This year’s “Youth With You 3” (青春有你3) has been a hot mess – from cheating scandals to the violation of law, the reality competition is probably ranked one of the most controversial show in recent years.
The finale was supposed to take place last weekend, but as it wasn’t meant to be, the powers that be have decided to cancel “Youth With You 3” altogether. That being said, there won’t be any winners this year.
“Youth With You 3” first brought together 119 trainees (not just from China) but from all around the world. The goal was to form a 9-member boy group with the help of global viewers’ votes and superstar mentor (Li Yuchun, Li Ronghao, Will Pan and BLACKPINK’s Lisa).
Over the weekend, there were rumours circulating online that “Youth With You 3” had already announced the final line up to the trainees and staff members. Apparently, former trainee Cao Yuxue had leaked the name of the boy group – NINEVER – and along with it, the alleged 9 members. They are:
1. Luo Yizhou
2. JOJO (Tang Jiuzhou)
3. Lian Huaiwei
4. Neil (Liu Guanyou)
5. Jerome.D (Deng Xiaoci)
6. Kachine (Sun Yinghao)
7. Jun Liu (who hails from Seremban, Malaysia)
8. Duan Xingxing
9. Sun Yihang
It didn’t take long before the team behind “Youth With You 3” issued a statement to debunk the rumours. “At the moment, the team has decided to terminate recording the show and cancel the finale. No further news have been announced so far. Therefore, news concerning about a debut group from an official Weibo are false.”
Several reports claim that the remaining trainees have already left the filming location at Dachang. Following this sensitive period, some even suggest that there won’t be any idol survival shows in the next 3 years or so.
Needless to say, it’s the trainees who have received the short end of the stick. Many have dedicated blood, sweat, and tears, during the past few months, only to have their hopes and dreams smashed into pieces.
Hopefully these boys will continue to work hard and gain the support of more dedicated fans.