IZ*ONE CHU

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IZ*ONE CHU
아이즈원 츄
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Genre Variety
Network Mnet
Episodes 10
Airing Date October 25, 2018 – June 10, 2020
Running Time 60min
Presenters **
Opening Theme O' My!
Official Web **

IZ*ONE chu is an IZ*ONE variety show, documenting the members' lives and experiences leading up their Korean debut with the mini-album COLOR*IZ and their first single La Vie en Rose.

The first season aired from October 25th to November 22nd, 2018 and had a total of four episodes. Each episode was roughly 60 minutes. The second season received the sub-title "Secret Friend" in addition to just IZ*ONE CHU, and the first episode aired on March 21, 2019. The third season received the sub-title "Fantasy Campus" and the first episode aired on June 3, 2020.

List of Episodes

Season 1

Ep. Air Date Main episode summary
1 October 26, 2018 The IZONE members are preparing for living together and packing their things while saying good bye to their families. They are having a meeting with staff about the future plans, which includes them having their first variety show (IZ*ONE CHU). They show bits of their very first commercial photo shoot before even debuting.

When the girls move in together, they live in two building. Kim Chaewon, Ahn Yujin, Choi Yena, Kang Hyewon, Kwon Eunbi and Kim Minju live together in one building and Jang Wonyoung, Jo Yuril Honda Hitomi, Miyawaki Sakura, Lee Chaeyeon and Yabuki Nako live together in the other building and their life together is shown. Then they have their album cover shoot for their upcoming debut COLOR*IZ as well as the recording of the songs. The main part of the episode is about the M.T. (Membership Training), where they go on a trip. You can see them travelling by bus to an unknown location where they play games in order to see who will have to buy food. When they arrive in Tochigi, Hitomi's home town, they go shopping in the mall and even run into Hitomi's old friends. At the end of the episode, the first teaser trailer for La Vie en Rose is shown.

2 November 2, 2018 Still in Tochigi, the IZ*ONE members visit Hitomi's family for her 17th birthday, where they meet her father, mother, brother and sister. The girls also read heartfelt letters to Hitomi's mother to ensure her that she is in safe hands while in Korea. More preparation footage for the music video for La Vie en Rose is shown.

They eventually decide on a leader. Up until this point, Eunbi had acted as the temporary leader and it was unanimous among the members that she would become the official leader, but they decide to prank her and Sakura suggests Chaeyeon as the leader because her Japanese is the best out of the Korean members and it would be difficult for herself, Nako and Hitomi to understand if it was Eunbi who gave the instructions. When the anonymous voting for the leader is revealed, Eunbi was the only one who actually voted for Chaeyeon and Eunbi starts crying because she's so happy that everyone chose her as their leader. Some behind the scenes footage for the upcoming debut showcase are shown again towards the end as well as the first performance of La Vie en Rose and the members see that their debut has peaked at #1 on the charts.

3 November 8, 2018 While Yena and Wonyoung do their makeup and pretend to be beauty gurus, Sakura, Chaeyeon and Chaewon prepare boxed lunches for their picnic that day. Sakura finds out that Koreans do not seem to like pickled apricot because of its sour taste, and they decide to make onigiri with various flavours and prank some members with the sour apricot onigiri. On the picnic, Eunbi, Yuri and Yena fall victim to their prank and they don't enjoy the onigiri at all.

After that experience, they have delicious sandwiches and then decide to play games in two teams: Hitomi, Hyewon, Wonyoung, Nako, Yujin and Chaeyeon on Team A and Sakura, Yena, Eunbi, Chaewon, Yuri and Minju on Team B. For the first game, they have to fold a mat as small as possible while still fitting all team members on the mat (Winner: Team A). For the second game, each member hides a treasure in the park and the team that finds the most treasures wins (Winner: Team B with 6 treasures, of which 3 were found by Sakura alone, versus 2 treasures found by Team A). For the third game, they have to throw a show on a mat. After Hitomi is the only one that manages to land her shoe on the mat, Team A wins the game and therefore Team B has to carry out the penalty of tidying up the picnic and carrying everything back to the van. In the second half of the episodes, the members decide to visit their old trainers from Produce 48 and make some food for them to show their gratefulness.

4 November 16, 2018 More scenes from the girls visiting their trainers are shown. Eunbi, Yujin and Minju perform Rumour and La Vie en Rose together with their former dance trainer Choi Youngjoon; and Chaeyeon, Wonyoung and Chaeon show the La Vie en Rose choreography to Bae Yoongjeong; and Nako, Hitomi, Hyewon and Yuri surprise Lee Hongki and Soyou during their preparations for a performance on M Countdown, as well as a produce 48 staff member who worked behind the scenes and often provided them with food during the duration of the show. While most members visit old staff members, Yena goes to see her family and in the evening, all 12 members go to the movie theater to surprise a group of WIZ*ONE who are watching the first episode of IZ*ONE CHU.

In the evening they come home surprised to see that the house has been cleaned and find personalised T-shirts with a motif drawn by Sakura and a letter on their beds. Finally, IZ*ONE's first win on M Countdown is shown, breaking the previously set record of 13 days by BLACKPINK for winning an award after only 10 days after debuting.

Season 2: Secret Friend

Ep. Air Date Main episode summary
1 March 21, 2019 Footage of IZ*ONE's Japan debut is shown before the girls move back into their dorm in Korea. They live in the groups of six that they also lived in for Season 1, but they seem to miss each other so Chaeyeon's dorm invites Eunbi's dorm over for dinner. They also play silly games and dress up funny, then they find out what the concept of the second season will be.

First, it will be shot in a school-like environment with the idea of all of them being in the same class, making them equal (honorifics like unnie would disappear); second, the girls have to pick a secret friend each that they will have to try and impress three times a day. At the end of the episode, they go to school, where they do some maths work, then explore the classroom. Lastly, there will also be one mystery friend for the whole group. They discover that each girl has been assigned a locker and there are special items in each of them, such as a bag Wonyoung was given by her mother or a ready-made hot dog for Hyewon like she used to have them in school.

2 March 28, 2019 The girls go out to dinner together, and then decide to go do something else in three groups: Yuri, Chaewon, Chaeyeon, Hitomi and Yujin go to karaoke; Yena, Hyewon, Minju and Sakura go to an internet café; and Eunbi, Wonyoung and Nako go to a tarot reading. Yuri and Chaewon form a team against Chaeyeon, Hitomi and Yujin for who gets the most points in 3 rounds of karaoke, and Chaeyeon, Hitomi and Yujin end up winning. Yuri believes Yena is her secret friend and Yena confirms to the camera (but not to Yuri) that she is, indeed, Yuri's secret friend. The girls in the internet café play games, where Yena teaches Minju how to play some games and then they all watch Sakura play her favorite game. Nako, Wonyoung and Eunbi ask a fortune teller to help them figure out who their secret friend is. Nako believes Wonyoung is her secret friend who, again, only tells the camera that it's true.

Later, they go back to school late at night. Each one of them has to find a key to their locker hidden somewhere in the school, which has been turned into a haunted house. When they all find their keys, Sakura is the only one with 2 gifts in her locker and some cake, and everyone believes Eunbi to be Sakura's secret friend. In the end, they celebrate Sakura's birthday.

3 April 4, 2019 It's Yujin's first day at a new school, so the girls prepare her breakfast. While she and Minju are at school, the other girls prepare bouquets for her – they all struggle but Eunbi helps everyone and they manage. . On the way to pick Yujin up, the girls discuss what to eat with her and they say it's common to eat nice chicken on the day of an entrance ceremony. Sakura says in Japan, it is common to eat yukhoe (raw beef with egg) in Japan, but they realise she's kidding because she's been talking about eating yukhoe all day. Hitomi tells them it's common to eat sukiyaki (expensive grilled beef). They discuss what to have to eat, but then they ask Yujin, who suggests Chinese food and in the end, they go to eat Chinese food anyway. It is revealed that Chaewon is Yujin's secret friend.

Later, they go to make their own wallets and Eunbi is once again the one who finds it easiest. Back home, they slowly reveal their secret friends. Yuri is Chaeyeon's secret friend, Hyewon is Eunbi's secret friend, Chaeyeon is Wonyoung's secret friend, Minju is Hyewon's secret friend, Hitomi is Chaewon's secret friend, Nako is Hitomi's secret friend, Eunbi is Sakura's secret friend and Yujin is Minju's secret friend; and Eunbi is the group's secret friend. Full Secret Friend chart: Hyewon > Eunbi > Sakura > Yena > Yuri > Chaeyeon > Wonyoung > Nako > Hitomi > Chaewon > Yujin > Minju > Hyewon. At the end, they show the behind the scenes footage from the CD jacket shooting from the time of HEART*IZ, from the Violeta music video shooting and the interludes for the Comeback Showcase.

4 April 11, 2019 The girls are led, in blindfolds, to a secret location, where they are then told they will be holding a guerilla concert the same evening. Before that, they have to go out and promote the concert, though, so they split up in teams of 4. Wonyoung, Hitomi, Yena and Chaeyeon are in charge of the western part, such as a university in the west and Gangnam. Minju, Yuri, Eunbi and Hyewon do the same at a university in the eastern part of the city. Sakura, Nako, Yujin and Chaewon go on a city center tour bus and go to populated places in the city to promote. The girls' goal was to get 1,000 people to come to the guerilla concert, with their realistic expectation set at 300 people. When coming on stage, the girls wore blindfolds again and the crowd was instructed to stay silent so they wouldn't know how many people came. When they removed their blindfolds, they found out that over 2,000 people came. Then there are clips from the concert shown where they perform La Vie en Rose, Up and Violeta.

Season 3: Fantasy Campus

Ep. Air Date Main episode summary
1 June 3, 2020
2 June 10, 2020