The South Korean girl group, I.O.I got disbanded in January 2017 after making their last group performance in their concert titled Time Slip – I.O.I. The group which consists of 11 members who were finalists in Mnet’s K-Pop girl group survival show, Produce 101, debuted in 2016 and after a 10-month promotion as a unit, the girl band was disbanded and the members returned to their respective agencies. However, it has been reported of recent that the group is preparing for a comeback in late 2019. Here’s all there is to know about I.O.I possible comeback.
Is I.O.I Making a Comeback?
Despite being active for 10 months, I.O.I which is also known as Ideal of Idol made worthwhile contributions to the music industry with their songs and extended plays which gained them multiple nominations and awards. The group, however, got disbanded in 2017 at the end of their contract with YMC Entertainment which left their fans heartbroken. This was until speculations came up about a possible I.O.I comeback.
It was later revealed that the reunion was slated for October 2019 but according to a source from I.O.I, the girl group wants to ensure that the album they will drop would be of the highest quality. As such, the I.O.I comeback was been moved back to December which means that fans of the girl band will have to wait a little longer to see them perform as a unit again.
Everything We Know So Far
Two Members Have Parted Ways With The Group
It has been revealed that two members of the group namely; Jeon So-mi and Yoo Yeon-Jung didn’t sign a new contract as they won’t be making the comeback with the rest of the group. Following the announcement of their departure, the group’s comeback will only consist of nine members. The pair, however, have already put their solo careers to a get-go. So-mi has signed with the subsidiary label of YG Entertainment called The Black Label and has released a lead single titled, ‘Birthday’ on 13th June 2019 alongside its music video. She has also had her first performance as a soloist during MBC’s Show! Music Core on 15th June.
Yeon-Jung on the other hand, is a current member of the K-Pop girl group, Cosmic Girls. She made her acting debut with a cameo appearance in a South Korean TV series titled, A Korean Odyssey. She also took part in V-1, a survival program show in September 2019.
I.O.I New Management
Having previously been managed by CJE & M and YMC Entertainment, I.O.I will be making their comeback under new management as the girl group will be managed by two entertainment companies; Swing Entertainment and Studio Blu. YMC which is a South Korean entertainment company founded by Cho Yoo-Myung was the agency that made the announcement about the formation of the first subunit of I.O.I.
They managed the group throughout the ten months they were together and were also responsible for the termination of the one year contract given to the girls in 2016. Although many people expected YMC to oversee the I.O.I comeback, the aforementioned agencies have now taken over the management of the group.
Reason For Initial Disbandment
The group was initially formed by the eleven finalists from the reality survival show, Produce 101, who are from different agencies. For this reason, YMC Entertainment stated in January 2016 that the group will only last for a year. As a result, I.O.I members were only handed one-year contracts with the company which eventually ended in January 2017 leading to the disbandment of the group. Even though many fans of the K-Pop group suggested a contract extension, YMC maintained their stance as they announced on 17th January 2017 that ‘Downpour’ will be I.O.I’s final track before their official disbandment. On 29th January 2017, the group got disbanded after making their last TV show appearance on MBC’s Section TV.
I.O.I Members are Now Focusing on Individual Activities
Following the disbandment of I.O.I, all the members went back to their respective agencies where they focused on their individual activities. Kang Mi-na and Kim Se-Jeong are now members of Gugudan and it’s subunit. Kim Do-Yeon and Choi Yoo-Jung are current members of Weki Meki. Jung Chae-Yeon is still with DIA while the rest of the members have established a solo career.