*deeeeeeeep breath* What. The. Fuck???? I'm so upset.
First and foremost about Kaeun. How did my ultimate fave from this season end up in the exact same spot as Jonghyun, my ult fave from last season? Two failed idols who debuted under Pledis in 2012, loved for their mature and humble attitudes, popular pics for the leader position, ranked first at some point during the series, both ended up at 14th place in the final episode. I am heartbroken. The good news that even if there's a new season of Produce (which I doubt because the ratings suuuucked) Pledis will have run out of artists for me to care about.
This morning I made up this beautiful Top 12 of lovely and talented girls:
I knew it was unrealistic, but it ended up being a complete fantasy. Because the lineup for IZONE (what a shit name omg it sounds like bootleg apple product), ended up being a JOKE. Congrats to Chaeyeon, Sakura, Nako, Yena and Eunbi. Really. But some of the other girls...
Wonyoung? Sweet girl, has some potential for her age, but girlie turned 14 today (international age, in Korea's she's 15) so Korea literally just chose a center who can't even work past 11pm. The girl is still in middle school and has a curfew. She's too young. Jo Yuri is an above average vocalist who has been pushed by Mnet for several episodes now (even though Haeyoon and Yunjin were clearly better) and that's why I just don't trust her jump from 18 to 3. Ahn Yujin... people hating on this girl need to chill the fuck out but she was Mnet's most obvious fave. And again, rising from 14 to 5. Gee I wonder why Mnet is being accused of rigging this shit.
I always knew either Hyewon or Minju would make it in, because for some reason every Produce final lineup needs their Sohye/Guanlin. I had my money on Hyewon, she has shown no improvement on anything since the first round but at least her story line was entertaining. But Hyewon AND Minju? Good lord. That's dead weight x2. I just don't get any hype about Minju, she looks like Tzuyu if Tzuyu was dead behind the eyes while performing.
Chaewon and Hitomi are fine, I never cared for them but at least they're pretty talented.
The fact that only 3 Japanese girls ended up in the group is so gross. The global girl group shit already died last week when Yunjin (American) and Yiren (Chinese) got eliminated, but only 3 Japanese girls? They were treated as a joke at the start of the show, improved so much since then, and in the end it was all for nothing.
Jurina is the real winner for dropping out lmao.
Anyway good luck to this group I guess. They'll definitely win rookie award @ MAMA because Mnet will rig it, but with the lack of interest from Korea, there only being 3 Japanese girls, and inetz not giving a shit either I doub't they'll match the popularity of this year's monster rookies LOONA and (G)I-dle.
Then the girls who didn't make it in...
You can't tell me that Kaeun and Miho weren't sidelined by Mnet due to their age. And in the case of Kaeun, they milked her for her After School background story. It's been years since their last comeback, but their name is still recognized by the public. But I don't think Mnet ever really wanted her. Nor did they want certified kpop fan Miho. Or Miyu. Sweet, talented Miyu. Who finally got a little bit of recognition after years of being ignored in AKB. Mnet definitely never wanted her, the only screen time she got was last week when she messed up.
Miru was over the show, I know she wanted to go back to NMB anyway. She said last week that she'd want to take Kaeun with her, and apparently she's rich so if she buys Kaeun out of her Pledis contract she got my full support lmao. Please take Yoonjin with you too, Pledis is too busy killing Pristin anyway.
Juri always deserved more than she got over the entire duration of this damn show, but she was never really given a proper chance to shine. It's a damn shame.
Miu was the only one from the bottom 8 that wasn't in my ideal line up, but she was talented and wonderful so I would've been totally happy with her in the group anyway. Sadly, Mnet didn't give a shit about her.
Chowon was the biggest surprise of the show for me. Her audition was... not good. And then she turned out to be this amazing all rounder with a voice like an angel. I hope she won't disappear in Cube's basement, they literally just debuted a girl group and adding her would not be a good idea. She's young though, I'm sure she'll have a bright future somehow.
And it's a damn shame that Haeyoon was never properly appreciated throughout the show, but she's gonna be just fine. FNC was already planning on debuting another girl group anyway, and she's gonna be their star.
So now I play the waiting and praying game with Pledis again. They better put in some work (don't you dare put them in the mess that is Pristin tho) because I will not be able to accept that Kaeun (and Yoonjin) won't reap some benefit from this ridiculous fucking show.