Netizens Speculate Whether Or Not BABYMONSTER Will Actually Debut With Seven Members
K-Pop fans have been looking forward to the debut of YG Entertainment‘s newest girl group, BABYMONSTER.
Netizens had been getting to know the seven announced members through a series of introduction videos showing just how talented and hard-working each trainee is.
But in the most recent video posted to BABYMONSTER’s YouTube channel, fans were shocked to learn that, according to former YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk, “BABYMONSTER will never be a seven-member group. It will definitely be less than seven.”
BABYMONSTER IS NOT 7 ??? IM SO SAD : me pic.twitter.com/rwMG1Ik21Q
— BABYMONSTER PICS (@picbaemon) March 5, 2023
The Last Evaluation, a survival show to determine the final lineup of BABYMONSTER, will be released starting on March 10.
Netizens instantly criticized the announcement, calling the sudden survival show “outdated” and “desperate.”
i already loves all the members tho but why YG why ?? 😭😭😭 why you should do this to us ? why ??
can baby monster just stay as 7 members ? @ygent_official 😭😔 #BABYMONSTER #베이비몬스터 pic.twitter.com/Cyi2FZLQ6I
— SYA 🦊🍀 (@lovepjw28) March 6, 2023
And many netizens also believe that there won’t actually be an elimination given how much YG Entertainment has already highlighted each of the members. Including, giving them each an individual highlight reel on the official Instagram account.
don't believe yg saying babymonster is not a seven member group when they literally has these highlights for every member. this ain't survival show, this is social media play. 🤓 pic.twitter.com/djIa7nCOsw
— whyn ˊ˗ (@whynutsr) March 5, 2023
Even the hashtags for each of the trainees’ performance videos referred to them as “members.”
“1st to 7th member” BABYMONSTER OT7 pic.twitter.com/gnHSbIxE6I
— ً (@rukapov) March 5, 2023
Some netizens pointed out that spoilers, released before BABYMONSTER was announced, showed the group as seven.
Tell me what a purpose of the 7 girls character with BM initial on white board spoiler from an account who went to your building last year and then deleted the account after a few minutes spread on predebut babymonster community and these 7 highlights on babymonster account? 🙂 https://t.co/sztGYfqedp pic.twitter.com/8aJl8vMmrE
— ia¹²💎.🔥💜 BABYMONSTER 💜🔥 (@pjwfrlyf) March 6, 2023
Some netizens suspect that the Last Evaluation was already filmed and all seven trainees were kept in the lineup.
After rewatching the video, I believe the evaluations have been done already and YG is just showing us the process. Probably YG wanted a smaller group but by the end of the evaluations, he decided to debut all 7. That makes sense to me#BABYMONSTER #OT7 pic.twitter.com/vV4RqBIABs
— May 🌼 (@babymon_amor) March 6, 2023
But other netizens are pointing out discrepancies in the introduction videos.
Is this the reason why Haram and Asa have different intros 😭#BABYMONSTER pic.twitter.com/yFl8eqqSF8
— elle 𓆩 ♭ 𓆪 (@baemondays) March 5, 2023
Leaving netizens to wonder if they were intentionally filmed differently.
Haram and Asa either have white backgrounds bc they're safe and the other members will have one to be eliminated or either that Asa and Haram might be the ones to be eliminated, this is my theory but I'm hoping all Ot7
BABYMONSTER OT7#BABYMONSTER#베이비몬스터@YGBABYMONSTER_ pic.twitter.com/Fqw7pLII1D
— PHARITA CHAIKONG ♭ (@picsofpharita) March 5, 2023
What are your thoughts?
You can read more about netizens’ opinions here.
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