The members were presented, the conditions discussed and the group’s name was revealed but the coming show gives me mixed feelings.
In the years that I have been a kpop enthusiast, this is the first time I am watching over a bunch of boys as they strive for their dreams. The WIN program made me love them both individually and as a group. They made me realize the hardship that each trainee has to face in order to become an idol.
Honestly, it was hard for me before to accept their lost against winner (team a). But I do recognize winner’s talent and I knew that team b just wasn’t ready yet to debut. I believe in team b’s promise that they will comeback - as one group. I anticipated for their appearances (winner tv and smtm3) and waited patiently for the news about their debut date. However, things became uncertain for me and disappointments kicked in when I heard of the “Mix and Match” show. It got me a little excited to see all of them again but the fact that they have to be challenged and go through the same process annoyed me.
How can YG be so cruel? I know that he only wants the best for them, that he wants to create the best group with the most talented members. But to put team b in another survival show? I think they have proved themselves already, gained fans who are obviously very supportive and waits patiently for these boys to debut. I believed that the boys only needed to improve more on their vocals, their dancing skills are superb already and their teamwork is remarkable. How can you break such bond - their brotherhood?
Putting them on another show while adding 3 more members is obviously a shot to earn money (being the businessman that you are) because just like the WIN program, you think this will also gain a lot of attention and views.
Only 7 members will debut, 3 of them were already confirmed - BI, Bobby and Jinhwan. I feel happy because they are my bias. Although, my heart goes out to Junhoe, Donghyuk and Yunhyeong. They trained to make themselves better, experienced being with the other YG artists and participated in your concerts. Then what? You’ll just inform them “I’m sorry, you lost in the show. Papa YG cannot include you in the group. You’re not going to debut.” Crush their dreams like that since you are the mighty trolling CEO.
Unless, you have plotted them to debut with only adding one new member. Now, that’s the epitome of being evil. Either way, you’ll get judged and criticized.
But as a person who has no power in the music industry, I can only give my support, prayers and hope for their success. Again, I am just throwing my opinions and feelings. No need for hating. :)