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The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever  

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List Rules Vote up the former 'P101' contestants who still have successful careers.

Where are they now? While the most popular trainees debut after Produce 101, only the best P101 contestants go on to have successful careers. After debuting with I.O.I, Produce 101 Season 1 finalist Chungha debuted in 2017, becoming one of the biggest K-pop solo artists today. Many became members of Wanna One, IOI, and IZ One, while other Produce 101 contestants who became K-pop idols include (G)I-DLE's Soyeon, AB6IX's Lee Dae-hwi, and WJSN's Yeonjung. 

Some former P101 participants broke into acting, like Season 1's Kim So-hye. Though she lacked singing and dancing experience, Sohye still debuted with I.O.I. After the group disbanded in 2017, she went on to star in Korean dramas, like Best Chicken and Kang Duk-soon’s Love History. Kim Sejeong, Jung Chaeyeon, and Jang Gyuri also had acting careers after Produce 101

Vote up the most successful Produce 101 contestants, and let's see where Somi and Kang Daniel end up once they debut. 

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Chungha is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
MNH Entertainment

Final Ranking: #4

2016: Debuted with I.O.I

2017: Debuted as solo artist with EP Hands on Me

2018: Became the model for 2019 S/S Jill Stuart Accessories collection

2018: Appeared in cameo roles on Entourage, YG Future Strategy Office, and Top Management

2018: Became regular cast member on MBN talk show Real Life Men and Women

2019: Became the new model and face for Sprite Korea

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Taeha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever

Final Ranking: #50

2017: Debuted with Momoland

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Sejeong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
Jellyfish Entertainment

Final Ranking: #2

2016: Debuted with I.O.I.

2016: Debuted with Gugudan

2016: Released solo single "Flower Way"

2016: Made acting debut with cameo role in KBS2 sitcom The Sound of Your Heart

2017: Joined Law of the Jungle in Sumatra

2017: Starred on KSB2 series School 2017

2018: Became special host for Baek Jong-won's Alley Restaurant

2018: Starred on Netflix reality show Busted!

2019: Starred on KSB2 drama I Wanna Hear Your Song

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Soyeon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
Cube Entertainment

Final Ranking: #20 

2016: 2nd runner-up in Unpretty Rapstar

2016: Solo artist debut with "Jelly" and "Idle Song"

2018: Debuted with (G)I-DLE

2018: Joined Station Young w/ Seulgi, Chungha, and SinB

2018: Debuted as virtual group K/DA w/ Jaira Burns and Madison Beer for League of Legends

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Lee Chaeyeon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
DylanCourtney added WM Entertainment

Final Ranking: #12 (Produce 48)

2014: Competed in  "K-Pop Star"

2015: Competed in "Sixteen"

2017: Debuted with Fromis 9

2018: Debuted with Iz One

 

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Mina is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
Kang Mina Jellyfish Entertainment

Final Ranking: #9

2016: Debuted with I.O.I

2016: Debuted with Gugudan

2017: Debuted with Gugudan 5959 with single "Ice Chu"

2017: Made acting debut in MBC's Children of the 20th Century

2018: Debuted with Gugudan SeMiNa 

2018: Starred in tvN's Tale of Fairy

2019: Cast in tvN's Hotel Del Luna 

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Ong Seong Wu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
Fantagio

Final Ranking: #5 (season 2)

2017: Debuted with Wanna One

2017: Became regular cast member on variety show Master Key

2019: Starred in JTBC coming-of-age drama The Moment of 18

2019: Named PR Ambassador of the Incheon Metropolitan City Office of Education

2019: Released single "Heart Sign" as part of Pepsi and Starship's collaboration

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Doyeon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
Fantagio

Final Ranking: #8

2016: Debuted with I.O.I

2017: Debuted with Weki Meki

2018: Made acting debut in OCN drama Short 

2018: Debuted with Starship and Fantagio collaboration unit WJMK

2018: Starred in SBS reality show Law of the Jungle in Last Indian Ocean

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Eunbin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
Cube Entertainment

Final Ranking: #35

2016: Debuted with CLC

10
Sihyeon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
Yuehua Entertainment

Final Ranking: #40

2019: Debuted with Everglow

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Yiren is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
Yuehua Entertainment

Final Ranking: #28

2019: Debuted with Everglow

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Sakura Miyawaki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
DylanCourtney added HKT48

Final Ranking: #2 (Produce 48)

2011: Debuted with HKT48

2015: Starred in drama "Majisuka Gakuen 4"

2018: Debuted with Iz One 

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Lai Kuan Lin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
Cube Entertainment

Final Ranking: #7 (season 2)

2017: Debuted with Wanna One

2017: Became brand ambassador for Chinese skincare brand Dr. Jart 

2019: Starred in Chinese drama A Little Thing Called First Love

2019: Started modeling for clothing brand TBJ

2019: Debuted as duo Wooseok x Kuanlin with EP 9801

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Kang Daniel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
MMO Entertainment

Final Ranking: #1 (season 2)

2017: Debuted with Wanna One

2017: Became first male celebrity to appear on the cover of InStyle Korea

2018: Joined MBC reality show It's Dangerous Beyond the Blankets

2019: Became CEO of his own agency Konnect in preparation for solo debut

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Lee Dae Hwi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
Brand New Music

Final Ranking: #3 (season 2)

2017: Debuted with Wanna One

2018: Hosted M Countdown as part of Global MC Crew

2018: Co-produced "See You Again" for Produce 48 

2019: Released single "Candle" w/ Park Woo-jin

2019: Debuted with AB6IX  

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Somi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
Harmonia Mundi, ObliqSound, JYP Entertainment

Final Ranking: #1

2016: Debuted with I.O.I.

2016: Hosted SBS MTV's The Show

2017: Starred in KBS2 reality show Sister's Slam Dunk 2

2017: Starred in KBS2 reality show Idol Drama Operation Team

2019: Debuted as solo artist with album Birthday under YG's The Black Label

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Kenta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
Star Road Entertainment

Final Ranking: #24 (season 2)

2017: Debuted with JBJ

2018: Debuted with JBJ95

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Yeonjung is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
Starship Entertainment

Final Ranking: #11

2016: Debuted with I.O.I

2016: Joined WJSN as main vocalist

2017: Made her acting debut with cameo in tvN sitcom A Korean Odyssey

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Kyulkyung is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
Pledis Entertainment

Final Ranking: #6

2016: Debuted with I.O.I

2017: Debuted with Pristin

2018: Became dance mentor on Chinese reality survival show Idol Producer

2018: Debuted with Pristin V

2018: Debuted as solo artist in China with single "Why"

2019: Starred in Chinese historical mystery drama Miss Truth

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Jang Gyuri is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
DylanCourtney added Stone Music Entertainment

Final Ranking: #25 (Produce 48)

2017: Debuted with fromis_9

2018: Debuted with Iz One

2019: Acting debut in web drama, "Compulsory Dating Education"

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Chaeyeon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
MBK Entertainment

Final Ranking: #7

2016: Debuted with I.O.I

2016: Made acting debut in tvN's Drinking Solo 

2016: Became the new face of jewelry brand Lamucha

2017: Started modeling for Jill Stuart New York

2017: Starred in web drama 109 Strange Things, SBS's Reunited Worlds, and sci-fi web drama I Am

2018: Made film debut with leading role in Live Again, Love Again

2018: Starred in KBS2 drama To. Jenny

2019: Starred in Netflix's My First First Love

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Samuel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
Brave Entertainment

Final Ranking: #18 (season 2)

2017: Debuted as solo artist with album Sixteen

2018: Starred in XtvN coming-of-age series Sweet Revenge 2

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Kim So-hye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
RedLine Entertainment

Final Ranking: #5

2016: Debuted with I.O.I

2016: Created management label S&P (Shark and Penguin) Entertainment

2016: Opened coffee shop, Penguin's Cafe

2017: Made acting debut in web drama Poetry Story

2017: Starred in KBS2 drama Kang Deok-soon's Love History

2019: Starred in MBN series Best Chicken

2019: Made her film debut in Full Moon

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Rena is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever
Kang Yaebin/Rena Pledis Entertainment

Final Ranking: #29

2017: Debuted with Pristin

2018: Debuted with Pristin V

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Ha Sung-woon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever

Final Ranking: #11 (season 2)

2017: Debuted with Wanna One

2018: Joined Law of the Jungle Sabah

2019: Debuted as solo artist with EP My Moment

2019: Cast in SBS variety show Bistro the Noble