Korean-American singer and actress Krystal Jung trended #1 and stayed on the Weibo hot search for most of today after the internet exploded with rumors that she will a mentor on the upcoming season 4 of Produce 101 China.
The show which was licensed from its Korean counterpart has had many names since its first season in 2018 that evolved into Produce Camp 2019 and Chuang 2020 this year. According to the rumor, Krystal will be heading to Hainan for filming and the new season which is expected to air in 2021 will focus on forming an international boy group. The netizen who was once right about other rumors is being treated as an ‘insider’.
Although nothing has been confirmed, it’s not so far-fetched to have K-pop idols as mentors. Season 1 had Huang Zitao as the nation’s producer and Wang Yibo as a dance mentor. Chuang 2020 brought back Tao and a reunion with former SM label mates Luhan, Kris Wu (as a special mentor) and Victoria Song. The rival show Youth with You 2 also had BLACKPINK’s Lisa Manoban as a dance mentor in its most recent season.
Given the success of Chinese survival competitions, it’s no surprise to see interest around this and the potential for a reunion between Krystal and Victoria should both sign on for a new season only adds to the excitement. Krystal and Victoria both debuted as members of the South Korean girl group f(x) in 2009.