Wanna One were the rejects
Their success hasn’t been easy despite everyone saying that Mnet had already picked who they wanted. But everyone on Produce 101 fought hard to just make it this far and make it to the top.
I just wanna say how much of an inspiration they are to me and how much they push me to never give up.
As I watch countless live performances and fancams, their energy and stage presence is amazing.
It made me realise, that most of them aren’t from big scale companies, in fact its my first time hearing the names of most of their companies. Yet, they made a name for themselves.
Lee Daehwi, Brand New Music - Former JYP Trainee, voice of an angel and still persevered even after leaving JYP. All done by the age of 16.
Park Jihoon, Maroo Entertainment - Former SM and Fantagio Trainee, rejected to be in both NCT and Astro, after leaving two companies, he still continued even though the company was small. Because he believed his talent deserved to be shown, and it did.
Kim Jaehwan, Individual Trainee - But wasn’t always training by himself, things didn’t work out for him in the company he used to be in and he left, but he still pushed to join P101 (”he can’t even dance” - his dad) because all he wanted was for his voice to be heard again.
Yoon Jisung, MMO Entertainment - Trained for 7-8 years and his debut was cancelled three times, yet he pushed through, despite the rude comments saying he was too old, he proved with his talent, that he could do it.
Ong Seongwoo, Fantagio Entertainment - Was part of an unnamed company, but there were issues and he go cast over to another agency and had to transfer (Fantagio). He was already getting older but still hadn’t debuted. He suffered a lot and people around him kept telling him that his chances of debuting are zero. But he didn’t give up and kept attending the dance academy and he even did musicals and built his own skill set.
Both Hwang Minhyun (Pledis Entertainment) and Ha Sungwoon (Ardor & Able) - Part of groups people labelled as “flops”, giving comments like “just disband already, you guys aren’t popular”. But they never gave up and persevered to P101 to show the world their true talent. Not forgetting NUEST and Noh Taehyun for working just as hard.
And these are just some of the literal hundred trainees in Produce 101 that persevered, even if not all of them made it, they’ve all been through countless rejections, let-downs and “maybes”. But they never gave up, the rejections they’ve faced are enough to make anyone give up on their dream and the examples aren’t even counting the number of auditions they’ve gone to just to get into the company. Even then, they weren’t the best in their companies. But yet, here they are, as Wanna One, JBJ or any group. They made it. They debuted.
What I’m trying to say is that its never been easy and its never gonna get easier in life. Things don’t always go your way. But I think Wanna One and the other Produce 101 trainees are literal human embodiments that hard work and hope (as cheesy as it sounds) does help achieve dreams. So if you ever feel down like you wanna give up on hoping, don’t give up, life is never easy; it was never for them, but they walk on a flower road now.