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(BREAKING) (SHOCKING) Police find evidence that Produce 101 was rigged on staff phone

Sources: @oh_mes, news.joins

I am shocked!!! I never thought Mnet would do this!!
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coyote_revolver 19th-Aug-2019 03:16 am (UTC)
I mean...at least there is actual evidence now. Yikes at most of the fans at the source completely dismissing/excusing this (and I say this as an IOI fan).
annayism 19th-Aug-2019 04:22 am (UTC)
*pretends to be shocked*

what are they gonna do about it tho? compensate the people who voted? i mean at this point what can they even do lol
sra_interesante 19th-Aug-2019 04:44 am (UTC)
mmmhhh .... i like cold tea but ...what to do with this information now?

i mean obviously this gonna affect current group and their futures plans...

but how about previous seasons "winners"??
are they gonna give back all their awards, money, cf deals, etc??? lol

let me see how they try to fix this mess

kicking_tenshi 19th-Aug-2019 04:49 am (UTC)
I'd be interested to see how this affects the final team rosters bc I don't see all of these kids that make the cut having that much backing (Kim Jaehwan, Sohye maybe... so crazy it almost has to be real). But then again it'd probs ruin anyone who benefited from the rigging so maybe I'm not that interested. :\
myrrhcat 19th-Aug-2019 04:05 pm (UTC)
in sohye's case, i find it hard to believe that she would win through rigging. people really do love an underdog, and her journey from the bottom to the top made it hard not to root for her.
now, as far as the amount of screentime she got... THAT i would question.
ginger_star 19th-Aug-2019 04:49 am (UTC)
So maybe this is why Nuest Jonghyun didn’t make it into Wanna One?
belintuchiha 19th-Aug-2019 12:41 pm (UTC)
Forever bitter about that but then again, Nu'est been doing fine so can't complain lol
hpn88 19th-Aug-2019 05:03 am (UTC)
i mean what they can't really to do about IOI or wannaone and even Izone, but with X1 debut around the corner, I wonder if they will do something about it.

also this is an excellent reason to not do any more seasons of produce
raisinrum 19th-Aug-2019 05:18 am (UTC)
how rigged is "rigged" tho? did they completely manipulate everything from the number of votes thus it affected the final line-ups? or did they only manipulate the number of votings without changing the final line-ups?
benihime99 19th-Aug-2019 06:54 am (UTC)
This happens a lot with this type of competition
Usually the prods pick the winner in advance to gain time with post production
Unless there's a surprise contestant they didn't see coming

This way they can work on advertisement and such in advance (at least that's what they used to do here).
scionofawhisper 19th-Aug-2019 06:18 am (UTC)
Why are the police involved in this? seems weird. Especially with how much they failed to do about YG
juhli 19th-Aug-2019 07:27 am (UTC)
I think this is a different unit? Sth with cyber. Mnet asked them as a third party to investigate
aures 19th-Aug-2019 06:21 am (UTC)

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aures 19th-Aug-2019 06:25 am (UTC)
IF the results are completely fabricated, imagine being a contestant and one these 2 options: 1) the show strips away a lot of your votes so you don't enter the group or 2) the show does not believe in you and just gives you votes so you will make it - just imagine people finding out you did not actually make it, i would be so ashamed
it's a bit like that girl who's parents got caught buying their child into uni, but in this case it's the show you participate in, how embarrassing
benihime99 19th-Aug-2019 06:49 am (UTC)
Who would have thought?
timetobegin 19th-Aug-2019 06:52 am (UTC)
Sure but in what way

Did Mnet always have a fixed line up from the get-go? Did companies pay bribes to get trainees on the line up?? Were votes faked??
daceymormont 19th-Aug-2019 07:18 am (UTC)
yas cancel this stupid show now
feel_my_mind 19th-Aug-2019 07:20 am (UTC)
Honestly, if it was vote alterations, it probably started with season 3.
The reactions for season 1 and 2 were very tame, people (Koreans) were not surprised/upset with the results (with one exception in season 2, but I strongly believe that was due how they edited the final episode not due editing votes). Plus, in season 1 they had no idea how big it would get, if they did the contracts would have been written very differently. Companies wanted their girls back after the results, not in the group necessarily.

The final for Season 3 made no sense at all. Maybe the right girls, but the wrong order? idk (Yena, Yuri, even Yujin.... I believe they made it, but probably not as high as they were ranked)
I didn't watch season 4, but it sounded even more of mess than season 3.

For all the seasons, did the producers pick favorites and mess with screen time? Hell yes. But that is not illegal, it is just reality tv. Unless they were monetarily bribed, but I think it was more companies asking to highlight a certain. (A good example was that starship wanted to highlight Taeha, but Yeonjung ended up being the star, Same thing with Yujin vs Wooyoung). However, I can see companies starting to pay for attention in season 3 considering the airing order and what not.
adenar 19th-Aug-2019 09:54 am (UTC)
This is my feeling too - they've always been able to control a certain amount of the outcome due to their own editing (when they want to get rid of someone they can just throw them a less-than-favourable edit). Nearly everyone who got into the final group in S1 had focus on them from the audition episodes, except for Yeonjung because they were trying to focus on Taeha but that backfired and Yeonjung got spotlight early on for being in the underdog INTW team.

Maybe, if anything, the outrage from Jonghyun made them think, ah yes, shock eliminations don't actually mess with the fanbase in any way and also generate press for the show so let's do more?
gathyou 19th-Aug-2019 07:41 am (UTC)
Before going on, I'm sad for the trainees who got into this mess and were robbed, it's unfair.
But after everything we've been through this year in terms of "scandals", I'm amused by the Produce-mess. It has been clear since season 1 that there were manipulations - probably more through storylines and screentime distribution in the beginning (Sohye wouldn't have been into IOI without her ~overcoming hardships~ storyline + Sejeong helping her). The companies all saw how much money could be made from CFs/etc, so I'm not surprised they would start rigging votes.
I wonder how this will impact X1? What a bad timing for these kids...
katheli 19th-Aug-2019 08:04 am (UTC)
not surprising but also lol at this being exposed in the one season where most ppl actually liked the line-up and didn't think too much shady things were going on.
(I didn't watch it just basing this on what I've read)

meanwhile last season was a complete mess in terms of ranking. If anything I thought it was super obvious that there were manipulations happening there.
dantethetaco 19th-Aug-2019 10:17 am (UTC)
the one season where most ppl actually liked the line-up and didn't think too much shady things were going on.

I don't know about last season. But this investigation was launched becausw knets were complaining a lot about the final votes, and how they didn't make sense and were rigged.
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