On October 22nd, Mnet aired the 3 hour live finale of their audition survival show, ‘Girls Planet 999’. To recap the episode, the show opened revealing the two contestants competing for the 9th place in the group (Shen Xiaoting and Ezaki Hikaru). The voting opened for the second round, with this live voting worth double the usual vote.
Announcing the name of the final group, the name was selected based on fan submitted suggestions. The screen shows the name of the group will be KEP1ER (pronounced Kepler). This represents the planetary theme of the group, partially taking from the surname of man who founded the laws of planetary motion, Johannes Kepler. We saw the remaining 18 contestants split into two teams of 9. the The last mission, ‘Completion Mission’ saw the teams compete for parts in the new final performance track, ‘Shine’. Team 1 would perform the 1st verse and chorus, followed team 2 taking the second verse and chorus. The teams had to complete for who would perform the ending chorus, with the losers ultimately dancing behind the winning team. Team 2 ultimately won, with their centre, Kim Dayeon.
Following the live performance, we get plenty of content of the girls enjoying and reminiscing about their time during the show. This then leads us to the final reveal. The final ranks are as listed below:
KEP1ER RANKED LINEUP:
1. Kim Chaehyun (K group, 1,081,182 points)
2. Huening Bahiyyih (K group, 923,567 points)
3. Choi Yujin (K group, 915,722 points)
4. Kim Dayeon (K group, 885,286 points)
5. Seo Youngeun (K group, 781,657 points)
6. Kang Yeseo (K group, 770,561 points)
7. Ezaki Hikaru (J group, 713,322 points)
8. Sakamoto Mashiro (J group, 708,149 points)
9. Shen Xiaoting (C group, 700,663 points)
This lineup consists of 6 Korean, 2 Japanese and 1 Chinese. Comparing it to previous rankings, this is completely different when the Japanese and Chinese trainees used to dominate the top ranks. The change to a 1-pick system (only being able to vote for 1 person per vote) changed the ranks in favour to the Korean trainees once the enforced group voting was dropped. Based on the number of points received and the ranks within voting, it’s clear the 50% voting weight placed on Korean votes (whom most voted for Korean trainees) affected this resulting lineup.
The length of contact for this group is currently under discussion and was unannounced. However, we should be able to expect them to debut within the next couple months based on the time from the finale to debut of previous Mnet produced groups from the Produce series.
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Written by Derek