Watch: “I-LAND” Premieres With Trainees Covering EXO, NCT, And More For Test As They Aim For Spots In New Group


Mnet’s latest survival present “I-LAND” has kicked off the competitors!

On June 26, Mnet’s “I-LAND” started telling its story of the 23 contestants aiming to debut in a brand new boy group. The “remark actuality present” is the primary undertaking from BELIF+, a three way partnership between CJ ENM and Huge Hit Leisure.

Actor Namgoong Min was first launched as the present’s storyteller and he later launched Bang Si Hyuk as the final producer with Rain and Zico additionally as producers.

The three producers met up within the “producing room” the place Rain fortunately greeted Bang Si Hyuk. He shared, “After I was in grade 11, I auditioned for you. Everytime you made songs, I might sing the demos. However do you know this? That you just had been actually scary again then?” Rain added, “I received scolded so typically again then.”

Bang Si Hyuk responded, “From my perspective, after your promotions for ‘The best way to Keep away from the Solar,’ you had been already such a world star and somebody I actually revered. I don’t know in the event you bear in mind however when you mentioned, ‘I feel I sing manner higher after I run. I’m going to go run for a bit.’ You got here again dripping in sweat and started to sing. I believed that you’d grow to be a mannequin instance.”

The producers later explored the distinctive coaching middle made particularly for “I-LAND” and expressed amazement at its strategic design. Rain commented, “When you put it by way of a film, this can be a blockbuster. I really feel like I’m on the set of a film.” Zico added, “I used to be so shocked once I first got here in. It’s a spot the place you’ll be able to’t not correctly follow. Doesn’t it really feel prefer it’s been made so that you can make investments 100 p.c of your time in?”

Earlier than introducing the trainees, Bang Si Hyuk shared, “23 candidates who’ve confirmed their potential are coming to ‘I-LAND.’ Their potential to develop is extra essential than their present expertise.”

Most of the trainees then started getting into in items. The primary unit launched Kim Sunoo, Lee Youngbin, and Jake. The following unit featured multinational trainees Hanbin, Ni-ki, and Nicholas. Songwriters and composers made up the following unit with Jimin and Sungchul. The final unit featured EJ and the youngest contestant Daniel.

Trainee Lee Heeseung gained quite a lot of consideration for having had the longest coaching interval at Huge Hit Leisure. He’s been coaching for 3 years and one month and was initially within the lineup to debut with TXT. Heeseung commented on the group, sharing, “They’re associates I skilled with for a very long time. I used to be speculated to congratulate them on their debut nevertheless it was onerous for me. I’m going to place the whole lot I’ve into ‘I-LAND.’” Bang Si Hyuk praised him by saying, “You possibly can look ahead to each his singing and dancing.”

One other trainee who garnered quite a lot of buzz was Sunghoon, who spent 11 years as a determine skater. He shared, “I’ve been a determine skater since I used to be 9 years outdated and I received many awards at worldwide competitions. The extra I ready to grow to be an idol, the extra curiosity I gained on this area and my debut.”

Nonetheless, Sunghoon will not be the one trainee with an athletic background. Youngbin performed basketball, EJ was a fencer, Jungwon was a taekwondo athlete, and Okay was a marathon runner. Rain jokingly requested, “Did you choose them like this on function?” Bang Si Hyuk hilariously responded, “I’m stunned this too.”

Whereas there was a complete of 23 candidates, solely 12 would be capable of make it via the “I-LAND” gates, so that they started an entrance check the place the trainees evaluated each other. First up was Seon who powerfully carried out GOT7‘s “Lullaby,” however he was advised by Rain that his efficiency was regretful. The voting was completed with a easy hand vote on the spot and Seon was ultimately capable of enter the I-LAND with 22 votes.

Earlier than Lee Heeseung’s efficiency, Kyungmin commented, “Heeseung is certainly first place for ‘I-LAND.’” In becoming along with his lengthy coaching interval and his status for at all times inserting first as a trainee, Lee Heeseung showcased his expertise with a efficiency of NCT U‘s “BOSS,” additionally incomes a go to enter the I-LAND.

Afterwards, Jay and Sunghoon additionally took on an NCT U track with their cowl of “The seventh Sense,” efficiently getting into I-LAND.

The primary trainee to be “eradicated” was Hanbin, following his efficiency of “Jopping” by SuperM with Ni-ki and Nicholas.

From the performances of VIXX‘s “Chained Up” and Jay Park‘s “All I Wanna Do,” Kyungmin and Yoonwon had been eradicated.

Ta-ki took the ultimate remaining spot with a formidable 22 votes for his efficiency of “Monster” by EXO.

Watch the remaining performances beneath!

Sunoo, Youngbin, Jake – “CROWN” by TXT

Sungchul, Jaebeom, Jimin – “Shoot Out” by MONSTA X

Okay – “Hazard” by Taemin

Daniel, EJ – “Any Music” by Zico

Nonetheless, regardless of already having 12 trainees enter I-LAND, the ultimate group to carry out additionally earned passes. This put the ultimate rely at 16 trainees who had handed and seven who had been eradicated.

The 16 trainees to make it into I-LAND had been Geonu, Ni-ki, Nicholas, Jungwon, Jake, Sungchul, Okay, Sunoo, Youngbin, EJ, Daniel, Seon, Heeseung, Jay, Sunghoon, and Ta-ki. The boys bid farewell to the eradicated trainees and made their manner via the gates to the I-LAND. Amazed on the construction, Daniel commented, “It was like a hero’s residence base.”

Nonetheless, the whole lot inside I-LAND — together with its recording studio, health middle, particular person follow rooms, group follow room, residence, merchandise room, medical workplace, terrace, and extra — was solely made to accommodate 12 individuals.

To find out the ultimate 12 trainees, they started one final vote. Those that didn’t make it into the ultimate 12 must go to the “floor” and be part of the seven eradicated trainees. The trainees expressed disappointment that there was seemingly no likelihood of debuting in the event that they had been on the “floor” as Jaebeom confessed, “I’m scared that I’ll simply maintain practising there after which this recreation of survival will finish.”

The ultimate vote was held among the many 16 trainees to find out which 4 could be despatched to the “floor.” Namgoong Min reminded them, “That is choosing the crew that you just need. All of I-LAND’s selections are made by the candidates themselves.”

The vote continued to showcase the depth of this system and the competitiveness between the trainees, surprising viewers on the finish when it appeared that Ni-ki had voted off his shut buddy Ta-ki.

Episode two of “I-LAND” airs on Friday, July three at 11 p.m. KST.

This week’s full episode of “I-LAND” will quickly be out there on Viki. Watch a teaser beneath!

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