbin
7 Choi Se-on Choi Se-on
8 Jake Jung Jae-beom
9 EJ Ta-ki
10 Jung Jae-beom Jo Kyung-min
11 Lee Young-bin Lee Young-bin
12 Jo Kyung-min Kim Tae-yong
13 Nicholas
14 EJ
15 Daniel
16 Kim Sun-oo
  • Kim Yoon-won has withdrawn from I-LAND due to unforeseen circumstances.


       Contestants moved to "I-Land"
       Contestants moved to "Ground"
Episode 1

(June 26, 2020)

Episode 2

(July 3, 2020)

Episode 3

(July 10, 2020)

Episode 4

(July 17, 2020)

Episode 5

(July 24, 2020)

Episode 6

(July 31, 2020)

Episode 7

(August 14, 2020)

I-Land Ground I-Land Ground I-Land Ground I-Land Ground I-Land Ground I-Land Ground I-Land Ground
K Hanbin K Hanbin K Hanbin K Hanbin K Hanbin K Hanbin K
Choi Se-on Jung Jae-beom Choi Se-on Jung Jae-beom Choi Se-on Chu Ji-min Choi Se-on Chu Ji-min Choi Se-on Chu Ji-min Lee Hee-seung Chu Ji-min Lee Hee-seung
Lee Geon-u Chu Ji-min Lee Geon-u Chu Ji-min Lee Geon-u Jo Kyung-min Lee Geon-u Ni-ki Lee Geon-u Ni-ki Park Sung-hoon Ni-ki Park Sung-hoon
Lee Hee-seung Jo Kyung-min Lee Hee-seung Jo Kyung-min Lee Hee-seung Choi Jae-ho Lee Hee-seung Choi Jae-ho Lee Hee-seung Choi Jae-ho Yang Jung-won Choi Jae-ho Yang Jung-won
Lee Young-bin Choi Jae-ho Lee Young-bin Choi Jae-ho Park Sung-hoon Noh Sung-chul Park Sung-hoon Noh Sung-chul Park Sung-hoon Noh Sung-chul Jake Noh Sung-chul Jake
Jay Kim Yoon-won Jay Kim Yoon-won Yang Jung-won Lee Young-bin Jung Jae-beom Daniel Jung Jae-beom Daniel Jay Daniel Jay
Nicholas Kim Tae-yong Nicholas Kim Tae-yong Kim Tae-yong Daniel EJ Nicholas EJ Nicholas Nicholas
EJ Daniel Ta-ki Jung Jae-beom Jake Yang Jung-won Kim Yoon-won Yang Jung-Won Kim Yoon-won Kim Tae-yong
Jake Jake Kim Sun-oo EJ Jay Jo Kyung-min Kim Tae-yong Jo Kyung-min Kim Tae-yong Kim Sun-oo
Park Sung-hoon Park Sung-hoon Noh Sung-chul Kim Yoon-won Nicholas Lee Young-bin Kim Sun-oo Lee Young-bin Kim Sun-oo Ta-ki
Kim Sun-oo Yang Jung-won EJ Kim Sun-oo Ni-ki Jake Ta-ki Jake Ta-ki Lee Young-bin
Noh Sung-chul Ni-ki Ta-ki Jay Jay Jo Kyung-min
Yang Jung-won Jung Jae-beom
Ta-ki EJ
Ni-ki Choi Se-on
Daniel Lee Geon-u


  • June 19, 2020 (2020-06-19) - Into the I-LAND 〈I-LAND Part 1 Signal Song〉 (IU)
  • June 26, 2020 (2020-06-26) - Into the I-LAND 〈I-LAND Part 1 Signal Song (applicants ver.)〉 (I-LAND)
  • August 1, 2020 (2020-08-01) - I&credible 〈I-LAND Part 1 Final Song〉 (I-LAND)


In the ratings below, the highest rating for the show will be in red and the lowest rating for the show will be in blue. Some of the ratings found have already been rounded off to 1 decimal place, as they are usually of lower rankings in terms of the day's ratings. Despite low domestic TV ratings, the international simulcast on online video platforms generates an accumulated 11 million views on each episode.[6]

Episode Air date AGB Ratings
Mnet tvN Sum
1 June 26, 2020 0.4% 1.3% 1.7%
2 July 3, 2020 0.3% 0.6% 0.9%
3 July 10, 2020 0.3% 0.7% 1.0%
4 July 17, 2020 0.3% 0.4% 0.7%
5 July 24, 2020 0.4% 0.4% 0.8%
6 July 31, 2020 0.4% 0.3% 0.7%
Special August 7, 2020
7 August 14, 2020
8 August 21, 2020
9 August 28, 2020
10 September 4, 2020
11 September 11, 2020
12 September 18, 2020
  • This show airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters.


  • June 2020: During the shooting, the staff fell on the stage and one of the performers had an arm fracture.[7]


  1. ^ A subsidiary of CJ E&M[1]
  2. ^ Yoonwon has withdrawn after part 1 of the show due to unforeseen circumstances.
  3. ^ Contestant that joined I-Land but were voted to be moved out into the Ground in later episodes.
  4. ^ Including an appeal performance of the "Rocking" dance with "Funkastic James" by Common Ground.
  5. ^ Including an appeal performance of him singing "Don't Know You" by Heize.
  6. ^ See "System"
  7. ^ Originally Lee Hee-seung has this part, but switched parts with Ni-ki.
  8. ^ Originally Ni-ki has this part, but switched parts with Lee Hee-seung.
  9. ^ A technical difficulty with the mic caused Jake's part to be silent.
  10. ^ Originally Yang Jung-won was eliminated, however K used his dropout exemption card to save him.
  11. ^ Originally Ta-ki remained in I-Land, however K used his dropout exemption card to save Yang Jung-won, thus he got eliminated.
  12. ^ Originally Noh Sung-chul has this part, but switched parts with Daniel.
  13. ^ Originally Jay has this part, but switched parts with Park Sung-hoon.
  14. ^ Hanbin got a chance to do this part but eventually Choi Jae-ho got the part
  15. ^ Originally Lee Hee-seung has this part, but switched parts with Yang Jung-won.
  16. ^ Originally Yang Jung-won has this part, but switched parts with Lee Hee-seung.


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