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    Mnet Launches Audition for New Survival Show Amid 'Produce X 101' Investigation

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    The leading South Korean music TV channel was previously accused of vote manipulation during the show 'Produce X 101' which aired earlier this year.

    Mnet has announced that it will screen a new generation show 'Teen Singer' next year, and that it is planning to hold an audition this November. But netizens have concerns about the reality of this 'reality' show due to persistent rumours that a previous programme was faked.

    The new show seems to be a follow-up of the hit show "the High School Rapper", where high school students participated in a hip-hop survival programme, while "Teen Singer' is expected to attract the attention of a younger audience and is aimed at a teen audience.

    ​The idol programme 'Produce X101', the survival show, was broadcasted from May to July 2019. During the competition, the project group 'X1' debuted. Its members were chosen by text votes from fans, however the audience suspected vote-rigging after fans discovered a similar spacing in votes between the various contestants.

    As suspicions spread, Mnet asked the police to investigate. The Seoul Police Agency's cyber investigation team conducted a seizure search for the 'Produce X' production office in CJ E & M last July and continued the search in partner companies earlier this month. Mnet is asking all concerned fans to wait until the police investigation ends, while it is yet to make any official statements as to whether the vote was deliberately rigged.

    But the confidence of the viewers who supported 'Produce' series and other shows of the same format is low, and many of them are already tweeting against the new show.

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