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Police confirm vote rigging of ‘Produce X 101’ show
南韓警方證實 《Produce X 101》出道排名造假

Lee Dong-wook, the host of Produce x 101, is pictured during his visit to Hong Kong on March 15 last year.
《Produce X 101》主持人李棟旭訪問香港,攝於去年三月十五日。

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The vote-manipulation scandal of K-pop reality show Produce X 101 continues to snowball. The police have found evidence showing that the final rankings of some of the 11 contestants fans voted into boyband “X1” were rigged. At least two or three winning trainees were added to the group after receiving votes meant for trainees that ultimately lost.

In addition to raids on the CJ ENM-owned broadcasting company Mnet, the police also made raids on three talent agencies, including Starship Entertainment, MBK Entertainment and Woollim Entertainment. The head producer and several staff members of the TV show reportedly have been booked on charges of obstruction of business.

The police have also seized voice recordings found on the phones of staff members discussing vote rigging that took place not only this season but also in the previous three. Hundreds of viewers filed a lawsuit against the broadcaster for fraud in August, as their on-site text voting service charged 100 Korean won (US$0.08) per vote.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)

南韓實境選秀《Produce X 101》票數操控醜聞如雪球般越滾越大,警方上週已查獲證據,顯示由粉絲票選組成男團「X1」的十一位參賽者,其中幾位最終排名的確有造假。至少有兩到三位入選的練習生,因不當獲取原屬於落選者的票數才得以勝出。




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