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The Most Successful 'Produce 101' Contestants Ever

Updated May 24, 2020 11.6k votes 1.2k voters 6.1k views58 items

List RulesVote 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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    CHUNG HA

    K-pop, R&B

    AlbumsHands on Me, Offset, Blooming Blue, Flourishing

    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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    Sejeong

    K-pop

    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

    More Sejeong 

    #108 of 126 The Best K-Pop Solo Artists#6 of 85 K-pop Idols Who Are YouTubers

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    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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    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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    Soyeon

    K-pop, Hip hop

    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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    #6 of 29 The Best Female Kpop Rappers of All-Time#11 of 25 The Best Female Leaders In K-pop Right Now

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    Somi

    K-pop

    AlbumsBirthday

    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

    More Somi 

    #17 of 52 The Best JYP Entertainment Artists Ever, Ranked#12 of 40 The Best Asian Bands/Artists

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    AlbumsColor On Me

    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

    More Kang Daniel 

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    Doyeon

    K-pop

    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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    Kang Mina

    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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    Yoojung

    K-pop

    Final Ranking: #3

    2016: Debuted with I.O.I

    2017: Debuted with Weki Meki

    2017: Starred in Naver TV Cast web drama Idol Fever

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    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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    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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    Ong Seong Wu

    K-pop

    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

  • 14

    Final Ranking: #4 (Produce 48)

    2018: Debuted with Iz One

  • 15

    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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    Final Ranking: #28

    2019: Debuted with Everglow

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  • 17

    Final Ranking: #40

    2019: Debuted with Everglow

    More Sihyeon 

    #46 of 61 The 50+ Best Female Artists Under 25#3 of 6 Who Is The Most Popular Everglow Member?

  • 18

    Final Ranking: #5 (Produce 48)

    2018: Debuted with Iz One 

  • 19

    Final Ranking: #1 (Produce 48)

    2018: Debuted with IZ ONE

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    Final Ranking: #9 (season 2)

    2017: Debuted with Wanna One

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    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

    More Kyulkyung 

    #17 of 31 The Best Female Visuals In K-pop Right Now#15 of 26 The Best Kpop Idols From China, Ranked

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    AlbumsO'Clock

    Final Ranking: #2 (season 2)

    2017: Debuted with Wanna One 

    2019: Debuted as solo artist with album O'Clock

    2019: Cast in JTBC's historical drama Flower Crew:Joseon Marriage Agency

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    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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    Final Ranking: #6 (season 2)

    2017: Debuted with Wanna One

    2019: Release single "Candle" w/ Lee Dae-hwi

    2019: Cast in Law of the Jungle in Thailand

    2019: Debuted with AB6IX

    More Park Woo Jin 

    #7 of 11 Who Is Your Favorite Wanna One Member?#4 of 5 Who Is The Most Popular AB6IX Member?

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    Final Ranking: #3 (Produce 48)

    2018: Debuted with Iz One