The competition is narrowing down in The Debut: Dream Academy, and on Sunday (Nov. 5), the top 10 finalists were revealed.
The latest eliminations came after the last of the competition’s three missions ended. The third mission was focused on demonstrating the remaining contestants’ artistry while executing various musical concepts. One group performed Demi Lovato’s “Confident,” the second took on The Pussycat Dolls’ “Buttons” and the third performed Spice Girls’ “Wannabe.”
In the end, Ua (Japan), Nayoung (South Korea) and Celeste (Argentina) were eliminated. The top 10 contestants who have made it through to the live finale event are Daniela (USA), Lara (USA), Megan (USA), Sophia (Philippines), Manon (Switzerland), Emily (USA), Ezrela (Australia), Samara (Brazil), Marquise (Thailand) and Yoonchae (South Korea).
The remaining 10 girls will perform at the show’s live finale, which is set to take place on Nov. 17. The name of the group and its final members will be revealed after the finale.
“I have wanted to form an international group based on K-pop methodology for a while,” HYBE Chairman Bang Si-Hyuk previously shared at a press event of the series. “To do this, I believed we needed a capable partner. When I met [Interscope Geffen A&M Records CEO] John [Janick], from the first moment, we both felt instantly that we had a connection, musically and creatively. I am very proud of the rich history we have made and the tremendous talent we have found. I am proud of the opportunities we have created within the K-pop universe.”
Watch the full third mission episode here.
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