First came I.O.I, then came Wanna One and IZ*ONE – and now their hot-blooded successors are poised to shake up the K-pop world as the next big boy band to watch. Meet X1.
After a gruelling three-month long journey for 101 young hopefuls, the fourth season of Mnet’s hit survival reality franchise Produce X 101 had wrapped up on an emotional yet heartwarming note. There were cheers, tears and hugs as the final 11 members of the K-entertainment behemoth’s new boy group project, X1, were finally unveiled to the public. A whopping total of 14,988,884 votes were cast during the grand finale on 19 July (that’s equivalent to more than one-fifth of South Korea’s population – let that sink in), which would eventually determine the final lineup of the Top 11.
Unlike the previous seasons, the temporary group will be promoting under an extended contract of five years – two and a half years will be spent exclusively on group promotions, while the other half will involve activities in the members’ respective companies. That’s pretty much the contractual lifespan of any other K-pop act, so it’s safe to say fans can have plenty of content to look forward to in the coming years.
Without further ado, here are the winning boys of Produce X 101 who will make their long-awaited debut as X1.
#1 Kim Yo Han (OUI Entertainment) – 1,334,011 votes
There’s really no doubting the popularity of the nation’s centre. Since coming in first during the first round of rankings, the OUI Entertainment trainee has successfully won over the hearts of viewers with his impressive vocal and rap skills. Despite only having three months of experience as a trainee, the former taekwondo champ has shown tremendous improvement throughout the show – proving that he’s certainly worthy of the crown.
#2 Kim Woo Seok (TOP Media) — 1,304,033 votes
It was a nail-biting moment for Wooseok, who notched the runner-up spot after going head-to-head with Yohan for the centre position. Known for his smooth vocals and top-notch visuals, the UP10TION member now has a second shot at debuting and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this talented lad!
#3 Han Seung Woo (Plan A Entertainment) — 1,079,200 votes
Having risen in popularity thanks to his powerhouse vocals and charismatic stage presence, the VICTON leader is no doubt an important addition to the group. Plus, with his brilliant leadership skills, we couldn’t think of anyone better to lead the team than Seungwoo.
#4 Song Hyeong Jun (Starship Entertainment) — 1,049,222 votes
He may look cute as a button, but don’t be fooled by his baby-faced charms – this cutie from Starship Entertainment has some sick moves! Having taken charge of the choreography in class X previously, we think Hyeongjun has a pretty good chance of being one of the main dancers in X1. Oh, and did we mention he’s totes adorable?
#5 Cho Seung Youn (Yuehua Entertainment) — 929,311 votes
A true triple threat, this all-rounder UNIQ member can go from belting out the highest notes to spitting rapid-fire rap verses in a snap. Besides his idol prowess, Seungyoun is also well-known in the field as a songwriter and producer – his most notable body of work being ‘It’s Okay’ from Chinese reality survival show Idol Producer.
#6 Son Dong Pyo (DSP Media) — 824,389 votes
As the centre boy of Produce X 101’s official theme song ‘X1-MA’, this young but tenacious trainee from DSP Media is a force to be reckoned with. Having showcased his versatility in pulling off various concepts – from oozing major cuteness in ‘Pretty Girl’, to killing it on stage with his powerful performance of ‘Believer’ by Imagine Dragons – there’s really nothing else Dongpyo can’t do.
#7 Lee Han Gyul (MBK Entertainment) — 794,411 votes
At first glance, Hangyul may look like your typical bad boy thanks to his chiselled looks and aloof image, but he’s got a mischievous side to him that makes him all the more endearing – which is why it’s of no surprise that the chap managed to charm his way up the ranks, deservedly so.
#8 Nam Do Hyon (MBK Entertainment) — 764,433 votes
Debuting alongside his fellow labelmate Hangyul is 15-year-old Dohyon, who will be the official maknae of X1. He may be the youngest contestant on the show, but his rap skills are not to be underestimated. Fun fact: the MBK Entertainment trainee was also a participant in MBC’s survival programme Under Nineteen!
#9 Cha Jun Ho (Woollim Entertainment) — 756,939 votes
This Woolim Entertainment trainee’s uncanny resemblance to INFINITE’s L has gotten him plenty of attention at the start, but there’s more to Junho than his eye-candy visuals. Check out his stellar vocals in the position evaluation stage of Paul Kim’s ‘Me After You’!
#10 Kang Min Hee (Starship Entertainment) — 749,444 votes
Minhee has come a long way since his days in class X and there’s still so much room for this talented vocalist to grow. Months of hard work paid off – the Starship Entertainment trainee has finally made it into the debut lineup after taking the backseat in most of the episodes. We couldn’t be more proud!
X Lee Eun Sang (Brand New Music) – 3,164,535 votes
A fan favourite since the start of the show, the Brand New Music trainee has been maintaining his rank throughout the competition – up till the last episode where he had to compete for the ‘X’ spot along with Lee Jin Hyuk, Kim Min Kyu and Goo Jung Mo. For the uninitiated, the ‘X’ position is the contestant who earned the highest number of accumulated votes out of those who did not make the Top 10.
The red-headed fella eventually emerged victorious with over 3 combined million votes, making him the final member of X1.
X1 will make their debut on 27 August with a debut show-con at Gocheok Sky Dome.
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