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The Best Korean Survival Audition Programs

Updated September 7, 2020 24.1k votes 4.7k voters 104.4k views33 items

Survival audition program is one of the most interesting and fun TV shows to watch. After Superstar K, one of the very first audition programs, just like a Korean version of American Idol, Koreans have had auditions for everything from singers to celebrity chefs, and even designers and models. You probably remember Produce 101, had 101 competitors and have made a group called IOI with top 11 from the show.

The best Korean survival shows include The Unit: Idol Rebooting Project, Mix Nine, and Show Me the Money 6. You also can't forget about Produce 101 Season 2, which created the Kpop boy group Wanna One. Don't forget about the 2019 Produce 101 show, Produce X 101

Which Korean survival audition show was most interesting to you?

  • I-LAND1


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  • 2

    Stray Kids

    Stray Kids is a 2017 reality show created by JYP Entertainment and Mnet. It is a male idol debut project with the concept of winning the "trainees versus JYP" survival. It aired on Mnet from October 17 to December 19, 2017 on Tuesdays at 23:00 timeslot for 10 episodes.

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  • Produce 101 Season 23
    Produce 101 Season 2 (Mnet, 2017) is a boy group survival reality show. 101 trainees compete...  more
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  • Produce 1014
    Produce 101 (Mnet, 2016) is a girl group survival reality show. 101 trainees compete to be the...  more
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  • The Unit5
    The Unit: Idol Rebooting Project (KBS2, 2017) is a South Korean survival reality show. Idols...  more
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  • Produce X 1016
    Produce X 101 (Mnet, 2019) is a South Korean boy group survival reality show, and the fourth...  more
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    YG Treasure Box

    A survival show made by YG Entertainment which introduces all their male trainees in the agency. YG Treasure Box will determine the member selection of YG's new boy group that will debut sometime next year. There are a total of 29 trainees age ranges from 14 to 19 years old, they are separated into 4 teams, Treasure A, B, C, and Treasure J, which consists trainees from YG's branch in Japan. The future group will have 7 members (as YG confirmed during the ep. 9).


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  • Produce 488
    Produce 48 (Mnet, 2018) is a South Korean reality competition television show. 96 girls from...  more
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    NO.MERCY (노머시) was a reality survival show that aired on Mnet. The show was created by Starship Entertainment who pitted 13 trainees against each other to debut as a new boy group. After the competition, the final group of trainees formed MONSTA X.

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  • Sixteen10
    Sixteen (Mnet, 2015) is a South Korean reality girl group survival show created by JYP...  more
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  • WIN: Who is Next11

    WIN: Who is Next

    Two teams of male YG trainees compete for the title of WINNER and the right to debut

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  • Unpretty Rapstar12
    Unpretty Rapstar (Mnet, 2015) is a South Korean rap competition TV show, known as a female...  more
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  • Show Me the Money13
    Show Me the Money was a topical debate programme on BBC television in the United Kingdom. The...  more
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  • Mix & Match14

    Mix & Match

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  • Dancing High15

    Dancing High

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  • Pentagon Maker16

    Pentagon Maker

    Cube Entertainment's survival show, where trainees competed to debut as Pentagon. Through missions, they had to develop 5 skills, such as Vocal/Rap, Talent, Mind, Team Work and Dance.

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  • K-pop Star17
    Survival Audition K-pop Star is a South Korean reality TV competition series where the three...  more
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  • High School Rapper18

    High School Rapper

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  • Idol School19

    Idol School

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    Idol School is a reality girl group survival show. The program aims to form a 9 members girl group out of 41 female participants, training them in singing and dancing in the span of 11 weeks.

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  • Mix Nine20

    Mix Nine

    Mix Nine (JTBC, 2017) is a South Korean survival reality show. YG Entertainment founder Yang...  more
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  • Boys 2421
    Boys24 (Mnet, 2016) is a Korean reality boy group unit survival show. It was a large-scale...  more
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  • Finding Momoland22

    Finding Momoland

    Survival show of the creation of the KPOP girl group, MOMOLAND.

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  • MyDOL23


    A group of 10 idol trainees under Jellyfish Entertainment are put through various activities and missions to determine the select few that will debut as part of a six-member idol group on May 24, 2012 on M! Countdown.

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  • The Voice of Korea24
    The Voice of Korea is a South Korean reality singing competition and local version of The...  more
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  • Superstar K25
    Superstar K is a South Korean television talent show series which is held yearly. First held...  more
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