On April 21st, Mnet announced a new reality competition series, ROAD TO MAX.
The concept for the show is that nominated artists will be given a special stage for ROAD TO M COUNTDOWN. The winning artists will then move on to have a special stage for ROAD TO KCON. And the winning artists of ROAD TO KCON will go on to a ROAD TO MAMA special stage.
The winning artist will get a chance to appear on a special stage for MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards).
While initially there was some worry that this competition would give an unfair advantage to well-known groups from larger companies, Mnet clarified that to qualify for the show, the artists can only be nominated if they’ve already debuted and have “no experience of winning 1st place in M COUNTDOWN.”
big label big fandoms will get everything as usual meanwhile smaller fandoms will be forced to fight a losing battle & small label groups will get robbed of opportunities they could previously get on their own merits pic.twitter.com/XdX5VaLBN6
— erynn // #밍키!! 💫 FIX ON (@80Z___) April 20, 2022
Although there are concerns about fan wars since the basis of the show revolves around fans voting for their favorite groups…
In general, fans are excited to get the chance to promote some of their favorite artists.
After two weeks of voting, Mnet has finally announced the “1st GEN” nominees for ROAD TO M COUNTDOWN and opened voting for fans. The top three voted groups will be given a chance to appear on a special stage.
In the order that they appear on Mnet’s site, the nominees are as follows.
Billlie is a seven-member girl group that debuted in 2021 with “RING x RING.” You can check out their most recent music video, “GingaMingaYo,” here.
the talent jumped out pic.twitter.com/PLMuEnr3Mt
— thinking about billlie 💭 (@billliethinkr) May 7, 2022
— memi: NANASE BIRTH. (@Yurinakwaguchi) May 11, 2022
DKZ is a seven-member boy group that debuted in 2019 with “Nom.” You can check out their most recent music video, “Cupid,” here.
my biggest question is why dkz didn’t go viral for THIS. like are we seeing them???? the talent is overflowing, they are insanely good. AND THE SYNCHRONIZATION? all of them are literally such good dancers, i can’t believe they’re being recognized just now pic.twitter.com/Mf4l8kUpN7
— NATALIE DAY (@seohamist) April 7, 2022
no because what is dongyo feeding them !??? they’re so stable singing their high notes even though they’re moving a lot because of the choreography ????? the talent dkz has ?????! pic.twitter.com/oeI2iV2k0n
— mena (@jjonghyeong) April 12, 2022
GWSN is a seven-member girl group that debuted in 2018 with “Puzzle Moon.” You can check out their most recent music video, “Like It Hot,” here.
— 𝚓𝚊𝚌𝚔𝚒𝚎 ✧ (@kangyethereal) March 13, 2019
no literally gwsn is a full group of stunners each of those girls are phenomenal dancers they truly deserve much much more recognition for their talent they’re all top tier
— nora! VOTE GWSN ON ROAD TO MAX (@naesayerrz) September 8, 2021
MCND is a five-member boy group that debuted in 2020 with “ICE AGE.” You can check out their most recent music video, “Movin’,” here.
not to be dramatic but… the amount of TALENT mcnd has pic.twitter.com/hatM5RdsfN
— 휘준's smile🐣 ia 📚 (@mcndscloud) April 9, 2020
mcnd is showing how it should be done. they aren't treating their stages as responsibility, they do it while having fun and STILL providing great performances. they have the passion and the talent to match ✨#MCND @McndOfficial_pic.twitter.com/kRodDORVcR
— 삼 #LetLeniLead #IPANA7ONA10TO (@bicloml) January 22, 2021
Purple Kiss is a seven-member girl group that debuted in 2021 with “Ponzona.” You can check out their most recent music video, “memeM,” here.
— dosie content (@dosiecontent) February 12, 2021
purple kiss is literally so aesthetically pleasing to me. literally exudes girl power and confidence and talent among other things. im so excited for their future 😭
— PRPLIDLE (@PRPLIDLE) March 5, 2021
SECRET NUMBER is a six-member girl group that debuted in 2020 with “Who Dis.” You can check out their most recent music video, “Fire Saturday,” here.
I am ready to hype & show their talent, VOTE THEM ON ROAD TO MAX🔥🔥
Here Dita and Lea dancing to Overprotected by Britney Spears💃💃🎶
— Waiting for secret number cb teaser🌻 (@coffeemintchoco) May 13, 2022
stan talent, stan secret number pic.twitter.com/MFTiI6Vw5K
— ryan៹ 🏦 (@yoshideq) August 16, 2020
Weeekly is a seven-member girl group that debuted in 2020 with “Tag Me.” You can check out their most recent music video, “Ven para,” here.
RAPPER MONDAY 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/NS6FLxTQkO
— ˚김앺디⦵ (@WeeeklyFD) January 28, 2022
Weeekly Tag Me still holds the title of best debut song in K-POP.
— woong🍀🐻 (@woo__ng__) May 6, 2022
Weki Meki is an eight-member girl group that debuted in 2017 with “I don’t like your Girlfriend.” You can check out their most recent music video, “Siesta,” here.
go bless yourself with a daily dose of talent from weki meki and watch their bang dance practice video thanks pic.twitter.com/nbrK25X9dQ
— laysa (@poemsuyeon) July 5, 2021
weki meki is indeed a underrated girl group but if u take a look on their performances, damn. the vocals, the raps, the visuals tho, and also they deserve to be on top when it comes to synchronization. they've the best choreographies too. STAN TALENT! STAN WEKI MEKI!#WekiMeki
— ًphen (@kcwluvbot) February 15, 2021
You can vote for the artists here.
Here is a list of other artists that fans hope will also get the chance to be nominated.