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The Best Korean Survival Audition Programs

Updated September 7, 2020 24.0k votes 4.5k voters 99.5k 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?

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    I-LAND

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    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 2 (Mnet, 2017) is a boy group survival reality show. 101 trainees compete... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Unit: Idol Rebooting Project (KBS2, 2017) is a South Korean survival reality show. Idols... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Produce 101 (Mnet, 2016) is a girl group survival reality show. 101 trainees compete to be the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Produce X 101 (Mnet, 2019) is a South Korean boy group survival reality show, and the fourth... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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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 48 (Mnet, 2018) is a reality competition television show. 96 girls from idol groups... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    NO.MERCY

    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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    Sixteen (Mnet, 2015) is a reality girl group survival show created by JYP Entertainment.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Dancing High

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    Show Me the Money was a topical debate programme on BBC television in the United Kingdom. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    High School Rapper

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    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 Nine

    Mix Nine (JTBC, 2017) is a South Korean survival reality show. YG Entertainment founder Yang... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Boys24 (Mnet, 2016) is a reality boy group unit survival show. It was a large-scale project in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Finding Momoland22
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    Finding Momoland

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

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  • The Voice of Korea23
    The Voice of Korea is a South Korean reality singing competition and local version of The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    MyDOL

    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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    Superstar K is a South Korean television talent show series which is held yearly. First held... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button