Sixteen (Hangul: 식스틴, stylized as SIXTEEN) is a 2015 reality girl group survival show created by JYP Entertainment and Mnet. The show pitted sixteen JYP trainees against one another to secure a spot in the girl group Twice. Sixteen contestants were assessed for not only their singing and dancing abilities but also their charisma and personality. The show premiered May 5, 2015, and ran for ten episodes through July 7, 2015, on Mnet.

Pre-show promotions

11 Dance cut (all members)

11 Dance cut (all members)

Starting on April 13, 2015, JYP began releasing profiles of the 16 candidates through Mnet's channel and on the Sixteen YouTube channel. Contestants were revealed to include three Japanese trainees, one Thai trainee, one Korea-Canadian trainee, and one Taiwanese trainee. Some insight into the show's format was given, revealing that seven of the show's contestants were already candidates for the new girl group while the remaining nine would seek to replace them in the final line up.


Episode 1 (May 5, 2015)

The contestants are introduced and divided into two groups: Majors and Minors. This first group division is decided purely by JYP's A&R team, not Park Jin Young. Park Jin-young issued the girls the First Mission "Are you a STAR?" which challenged them to prove that they had star potential. Contestants could freely choose what they wanted to show, but JYP wanted to "see their ability to become a star or be able to feel that [they] are meant to be a star."

Episode 2 (May 12, 2015)

The girls' s second mission was "Album Jacket Cover," which challenged them to focus and produce high-quality photos in less-than-ideal conditions. Majors were allowed to shop for designers clothes for the photo shoot and decided on a dark, yet youthful vampire concept, while minors were sent to a street market and designed a fresh concept inspired by Wonder Girls. The results of the photo shoot exposed the strengths and weaknesses of the girls, revealing the natural charms of some and the struggles of others.

Episode 3 (May 19, 2015)

The third mission, 1:1 Battle, where the contestants battled each other one on one by using their skills and talents that they have gained in the time when they were trainees.

Episode 4 (May 26, 2015)

The contestants' next mission is to be a group challenge between minor and major teams. The teams are divided into Major A, Major B, Minor A, and Minor B. The match-ups are revealed to be Major A vs. Minor B and Major B vs. Minor A. The winning teams will make up the new Major lineup. The losing teams then will compete against each other. The losers of the second battle will be up for elimination. The girls are shown preparing for the competition, but no match-ups were shown this episode.

Episode 5 (June 2, 2015)

The girls prepare for their group battles, choosing performance outfits and rehearsing. The competition stage is held before a live studio audience, whose votes will determine the winners of each battle.

Major A (Mina, Nayeon, Chaeryeong, Jeongyeon) - "Happy" by Pharrell

Major B (Natty, Somi, Jihyo) - "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson

Minor A (Momo, Jiwon, Chaeyoung) - "The Way You Love Me" by Keri Hilson

Minor B (Tzuyu, Minyoung, Dahyun, Sana) - "Problem" by Ariana Grande

Episode 6 (June 9, 2015)

This episode continues to the loser's battle, Major A is renamed Minor A, and Minor A is renamed Minor B.

Minor A (Nayeon, Chaeryeong, Mina, and Jeongyeon) performed Lee Hyori’s “U-Go-Girl”

Minor B (Chaeyoung, Jiwon, and Momo) chose Park Jin-young’s “Swing Baby.”

The Major lineup is able to dance with JYP in an upcoming performance.

Episode 7 (June 16, 2015)

After completing Variety Camp, JYP gathers the girls together and announces that the mission will be member elections, where they will cast private votes on the Major and Minor line-ups.

The girls are once again divided into four teams for their next mission, "Create Your Own Live Showcase." The teams will prepare a performance as well as be responsible for promoting the show.

Major A (Jihyo, Chaeyoung, Minyoung, Sana) prepared a slow, sexy version of Wonder Girls' "Nobody";

Major B (Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Tzuyu) chose to perform miss A's "Hush";

Minor A (Dahyun, Jiwon, Chaeryeong) also chose to emulate Wonder Girls with "Tell Me"; finally,

Minor B (Mina, Somi, Natty) created a reinterpretation of JYP's "Who's Your Mama?".

The song battles is revealed in the next episode.

Episode 8 (June 23, 2015)

The girls rush through the streets of Seoul promoting the concert and handing out colored balls (Major A - Red; Major B - Yellow; Minor A - Green; Minor B - Blue). Before the show starts, attendees will place the ball in the correct group's bin to show which team did the best job promoting the show. The team that gets most of their balls back will be safe in the Major line up. After the performances, audience members are given white balls to vote for the performance they liked the best out of all four on their way out. This vote will determine the other members of the Major team.

Episode 9 (June 30, 2015)

JYP announces that the girls' last mission will be to become a real girl group onstage. He divides them into two groups, JYP then gives the girls their new songs for the final mission's first round, explaining that teams were assigned songs that they would normally be bad at - the rhythmical "I think I'm Crazy" for Major and the vocally-oriented "Truth" for Minor. He then reveals "Do It Again", which both groups will be performing in the final round and serves as a representation of Twice's musical direction. While preparing for the final mission, Major and Minor team are visited and mentored by miss A's Fei and 2PM's Jun. K respectively. After the performances, the girls receive praises from JYP, who chooses Minor as having given the better performance for the round.

Episode 10 (July 7, 2015)

The girls prepare for the final showcase, where the Major and Minor teams will perform "Do It Again" back to back. The teams spend one last night together reminiscing on their journey throughout the show, laughing at each other's silly moments, and sharing their heartaches and hopes. The finalists are gathered on stage where the Major team turns in their necklaces. JYP then throws in a twist, announcing that Twice will be a nine-member group. Along with the current Major line up, he chooses one contestant from audience's opinion through online voting and one from the A&R Team and the Trainers' decision.

Contestants Ranking

Decided by AR Team - Episode 1

1st Mission (Are you a STAR?) - Episode 1, 2

2nd Mission (Album Jacket Cover) - Episode 2, 3

3rd Mission (1:1 Battle) - Episode 3, 4

4th Mission (Group Battle + Loser Battle) - Episode 4, 5, 6

5th Mission (Members Election) - Episode 7

6th Mission (Create Your Own Live Showcase) - Episode 7, 8, 9

7th Mission (Final Battle) - Episode 9, 10

Note: Tzuyu is added from audience's opinion through online voting and Momo from the A&R Team and the Trainers' decision.


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