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"I'm gonna be a star, star! I'm gonna be, I-I'm gonna be! I'm gonna be a star, star!"
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Sixteen is a 2015 Korean reality series. The goal of the show was to create a next-generation girl group to debut under the Korean Pop Music label JYPEntertainment. Through the course of the show,the pool of sixteen trainees was whittled down to the final nine by means of evaluation from the label's CEO Park Jin Young (AKA JYP), and voting by the general public. These nine girls would go on to debut as Twice.

    Sixteen Members 
  • Jihyo
    • Nationality: Korean
    • Specialities: Vocals, dancer
  • Nayeon
    • Nationality: Korean
    • Specialties: Vocals, dancer, visual
  • Sana
    • Nationality: Japanese
    • Specialties: Vocals
  • Dahyun
    • Nationality: Korean
    • Specialties: Rapper, dancer
  • Tzuyu
    • Nationality: Taiwanese
    • Specialties: Dancer
  • Chaeyoung
    • Nationality: Korean
    • Specialties: Rapper
  • Somi
    • Nationality: Korean-Canadian
    • Specialties: Vocals
  • Jiwon
    • Nationality: Korean
    • Specialties: Vocals
  • Momo
    • Nationality: Japanese
    • Specialties: Dancer
  • Eunsuh
    • Nationality: Korean
    • Specialties: Dancer
  • Mina
    • Nationality: Japanese
    • Specialties: Vocals, dancer
  • Chareyeong
    • Nationality: Korean
    • Specialties: Dancer
  • Chaeyeon
    • Nationality: Korean
    • Specialties: Dancer
  • Minyoung
    • Nationality: Korean
    • Specialties: Vocals
  • Natty
    • Nationality: Thai
    • Specialties: Vocals, dancer
  • Jungyeon
    • Nationality: Korean
    • Specialties: Vocals, dancer

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  • Action Girl: Somi did training in Taekwondo as a means of coping with bullying when she was younger.
  • All or Nothing: During the final mission Sana mentioned that if she didn't debut as part of Twice, she would probably give up singing altogether.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Being from Taiwan, Tzuyu is not a native Korean speaker. She often speaks in a rigid, formal tone since that is what she has learned and doesn't know much slang or Korean proverbs.
  • Anyone Can Be Eliminated: Momo's elimination. Although her showing had not been the strongest up to that point, she was starting to show improvement, especially in that episode. Then her name gets called. Even JYP had to express regret at the fickle nature of the fan voting system.
  • Arc Words: "You! Come out!"
  • Ascended Extra: Many of the girls made cameo appearances in other JYP artist's videos before being on Sixteen.
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  • Ascended Meme: Dahyun was famous before Sixteen for a viral video of her doing the "Eagle Dance." She incorporated it into her first mission performance, and it appears several more times throughout the series' run.
  • Audience Participation: Viewers could use a web service to vote for the members they thought should be in the Major group, and these rankings also factored into determining eliminations.
  • Back for the Finale: All of the eliminated members return for the last show and selection of members for Twice.
  • Breather Episode: The latter half of Episode 6 and most of Episode 7 see the girls go on a camping trip. Light-hearted games and much physical comedy ensue.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Natty could come off as this some times.
  • Brutal Honesty: As the contestants were still trainees, JYP and the other guest judges pulled no punches in their criticism quite frequently.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Somi, being half/half Korean/Canadian (Caucasian).
  • Call-Back: In an effort to impress JYP, many performances used past hits of senior JYP artists, including JYP himself.
  • Cliffhanger: Most episodes ended with the member's fates still in the balance.
  • The Cameo: Many senior JYP artists and other Korean entertainment personalities appeared during the show's run.
  • Confession Cam: Used liberally by the girls and also JYP for insight into the events unfolding on the show.
  • The Cutie: Sana. She's clumsy and almost always cheerful. Her first performance was even cutely making food for JYP.
  • Designated Girl Fight: In the variety show episode, the girls are pitted in a team chicken wrestling match, and then one-on-one water fighting in a pool.
  • Dramatic Pause: Used unsurprisingly often.
  • The Dreaded: Going up against the more-talented Major members was a very daunting experience for the Minor members.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The "Are You a Star?" mission and the first two episodes provided at least one of these for each of the contestants.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Their first challenge was "Are You a Star?" Dahyun earned high praises from JYP because she was one of the few to demonstrate what made her famous (Bbasae and the Eagle Dance), not just show off something that she was talented at.
  • invokedExecutive Meddling: Although fan voting played a part in the results of the show, they were not shy in letting the viewers know that JYP's word was the final authority, as Twice would ultimately be a girl group at his company.
  • Family Business: Jungyeon's sister is actress Gong Sungyeon.
  • Foregone Conclusion: For people viewing the show after Twice had already debuted, the final lineup will not come as a surprise. However, how they got to that point is a completely different story...
  • Gratuitous English: Many of the songs performed by the girls are in English.
  • Heroic BSoD: A common side-effect of elimination.
  • Hope Spot: After losing the group team battle, Minor Team B faced a member eliminaiton. JYP praised Momo for her improvement, making it seem like she would not be eliminated. Minutes later, she was unceremoniously eliminated.
  • Idol Singer: They were all competing to debut as one of these.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Expect this any time there's an elimination from one or more of the girls.
  • The Load: The weaker members in the group missions could greatly hurt the results of the rest of the group
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Whenever something unexpected happens or is announced, or a member is eliminated, with plenty of Jaw Drop and Stunned Silence close-ups of the girls.
  • And Your Reward Is...
    • Clothes: The Major team gets to go on a shopping spree at a Reebok store in one episode.
    • Edible: Several times, including as prizes for winning games in the camping trip.
  • Squee!: To be expected from the girls during celebrity cameo appearances, especially if they're an older boy group member.
  • Stage Name: Several
    • Jihyo: Park Jisoo
    • Somi: Ennik Douma (Her English name)
    • Minyoung: Charlene (English name from her time in the U.S.A.)
    • Natty: Ahnatchaya Suputhipong
  • One Steve Limit: Almost averted with Chaeyoung, Chaeyeon and Chaeryeong. Made even more complicated since the latter two are sisters.
  • Power Trio: The three Japanese contestants. All but Sana were initially Major members. Although they didn't necessarily stay in Major the whole time, all three would eventually end up as members of Twice.
  • The Stoic: Jungyeon (Relative to the other girls, at least). Although she does get emotional from time to time, she's referred to as the "chic" member of Sixteen for good reason.
  • Take That!: An episode after being called fat by a photographer, Jihyo performed "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor, a song by a plus-sized performer and featuring lyrics vaguely praising larger body types.
  • Team Dad: JYP
  • Team Mom: Jihyo, as pointed out by many people on the show
  • Teen Genius: Natty was only thirteen during her time on the show. In spite of this, she frequently impressed JYP by developing her own choreography and showing new and improved talents frequently. She even defeated Momo twice at dancing in one-on-one battles.
  • Teen Idol: All of them were 19 or younger during the recording of the show.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Although Jungyeon might have a short bob and wear less-feminine clothes than the rest of them, she still is very feminine in behavior and interests.
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