“PD Note” Exposes Details Of Starship, MBK, and Woollim’s Involvement In “Produce X 101” Scandal

The contestants knew that the final lineup of “Produce X 101” was predetermined from the very beginning.

On a recent episode of MBC’s PD Note, former Produce X 101 contestants testified that they knew the show was fabricated from the very beginning.

One of the former contestants confessed that he knew who would get an easier ride on the show right off the bat.

I immediately knew that this agency would make it. They got more screen time. That agency was Starship. They got so much special treatment that some of the contestants started calling the show “Produce Starship.

– Former contestant

Another former contestant revealed that one of the contestants from Starship Entertainment even knew the song that they would perform ahead of time.

A Starship contestant revealed what song we were going to perform, and that caused a commotion. I heard their choreographer told them. So they had been practicing since before the competition.

– Former contestant

But he continued that from the perspective of the contestants from Starship Entertainment, they felt extremely pressured.

They said they were getting a lot of pressure. Their agency was telling them that the reason why they were popular was because of what they did for them. So they told them to stop being cocky.

– Former contestant

The former contestants made testimonies against MBK Entertainment and Woollim Entertainment as well.

A former audition contestant of CJ E&M testified that they heard the producer talking about how they were originally going to pass 2 contestants from MBK Entertainment, but that they only passed 1 instead.

Furthermore, a former contestant revealed what he heard a contestant from Woollim Entertainment saying and how that made him realize that the results were predetermined.

I was shocked by the final results. I also heard one of the trainees say that he knew he wasn’t going to make it because his team leader at Woollim Entertainment told him so. He said Woollim was only going to debut one trainee. That’s when I knew the results were predetermined.

– Former Contestant

Regarding this revelation, the CEO of one agency shared that he already knew most of the show was set up.

I didn’t think all 11 members would make it to the debut group in a fair manner. There was probably a relationship of co-existence between the agencies with money or lots of connections.

– CEO of an agency

Seoul’s Cyber Investigation Unit began their search and seizure operation of Starship Entertainment, MBK Entertainment, and Woollim Entertainment on October 1.


Source: Dispatch