One of the most common types of idol programs has become the survival show. While they existed before the introduction of the Produce series, they have increased in production since, with many new groups being debuted this way.
A recently announced survival show has attracted attention for its lineup, inspiring anger from some netizens.
On December 5, it was reported by StarNews that Mnet would be introducing a new survival show in 2024 titled Build Up.
“Build Up” is a TV survival program aimed at creating a four-member vocal boy group. Currently active K-Pop idols, as well as singer-songwriters, models, and trainees, are said to participate.
— Star News article
In addition to the premise, the article also named some idols and groups that would participate in the show. PENTAGON‘s YeoOne was the first idol confirmed to participate in the show.
Fans reacted with mixed feelings towards the announcement, reflecting that this is the second time in less than two years that a member of PENTAGON will have participated in a survival show. Member Hui competed in Boys Planet and was ultimately eliminated in the final episode.
The article also reported that unspecified members of A.C.E, Newkidd, ONEPACT, CIX, AB6IX, KNK, Just B, UP10TION, VANNER, BDC, and WEi would be competing for a spot in the four-membered group.
The fans’ concern comes from how many of these groups had members already compete in survival shows. For example, A.C.E participated in The Unit and MIX NINE.
CIX’s Bae Jinyoung was a WANNA ONE member, while other members competed in MIX NINE and YG Treasure Box.
Three of AB6IX’s current members also participated in Produce 101 Season 2, with Woojin and Daehwi debuting in WANNA ONE.
UP10TION members Jinhyuk and Wooseok also are Produce alumni, having competed in Produce X 101.
Every group mentioned in the line-up has members who have already competed in survival shows, but fans were most surprised by VANNER and ONEPACT’s inclusion.
VANNER were the winners of Peak Time, a program meant to highlight less popular groups, and have seen incredible growth since their win.
All but one of ONEPACT’s members competed on Boys Planet, including the popular Jay Chang, and the group just debuted on November 30, 2023.
Fans of many of the groups were dismayed at the possibility of their participation, worrying for the groups that may be separated as a result.
if a.c.e get split up again while yuchan is still enlisted i'm gonna act violent fuck beat https://t.co/afkcbwVzVW
— esteIIe misses piwon (@kswblueprint) December 5, 2023
is c9 trying to disband CIX bec ofc CIX member will make it to the final and debut in a new group
and if their contract with new group is 2-3 years that means by the time they are done and come back to CIX, GonHun is going to military anyway
i'm crying here 😭😭😭
— ⋄ ✶ ⋄ ✧ + ⨴ 💛 ⊗ + ✧ ⋄ ✶ ⋄ (@lilylvhoneyhun) December 5, 2023
one pact literally just debuted not even a week ago why are you sending a member to another survival show oh god nothing is confirmed who it would be yet but whoever it is, i feel like i'm in a nightmare… not another survival show please, by MNET atop of that
— pia 🎸🤟&🤴 (@princejaychang) December 5, 2023
Others expressed anger towards the groups’ companies, saying they did not work hard enough to promote them and this show was the “lazy way out.”
why are members of vanner, JUSTB, AB6IX, CIX, WEi and A.C.E gonna be on mnet survival show??? Is it so hard for these companies to do their jobs and promote their groups. how is them being in another group helping. why are y’all putting certain groups in a survival show AGAIN pic.twitter.com/kYB5Dud1JP
— 🎄RIIZE is 7 🎄 (@clown__nation) December 5, 2023
Pentagon's members always being introduced first for any survival line up show is a proof that they ARE REPUTABLE IDOL BUT THE PROBLEM IS CUBE ENTERTAINMENT CAN'T DO SHIT TO PROMOTE THEM PROPERLY AND ITS THE WORLD'S FAULT LIKE JI SAID ISTG
— 하나 🇵🇸 (@daisymystar) December 5, 2023
Can’t they just…actually invest in Cix as a group first 🧍♀️(wild business plan I know) https://t.co/vPKjWdk0OP
— margot🐻❄️ fan account (@cheolsmargot) December 5, 2023
I feel so bad for UP10TION, if only their company had treated 'em better, they could have much more attention from the general public.
They've been trying to make it in the market for years, it hurts to see a group with such a long career having to go on these survival programs. https://t.co/DjnVskU8JH
— Lucca (@Lucca_0s) December 5, 2023