A lot of us thought of "Idol School" to have a similar system with that of "Produce 101." However, the program related staff has been constantly stating that there will be a difference. Now that "Idol School" had its first episode aired, let's try to compare and contrast the two programs.
The programs are both from Mnet and their utmost goal is to produce a debut team. However, while Produce 101 was more of the competition, Idol School is more an education. As the name says it, it is to teach girls how to be a professional idol by teaching them "understanding the dance movements", "what idol is 101" and "how to react to unexpected accidents on stages." Though some may say, Produce 101 had classes as well, it cannot be said the same since they were only thought to sing and dance the song "PICK ME."
The second difference is found in how the programs are aired. When Produce 101 was filmed and edited before it was aired, Idol School sends out the program live and gets feedback in real time. Also, their participants make a huge difference. It was entertainments' trainees who joined Produce 101, while it is just ordinary girls who are not in an entertainment joining the school.
The last difference is found in their training camp. When girls and boys from Produce 101 stayed temporarily, 2-3 days mostly, if long, a week max. However, students in idol school are all in their training camp until the program is over like real school dormitory. They have rules of cell phones and use of gadgets just like any other dormitories at school.
Idol School is consisted of 11 episodes overall, and it's only 10 episodes left. Try to be prudent when leaving comments and picking your favorite girl because they haven't got much chances!