Want a rundown on some of the most iconic songs from K-pop survival shows? Then keep on reading!
1. ‘Never’ – ‘Produce 101 Season 2’
“Never” was performed by Kim Jonghyun, Hwang Minhyun, Ong Seongwu, Kim Jaehwan, Park Woojin, Lee Daehwi, and Lai Kuanlin. Despite not winning during the concept evaluation round, the song achieved an all-kill on MelOn, Mnet, Bugs, Soribada, and Naver. All the members who performed the song made it to Wanna One, excluding Kim Jonghyun.
2. ‘To My World’ – ‘Produce X 101’
“To My World” was performed as one of the finale songs of “Produce X 101.” The track was sung by Hang Seungwoo, Lee Sejin, Cho Seungyoun, Kim Yohan, Hwang Yunseong, Kim Minkyu, Cha Junho, Lee Eunsang, Song Hyeongjun, and Keum Donghyun.
Seungwoo, Seungyoun, Yohan, Minkyu, Junho, Eunsang, and Hyeongjun ultimately debuted in X1.
3. ‘Utopia’ – ‘Girls Planet 999’
“Utopia” was performed as one of the songs featured in the “Creation Mission.” Though it did not win the round, the song was well-loved by international fans. Contestants Kang Yeseo, Kim Bora, Kim Chaehyun, Huang Xingqiao, and Kawaguchi Yurina performed the song.
Kang Yeseo and Kim Chaehyun debuted in Kep1er.
4. ‘Like a Star’ – ‘MIXNINE’
“Like a Star” was performed as part of the “Digital Song Battle” round. Contestants Heo Chanmi, Kim Minkyung, Kim Minjoo, Baek Hyunjoo, Kim Soohyun, Kim Bowon, Jeon Heejin, Kim Hyunjin, and Shin Ryujin performed the songs. Sadly, none of the girls debuted from the survival show.
However, Heejin and Hyunjin debuted in LOONA, and Ryujin debuted in ITZY.
5. ‘Flicker’ – ‘I-LAND’
“Flicker” was performed as part of the “Chemistry Test” in “I-LAND.” The song was performed by K, Heeseung, Jake, Sunghoon, and Jungwoon. Sadly, the only member who did not debut in ENHYPEN after the show is K. He will be debuting in Big Hit Entertainment’s Japanese boy group instead.
6. ‘Hands on Me’ – ‘Produce 101 Season 2’
“Hands on Me” was performed as one of the songs for the show’s finale. The song was performed by Kim Jaehwan, Kang Daniel, Ong Seongwoo, Bae Jinyoung, Yoon Jisung, Park Woojin, Park Jihoon, Jung Sewoon, and Ju Haknyeon. The first seven contestants mentioned ultimately debuted in Wanna One.
7. ‘U+Me=LOVE’ – ‘Girls Planet 999’
“U+Me=LOVE” was performed as part of the “Creation Mission” challenge. The song ultimately won the round. Kim Suyeon, Seo Youngeun, Nonaka Shana, May, Mashiro, Zhou Xinyu, and Kamimoto Kotona performed the song.
Seo Youngeun and Mashiro debuted in Kep1er.
8. ‘In the Same Place’ – ‘Produce 101’
“In the Same Place” was performed for the “Concept Evaluation” challenge and is the song that won the round. The song was performed by Yu Yeonjun, Kim Doyeon, Kim Sohee, Kang Sira, Han Hyeri, Yoon Chaekyung, and Kim Sohye.
Out of the contestant, Yeonjung, Doyeon and Sohye debuted in I.O.I.
9. ‘All Day’ – ‘The Unit’
“All Day” was performed for the “Digital Singles Release” challenge. The song ultimately won the challenge. “All Day” was performed by Jun (U-KISS), Hangyul, Go Hojung, Chan, Ji Hansol, and Dongmyeong. Out of those who performed the song, Jun, Go Hojung, Ji Hansol, and Chan debuted in UNB.
10. ‘Rumor’ – ‘Produce 48’
“Rumor” was performed as part of the “Concept Evaluation” round and was performed by Kwon Eunbi, Lee Sian, Murase Sae, Han Chowon, and Kim Sihyun. Only Kwon Eunbi debuted in IZ*ONE.
Though it did not win the round, the song peaked at number 24 on the Gaon Digital Charts, making it the best-performing single from the songs performed.
11. ‘Going Crazy’ – ‘YG Treasure Box’
“Going Crazy” was the official theme song for “YG Treasure Box” and was performed by all the trainees. The song was re-released by TREASURE to promote their debut.
12. ‘Go Tomorrow’ – ‘Under Nineteen’
“Go Tomorrow” was one of the three possible title songs for “UNDER NINETEEN.” It was performed by the Vocal Team, which is composed of Ji Jinseok, Lee Dongjoon, Kim Taewoo, Kim Jungwoo, Kim Bin, Yoon Doyeon, Lim Youngseo, Lee Jaeeok, Kim Youngwon, Yoon Takeyung, Shin Yechan, Lim Hyeongbin, Kang Junhyuck, Jeon Chanbin, Jay Chan, Kim Kun, Jung Jinsung, Bae Hyeonjun, and Kim Youngseok.
13. ‘Hellevator’ – ‘Stray Kids’
“Hellevator” was released as Stray Kids’ first song before the premiere of the survival show “Helleavtor.” The song was co-written and co-composed by all the members. The song was added in Stray Kids’ pre-debut EP “MIXTAPE.”
14. ‘Pinocchio’ – ‘Idol School’
“Pinocchio” was one of the songs performed in the finale of “Idol School.” The song was performed by Park Jiwon, Lee Nakyung, Lee Chaeyoung, Park Somyeong, Baek Jihoon and Yoo Jina. Jiwon, Nakyung, Chaeyoung, and Jihoon who ultimately debuted in from is_9.
15. ‘Do It Again’ – ‘SIXTEEN’
“Do It Again” was performed at the finale of “SIXTEEN.” The song was done in two versions: one by the Major Team and the other by the Minor Team. The song was included in TWICE’s debut album “The Story Begins.”
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Written by Alexa Lewis