3 young Pinay idol aspirants compete in Korean survival show ‘Universe Ticket’

Three young, talented aspiring idols from the Philippines are ready to bring the country’s flag to center stage as they compete in a South Korean survival show, Universe Ticket.

The show is set to premiere on Korean broadcaster SBS on 18 November, per an announcement by the program on X (formerly Twitter).

Universe Ticket will feature a total of 82 contestants competing to secure one of the coveted eight spots in a brand-new K-pop girl group that will be formed and will be promoted for two and a half years.

Representing the Philippines in this highly demanding survival show are trainees Aya Natsumi, Gehlee Dangca and Elisia.

The three and their co-competitors will face a formidable panel of judges and mentors made up of well-known figures in the K-pop industry: Hyoyeon of the legendary girl group Girls’ Generation, Yeji and Chaeryeong from the immensely popular ITZY, singer-actress Kim Sejeong, Rian from the dynamic dance crew La Chica and singer-songwriters Younha and Adora.

Universe Ticket is the latest in a series of South Korean survival shows that have consistently delivered chart-topping K-Pop groups. Over the years, these shows have given rise to beloved “project” or temporary K-Pop groups such as I.O.I, Wanna One, IZ*ONE, X1, Kep1er and ZEROBASEONE.