Save for Jackson a lot of JYP idols don't seem to to get much Chinese mainstream gigs so far. Maybe this is their step towards it?
Or maybe they're waiting for Boy Story to grow up a bit.
Well this group is another group just like boy story but older (avg age 18/19) so I don't see how it'd be similar to their Korean groups. Once the group gets popular they can start doing individual stuff.
Waiting for boy story to age doesn't make sense to me since both these groups clearly are aimed at wildly different demographics. So this basically means that ITZY will be the only 2019 debut since the Japanese girl group is now Nov 2020 and if Chen gets into the final produce group he will be doing that for years. Rocket girls is 2 years but this could always be more.
Chinese PD101 is done by Tencent, and the JYP boy groups are also with Tencent. Maybe they're planning to have him do rly well, rig the camera time and storylines in his favor, then pull him out of the show for some BS reason like an injury or not feeling well (think Jurina but instead on the 2nd last episode lol) and then a couple months later debut the group lmao. I'd love to see that TBH.