“Road To Kingdom” CP Explains What Drew Them To Each Competing Boy Group
Chief producer (CP) Park Chan Wook of Mnet’s “Road to Kingdom” explained the criteria they used to choose which boy groups to extend offers to for the show.
Mnet’s new show “Road to Kingdom” held a press conference on April 21 and was attended by CP Park Chan Wook, producing director (PD) Lee Byung Wook, as well as MCs Lee Da Hee and Jang Sung Kyu, and participating boy groups PENTAGON, ONF, Golden Child, The Boyz, VERIVERY, ONEUS, and TOO.
When asked what the criteria had been in their selection process, CP Park Chan Wook explained, “In ‘Queendom,’ we looked for teams that had won on music shows. On the other hand, ‘Road to Kingdom,’ as can be seen from the title, is the step before ‘Kingdom.’ In order to give more teams an opportunity, we did not have a specific criteria the teams had to meet.”
He went on to explain, “However, in a broader sense, you could say that our criteria was to bring together many teams who have potential to grow. Because of this, we tried to focus our attention on teams with members who work on producing, writing music, or creating their own choreography. We ended up with a good mix of groups with different concepts and who have been idols for different periods of time.”
CP Park Chan Wook highlighted each group as he said, “In PENTAGON’s case, we sent them an offer because they have a lot of hit tracks and they are especially skilled when it comes to producing. For ONF, they’re a group with great talent and star quality, enough that they were able to get in the debut group of a different audition program, so we thought they’d be able to show their hidden talents.”
He added, “The Boyz is a team that has won Best Rookie awards. They have 11 members and we felt like they would be able to showcase a lot of different charms. Golden Child members are not only active as singers, but actors as well, and they are able to self-produce. They’re also famous for their synchronized dancing, so that’s why we sent them an offer. VERIVERY and ONEUS debuted on the same day, and we felt like we could show a friendly competition between the two.”
Lastly, there is TOO, who debuted less than a month ago. CP Park Chan Wook stated, “TOO is a team whose members have shown their potential in a survival show. ‘Road to Kingdom’ is a place where you set aside everything else and only compete with the performances you create, so we thought it would be interesting to bring a group who debuted less than a month ago and see them compete with their seniors.”
“Road to Kingdom” is set to premiere on April 30 at 8 p.m. KST.