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Mnet calls out Chinese ‘Produce 101’ copycat

Feb 06,2018
Cable channel Mnet released a statement Monday asking local media to refrain from labeling a Chinese singing competition program “China’s ‘Produce 101’” when speaking about the Chinese program, as the Chinese broadcasting company didn’t buy production rights for the program.

The Chinese show has been an issue since September, when online video platform iQiyi released a program teaser that resembled the hit Korean audition program “Produce 101.” The statement released by the channel Monday read, “We regret to see that Chinese audition program ‘Idol Evolution Theory’ that first premiered on the evening of Jan. 19 shares many commonalities with ‘Produce 101.’”

“‘Produce 101’ is a show that is organized and created by Mnet, and the rights of those who produced the program should be protected. Since there are many people that mistakenly understand that ‘Idol Evolution Theory’ is an official Chinese version of the Korean show, please refrain from calling the show ‘China’s ‘Produce 101.’”

Some Chinese K-pop singers such as Kyulkyung of girl group Pristin and Cheng Xiao of WJSN star as mentors on the Chinese program.

By Hong You-kyoung