Okay, I'm not even exactly sure where to start here, but we're going to try.
WANNA'ONE is a band created through the survival show Produce 101
. The concept behind Produce 101
is to take 101 trainees from various labels, test them, teach them, make them perform, and have the Korean public vote in a series of eliminations until 101 becomes 11. This group of 11 then promotes for a year, give or take, and separates at the end to return to their respective labels. The idea being that they have now generated enough public interest that they provide automatic popularity to whatever group the label ends up placing them in.
It's a lot like American Idol
, but you have to take into account how these things are run in South Korea. 99% of the time, you don't just simply get discovered, produce an album and start performing. You audition for a label and, if they see potential, sign a contract with them to serve as a trainee for an unspecified amount of time, training and studying, until they decide you're ready to debut. So, so, so many people never debut. It's the chance of a lifetime~
Throughout the primer, I'll reference performances/stages the boys were in. There were five in total:
1. Initial Evaluation (judged by trainers)
2. Debut Covers (covers of debut songs of other boy bands)
3. Skill Evaluations (dance - their own choreography, vocal - their own arrangements, or rap - their own lyrics)
4. Concept Evaluations (each group/song had a different genre or concept)
5. Final Performance (two teams of ten, two songs).
Some endlessly kind and considerate person went through and gathered all the performance pieces into one space
. I'll be linking to the specific performances that each boy was in, but there are several other ones that you won't see here. Go check them out when you have time. We're just going to start with the boys themselves right now. They were ranked, obviously, by number of votes, so I'm going to start at the top. [NB, the Ranking I give in each blurb are the first rank they received through public votes and the last rank they received through public votes.]( NAYANA, NAYANA )