Under Nineteen (Korean: 언더나인틴) was a boy group reality survival program developed by Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, also known as MBC TV, together with MBK Entertainment. The show featured 57 male contestants, all under 19 years old, who competed in different challenges while showcasing their talents for a spot in the group 1THE9.
Actress Kim So-Hyun
Eunhyuk of Super Junior
Hwang Sang Hoon
Aired: 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.
Aired: 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.
Aired: 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 studio audience and online viewers. Upon the airing of this episode, all three songs each team performed had a music video released.
Aired: 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.
Aired: 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.
Aired: 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.
Aired: 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”.
Aired: 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.
Aired: 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.
Aired: 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. Taekhyeon 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.
Aired: 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.
Aired: 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.
Aired: February 9, 2019
In the last episode of Under Nineteen, the trainees were divided into two groups. They performed new songs, aiming to gain the support and vote from fans. Eventually, 9 participates were announced to be members of 1THE9.