THE9, also known as THE NINE, was a Chinese girl group formed through the IQIYI survival show Youth With You 2. The group consisted of Liu Yuxin, Yu Shuxin, Xu Jiaqi, Yu Yan, Xie Keyin, An Qi, Zhao Xiaotang, Kong Xueer and Lu Keran.[1][2]

Also known as无限少女
Years active2020–2021
Past members

THE9 was formed on May 30, 2020, and officially debuted on August 10, 2020. It was managed by Idol Youth Entertainment of iQIYI.[3][4] The group was supposed to disband on November 30, 2021, but they disbanded on December 5, 2021.


Pre-debut: Youth With You 2Edit

THE9 was formed through the reality television show Youth with You 2, which aired from March 12 to May 30, 2020. It was the third season of the Idol Producer franchise. Out of 109 trainees from different companies, only the top 9 most voted trainees in the final episode got to debut in the final group.

On May 30, 2020, the final lineup was eventually announced. Liu Yuxin placed 1st, Esther Yu Shuxin came in 2nd, followed by Kiki Xu Jiaqi, Yu Yan, Shaking Chloe Xie Keyin, Babymonster An Qi, Zhao Xiaotang, Snow Kong Xue'er, and K Lu Keran in 9th place respectively. Since having earned 1st place, XIN Liu Yuxin was chosen as the center of the group.[5][6]

2020–present: Beginning of promotions and debut with Sphinx X Mystery and MatriXEdit

On May 30, 2020, THE9 was formed following the finale of Youth with You Season 2 and their training began the day after. Apart from training, they also filmed for several variety shows such as "My Little Forest". On June 17, 2020, they participated in Hunan Television's 618 Super Night to perform "Yes! OK!" and "Hunt", marking THE9's first public performance. On July 4, 2020, the official Weibo account for the group released a video of the members selecting their team leader, revealing to be Babymonster An. They also revealed other details such as their fandom name, fandom colors as well as their hand sign.

On July 10, 2020, the group attended the "Current Business Conference" and announced their appointment as "Advance Officer for Edge Art."[7]

The group has also done many commercials as well as editorials for magazines and high-end fashion houses. Xu Jiaqi, a former member of Chinese girl group SNH48's Team SII as well as a current member of the SNH48 sub-unit 7Senses, performed at SNH48's 7th Request Time Senbatsu General Elections as a guest.

The group released their first extended play, Sphinx X Mystery (斯芬克斯X谜), on August 10, 2020.[8] The EP consists of the lead single "SphinX" (斯芬克斯) as well as another song titled "Not Me". The EP sold over 150,000 units in less than 45 minutes; it also won the "Double Platinum" rating.[9] The music video for SphinX was released on August 15 via Weibo and YouTube. They promoted their EP through performances at variety shows and through music shows such as 818 Super Night. The group then announced their first variety show called “Let’s Party 2020” which would be released on iQIYI. The group released their debut studio album MatriX (虚实X境) on December 25, 2020[10] which features the lead single "Dumb Dumb Bomb" and nine solo tracks.

On December 31, THE9 participated in the 2021 Jiangsu Satellite TV New Year's Eve concert.[11]

From March 26 to March 27, 2021, the group held their first online concert titled "X-CITY," which garnered tens of thousands of viewers. The concert utilized XR technology to create realistic stage backgrounds.[12]

On June 9, 2021, THE9 released their first anniversary EP entitled RefleXtion. The EP consists of two tracks: "Hello" and "Xenogeneic". The group officially disbanded on December 5, 2021. Though the group had plans to hold a graduation concert, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these shows have been indefinitely halted. There have been some word of holding the concert in early 2022, but no official announcement has been made.


  • Liu Yuxin / XIN Liu (刘雨昕) - Center
  • Yu Shuxin / Esther Yu (虞书欣)
  • Xu Jiaqi / Kiki Xu (许佳琪)
  • Yu Yan (喻言)
  • Xie Keyin / Shaking (谢可寅)
  • An Qi / Babymonster An (安崎) – leader
  • Zhao Xiaotang (赵小棠)
  • Kong Xue'er / Snow Kong (孔雪儿)
  • Lu Keran / K Lu (陆柯燃)


Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Sales
MatriX (虚实X境)
Track listing
  1. Dumb Dumb Bomb
  2. BiuBiu
  3. Gwalla
  4. SKIN
  5. 薔薇之巔
  6. Comet
  7. Yea
  8. T.A.N.G
  9. Call Me By My Name
  10. K'
CHN: 343,892 [13]

Extended playsEdit

Title Sales
Sphinx X Mystery (斯芬克斯X谜)
  • Released: August 10, 2020
  • Label: ADQC, iQiyi
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Track listing
  1. 斯芬克斯 (SphinX)
  2. Not Me
CHN: 1,109,777 [14]
  • Released: May 22, 2021
  • Label: ADQC, iQiyi
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Track listing
  1. Hello
  2. 异兽 (Exotic Beast)
CHN: 201,488 [15]
  • Released: December 5, 2021
  • Label: ADQC, iQiyi
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Track listing
  1. 驭舞者
  2. Devil's song
  3. 我们啊
CHN: 86,955 [16]

Promotional singlesEdit

Title Release Date Remarks
"Yes OK!" March 12, 2020 Theme song of Youth With You 2
"Super Shiny Summer" July 30, 2020 Promotional song for the Oppo Reno 4; features XIN Liu, Esther Yu and Zhao Xiaotang

Music VideosEdit

Title Year Ref.
"SphinX" 2020 [17]


Variety ShowsEdit

Year Title Network Notes
2020 Youth With You 2 iQiyi Contestants
Hunan TV 618 Super Pin Night + Hunan TV 818 Super Pin Night Hunan Television Performers ("Hunt", "Yes OK!", "SphinX")
Go Fighting! Season 6 Dragon Television Finale Guests
Summer Surf Shop iQiyi An Qi and Zhao Xiaotang
Little Forest Mango TV Xu Jiaqi and Xie Keyin
Let's Party! 2020 iQiyi The group's variety show
Amazing Dinner iQiyi Xie Keyin and Zhao Xiaotang
Little Giants Games Mango TV Xu Jiaqi (fixed cast), Kong Xue'er (guest), Yu Yan (unaired)
Fourtry Season 2 iQiyi Liu Yuxin (fixed cast), Zhao Xiaotang & Kong Xue'er (guest)
Dimension Nova iQiyi Yu Shuxin
Glory is Back! iQiyi Xie Keyin (fixed cast), Lu Keran (guest)
Ladies' Talk iQiyi Zhao Xiaotang
Field of Hope Mango TV An Qi (fixed cast), Zhao Xiaotang (guest)
I Am the Actor Season 3 Zhejiang TV Xie Keyin (contestant)
Send 100 Girls Home Sohu Yu Shuxin (guest)
HAHAHAHAHA iQiyi and Tencent Video Yu Shuxin (guest), Kong Xueer (guest)
Treasured Village Zhejiang TV Kong Xueer (fixed cast)
Happy Camp (2020) Hunan Television THE9 (performance guest); Liu Yuxin, Yu Shuxin, Zhao Xiaotang (involved in guests’ activities with the show's MC)
MDK Mask Dancer King (2020) Youku Liu Yuxin contestants)
2021 Youth With You 3 (2021) iQiyi Yu Shuxin (Youth Tutor); THE9 (guests-ep8); Yu Yan, An Qi, Lu Keran (Senior mentor collaboration performance)


Year Name Date Platform/Venue
2021 X-City 26 & 27 March 2021 iQiyi (Online)


Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
Cosmo Glam Night 2020 2020 Artist of The Year THE9 Won
Madame Figaro Beauty Star Beauty Star Won
2021 iQIYI Scream Night Popular Female Artist Won
2020 Ifeng Fashion Choice Fashion Energy Group of The Year Won
2020 Sina Fashion Style Awards Idol Group of The Year Won
Rayli Fashion Gala Favourite Group of The Year Won
Asian Pop Music Awards Popularity Award (Female Group) Won
Sina Film and Television Festival Musical Work of The Year 斯芬克斯 (SphinX) Won
Variety Show of The Year Let's Party! 2020 Won
2020 Baidu Entertainment Awards 2021 Best Group of The Year THE9 Won
2020 Weibo Night Weibo's Hottest Group of The Year Won
Weibo Starlight Awards 2020 The Most Popular Artist Internationally Won


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