Girls Planet 999: The Biggest Waste of My Time!!!

I normally don’t write rant posts but I am enraged!!!

Girls Planet 999 is a girls trainee survival show based in Korea where 9 girls will debut. 33 Korean, 33 Japanese, and 33 Chinese girls participated in the show, hence the name Girls PLANET. So, tell me why 6 out of the 9 girls who made it in the final group were Korean, and the last 3 places were J, J, and C. That’s false advertising; the show should have been called Girls Korea 999. But let’s backtrack a bit. There’s a lot of context that needs to be provided.

1. WTF was that Voting System?

The show started with a Cell voting system in which one Korean, one Japanese, and one Chinese girl formed a cell. Voters would vote for their favourite girls individually as well as cells. Cells were eliminated, not individual girls. So if there was a popular girl with two lesser talented girls, all three girls would stay on. Do you see how problematic that is? Because of this stupid cell system, the girls that stayed on the show were unbalanced in terms of capability and skill. Some of the very talented girls were eliminated because their cell had fewer votes.

Afterwards, they got rid of the Cell voting system and they switched to voting for 3 Korean, 3 Japanese, and 3 Chinese. Then it was 1 Korean, 1 Japanese, and 1 Chinese. The final lineup seemed pretty good. The top 9 trainees were all talented. Then when it came to the finale, you could only vote for one girl. That’s normal; I’ve watched a number of trainee shows before (Chinese trainee shows, mind you). Here is the problem. Votes from Korea represented 50% of the total votes, and international (100+ countries) represented 50% of the votes. There are significantly more international voters and people who watch the show. I read that the show isn’t even that popular in Korea… You might think “Well this is okay because the show is Korean so why shouldn’t Korean voters make up 50% of the total votes?” Here’s the thing: Korean voters voted for Korean trainees. In the interim report, 8 out of 9 girls were Korean, and one was Chinese and in the last place. They were not voting for talent. I’ll say this right now: Some of the Japanese and Chinese girls are far more talented than some of those Korean girls who made it in the final group. I have my favourite Korean girls, of course, but are ALL 6 girls of the 9 are the most talented, and in that order? Heck no.

With the voting system, 10~ international votes equals to one Korean vote. So you could vote for the entire week but it wouldn’t even be the same as just one Korean vote. Again, you might think “So what? This is still a Korean show”.

THEN DON’T INVITE 66 FOREIGNERS ON THE SHOW. This leads to my next point.

2. Evil Editing and Mistranslations

I cannot speak for Japanese trainees, but Chinese trainees were mistranslated and made out to be villains. An eliminated Chinese trainee said that she was denied an interpreter and could not use a translating device even though she had one. From the start, there were communication problems between the girls. But also between the girls and the audience. Cai Bing, who had ranked in the top 9 since the start of the show, was mistranslated in the subtitles and fell off the ranks. CB was not one of my top picks but I feel that what happened to her was unfair.

Apart from mistranslations, there was evil editing. I’ve read comments that say “It’s not evil editing because the trainee actually said X”. Um actually, it is evil editing because those people fell for the mistranslations and believed those words to be the truth. In every episode of the show, Chinese trainees were portrayed as villains while Korean trainees were portrayed in a positive light. Japanese trainees weren’t shown very much in general, so they were cast aside. Before episode 1 was even released, the show released a trailer that showed Fu Yaning being rude to Choi Yujin, and it showed that the mentors were displeased by her remarks. That trailer had millions of views before the show had even started. But when you watched the actual episode, those two mentors actually liked FYN’s performance and praised her. They did not react in the way as presented in the trailer, but the audience was led to believe that. Later on in the show, we see that FYN and Yujin are actually good friends. An eliminated Chinese trainee even said that FYN had said something else. It really wasn’t that serious as it was made out to be. But before the show had even started, FYN received a lot of hate for this edited clip. FYN was not my top pick, by the way, but I still feel that it was unjust.

There was also the matter of showing Su Ruiqi yawning and Liang Jiao repeatedly going to the bathroom during practice. They did not show Korean or Japanese trainees “slacking off” so why did they focus on the Chinese trainees? SRQ was definitely not the only girl to yawn and Liang Jiao was definitely not the only girl to go to the bathroom (obviously). But do you see how the editing made these things such a big deal? Like why were those things even shown?

Anyways, pointing out every single thing would take forever, so let’s move on.

3. Using Foreign Trainees For Views (And JUST For Views)

Back to my first point on why it is problematic to invite two-thirds of the trainees from other countries but not debut them, only one Chinese trainee made it in the final group (and this girl was consistently number 1 and 2 before the 1-pick voting) and the Chinese trainees overall were painted in such a negative light. Fu Yaning brought the show a lot of views and attention due to her “rude behaviour” which was in fact, edited.

Yurina, who was consistently in the top 9 before the 1-pick voting, didn’t even debut in the end. Yet her popularity brought the show a lot of attention.

4. The Show Taught Me That Talent Does Not Matter

Due to the voting system with 50% Korean vote and 50% international, you just need to be Korean to have a high chance of making the final lineup. And I want to emphasize that I have my favourite Korean girls. Choi Yujin, Kim Dayeon, Seo Young Eun, and Bora were my favourite K girls, by the way. But you cannot convince tell me that the top 6 girls are the most talented of the 99 in that order. I am glad that Shen Xiaoting, Sakamoto Mashiro, and Hikaru made it in, but I also think that they deserve higher ranks. Definitely. And some of the other girls were robbed.

Anyways, it felt good venting about this stupid show. I will not be supporting the final group. I’m sorry, but with how bad the show was, they can kiss their international audience goodbye. And you know what? Good riddance.

The Appeal of Chinese Singing Competitions & Survival Shows

A bit of information about me: In 2018, I was invested in Singer 2018, which is a singing competition for professional and well-established singers. It took place in China.

Earlier this year, I was super invested in Chuang 2020, a girls trainee survival show that took place in China. The 7-member group, BonBon Girls 303, was formed. I voted every day when it aired.

I’ve also watched a boys trainee survival show called Chuang 2019. The 11-member band, R1SE, was formed. I’m currently watching Super Vocal Season One, which is a singing competition for opera and musical singers.

Each episode is around two hours and the finales are around four hours. Two hours for one episode is not enough, by the way. There’s so much content that gets left out. You can probably tell that I like these types of shows.

Why, though? Note: A lot of these reasons are applicable to non-Chinese singing competitions.


A lot of the contestants already have established fanbases. I watched Singer 2018 for Hua Chenyu and I watched Chuang 2020 for Chen Zhuoxuan, Nene, and Joyce Chu. I’m watching Super Vocal for Zheng Yunlong and Ayanga.


I became a fan of Zhao Lei, Zhou Zhennan, and Liu Ye after I watched Chuang 2019.


Although these are competitions, there are moments of beautiful friendship between the contestants. In Chuang 2020, Nene cried because she was afraid that Wu Yalu was going to be eliminated. Nene had a secure ranking but the one she was worried about was her best friend. Liu Xiening and Xu Yiyang’s friendship was touching, too.

In Super Vocal, Zheng Yunlong and Ayanga’s friendship started from when they were roommates during their university years.


The contestants are hard-working and determined to achieve their goals. I know I felt inspired when I watched this scene in Super Vocal:

The contestants have to face a lot of challenges during the show, too. Although it’s challenging for them and entertaining for us, it pushes them to learn and grow as artists.


All the contestants are talented! Since these are singing shows, there’s obviously beautiful singing involved! Sometimes there’s rap, dance, and musical instruments too, depending on the show. Not only do they sing, they sometimes rearrange the music (Singer 2018, Super Vocal), write the music, and create the choreography (Chuang 2019). The art of performing in front of an audience is important as well as selecting the right song.

It’s entertaining!


Prior to watching Singer 2018, I didn’t really appreciate Chinese folk music. I changed my mind after I learned more about it and saw the hard work behind the scenes.


I’ve liked songs from musicals and opera for many years, but I didn’t know the meaning behind some of the songs. In Super Vocal, they explain the story behind the song.


This one is for survival competitions that involve voting. It’s exciting to support your favourites. There’s a reason to vote for them: So that they can debut (This depends on the show).

When Chuang 2020 aired, I had something to look forward every week.

Do you see why I like Chinese singing competitions now?

Chuang 2020: My Thoughts on the Final Ranking

I’m very happy that Curley Gao won C position! She deserves it!

I’m also happy that Chen Zhuo Xuan and Nene made it in the final group. While they didn’t make the top 3, I’m glad that they still made it. I didn’t have any worries about Curley, Zhuo Xuan, or Nene not making the group because their rankings have always been within the top 7.

Still, I think that Zhuo Xuan and Nene deserve to be in the top 3. Zhuo Xuan’s performances in the final were amazing. She showed us a different side of her that we have never seen before. If she didn’t face so many setbacks and was able to show her full potential during the show, I believe she would have placed higher.

CHUANG 2020" Debuts 7 Member Girl Group, "BonBon Girls 303" | 三八姐姐

Ranks 1-6 were stable, but I was worried about rank 7. One moment it was Xu Yiyang and then the next moment it was Zhang Yifan. In the end, Yifan was rank 7 and Yiyang did not get to debut. There’s a lot of outrage on platforms everywhere: Weibo, Facebook, YouTube, etc.

I hear the difference between the votes was very small, so Yiyang had a chance. I personally voted for Yiyang. In terms of vocal and dance ability, I think that Yiyang is better.

There were also a couple of things that were off-putting about Yifan prior to the final. 1) Yifan saying that the group will carry her to victory and 2) Yifan saying that she cannot do it (yell a song lyric) and Yiyang encouraging her to do it. From these scenes, it looked like the group was babysitting Yifan when everyone had a lot on their plates already.

However, I also feel sad for Yifan for all the hate she is getting. A lot of netizens are saying that Yifan made it in the group because of her rich mom and because her company is huge. I don’t know if this is true or not. Even if she did win because of money, it’s not fair to direct the hate at her. Yifan still worked hard. It was others who voted for her.

I am sure that Yiyang will be successful, even though she didn’t make it in the group. I’m also sad that Liu Xiening is separated from Yiyang.

While Nene didn’t get to stay with Wu Yalu and her other close friends, she has the opportunity to become closer with Curley and the other girls.