We go straight up to the Regal Chair of Doom for the elimination opening.
There are a few hair changes! Minki is dark haired again, while Sanggyun had an ashy blond dye job and a trim.
They’re not sure what the cut off is because of the rumours and the doubt BoA’s script had provided last episode.
Hyunbin ambitiously wants to be first, and the trainees laugh their heads off at this proclamation.
Entrance pose time!
Pledis trainees come in by imitating Nu’est maknae Minki’s disjointed shoulder trick.
Little Lee Woojin does the thigh touching move from sexy concept song Open.
MMO trainees, Daniel and Jisung, dance to Sistar’s Touch My Body. It makes me feel low key bitter because my girls :(
RBW Lee Gunhee did some hip swinging.
Extra as hell, Fantagio Ong Sungwoo brought a bag with him to recreate his now iconic moment from the work out episode.
WH Creative Seo Sungyhuk did some of IKYK choreo. Cutie
YGK+ Kwon Hyunbin did the robot.
Popular WinkDeep boys Maroo Park Jihoon and C9 Bae Jinyoung did twin moves
Ardor and Able hilariously recreate a reference to Noh Taehyun’s viral stomach scratching picture.
Starship Jung Sewoon did the world’s tiniest Nayana gesture.
CUBE chicks do a Twice Knock Knock reference.
OUI Donghan did a weird dance move on the floor.
Only top 20 gets through. So this rumour was right. It’s like Mnet’s playing two lies one truth lol
BoA gets ajumeoni claps as she enters. That dress looks like something from Red Velvet’s closet though.
Fanservice to soothe the pain begins with cute dorm footage.
Snack time is abound in the dorms once again. One trainee carries what looks like a fuckin mountain of cup ramen across the room at some point.
They reveal a bit of first week footage with the HOTSHOT boys depositing their luggage in the waiting room. Sungwoon’s massive show insole falls out and he gets embarrassed, all ‘When did this come out??’
Sunghyuk has a bit where he comes into to visit his hyungs and gets scolded for his informality. He gets visibly scared by Jihoon’s sternness, leaving with his tail between his legs until Ong-ssi calls him back.
Ong-ssi: Why’d you come in here?
Sunghyuk (looking like he may cry): For…no reason.
All the hyungs: Oh, that’s good! :D I’m glad you came to see us!!! :))
Sunghyuk almost passes out in relief when he realises they were teasing him lol
There’s a cut of how the boys all pull out make up to touch up when production staff calls for a break, yanking out their compacts and pat-patting away at their faces.
Jisung eomma is the funniest of all of course, whipping out the compact with a flourish and patting his too red lips to blend them out.
Ong-ssi puts on a few dozen coats of tinted lip balm and gets ticked off by staff for the red lips visible across the hall
Jaehwan touches up Baekho’s nose for him
Another cut is product placement for face packs, its a sponsored bit (you can always tell when Samuel’s acting, bless him) but they play around well with the differently coloured mask creams.
Sungwoon gets 101 written on his face by his dongsaengs, Jihoon makes himself up like a panda while Baekho gets a beard. He’s very pleased with it. A universal cutie.
Deffo more natural PPL than the herbal supplement.
There’s a cut of early morning shower singing from vocal kids RIP FNC Yoo Hwiseung, getting screentime once he’s been kicked.
Sad practice shots with Jaehwan’s acoustic guitar backing and singing of Nayana. I ALREADY FEEL BAD FOR THEM FUK U MNET
Cut to more cheerful trainee time.
Noh Taehyun once again has to heatedly defend himself because of his stomach clip after already having to clarify he’s not a crybaby. He claims the clip was from after a rehearsal sesh, and he was hot and sweaty so, “I WAS FANNING MYSELF I WASN’T SCRATCHING MY TUMMY EVERYONE!!”
CUBE kids explain their initial awkwardness. Their company wanted them to be clear hyung-dongsaeng on the show, but they were friends while they were trainees earlier. This means Seonho can’t use banmal with him anymore and has to remember to call Guanlin hyung. It doesn’t affect Lai Guanlin, but Seonho is still adjusting lol
Minhyun likes sweet boy Seonho, but the younger kid keeps hugging him and is really fond of skinship.
Minhyun: It’s like he’s my girlfriend…he needs to dial it down a bit.
Seonho: It’s just because I love my hyung???!
Daehwi gets a stool to stand on for his individual bit, and is mildly indignant about it. He doesn’t think he’s that short and pulls out massive insoles from his shoes before also ratting out Sasuke Uchiha cosplayer Bae Jinyoung’s use of insoles.
His friend is not happy, and has to reveal his own massive foam shoe inserts.
Bae Jinyoung: They’re only 2cm!!
Staff: Only because you’re pressing down on them like that.
Auntie Jisung, true to form, mentions Daniel’s night talking.
“Mom, you’re embarrassing me!!” - Kang Daniel, probably.
Red lip tint fans Daniel and Sanggyun get called out for their always pink lips, and Daniel gets his own back by pointing out that Yoon Jisung also always wears tons of it.
Kang Daniel called my boy with his ludicrous pink lips an ajumma!!
Sewoon loves his awkward wink edited with post its on his face and the Jaehwan and Sewoon vocal ship continues to sail.
Hosts Auntie Jisung and Ong Sungwoo for basketball manga oppa times
Ong-ssi: Why are you here? Did you trainees only come to have fun here on the show?
Auntie Jisung: Yes. I did.
They chant ONGSUNG ONGSUNG ONGSUNG for themselves. New comedy MC duo, I loaf
Speed quiz is first up, with sexy waves from OngSung MCs.
Showtime team do okay, Samuel flips onto his back to act out samgyetang. I died. How do you even think of that.
IKYK: Moonbok hard carries. He’s so pretty but that hairstyle…a topknot and scarf wrapped around his head..I wear my own hair like that for house cleans. Taedong quivers for a bit when he gets his word, before dancing The Boys for SNSD.
Open: Daniel does a piss poor imitation of Baekho, who laughs like a baby the whole segment. Seonho gets Ahn Junyoung (the P101 main producer) and wavers for a bit before yelling, ”Ah! PASS!”
Oh Little Girl: Ayn Hyungseob has apple hair! He struggles to convey swag, imitating Baekho and Daniel to no avail. His team finally gets it only because Lee Euiwoong hears Noh Taheyun say, ‘Ah, Hyungseobie definitely has none of this at all!!’
Never: Lai Guanlin passes because he doesn’t know the word…twice; he can’t read Hangul well and the words are too difficult. One of them is an old fashioned Korean flute like?? It’s a hard word and how do you act it out? Poor kiddo
IKYK team wins this segment.
Next game is a game where duos come forth from each team; one trainee does an elephant nose spin, and then runs to apply lipstick on his waiting teammate.
My heart soars at Sanggyun and Jisung representing Showtime
Sewoon falls multiple times and when he gets to Euiwoong, he keeps shaking. Euiwoong gets more and more impatient and Sewoon finally gets shoved by an annoyed hamster.
Jisung veers off and falls like fifteen times before getting to Sanggyun. After, Sanggyun looks at himself and thinks it’s sort of sexy. “You look pretty!!” says excited Auntie Jisung, gleefully.
BNM Jonghyun has a scary determined look throughout.
Kim Yongguk can’t even spin straight, falling over every two spins like a new born puppy. He crawls to Kenta, who waits patiently to have his whole face attacked viciously with red lipstick
Kenta, when the trainees go into splits and Yongguk is still stabbing his cheeks with lipstick: WHY? WHY??
Lee Daehwi remains perfectly, characteristically competent, calmly dabbing on Wartortle GodJonghyun’s lips like a seasoned make up artist.
Yoo Seonho gets to draw again on a caring hyung picked by him, so he picks Daniel
Jaehwan picks Emperor Hwang for redoing the segment. Jaehwan runs lopsided and dementedly fast to draw on his hyung, frightening poor Gunhee on the sidelines.
Seonho applies eight hundred layers of red on Daniel’s mouth lol
The next game is team jump roping and posing for a photo
This was hilarious - you have to look them up, I died laughing at their faces mid air. These are the pictures I’m getting blown up and signed if I ever see them in person.
Open team wins overall, and receives the PPL face packs.
After this dose of healing (this is what Jonghyun calls the segment, with another of his ha ha HAs) cuteness, we go back to elims.
The rankings from last episode are finally revealed for the highest ranking from the live audience. To no one’s surprise, Daniel won the 220,000 benefit.
1 and 20 to be revealed last for the suspense
Jung Sewoon ranked 19.
Woodam and Donghan have a depressingly self aware discussion about how they know they’re lucky to have this far.
Joo Haknyeon is 18. The boys are all shocked but he’s had awful press lately. He’s losing grace swiftly, and this is his first time falling out of top 11.
BNM Im Youngmin has fortunately made it at 17, despite the (totally undeserved) hate he received. He even apologised, for some reason
CUBE Seonho was 16, he almost fell out his seat with shock as his name was called.
Ren, Hyungseob and Jaehwan all make it in succession.
Minhyun’s apparent ‘mistaken’ reveal of his rank was at 12 but it’s Pledis Kang Dongho at 12. The trainees all imitate Baekho’s Boy in Love head bob lol
Pledis Minhyun makes it at 11. He’s handsome on the big screen, and sings at BoA’s request. All the trainees have a shim koong.
Lee Daaehwi at 10. I’m grateful he stays top 11 though a cutie
MMO Yoon Jisung makes it at 9!! YES HE’S BACK IN TOP 11 I LOVE MY AUNTIE!!
So do the trainees, they’re all more excited than he is at his rank, there’s a veritable swarm as they congratulate their eomma.
Samuel’s having a breakdown from nerves.
Auntie Jisung’s ugly crying is slightly muted this time - his company must have scolded him. Daniel is super relieved his hyung’s back in top 11, and Jisung thanks people for supporting him and his dream.
Ong Sungwoo is safe at number 8. BoA asks him to do his Ong-slate bit, which of course, he does with every bit of over the top acting he can.
Nation’s leader Angel God Jonghyun dropped to 7, but at least Wartortle’s safe.
Good shot of the empty Nu’est seats as Jonghyun thanks the voters for supporting him and his fellow Pledis trainees.
Brand New Music Park Woojin makes it to 6! He still has an eye patch on, I hope he’s recovering well. BoA asks him to do his famous snaggle-toothed smile. A cutie.
Samuel’s proper freaking out but he makes it at 5. He thanks all his Showtime hyungs by name but forgets Jisung, adding him last when he realises. Jisung, my drama queen, pouts in mock offence
Goodness, you can really see the relief on Samuel’s face when he sinks into his chair, my poor kid.
BoA calls out Ha Sungwoon and Bae Jinyoung for the next two possible ranks
Ha Sungwoon can’t stop yelling in shock for being in the top 5, he just screams endlessly. When the camera points at him for the shot right before BoA announces his name, he thinks it’s someone else in his row because he really wasn’t expecting it.
ME NEITHER MATE THERE IS SOME FAIRNESS IN THE WORLD I LIVE FOR THIS RISE
Bae Jinyoung is 4. The two pick voting helped him climb back up, WinkDeep sails. In celebration, he does the aegyo bit from his intro.
Sungwoon makes it at number 3 (more slightly muted screaming)
I’m that tear waterfall pokemon gif, and so is he, sort of. This caught me off guard but I love being wrong about this sort of stuff.
Popular kids, teen pick Jihoon and noona pick Daniel for top two.
Daniel and Little Woojin exchange non-forced reassurance as they wait for his rank to be announced.
Sidenote while watching the livestream: That Cha Eunwoo kid is in a lot of ads for a rookie. He’s rather handsome.
MMO Kang Daniel ranks number 1. It’s his first time, he never thought he’ll be Jihoon’s rival, but he’s deeply grateful.
Which puts Park Jihoon at a safe 2. He thanks his fans for their continued support. His consistency has been incredible, he’s never left the top of the pyramid.
Last trainee for the cut off at 20. These shots of my eliminated talented boys makes me sad.
They draw out my pain by showing the ranks from 35 upwards, and having the trainees speak as they get booted.
Bye little maknae Lee Woojin, star vocal Park Woodam, RBW meme Lee Gunhee and musicial kid Kim Yehyun
All of I Know You Know got booted. My sweet boy WH Creative Seo Sunghyuk cries. The Vibe knight boy Taedong and blond pretty kid OUI Donghan are composed. They must have all expected this.
Oh, Donghyun. His BNM trainees look like they’re going to cry as he asks the voters to support them.
Sanggyun spits some sugar coated bitterness, Noh Taehyun and Takada Kenta are graceful.
Visual dark horse Moonbok, who got played by Mnet the most, leaves the show too. He really speaks very prettily. 3
BoA says this isn’t the end for their careers. I wish I can be that optimistic.
Yuehua Lee Euiwoong doesn’t make the cut. You can see Hyungseob’s face fall.
YGK+ Kwon Hyunbin is eliminated at 22. He says a nice ment too, but lasting this long considering his background and skillset is just miraculous.
It’s between Kim Yongguk and Lai Guanlin for rank 20.
Honestly, I’d never have guessed this in a million years. Kim Yongguk, maybe, because of his lack of clear broship, but Cube chicks must get a lot of their hype from teenagers.
Lai Guanlin makes it by the skin of his teeth.
We have to say goodbye to Arctic Fox Kim Yongguk. This feels so unfair, he had such a nice, melancholy tone.
Daniel leads the ending salutations to the national producers.
Last voting period opens, and it’s one pick. This season has been super makjang for real. Far out.
We cut to a new day, the top 20 trainees have gathered for final evaluation mission. BoA reminds them this is the final, debut mission for the live broadcast finale.
The trainees will be split into two teams to perform one of two songs, Super Hot or Hands on Me. I’m keen to hear these songs, the composers are really well known. The choreography has to be created by the trainees themselves.
Harvey Mason and his team created Hands On Me, the demo sounds like a laid back jazzy track that will probably go the IKYK way (hashtag bitter).
Ryan Jhun, who composed Nayana and EXO’s Love Me Right, my favourite EXO title song by far, wrote Super Hot, which is more funky, fast paced.
I take a minute to thank Mother Mary for the lack of EDM. Let’s hope it doesn’t jump out on me when I hear the full songs.
Positions depend on rank, with low ranking trainees picking first and the higher ones possessing the ability to replace them if they want the position.
Im Youngmin’s penalty for leaking spoilers is that he has to take what’s left over, so he picks first and can be replaced.
Seonho ambitiously displaces Haknyeon for sub-vocal 3 on Super Hot, pushing him down to 4.
Hyungseob pushes Joo Haknyeon further down to 5 lol
Then Daehwi pushes him to rapper 1
Jonghyun comes in to shove him to the other team, as vocal 6 for Hands on Me.
Dead. His fellow trainees seemingly have no faith in him at all.
Jaehwan takes his rightful place as main vocal for Hands on Me.
Sewoon had picked sub vocal 1 on the same song earlier, wanting to sing with Jaehwan.
Minhyun continues to be a Joseon level strategist by pushing Sewoon to a different team. Samuel moves him back but to a lower vocal position.
Daniel changes Sungwoon’s team from Hands on Me sub vocal 1 to Super Hot but promotes him to main vocal on there so it works out well.
Everyone on Super Hot understandably wants to be centre considering the timing of the mission and they all sing the main chorus line to compete.
Samuel has to create the choreo and formations as the strongest dance trainee. His teammates come up with a bunch of unhelpful suggestions and he’s stressing out again.
Ong-slate opens on Hands on Me discussions.
They’re discussing leader, Ong-ssi surprisingly nominates himself and receives the position.
Again, everyone wants to be centre and audition with the ‘killing part’ but they don’t show centre pick.
We see the eliminated trainees crying at the eliminations again before next week’s trailer and ranks.
Below is a comprehensive list of this week’s rankings. I’ll post the entire set this time, because we’re down to only 20 :(
BTS: Reaction to their girlfriend being from YG Entertainment
From this request: It ended up being a YG girl thing, more than a Blackpink thing. We hope you don’t mind. Enjoy ^^
Namjoon would be soooo in love with his YG girlfriend. He’d love everything about her, her attitude, her rap/singing style, the way she speaks, her fashion sense, everything. She’d be the apple of his eyes. He’d sneak out to help her write songs and would love being creative with her. His YG match would be Blackpink’s Jennie, and if a song (or a baby) can come out of this union, it’d be awesome.
He doesn’t really care if his girl is from YG or not, he’d just be really happy and excited to date someone that is so classy and with so much presence, like YG girls. He’d want to act manly in front of her, but he’d fanboy so hard for her though. He’s really a perfect match for Blackpink’s Jisoo. They’d make ahjussi jokes together. She’s so adorable, he could die from her cuteness (and vice-versa). They’d be such a cute couple. (I can even see them getting married omg)
Suga would really enjoy dating a YG girl since YG is known for their music and the talent and dedication of their artists and he would bond with a girl who’s so passionate about her music. He’s also the type to date a girl with impressive charisma and sensuality when she’s performing. That’s why I ship him with Lee Hi, because I feel like they have similar personalities, style, presence, and interests. And it would be a very beautiful visual couple.
Hobi would be a very cute boyfriend, he’d be super excited that his girl is from YG, he’d playfully show off a bit. He’d be very adorable, caring and supportive of her. He’d be there to comfort her when she is exhausted from practices, he’d always make her smile in every situation. I ship him with Blackpink’s Rosé or Lisa, because I think they complement each other, and since both of them grew up in foreign countries, their openness to the world would match with J-Hope’s ultra sociable personality.
He’d like to date a bubbly and cute girl, someone he can be himself with but also someone who has a big artistic side, like YG girls do. He’s definitely want to grow as an artist and as a person with his girl. I ship him with Blackpink’s Rosé, because I think she’s very open on the world and Jimin could learn a lot from her, while she could learn a lot from him too, in different aspects. She’s also very adorable and he would melt under her aegyo attacks or just her everyday personality. They’d be a fun and outgoing couple.
Tae would like the experience YG girls have. I see him dating a sunbae, because he’d like knowing he can talk about everything with someone who knows what he’s going through and can relate. He’d also like feeling “manly” and taking care of an older woman but would love that things wouldn’t be too serious most of the time. I ship him with 2NE1’s Dara. I think they’d be comfortable together.
He’d be super proud to date a girl from YG. He’d definitely like the “YG swag” vibe she has. He’d often come practice or chill with her. He’d also tease her often by imitating her and making fun of her attitude when she’s in public, which is quite different from how she is with him. His ideal YG girl would be Blackpink’s Lisa. I can see them joking around and dancing their hearts out to their bf/gf’s songs.
Never. Settle. For. Less. Than. What. You. Deserve! I cannot stress this enough! You are an amazing individual! You do NOT have to justify being with them because you don’t believe that someone else can love you any better. If they don’t treat you right, then they ain’t the one! There are going to be plenty of others who’ll care for you in ways that no other person has! Just you wait! XD