I’m not the type that usually watches Korean variety shows, but as a certified girl group stan I’m beyond excited for tonight’s premiere of MBC’s The Secret Weapon.

The premise is pretty simple: 10 members of various flop girl groups compete in challenges and missions designed to bring out their charms and talents, which in turn is supposed to translate to popularity and success. The producers have done a great job with the casting, picking semi-known idols like STELLAR’s Minhee, FIESTAR’s Jei, and SPICA’s Sihyun, and mixed them in with total nugus from LABOUM, Berry Good, and TAHITI. They’ve even gone as low as picking somebody from the long forgotten 2EYES.

I just have one problem with the cast: G-Friend‘s Yerin.

How the hell does the most popular member of the most popular rookie group of the year get on a show about Z-listers trying to get famous?

G-Friend’s first single, “Glass Bead,” is a top twenty hit that not only outsold every rookie girl group outside of Red Velvet, it even did better than comebacks from established acts. It’s still in Melon’s top 100 as I type this, and it dropped back in January.

When G-Friend first debuted I assumed that they must’ve been using sponsors and sajaegi because their sudden success is virtually unheard of for a group outside of the big three, but then I found out that they were just managed by a well-connected former SM staffer. It explains how within five months Yerin has already starred in a Super Junior music video, landed a drama with Winner’s Nam Tae-hyun, and become the fastest rookie to ever guest star on Running Man.

I’m actually a fan of G-Friend’s music (the Season of Glass mini is great!), it’s just unfair to put somebody whose already on the fast track to stardom on a show that’s supposed to help out those with nothing. Given her connections, she’ll probably win the entire thing, although G-Friend’s already doing so well that she could leave after episode 1 and still hit daebak.

Anyway, I’ve put together a list of far more deserving flop-dols that could use the space that Yerin’s currently hogging. There’s a lot of nugus out there that need a helping hand before they get turned out in Tenpro.

gabinGabin (Blady) 

Blady’s omission from The Secret Weapon was the most shocking to me considering that they just relaunched the group this year and they’ve been promoting their Renovation album quite a bit. Gabin isn’t the prettiest member, but she’s the best singer and she’s got some interesting celebrity connections to boot. Not only is she friends with Unpretty Rapstar‘s Cheetah, she was also in a vocal duo with EXID’s Solji back in the day. The two are still so close that Solji even came out to support her old bandmate at Blady’s comeback showcase this year despite EXID’s busy schedule.

nari wassup

Nari (Wa$$up)

Wa$$up never seem to get anywhere and their songs never chart, but the group has managed to build a small international following thanks to their bad girl image. Nari’s the visual and the group’s cool sex kitten, so she’d probably be best for The Secret Weapon, but Dain’s certainly hot enough to do it too. As for Nada, she’s best saved for Unpretty RapstarThe Secret Weapon couldn’t handle that much woman.


Wooyoung (Purfles)

Purfles may have one of the stupidest names in girl group history, but the talented trio killed their rookie rivals last year with the powerful live performances of their debut single “1, 2, 3.” Unfortunately, their agency wasn’t strong enough to support them properly, so Purfles quickly disappeared and have been laying low working on their next comeback ever since. Member Wooyoung is not only the youngest and prettiest one of the group, she’s also the best singer–she’s basically made for a show like The Secret Weapon.


Yoo Hwa (Year 7 Class 1)

Year 7 Class 1 can’t really decide on a sound and nothing they do ever charts, but their songs are really fucking good and they seem to get better and better all the time. They’re also not afraid of controversy, having already media played off both bullying and skin exposure. Any member would be good on The Secret Weapon, but Yoo Hwa has the most fancam views for her upskirt performances so I’m going with her.


Yeonji (Pocket Girls)

When Pocket Girls’ debuted with “Bbang Bbang” a few months ago it was a bit of a joke; four impossibly plastic racing models thrown into a group to perform a novelty EDM song at low budget car shows and festivals. But here’s the plot twist–member Yeonji can really sing! It’s hard for groups like Pocket Girls or 4L to get on mainstream variety shows, so Yeonji could really bring something different to the competition and maybe show people that you can be both a tarty gangnam unnie and talented too.

I wanted to include D-Unit but they’ve basically disbanded, and groups like Rainbow and Dal Shabet are still too well-known for this kind of show. As for RaNia, too many members have left by now to even bother, and my beloved Brave Girls are too much of an unsure bet at this stage despite Brave Entertainment’s constant hints that they’re still together and planning a comeback.

Anyway, let me know which idols you think unfairly missed the cut for MBC’s new show, and let me know who you’re rooting for to win. I’m team #Minhee, obviously.

  • KingBeaArthur

    I’m Team Yerin out of spite! [actually I’m team Alice, Minhee, & Jei]

    Out of the 5 recommendations I’d pick either Yeonji or Nari.

  • I vote Nari, mostly because Wa$$up are just so much fun.
    I agree that Blady need more exposure too, I still get Blood Type B Girl stuck in my head

  • Cityscape

    One of the girls happens to be named Wooyoung, just like my favorite member from 2PM. Why haven’t I started stanning for this girl yet?

    Oh yeah, PURFLES……….

  • you are a true flop scholar! absolutely spot on with nari. she would’ve mopped the floor with all these nugus’ wigs. personally, i’m rooting for queen yoga-dol dahye. some girls i would’ve liked to see:

    seungah (sunny hill) – cute visual rapper from criminally underrated group
    eunyoung (two x) – maknae rapper who’s already done some reality tv
    siyeon (minx) – the blond who hits the whistle note in their only song so far
    eujin (4ten) – ultimate plastic-dol that gives bom a run for her money
    hana/zinger – lmao

  • HavokWWE

    There are a few people that could’ve been on this show.

    Daya or Ji Young of A.KOR could’ve been on.
    Yoomin of Melody Day
    Sorn of CLC
    Yeondu or Eunsae of DELIGHT
    Hayana of EvoL
    Any member of GP Basic
    T-ae of RaNia
    Jenny or Tasha of SKarf
    Euijin of SONAMOO
    Mint of Tiny-G

    • disqus_4Rn1256qw8

      I’d agree with Jiyoung for sure. Maybe Daya is as talented as her but I haven’t paid enough attention. And Yeondu, and Eujin. I would have liked to see a SKarf or EvoL member there too but I think they’ve both broken up now. :(

      Not sure where Tiny-G is at right now but I would pick J-Min, her singing voice is incredible. Mint’s great at dancing though.

  • MolkangMolkang

    It’s sad, RaNia is now down to 3 members. I’ve given up hope that Jooyi was still in the group for good now since all photos in a practice room are just T-ae, Di and Xia. That being said, one of them most definitely should have been on the show.

    SKarf have disbanded so we haven’t got them, Tiny-G are on the ‘we’re pretty much over’ hiatus. Evol haven’t been around since Get Up although Jucy is going on SMTM4? And then of course GLAM have been over since the beginning of the year. All my favourite nugus are pretty much over.

    WA$$UP though, seriously should have put one of them on. The only nugu I have left. They could have put on someone from 9Muses, I’d be there for that.

    • t-ae di and xia were always the hottest though so

  • Nana’s Disco Stick

    ditto on putting Nari in there, only Minhee and Jei would remain living if those lower than Nari`s visuals are to be executed each episode.

    also, Qri`s Vocal (and busty) Alter-Ego Yeonji should have been listed in this too.

    Yerin aside, this lineup seems pretty fair… but y`all should know that i`m with #teamJei

  • daaaaaaamn im terrible at picking up on ps but that pocket girls girl is…..she reminds me of this one girl from seoul who i knew who got a bunch of stuff done straight out of high school. it’s weird how bad plastic surgery makes everyone look like the same person

  • i want euaerin on this god damn show
    also what about someone from hello venus?? im rooting for the one with the awful voice and great ass

    • diamonddog

      That’s Seoyoung.

    • They already have a hello venus member, Alice aka “Sekshialisu”

      • i like Alice and she is hot but I see so much more potential for lime or the screamy one on variety

  • SeA is the one from Pocket Girls that I want to see do this.

    • She’s not a good singer though and she’s had the most surgery out of anybody in the group. Yeonji is the hottest and most talented and has fans from her racing model work.

      • why she got all this surgery just to look like jhope tho lmao

  • Leonardo Henrique

    Wa$$up’s agency should’ve get Nari a spot on this show. She’s hot, she’s Bobby with a pussay. And their lst mini was SOO GOOD. I cant even deal with Showtime and Stupid Liar.

  • Nicole Naeun

    what is the concept of this show? Are they gonna sing? Dance? Do skit?

    Btw rooting for Yerin, Yerin-ah fighting!!!! Fuck y’all haters!!! #GFRIEND4EVA

    • All different things actually. The missions are designed to bring out hidden charms, whether it’s singing or acting or talents lmao

  • Sunny

    they really should have added Nari tbh. Her visuals are being wasted (have a fancam go viral at least!). The fact that Wassup hasn’t suffered a member loss yet is astounding considering they flopped harder than Rania :/

    Regarding Purfles, i’d rather see the leader over Wooyoung cause shes my fav.

  • j d

    Melanie(vocal) or Tia(visual) from Chocolat.

  • 12 year olds dont belong here

    Yerin was even on Running Man together with Hani and some other actresses. That says something.