Produce X 101

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Produce X 101
Produce X 101 Poster.jpeg
Promotional poster
GenreReality/Survival Show
Directed byAhn Jun-young
Presented byLee Dong-wook
Opening theme"_지마 (X1-MA)" by Produce X 101 contestants
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of seasons4
Executive producer(s)Kim Yong-bum
Running time140–160 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorCJ E&M
Original networkMnet
Original releaseMay 3, 2019 –
present (present)
Preceded byProduce 48
External links

Produce X 101 (Korean프로듀스 X 101) is an ongoing 2019 Korean boy group survival reality show on Mnet. This is the 4th season of the TV franchise. The public (called 'national producers') "produces" a boy band by choosing 11 members among the 101 trainees from 47 different entertainment companies and independent trainees through online voting and live voting with multiple elimination rounds. The public will also choose the group's concept, debut song and group name. The show premiered on May 3, 2019.[1][2][3]

Promotions and broadcast[edit]

On December 14, Mnet dropped the first teaser of the show following the end of the 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong.[4]

On February 28, it was confirmed that the debuting group under the show will promote for 5 years, with a 2.5 year exclusive contract and another 2.5 year non-exclusive contract, meaning that the eventual members can return to co-promote with their original agencies after the first half.[5]

On March 4, it was revealed that Lee Dong-wook would be taking the MC role for this season, replacing Lee Seung-gi. He would be "acting as a messenger and a representative of the viewers".[6] It was also announced that filming started on that day as well, together with the announcement of the trainers.[7][8][9]

The trainees were introduced through a runway show on March 20, 2019, although none of their names were revealed.[10]

On March 21, It was revealed that their first performance of their title track, "X1-MA" (Korean_지마) was revealed on M Countdown later that day, revealing Son Dong-pyo of DSP Media as the center. The broadcast date is also revealed, May 3, 2019.[10]

The show premiered on May 3, 2019, on Mnet in South Korea, Mnet Japan and AbemaTV in Japan, JOOX in Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia, Youtube and Vlive in Other international location. The series will be broadcast on tvN Asia in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, 18 hours after the original South Korean broadcast from May 4, 2019 with English, Chinese, Malay, Thai and Indonesian subtitles.[11]

New to this series is the X rank, the lowest rank where they are at the most vulnerable to be eliminated. Furthermore, the 11th member of the final group will be decided by the total number of votes they have accumulated throughout the whole season, meaning that the trainee who places 11th in the finale does not necessarily become the 11th member of the final group.

Staff members[edit]

The series was presented by Lee Dong-wook.[6] Other artists featured as cast members:

  • Vocal trainers:
    • Lee Seok-hoon
    • Shin Yu-mi
  • Dance trainers:
    • Bae Yoon-jeong
    • Kwon Jae-seung
    • Choi Young-jun
  • Rap trainer:

One-day Vocal Trainer: Soyou (Episode 1-2)

Group X Battle Rap Trainer: Lee Joo-heon (Episode 3-4)


Color key
       Final Members
       Contestants eliminated in the final episode
       Contestants eliminated in the third elimination round
       Contestants eliminated in the second elimination round
       Contestants eliminated in the first elimination round
       Contestants that have withdrawn from the show
101 Contestants
Kim Woo-seok (김우석) Lee Jin-hyuk (이진혁) Kim Yo-han (김요한) Song Hyung-jun (송형준) Koo Jung-mo (구정모)
Lee Eun-sang (이은상) Nam Do-hyun (남도현) Lee Jin-woo (이진우) Han Seung-woo (한승우) Kim Min-gyu (김민규)
Son Dong-pyo (손동표) Song Yuvin (송유빈) Cha Jun-ho (차준호) Ham Won-jin (함원진) Lee Han-gyul (이한결)
Choi Byung-chan (최병찬) Cho Seung-youn (조승연) Hwang Yun-seong (황윤성) Keum Dong-hyun (금동현) Kang Hyeon-su (강현수)
Lee Se-jin (이세진) Kim Kook-heon (김국헌) Kang Min-hee (강민희) Kim Si-hun (김시훈) Kim Hyun-bin (김현빈)
Lee Hyeop (이협) Tony (토니) Park Sun-ho (박선호) Choi Su-hwan (최수환) Ju Chang-uk (주창욱)
Kim Dong-yoon (김동윤) Moon Hyun-bin (문현빈) Won Hyuk (원혁) Kwon Tae-eun (권태은) Kang Seok-hwa (강석화)
Baek Jin (백진) Lee Mi-dam (이미담) Yun Jung-hwan (윤정환) Jung Jae-hun (정재훈) Yuri (유리)
Lee Woo-jin (이우진) Kim Dong-bin (김동빈) Wei Zi Yue (위자월) Kim Sung-hyun (김성현) Kim Sung-yeon (김성연)
Choi Jun-seong (최준성) Lee Won-jun (이원준) Park Yoon-sol (박윤솔) Mahiro Hidaka (히다카 마히로) Peak (픽)
Hong Seong-jun (홍성준) Kim Min-seo (김민서) Lee Tae-seung (이태승) Woo Je-won (우제원) Lee Eugene (이유진)
Kwon Hee-jun (권희준) Han Gi-chan (한기찬) Wang Jyun Hao (왕군호) Moon Jun-ho (문준호) Nam Dong-hyun (남동현)
Timothée Anzardi (앙자르디 디모데) Kim Jin-gon (김진곤) Lee Ha-min (이하민) Jeon Hyun-woo (전현우) Kim Yeong-sang (김영상)
Byeon Seong-tae (변성태) Lee Hwan (이환) Jung Young-bin (정영빈) Oh Sae-bom (오새봄) Yoo Geun-min (유건민)
Jung Myung-hoon (정명훈) Steven Kim (스티븐 킴) Song Chang-ha (송창하) Choi Jin-hwa (최진화) Lee Jun-hyuk (이준혁)
Lee Gyu-hyung (이규형) Won Hyun-sik (원현식) Tsai Chia Hao (채가호) Choi Si-hyuk (최시혁) Kim Kwan-woo (김관우)
Park Jin-yeol (박진열) Kim Min-seo (김민서) Heo Jin-ho (허진호) Hwang Geum-ryul (황금률) Hong Sung-hyun (홍성현)
Yu Seong-jun (유성준) Sung Min-seo (성민서) Lee Sang-ho (이상호) Kim Seung-hwan (김승환) Kim Hyun-min (김형민)
Jun Uehara (우에하라 준) Yoon Min-gook (윤민국) Park Si-on (박시온) Kim Jun-jae (김준재) Lee Jae-bin (이재빈)
Yun Hyun-jo (윤현조) Lim Da-hun (임다훈) Choi Byung-hoon (최병훈) Kim Dong-kyu (김동규) Yoon Seo-bin (윤서빈)
Im Si-u (임시우)


Episode 1 (May 3, 2019)[edit]

The trainees from each company enter the studio, where seats are arranged numbered from 1 to 101. Each contestant chooses his preferred seat before being informed about several changes that will be applied in this season. Then contestants perform in a group or individually according to their company for evaluation. Some participants are asked to showcase their skills for individual evaluation. Each trainee is judged on his potential and judges grade and assigned them into temporary groups for training: A, B, C, D, and X (with A being the highest and X the lowest). At the end, the popularity ranking is shown with Jellyfish Entertainment's Kim Mingyu taking 1st place.

Episode 2 (May 10, 2019)[edit]

The trainees react to the first episode along with MC Lee Dong-wook. The evaluation from Episode 1 continues until all the trainees are evaluated. The trainees in groups A, B, C, and D are taken to the dormitories and are given roommates and uniforms. They are told that they will be performing on M! Countdown with the single "_지마 (X1-MA)" and are given the lyrics and choreography. The trainees start practicing in their groups, with some regretting leaving the X trainees behind. However, it is shown that the X trainees were not sent home as presumed and were rather taken to a different training center. They are told that the X rank is given to those who have potential but are not up to par yet. The X trainees are given specialized training in order to help them escape the X group. They begin to record video evaluations for the song, with results to be released in the next episode. The episode ends with the popularity ranking showing Oui Entertainment's Kim Yohan in 1st place.

Episode 3 (May 17, 2019)[edit]

The trainees film themselves individually performing "_지마 (X1-MA)" as their fellow grade members watch. Each video is watched by the mentors, who then reevaluate the trainees. After the re-evaluation, they are given their new grade and asked to move to their new rooms corresponding to their rank. Following the reorganization, they are told that instead of voting for the center position amongst themselves, the national producers voted. DSP Media's Son Dongpyo, Brand New Music's Kim Sihun and Top Media's Kim Wooseok are shown to be the Top 3, with Son Dongpyo ultimately winning the coveted center position. Not long after, they then film the "_지마 (X1-MA)" music video.

The trainees begin their second mission - Group X battle. Unlike the previous season where trainees competed against each other with the same song, the songs they are competing with are a group's debut song versus a hit song. The teams are: EXO's " MAMA" v. "Love Shot", BTS's "No More Dream" v. "Blood Sweat and Tears", Monsta X's " Trespass" v. " Dramarama", Seventeen's "Adore U" v. "Clap", NU'EST W's "Dejavu" v. "Where U At", Wanna One's "Energetic" v. "Light", NCT U's "The 7th Sense" v. "Boss", and Got7's "Girls, Girls Girls" v. "Lullaby". All songs are performed live and each member is voted on by the audience individually. The group with the highest score among the two wins and gains a benefit of 3000 bonus votes for each of its members, with the highest ranked member will gain an extra benefit of having his score multiplied by 10 in addition of the 3000 bonus votes. The group with the highest votes will later perform on M! Countdown. Rehearsals and performances of "MAMA," "Love Shot," and "No More Dream" are shown this week. Dance trainer Bae Yoon-jeong, who was absent during the company evaluations, also makes her first appearance in this episode. The episode ends with the current rankings, with Oui Entertainment's Kim Yohan maintaining his 1st place position.

Episode 4 (May 24, 2019)[edit]

The rehearsals and performances of the remaining teams are shown. Monsta X's Jooheon appears as a special trainer. After the last performance, trainees are shown their rankings that are purely based off of the audience votes, and see significant changes once the bonus votes are awarded. Source Music's Kim Hyunbin places 1st in individual votes. His team, BTS's "No More Dream" (composed of Kim Hyunbin, Kim Sungyeon, Hong Sunghyen, Steven Kim, Won Hyunsik, and Lee Sangho) also earned the most points in the group battle competition, earning the opportunity to perform a special M! Countdown stage.

Episode 5 (May 31, 2019)[edit]

The first elimination round begins with the remaining 99 contestants entering the main studio by company. In between announcements of each trainee's ranking, events leading up to the elimination are shown, such as their dorm life and a hidden camera prank. A poll for 'Top Visual' was also conducted, in which Jellyfish Entertainment's Kim Mingyu was ranked 1st. During the ceremony, trainees from rank 1 to 60 will move on to the next round while trainees from rank 61 to 99 will be eliminated from the competition. Oui Entertainment's Kim Yohan takes 1st place in the first elimination round. Jung Jae-hun finishes 60th place, narrowly escaping elimination. The episode ends with the contestants comforting the eliminated trainees.

Episode 6 (June 7, 2019)[edit]

Lee Dong-wook meets with the trainees once again to announce the next challenge. The trainees are tasked to perform live in groups based on positions they want to debut in: vocal, dance, rap, or "X" . "X" is a new position that requires trainees to perform two of the three aforementioned positions simultaneously. There are four songs for vocals (Paul Kim's "Me After You", Hwasa's "Twit", Bolbbalgan4's "To My Youth", and Wanna One's "Day by Day"), three songs for dance (Imagine Dragons's "Believer", Bruno Mars's "Finesse", and Jason Derulo's "Swalla"), two songs for rap (Zico's "Tell Me Yes or No" and Haon, Vinxen's "Barcode"), and two songs for "X" (Charlie Puth's "Attention", for vocal x dance, and SMTM4's "Turtle Ship", for rap x dance). Each song has a member limit and would be picked by each trainee based on their ranks: Kim Yohan who ranked 1st from the first elimination round would have the privilege of choosing the song he wants to perform first. The winner from each performance in the vocal, dance, and rap positions will receive 100 times their votes while the winner among all songs of each category will receive 100,000 votes. For the "X" position, the winner from each performance will receive 200 times their votes while the overall winner will receive 200,000 votes. After each performance, they are ranked in their groups first and then overall in the category. Lee Dong-wook also announces that only the top 30 trainees will remain in the next round. Only five groups are covered this week.

Episode 7 (June 14, 2019)[edit]

The remaining teams perform their respective stages and rehearsals for the groups are shown. After the last performance, the contestants are shown their overall ranking based on their positions. Kim Woo-seok, Kang Hyeon-su, and Won Hyuk emerged as the overall winners of the vocal, dance, and rap positions, respectively, each of them earning 100,000 votes along with their audience votes times 100. Lee Jin-hyuk emerged as the overall winner of the "X" positon, earning 200,000 votes along with his audience votes times 200.

Episode 8 (June 21, 2019)[edit]

Lee Dongwook announces the beginning of the next evaluation prior to the second round of eliminations, meaning that all 60 boys that have survived so far will continue to practice for the performances, but not all of them may get to perform. The evaluation is revealed to be a concept evaluation where viewers chose group formations from a poll online. Lee Dongwook introduces the six songs: Funky Retro Dance "Pretty Girl" (KZ , Nthonious & The-Private), Future Funk "Super Special Girl" (Kwon Deun Guk), Mainstream Pop "MOVE" (Zico), R&B, Dance House "Monday To Sunday" (PrimeBoi) and Future EDM Dance "U Got It" (Noehl & Kiggen). The second round of eliminations takes place during the second half of the episode with the remaining 60 contestants from each company are seen entering the main studio. Names of the top 30 trainees are called by Lee Dongwook one by one starting from rank 29. The contenders for 1st place were Kim Yo-Han, Song Hyung-jun, Lee Jin-hyuk & Kim Woo-Seok. It is then announced that Kim Woo-Seok ranked at 1st place. Meanwhile, the contenders for 30th place were Joo Chang-Uk, Kim Dong-Yoon, Moon Hyun-bin & Won Hyuk. It is announced that Joo Chang-Uk ranked on the 30th, just escaping elimination. Although they are eliminated, Lee Dongwook say it's not over for the eliminated trainee. The trainees can have a second chance by recording a video of their dance of "X1-MA", skill that they learn during the competition & 1 minute introduction video appealing to the National Producers to give them another chance. The National Producers can vote for 1 eliminated trainee to get a second chance in the competition, voting ends within 24 hours after the end of this episode.


The top 10 contestants will be determined by online and onsite voting, the results of which are announced at the end of each episode. The top 10 contestants during the final voting will determine the final group, while the 11th member of the final group will be decided by the total number of votes he has accumulated throughout the whole season. For comparison, if this method was used during Produce 101 Season 1, Yoo Yeon-jung (total votes: 1,082,116) would have been replaced by Kim Na-young (total votes: 1,460,355), during Produce 101 Season 2, Ha Sung-woon (total votes: 2,502,516) would have been replaced by Kim Jong-hyun (total votes: 4,618,840), while during Produce 48, Lee Chae-yeon (total votes: 1,514,192) would have been replaced by Lee Ka-eun (total votes: 1,958,911).[12]

Color key
       New Top 10
# Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 8
1 Kim Min-gyu Kim Yo-han ↑2 Kim Yo-han = Kim Yo-han = Kim Woo-seok ↑3 Kim Woo-seok =
2 Koo Jung-mo Lee Eun-sang ↑12 Kim Min-gyu ↑1 Kim Min-gyu = Song Hyung-jun ↑1 Lee Jin-hyuk ↑9
3 Kim Yo-han Kim Min-gyu ↓2 Lee Eun-sang ↓1 Song Hyung-jun ↑1 Kim Min-gyu ↓1 Kim Yo-han ↑2
4 Cha Jun-ho Nam Do-hyun ↑33 Song Hyung-jun ↑6 Kim Woo-seok ↑2 Lee Jin-woo ↑8 Song Hyung-jun ↓2
5 Kim Woo-seok Song Yuvin ↑12 Nam Do-hyun ↓1 Lee Eun-sang ↓2 Kim Yo-han ↓4 Koo Jung-mo ↑3
6 Son Dong-pyo Son Dong-pyo = Kim Woo-seok ↑1 Nam Do-hyun ↓1 Lee Eun-sang ↓1 Lee Eun-sang =
7 Lee Eugene Kim Woo-seok ↓2 Son Dong-pyo ↓1 Son Dong-pyo = Nam Do-hyun ↓1 Nam Do-hyun =
8 Lee Se-jin Park Sun-ho ↑28 Song Yuvin ↓3 Song Yuvin = Koo Jung-mo ↑1 Lee Jin-woo ↓4
9 Song Hyung-jun Koo Jung-mo ↓7 Koo Jung-mo = Koo Jung-mo = Song Yuvin ↓1 Han Seung-woo ↑4
10 Lee Jin-woo Song Hyung-jun ↓1 Park Sun-ho ↓2 Ham Won-jin ↑2 Ham Won-jin = Kim Min-gyu ↓7

First voting period[edit]

# Episode 1
(Online votes)
Episode 2
(Online votes)
Episode 3
(Online votes)
Episode 4
(Live votes)
Episode 5
(Total votes)
Name Votes Name Votes
1 Kim Min-gyu Kim Yo-han Kim Yo-han Kim Hyun-bin 5,850 Kim Yo-han 1,094,299
2 Koo Jung-mo Lee Eun-sang Kim Min-gyu Lee Woo-jin 5,270 Kim Min-gyu 1,033,132
3 Kim Yo-han Kim Min-gyu Lee Eun-sang Wei Zi Yue 5,180 Song Hyung-jun 1,024,849
4 Cha Jun-ho Nam Do-hyun Song Hyung-jun Kim Woo-seok 5,100 Kim Woo-seok 933,869
5 Kim Woo-seok Song Yuvin Nam Do-hyun Won Hyuk 4,740 Lee Eun-sang 931,256
6 Son Dong-pyo Son Dong-pyo Kim Woo-seok Kim Dong-yoon 4,710 Nam Do-hyun 844,597
7 Lee Eugene Kim Woo-seok Son Dong-pyo Kim Yo-han 4,700 Son Dong-pyo 710,483
8 Lee Se-jin Park Sun-ho Song Yuvin Choi Byung-chan 4,350 Song Yuvin 679,286
9 Song Hyung-jun Koo Jung-mo Koo Jung-mo Lee Jun-hyuk 3,173 Koo Jung-mo 669,616
10 Lee Jin-woo Song Hyung-jun Park Sun-ho Ham Won-jin 3,164 Ham Won-jin 578,263


  • On Episode 4, an additional 3000 points are given to the boys of the winning teams and the trainee with highest votes got 10 times additional points from their votes.
  • The ranking for Episode 5 is the result of combining online votes and live votes from the previous episode.

Second voting period[edit]

# Episode 6
(Online votes)
Episode 7
(Live votes)
Episode 8
(Total votes)
Name Votes Name Votes
1 Kim Woo-seok Lee Jin-hyuk 336,000 Kim Woo-seok 1,728,930
2 Song Hyung-jun Kang Hyeon-su 161,600 Lee Jin-hyuk 1,480,425
3 Kim Min-gyu Kim Woo-seok 160,600 Kim Yo-han 1,458,183
4 Lee Jin-woo Won Hyuk 151,400 Song Hyung-jun 1,418,328
5 Kim Yo-han Koo Jung-mo 95,200 Koo Jung-mo 1,334,726
6 Lee Eun-sang Hwang Yun-seong 61,200 Lee Eun-sang 1,313,074
7 Nam Do-hyun Han Seung-woo 58,000 Nam Do-hyun 1,265,468
8 Koo Jung-mo Lee Han-gyul 56,300 Lee Jin-woo 1,259,112
9 Song Yuvin Song Yuvin 54,500 Han Seung-woo 1,248,496
10 Ham Won-jin Nam Do-hyun 49,900 Kim Min-gyu 1,238,668


  • On Episode 7, 100 times additional points from their votes were given to the winner of each dance, rap and vocal groups while 100,000 points were given to the winner of each category. For X positions they were given 200 times additional points from their votes for the winner of each group while 200,000 points to the winner of X category.
  • The ranking for Episode 8 is the result of combining online votes and live votes from the previous episode.


Extended plays[edit]


  • X1-MA (2019)


In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[13]
Nationwide Seoul
1 May 3, 2019 1.448% 1.694%
2 May 10, 2019 2.309% 2.920%
3 May 17, 2019 2.130% 2.501%
4 May 24, 2019 2.244% 2.395%
5 May 31, 2019 2.102% 2.450%
6 June 7, 2019 2.230% 2.569%
7 June 14, 2019 2.019% 2.425%
8 June 21, 2019 2.183% 2.405%
9 June 28, 2019
10 July 5, 2019
11 July 12, 2019
  • Note that the show airs on a cable channel (pay TV), which plays part in its slower uptake and relatively small audience share when compared to programs broadcast(FTA) on public networks such as KBS, SBS, MBC or EBS.


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