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TRAINEE18 (香蕉练习生) is an 18 member pre-debut group formed on December 20, 2016, through a public audition by Banana Culture Music Co., Ltd. in Shanghai. The aim is to create the most globalized new idol group in China that will carry out promotions exclusively with Banana Culture Music.

HistoryEdit

2016-2017: Selection and TrainingEdit

TRAINEE18 was first recruited in August 2016 through a global recruitment audition. Casting calls were publicized to all youth in China, and eventually 18 full-time trainees were selected for Wang Sicong's first self-created group of trainees and artists.[1] Before the final 18 were announced, trainees went through a series of monthly evaluations and those that neither maintained sufficient points nor made constant improvement in singing, dance, and rap were eliminated immediately.

2018: "Rock the Show"Edit

In January, 9 male trainees participated in iQiYi's variety show Idol Producer. Lin Yanjun and You Zhangjing finished in the top 9, joining the project group NINE PERCENT. On April 22, 2018, 5 female trainees participated in Tencent's variety show Produce 101 China. Fu Jing finished at 5th, joining the project group Rocket Girls.

In June, Banana Culture Music started recruitment for it's next batch of trainees.[citation needed]

MembersEdit

GraduatedEdit

Trainees who have released songs and/or completed their training regime.[2] The first batch of graduates have been called Little Prince Brothers (王子弟弟).[3]

Chinese

Korean

English

Age

Position

Program(s)

林超泽

임초석

Lin Chaoze

May 4, 1996 (1996-05-04) (age 22)

leader, main dancer

Idol Producer

林彦俊

임언준

Lin Yanjun

August 24, 1995 (1995-08-24) (age 23)

rapper, composer

Idol Producer

李若天

이야천

Li Ruotian

September 2, 1997 (1997-09-02) (age 21)

vocal, awkwardness

Idol Producer

陆定昊

륙정호

Lu Dinghao

July 27, 1995 (1995-07-27) (age 23)

vocal, variety

Idol Producer

姜京佐

강경좌

Jiang Jingzuo

November 30, 1997 (1997-11-30) (age 20)

dancer, acrobatics

Idol Producer

邱治谐

구치해

Qiu Zhixie

April 11, 1994 (1994-04-11) (age 24)

vocal, homemaker

Idol Producer

尤长靖

우장정 You Zhangjing September 19, 1994 (1994-09-19) (age 24) main vocal Idol Producer

高茂桐

고무동

Gao Maotong

March 8, 2000 (2000-03-08) (age 18)

height

Idol Producer

贝汯璘

굉홍림

Bei Honglin

June 4, 1996 (1996-06-04) (age 22)

vocal, rapper

Idol Producer

CurrentEdit

Chinese

Korean

English

Age

Position

Program(s)

强东玥 강동매 Qiang Dongyue March 31, 1994 (1994-03-31) (age 24) Produce 101 China
傅菁 부청 Fu Jing June 29, 1995 (1995-06-29) (age 23) Produce 101 China

刘尼夷

류니이 Liu Niyi April 22, 1998 (1998-04-22) (age 20) Produce 101 China
王亦然 왕액연 Wang Yiran April 22, 1998 (1998-04-22) (age 20) Produce 101 China
王曼君 왕만군 Wang Manjun March 6, 1990 (1990-03-06) (age 28) Produce 101 China

FormerEdit

DiscographyEdit

Digital SinglesEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

Official LinksEdit