I’m not sure if anyone watching hit South Korean talent selection show Produce 101, which has had 4 seasons now, thinks that it is 100% fan voted with no producer and management involvement. But even knowing is different then getting confirmation that yes, the shows are indeed rigged and fan voting has nothing to do with who makes the final cut and joins the newly formed idol group. PD Ahn Joon Young of CJ E&M who worked on all four seasons has admitted after arrest that the 4th season Produce X 101 and the 3rd season Produce 48 were both rigged.
For those watching it probably validates how ridiculous some poor performers seem to make the cut every week while real talent got less screen time and always low votes. This whole thing started because fans got fed up, apparently by the 4th season the “top vote getters” were egregiously selected vis-a-vis actually popular contestants with the viewers so fans complained and a police investigation was launched. Goes to show that they would have gotten away with it if they didn’t shove truly terrible contestants to the top spots and expected fans to just accept it.