11:21 pm - 01/27/2018

Idol Producer China roundup: Official statement from Mnet, Trainee caught plagiarizing Yugyeom

Mnet has released a formal statement in response to the similarities between “Produce 101” and the Chinese show “Idol Producer.”

“Idol Producer,” which is produced by Chinese online video platform iQiyi, is a survival program featuring 100 male trainees from various agencies competing for the chance to debut as one of the nine members in an idol group. As in “Produce 101,” the final members will be selected through an online voting system.

Even before its premiere, “Idol Producer” was accused of plagiarizing the format — as well as the blue triangle logo — of “Produce 101,” drawing criticism for not purchasing the official rights to the show. However, the controversy continued to grow after the first episode aired on January 19, with viewers taking note of the many similarities between the two programs’ structures, sets, and production.

In response, Mnet posted an official statement to its website in Chinese, clarifying that it had no involvement in the production of “Idol Producer.”

The network wrote, “The format of the variety program ‘Idol Producer,’ which is currently airing on iQiyi, features many elements that strongly resemble ‘Produce 101,’ including its premise, structure, system, and visual design. This has created misunderstandings and speculation amongst both figures within the industry and viewers who are interested in ‘Produce 101’. After taking this into consideration, Mnet is formally clarifying that it did not participate in the production of iQiyi’s ‘Idol Producer’ in any way, nor did it collaborate with the program in any fashion.

Mnet added, “At the same time, we would like to express that we consider the matter of infringement of Mnet’s critical intellectual property rights to be deeply unfortunate.”

Meanwhile, “Idol Producer” has not yet responded to the growing allegations of plagiarism.

Trainee caught copying GOT7 Yugyeom's choreography

Lay: Did you choreograph this?
Trainee: Yes, it was mostly me. I'm the main choreographer and my members give me advice.

At 0:23 Jackson (not in the frame) mouths "抄的" (copied) to Lay, and he nods.

sources: soompi, naver, @97bambams, @Jinnimoo
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bloodtaki2 27th-Jan-2018 10:54 pm (UTC)

The trainee is so shameless lmao. How did he think this would go unnoticed by Jackson of all people. Lol

violoncelliste 27th-Jan-2018 11:21 pm (UTC)
i don't watch this but i can't believe this kid copied a member of Jackson's group. What a dumbass
hinadori 27th-Jan-2018 11:22 pm (UTC)
Having never watch PD101, I’m am unbothered about the plagiarism. China copying others’ successful products? I expected no less. (Don’t come at me I am Chinese).

Anyway, I guess I’m watching this now. NongNong is my horse in this race. And Lay is freaking HOT in this.

lulufairybubble 27th-Jan-2018 11:33 pm (UTC)

NongNong is everything! I also like BuFan. And even though he does have that hairstyle, XiaoGui is a fave of mine too.
You're not wrong about China tho lol. I mean ' The Rap of China' was a Chinese version of 'Show Me the Money'

mlmello 27th-Jan-2018 11:27 pm (UTC)
I'm honestly surprised that sm, jype and pledis got into this when it's not an "official" version type of thing lol
I thought they had at least bought the rights but they're simply copying everything lol
vintage_boom 27th-Jan-2018 11:34 pm (UTC)
they might not have known entirely. the structure of the show sounds similar but different enough from Produce that they prob felt comfortable with signing on.
astraltea 27th-Jan-2018 11:32 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised he was gutsy enough to perform this in front of the choreographer's own group member but he probably thought it wouldn't ruin him.
xxhna 27th-Jan-2018 11:55 pm (UTC)
oh dang. i thought idol producer bought rights or something for the show. i legit thought it was official because there are big names on the panel.

&& smh at that trainee. of ALL people to straight up lie in front of.

soyunatetera 28th-Jan-2018 12:10 am (UTC)
Why do I feel lije I I read somewere that IP had the same producer as PD101??? probably a false info after reading this lol or maybe a producer of PD101 took it to China without telling mnet?? idk idk well it's not the first time nor the last that chinese would plagarize something but I thought this wasn't the case since so many people from the korean industry was involved, isn't one of the girls a winner of the first season?? even Laiguanlin made an appearance
calzonazos 28th-Jan-2018 12:41 am (UTC)
But mnet had no issue ripping off almost all of AKB48's senbatsu election format for p101
shuumi_miss 28th-Jan-2018 12:46 am (UTC)
I still think that kid did it on purpose. Are you going to tell me he didn't know that Yugi is in the same group than Jackson? Please. Or at least I don't believe he didn`t know, lol.

I'm surprised that Mnet didn't mention anything about taking legal actions nor did JYP.
megustaelmoney 28th-Jan-2018 02:24 am (UTC)
wang sicong needs to get a hold of his trainees lmao
soyunatetera 28th-Jan-2018 03:28 am (UTC)
So they're the trainees of the company of that pos, it makes sense now
telepathic 28th-Jan-2018 03:50 am (UTC)
lmao and in front of jackson? he should have said something for maximum drama. that's what reality shows are for
camouflagecat 28th-Jan-2018 10:34 am (UTC)
mte I wanted to see JS say something to him directly right then and there, the gall to do this in front of him of all people lol
kiwijoy 28th-Jan-2018 04:06 am (UTC)
tbh idc and i'm not surprised that china is plagiarizing produce 101. also that trainee is shameless.

the editing during the auditions is HORRIBLE. please stop with all the special effects. all the fanboying over cai xukun was cute and mc jin is so funny lol f4
neongoldtooth 28th-Jan-2018 04:11 am (UTC)
Anyone have links to a fully subbed ep?

Edited at 2018-01-28 04:12 am (UTC)
hinadori 28th-Jan-2018 06:05 am (UTC)
Here you go bb

Edited at 2018-01-28 06:07 am (UTC)
bubble_monkey9 28th-Jan-2018 04:14 am (UTC)
The only reason I'm surprised by this news is because it's an EXACT copy and paste of pd101. I know China lifts ideas from other countries but to copy this blatantly and not even get in any legal troubles for it? Lmao
mlmello 28th-Jan-2018 08:14 pm (UTC)
exactly. I know mnet copied p101 concept from other places but this show is an exact copy lol the only difference until now is the final 9 and not 11 and the boys giving a useless rank for themselves before. the auditions, the set, lay as a national representative and the viewers as national producers lol it's so shameless LOL
welljustguess 28th-Jan-2018 04:26 am (UTC)

Oh. I thought they got permission from Mnet to almost completely copy the show. Embarassing. Why Yixing accepted their offer..

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