From scandals to rumours, how the Netflix show turned contestants into celebrities and put them under the microscope

by Netflix Single’s Inferno became a hit as South Korea’s first dating reality show. Fans have become addicted to male and female contestants trying to find spark and hopefully love. The competitors of Bachelor’s Hell became celebrities overnight. Their leap into fame led to their lives being scrutinized. Song Ji-a, Kim Hyeon-joon and others faced backlash due to scandals, malicious comments and the way they were portrayed on the show.

“Single’s Inferno” Contestants Kim Hyeon-joong and Song Ji-a | through Netflix

The contestants of “Single’s Inferno” are ordinary people

Like most dating shows, the contestants come from different professional backgrounds and are everyday people. The producers of Bachelor’s Hell explained that they had no restrictions regarding the casting of contestants. According to Korea Joongang Daily, they wanted honest people. They took recommendations from friends, handed out flyers and scoured social media.

The producers even played matchmaker and chose contestants they thought would have the most chemistry. Bachelor’s Hell had its main cast at the end of the process. Ji-a, Kang So-yeon, Oh Jin-taek, Choi Si-hun, Cha Hyun-seung and the other contestants became celebrities overnight.

While some of them had a sequel, for starters, Bachelor’s Hell introduced them to a wider audience. This led to an increase in subscribers. Along the way, the drama on the deserted island led to fans having their own opinions about the contestants.

The male contestants of “Single’s Inferno” received a good share of criticism

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While on Bachelor’s Hell, fans had their opinions on the male contestants. Some felt that Si-hun claimed Ji-a too much and included herself freely when inappropriate. Fans thought her on-screen actions seemed hopeless despite Ji-a’s interest in Hyeong-joong.

A rumor has been circulating online about Si-hun’s previous job at a bar host. the Bachelor’s Hell the contestant posted on Instagram that the rumor was not true. Si-hun’s co-star Jin-taek has also come under fire for her use of dark-skinned emojis in her Instagram posts.

The male contestant who suffered the most backlash is Hyeon-joong. Since his time on the show, he has received malicious comments about his attitude on the show. He revealed that he was upset with the editing done on Bachelor’s Hell which cast him in a bad light with fans. In fact, he explained that the show did not reveal his health issues on the island. People also shared why he ditched Ji-a on Instagram and other rumors.

According to AllKPop, Hyeon-joong posted on Instagram about his troubles since the show ended. “However, malicious comments, false rumors, slander against my personal daily life, mockery, sexual harassment, etc. on online community forums are at a very serious level and therefore I am currently fighting a lot” , said Hyeong-jung. He revealed that he would also take legal action against such comments.

Song Ji-a was caught up in a serious scandal

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The male competitors of Bachelor’s Hell are not the only ones under the microscope. Some of the women who participated in Bachelor’s Hell have also come under scrutiny. So-yeon was praised for her “boss-girl” features, but fans were appalled by some of her actions on the show. Non-Korean fans also felt that the show ridiculed So-yeon over her age gap with the other contestants.

So far, the only contestant to receive the worst backlash in the series is Ji-a. She recently became embroiled in controversy after fans discovered she was wearing fake designer items on the show and on social media. The scandal exploded more than fans expected. Ji-a has since been removed from her TV appearances, issued two public apologies, and halted all social media and Youtube content.

During Ji-a’s initial casting, a producer commented, “We can’t say that we had anticipated that she would be so popular, but we were sure that if she appeared on our program, she could really show the color of our show, and it would definitely become more entertaining. Negative and near-lethal comments towards Ji-a turned into bullying.