South Korea has come up with a new way to do reality pop TV. Whilst The Voice and The X Factor recycle the regular model of having one contestant at a time, Produce 101, which is set to be premiered on 22 January, sees 98 members performing all at once.
Trailer footage for the programme, features the 98 member girl group performing the song 'Pick Me' on stage together and it can be watched below.
The girls, all of whom have had to live together since 5 December for the show, will battle it out over a series of ten episodes, to be the final 11 who receive an exclusive one year contract with CJ E&M. The winning group's name, concept, and song, will also be chosen on air, giving viewers the opportunity to see the full creative story behind the group.
Produce 101 have been put together by 46 different talent agencies from South Korea and beyond, and include many members under 18 as K-pop continues its focus on youth. SM and YG Entertainment, who are South Korea's most successful K-pop agencies, will not be taking part in the programme. However it is the second largest budgeted show on music channel Mnet, costing 4 billion won (£2.27 million).
There were originally supposed to be 101 members, hence the name, but there were some drop outs. The 98 member group is still the largest orchestrated K-pop performance of all time, though.
K-pop is known for having large groups with the boy band EXO having 22 members. 11 of whom sing in Mandarin and another 11 sing in Korean. They operate in different geographical locations and release music simultaneously. But Produce 101 push the boat out much further in terms of numbers.
The programme will air at 11pm KST on 22 January on Mnet