Mnet's "Girls Planet 999" first dance battle officially started! In the recent broadcast, the 99 trainees were assigned on its respective teams to cover K-pop songs, featuring hit tracks of top-tier groups such as BLACKPINK, TWICE, IZ*ONE, Oh My Girl, and EBS (EXO, BTS, and SEVENTEEN). Which planet cells prevailed on the official cover battle? Keep Reading!
On August 20, Mnet's "Girls Planet 999" unveiled its connection mission, which is its first planet dance battle.
'Girls Planet 999' Episode 3 Highlights: Trainees Compete in Cover Battle of BLACKPINK and TWICE
In the broadcast, the rigorous training of the participants was shown. Kim Da Yeon, the first place in K-Group during signal song evaluation, was also seen shedding tears due to the pressure of not being able to enter the Top 9.
Meanwhile, the Top 9 selected in the last connect evaluation were given special costumes, and Choi Yujin, a member of K-pop group CLC, was chosen as the leader of BLACKPINK's team 1.
After intense practice, a full-fledged connection mission has begun. Planet master Yeo Jin Goo explained that out of the 33 cells, 16 will be eliminated, and a total of 48 participants will, unfortunately, say goodbye in the competition after the mission.
The girls then started their all-out battle, starting with TWICE's "Yes or Yes" dance cover competition.
Team 1 for the song is comprised of Kim Hye Rim, Ma Yu Ling, Okuma Sumomo, Kim Chae Hyun, Li Yiman, Kuwahara Ayana, Chia Yi, Ha Ji Won, and Yamauchi Moana.
As for Team 2, Kim Do Ah, Wen Zhe, Kim Se In, Leung Cheuk Ying, Lee Chae Yun, Kishida Rikida, Xu Zi Yin, Okazaki Momoko, and Arai Risako completed the group.
After the cover battle, Team 1 headed by Kim Hye Rim won the battle.
For the second match, two teams performed BLACKPINK's mega-hit track, "How You Like That."
The battle of Team 1 and 2 received high expectations, as the K-Group No. 1 and four Top 9 participants are members of the respective teams.
The first team consisted of Choi Yujin, May, Cai Bing, Xia Yen, Inaba Vivienne, Lee Yeon Gyung, Shen Xiao Ting, Seo Young Eun, and Kawaguchi Yurina.
Meanwhile, Team 2 was composed of Zhou Xin Yu, Yoon Ji A, Shima Moka, Chien Tzu Ling, Ando Rinka, Wu Tammy, Kim Da Yeon, and Sakurai Miu.
Although Team 1 has four top 9 participants, they received harsh criticism and feedback from the masters.
Im Han Byul said, "You did better during the rehearsal." Sunmi also called out Shen Xiao Ting, who is in the Top 9, expressing disappointment during her killing part.
In particular, it pointed out that the flow of performance was broken after Cai Bing's mistake — which you can see in the full episode.
Nevertheless, Team 1, headed by Choi Yujin, won, and during her speech, she thanked her group members and attested to grow better in the next performances.
CLC Choi Yujin Tops Mid-Term Rankings of the Cell Votings
On the other hand, Choi Yujin is the participant who is currently reigning in the cell votings.
As of the 20th at 10 p.m. KST, the initial rankings from domestic and global votings were released, and Choi Yujin, Cai Bing, and May were unveiled as the Top 1 cell — with a total of 1,328,882 points, ranking first.
"Girl's Planet 999" first global vote will end at 10 a.m. on the 28th.
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Written by Eunice Dawson