Long Post // I almost can't believe Produce 101 has come to an end and we got to watch all the trainees grow and now we're at this point. I hated the show in a way, because I was never happy with how MNet treated the trainees, how hard they were worked, how tired they all seem. Still, I am grateful for one major thing. About a year ago, when I accidentally stumbled on the PureL music video for Balloons, I instantly fell in love with a small boy with curly hair and dungarees and a soft, unique voice. It was impossible to find information on them. As far as the internet was concerned, the group didn't exist. I couldn't even find out that boy's name, but I listened to Balloons on repeat and tried to find out more about the group. It got easier as I learnt Hangul, but still nothing on that small boy. But when the Produce 101 trainees were seen for the first time, and pictures were taken, and in the videos and films there was a small boy with pink curly hair and bright, big eyes, my heart stopped for a minute because I recognised him. After a year of trying to find him, I finally had. I waited so anxiously for his introduction video and finally - finally! - learnt his name: Lee Seokyu! More and more came out about him, things that made my heart break but also things that allowed me to find more information about them, and PureBoy, and IT Entertainment. I started this fan account as a way of promoting him, to get him as far as I could. I remember sitting in a hotel restaurant in New York looking for pictures so that I could convince people to support him. I remember crying to my sister when I found fan cams and pictures and clips that I'd never seen before. I remember sobbing into a hotel pillow when the headline came through about what Seokyu had faced in his previous groups. I remember having to avoid spoilers and crying to my friends when I found out Seokyu had gotten eliminated. Produce 101 gave me an opportunity to find out the name of my ultimate bias and I will forever be grateful. Lee Seokyu, fighting!
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