That said, I think Somi's popularity with Koreans is overestimated. In Produce 101, 1st season international fans could vote, and it that which caused a landslide for her.
Can't agree. Kpop wasn't as popular as now int, and the difference between them was like 300k:
Jeon So-mi 858,333
Kim Se-jeong 525,352
Sejeong was pretty popular int too, is like assume she had 0 int votes, and isn't the case.
That being said, live votes (the ones given by koreans) had a huge value, I remember people entering the lineup because of them.
Somi and Sejeong popularity were pretty similar in Korea, the two of them had potential to be it girls.
KNetizens talking about 1 pick and the votes for beauty: http://netizenbuzz.blogspot.co…oduce-101-new-1-vote.html
When Sejeong got 1: http://netizenbuzz.blogspot.co…ilers-produce-101_19.html
When Somi got 1: http://netizenbuzz.blogspot.co…ilers-produce-101_25.html