|Presented by||Kim So-hyun|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||14|
|Running time||90 minutes|
120 minutes (Finale)
|Original network||Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation|
|Original release||November 3, 2018 –|
February 9, 2019
Under Nineteen (Korean: 언더나인틴) is a survival show on Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation for trainees under the age of 19 years old. There are a total of 57 contestants competing to debut as a member of 1THE9. The trainees are put into groups that specializes in vocals, rapping, and performance.
- 1 Concept
- 2 Directors
- 3 Episodes
- 3.1 Episode 1 (November 3, 2018)
- 3.2 Episode 2 (November 10, 2018)
- 3.3 Episode 3 (November 17, 2018)
- 3.4 Episode 4 (November 24, 2018)
- 3.5 Episode 5 (December 1, 2018)
- 3.6 Episode 6 (December 8, 2018)
- 3.7 Episode 7 (December 15, 2018)
- 3.8 Episode 8 (December 22, 2018)
- 3.9 Episode 9 (December 29, 2018)
- 3.10 Episode 10 (January 5, 2019)
- 3.11 Episode 11 (January 12, 2019)
- 3.12 Episode 12 (January 19, 2019)
- 3.13 Episode 13 (January 26, 2019)
- 3.14 Episode 14 (February 9, 2019)
- 4 Contestants
- 5 Rankings
- 6 Missions
- 7 Discography
- 8 Ratings
- 9 Awards and nominations
- 10 References
Under Nineteen introduces singers, rappers, dancers and also trainees with the ability to produce music and choreograph. 57 aspiring boy band members will come to compete for a spot to be in a new K-pop idol group. Once down to the final 19 trainees only 9 of them will have the chance of being the next idol group. The winning group will sign a contract for 12 months and be managed by MBK Entertainment.
- Kim So-hyun - Host & Official Supporter of the group
- Dynamic Duo - Rap Director, Gaeko & Choiza
- Crush - Vocal Director
- Solji - Vocal Director, member of EXID
- Eunhyuk - Performance Director, member of Super Junior
- Hwang Sang-hoon - Performance Director, SM Entertainment Performance Director & Choreographer for Super Junior, SHINee, EXO & NCT.
Special director and guests
- Don Spike
- Jaehyo, P.O, U-Kwon
- Ravi, Ken
- Hani, LE
Episode 1 (November 3, 2018)
57 trainees, who aspire to become the next K-pop idol, divide up into three groups of 19. Vocal Team, Rap Team, and Performance Team all show off what they can do in their first Ranking Evaluation. The directors watch and evaluate their performances and give them a score. According to their scores, they are ranked in their team. These rankings will prove to be important for the first mission.
Episode 2 (November 10, 2018)
The trainees from Rap team, Vocals team, and Performance team present their own unique stages to be ranked in their team. The trainees compete against each other and the ranking keeps changing. After that, the trainees move to the training camp to go through special training sessions.
Episode 3 (November 17, 2018)
Each team is given a theme song for this next mission. Their parts are divided amongst the members according to their rankings. Much to their displeasure, the parts are mostly given to the high-ranking members. However, they are told that there will be a Judgment Day where the members can take one another's parts. Some will gain parts while others will lose them. The Vocal team performed their song "Go Tomorrow" and was ranked by the in studio audience and online viewers. Upon the airing of this episode, all three songs each team performed had a music video released.
Episode 4 (November 24, 2018)
After the Vocal team's performance, the remaining two teams are nervous. In the midst of the overwhelming atmosphere, the Performance team takes the stage. We get a sneak peek at what their practices were like. Despite the best dancers being in one team, they go through a lot of struggles and get reprimanded on their attitude. It's Judgment Day, and many of the low-ranking members challenge the members with parts for an opportunity to stand in the spotlight.
Episode 5 (December 1, 2018)
With just two days left before the final performance, Team Rap is in a lot of trouble. In the eyes of their directors, they are unprepared for their performance, and the tension causes a rift between the members. After the final performance, the trainees gather to hear the results of the on-site voting as well as their second mission, position evaluation. They are given 30 K-Pop songs and each team gets to perform 2 songs of their directors choice.
Episode 6 (December 8, 2018)
In the midst of preparing for their second ranking evaluation, the 57 trainees are faced with the reality that they must say goodbye to 8 members. With Team Performance in first place, they can focus solely on their second performance, but Team Rap and Team Vocals cannot ignore the fact that they could be eliminated.
Episode 7 (December 15, 2018)
As there are two teams for each position, the Position Competition is divided into Round 1 and Round 2. After the devastating loss of almost half their members, Team Rap's Team “H.E.R” faces a crisis in their performance. During the rehearsals, everyone is intimidated by Team Vocals’ Team “I Need U”. In a twist of fate, Team Performance and Team Rap go back to back in their performance of “H.E.R”.
Episode 8 (December 22, 2018)
The three teams prepare for Round 2. With Team Rap in the lead, the other two teams are prepared to do their best to beat them. However, during their Interim Evaluations, the directors of Team Rap and Team Vocals are disappointed with the quality and decide that changes must be made to win.
Episode 9 (December 29, 2018)
The trainees take a break from their preparations to show off their various charms for Christmas. Super Junior's Shindong and Leeteuk as well as GFRIEND’s Yerin make a guest appearance as MCs for a special corner called "Weekly Trainees". The trainees compete with each other to win prizes to enjoy while being in the training center. Also, the Second Ranking Announcement is held, and the trainees must say goodbye to nine people.
Episode 10 (January 5, 2019)
This time the three teams are combined into 6 units to compete with one another for a benefit of 10,000 votes. The combinations of each unit was chosen by fans on the online voting system for the following songs: "Fake Love" by BTS, "Growl" by Exo, "Sherlock" by SHINee, "Fiction" by BEAST, "Mirotic" by TVXQ and "Be Mine" by INFINITE. They must prepare a performance with an internationally ranked song. Yesterday's friend becomes today's enemy as the mission gets heated up. Taek Hyeon shows off his MC skills when the units choose their competitor. Special director J-Hope stops by to help the "Fake Love" team with the choreography and gives his expertise.
Episode 11 (January 12, 2019)
The results for the first round of the Shuffle Mission are revealed. Unit “Fiction” goes up against Unit “Be Mine”, and Unit “Sherlock” goes up against Unit “Growl”. During practice, there is trouble between the members of Unit “Fiction”, and it is apparent even on stage during the rehearsals. Unit “Sherlock” is upset for being treated as the weakest link and practices really hard to beat Unit “Growl”. Meanwhile, Kai from EXO gives tips to Unit “Growl”.
Episode 12 (January 19, 2019)
It's the last mission before the live broadcast. Among the remaining trainees, only 25 will make it to the Collaboration Mission. During the Third Ranking Announcement, So Hyun has a surprising announcement regarding the dismissal of one of the trainees for misconduct. The Collaboration Mission begins, and each team and their directors put on the performance of a lifetime. Knowing it might be their last shot, everyone works hard to leave no regrets.
Episode 13 (January 26, 2019)
It's the day of the Fourth Ranking Announcement, and the top 19 trainees have been determined. During the announcement So Hyun broke the news about Ji Jin-seok and Bang Jun-hyuk's departure due to health reasons. After the announcements, the trainees gather for a special segment called "The Trainee." With special MCs, Shindong and Ye Rin, we get a look at the trainees’ first audition, their work fashion, and a prank that shows their character. The trainees laugh and enjoy themselves one last time before the final live broadcast.
Episode 14 (February 9, 2019)
After months of blood, sweat, and tears put into this competition, UNDER NINETEEN is finally coming to an end. Today is the long-awaited live broadcast to find out who will make it into the final 9 and debut. The trainees divide up into two groups to perform new songs. There is tension in the air as it's their last chance to gain the support of their fans and debut. Who will make it into the top nine and debut as 1the9?
Main article: List of Under Nineteen contestants
- Color key (In order of contestant's rank on the show)
|Contestants eliminated in the final episode|
|Contestants eliminated in the fourth rounds of eliminations|
|Contestants eliminated in the third rounds of eliminations|
|Contestants eliminated in the second rounds of eliminations|
|Contestants eliminated in the first rounds of eliminations|
|Contestants that left the show|
|Jeon Do-yum (전도염)||Jung Jin-sung (정진성)||Kim Tae-woo (김태우)||Shin Ye-chan (신예찬)||Jeong Taek-hyeon (정택현)||Yoo Yong-ha (유용하)|
|Park Sung-won (박성원)||Lee Seung-hwan (이승환)||Kim Jun-seo (김준서)||Kim Shi-hyun (김시현)||Kim Young-won (김영원)||Park Si-young (박시영)|
|Bae Hyeon-jun (배현준)||Song Byeong-hee (송병희)||Suren (수런)||Lee Sang-min (이상민)||Lee Ye-chan (이예찬)||Lee Jong-won (이종원)|
|Wumuti (우무티)||Jeon Chan-bin ( 전찬빈 )||Kim Sung-ho (김성호)||Kang Jun-hyuck (강준���)||Yoon Tae-kyung (윤태경)||Ji Jin-seok (지진석)|
|Bang Jun-hyuk (방준혁)||Kim Jung-woo (김정우)||Park Jin-oh (박진오)||Kim Young-seok (김영석)||Shin Chan-bin (신찬빈)||Lim Youn-seo (임윤서)|
|Lee Dong-joon (이동준)||Song Jae-won (송재원)||Min (민)||Oh Da-han (오다한)||Lim Hyeong-bin ( 임형빈 )||Son Jin-ha ( 손진하)|
|Lee Jae-eok (이재억)||Kim Kun (김건)||Christian (크리스티안)||Choi Soo-min (최수민)||Koo Han-seo (구한서)||Kim Kang-min (김강민)|
|Kim Ye-joon (김예준)||Nam Do-hyon (남도현)||Eddie (에디)||Jang Rui (장루이)||Jeong Won-beom (정원범)||Jung Hyun-jun (정현준)|
|Kosuke (코스케)||Kim Bin (김빈)||Kim Jun-jae (김준재)||Yoon Do-yeon (윤도연)||Lee Min-woo (이민우)||Lee Jun-hwan (이준환)|
|Chang Min-su (장민수)||Jay Chang (제이창)||Choi Yong-hun (최용훈)|
The top 9 contestants were determined by online and onsite voting, the results of which were announced at the end of each episode. The top 9 contestants at the final vote determined the final group.
- Color key
|New Top 9|
|#||Episode 6||Episode 9||Episode 12||Episode 13||Episode 14|
|1||Wumuti||Wumuti =||Jeon Do-yum ↑4||Jeon Do-yum =||Jeon Do-yum =|
|2||Kim Shi-hyun||Kim Sung-ho ↑18||Jung Jin-sung ↑9||Jung Jin-sung =||Jung Jin-sung =|
|3||Jeon Do-yum||Choi Soo-min ↑5||Shin Ye-chan ↑3||Wumuti ↓2||Kim Tae-woo ↑3|
|4||Jung Jin-sung||Yoon Tae-kyung ↑6||Lee Seung-hwan ↑8||Yoo Yong-ha ↑4||Shin Ye-chan ↑1|
|5||Shin Ye-chan||Jeon Do-yum ↓2||Bang Jun-hyuk ↑5||Shin Ye-chan ↓2||Jeong Taek-hyeon ↑4|
|6||Suren||Shin Ye-chan ↓1||Park Sung-won ↑1||Kim Tae-woo ↑6||Yoo Yong-ha ↓2|
|7||Ji Jin-seok||Park Sung-won ↑30||Jeong Taek-hyeon ↑11||Kim Shi-hyun ↑6||Park Sung-won ↑3|
|8||Choi Soo-min||Lee Sang-min ↑26||Yoo Yong-ha ↑6||Lee Seung-hwan ↓4||Lee Seung-hwan =|
|9||Bang Jun-hyuk||Ji Jin-seok ↓2||Ji Jin-seok =||Jeong Taek-hyeon ↓2||Kim Jun-seo ↑2|
Main article: 1THE9
|#||Episode 14 (Total votes)|
|1||Jeon Do-yum||678,953||Play M Entertainment|
|2||Jung Jin-sung||500,929||Play M Entertainment|
|3||Kim Tae-woo||399,509||A Team Entertainment|
|4||Shin Ye-chan||390,005||TOP Media|
|5||Jung Taek-hyeon||377,883||Management Air|
|6||Yoo Yong-ha||347,424||OUI Entertainment|
|7||Park Sung-won||342,430||A Team Entertainment|
|8||Lee Seung-hwan||325,754||Play M Entertainment|
|9||Kim Jun-seo||321,288||OUI Entertainment|
Theme Song Mission (Episode 3–5)
|1||Performance||"We Are Young"||253|
Position Mission (Episode 6–8)
- Former leader
|#||Team||Group||Original artist||Song||Contestant||Votes||Total votes|
|1||Vocal||A||BTS||"I Need U"||Kang Jun-hyuck||214||455|
|B||EXO||"Love Me Right"||Kim Kun||241|
|2||Performance||A||Block B||"H.E.R"||Kim Kang-min||223||450|
|3||Rap||A||Block B||"H.E.R"||Kim Sung-ho||236||437|
|B||NCT U||"Boss"||Koo Han-seo||201|
Shuffle Mission (Episode 10–11)
|Round||Team||Original artist||Special director||Song||Contestant||Votes|
|2||BTS||J-Hope||"Fake Love"||Shin Ye-chan||373|
|2||3||INFINITE||"Be Mine"||Kim Shi-hyun||335|
Collaboration Mission (Episode 12)
|Rap||Dynamic Duo||"Friday Night"|
|Performance||Super Junior||"U" & "Black Suit"|
|Go Tomorrow||2018||Vocal Team|
|We Are Young||Performance Team|
|Like A Magic||2019||Team A|
|Shooting Star||Team B|
In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
|Ep.||Broadcast date||Average audience share|
|1||November 3, 2018||2.2%||NR|
|2||November 10, 2018||1.7%||NR|
|3||November 17, 2018||1.9%||NR|
|4||November 24, 2018||1.5%||NR|
|5||December 1, 2018||1.2%||NR|
|6||December 8, 2018||1.4%||NR|
|7||December 15, 2018||1.2%||NR|
|8||December 22, 2018||1.5%||NR|
|9||December 29, 2018||1.6%||NR|
|10||January 5, 2019||1.6%||NR|
|11||January 12, 2019||1.1%||NR|
|12||January 19, 2019||0.9%||NR|
|13||January 26, 2019||1.0%||NR|
|14||February 9, 2019||1.3%||NR|
Awards and nominations
|2018||18th MBC Entertainment Awards||Excellence Award, Music/Talk Category (Female)||Kim So-hyun||Won|||
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