What Will Happen to the I.O.I Members in 2017 after Disbandment?
2017 is coming around, and that means the nearing of the end of the I.O.I era. What’s in store for the 11 members in 2017?
I.O.I soared to the top of the K-Pop industry after their hit sensation show, “Produce 101”. Out of 101 girls, 11 girls emerged as the final members of the new girl group. The girls released 2 mini-albums, and 1 unit single in just the short time span of a year. Although the girls have received so much love and support from the public, the I.O.I was only a project group that only planned on promoting for a year. Now that year’s coming to a close. Although the girls possibly have one last unit album and a final concert left, we take a look to see what each member will be pursuing after the disbandment of I.O.I in 2017.
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Here are the supposed plans for each member in the new upcoming year after the end of I.O.I.
1. Lim NaYoung & Zhou Jieqiong
I.O.I’s leader NaYoung and Chinese Princess Pinky will be going back to their original labels to join the Pledis Girlz. The Pledis Girlz is a new girl group by Pledis Entertainment that has been in the making for over the past few years. With the end of I.O.I, the two will join Pledis Girlz for their special concert, where they will reveal the group’s official name!
2. Kim SeJeong & Kang MiNa
SeJeong and MiNa made their official debut earlier this year with their label’s new girl group, gugudan. gugudan debuted with their debut mini-album, “Wonderland”. The girls will be going back to their original group to make a new comeback for 2017!
3. Yoo YeonJung
The main vocalist of I.O.I also made her official debut earlier this year. YeonJung joined the lineup of Starship’s latest girl group, Cosmic Girls (WJSN). WJSN debuted in February of this year, but decided to add YeonJung to the group just a few months ago. As a total of 13 members, WJSN is planning on making their new comeback on January 3, 2017!
4. Kim ChungHa
The sexy dancer is making a very special debut after the disbandment of I.O.I! She will be the first (and the only) member to make a solo debut as a singer after I.O.I. ChungHa’s always had a more charismatic sexiness to her, so we think we’ll be able to see a better side of the idol as a soloist.
5. Jung ChaeYeon
ChaeYeon has already been busy running three different schedules – I.O.I, DIA, and actress. With the end of I.O.I, we believe ChaeYeon will be able to focus more on her activities as a DIA member and an actress in 2017.
6. Choi YooJung and Kim DoYeon
The two members from Fantagio Entertainment are gearing up for their very own official girl group! Fantagio just recently held auditions for possible members to debut with the two girls. As time went on, Fantagio released a special photo of 9 girls practicing dance. Fans of the soon-to-debut group swear that the center and far right are DoYeon and YooJung respectively.
7. Kim SoHye
SoHye has been the underdog since the start of the show “Produce 101”. With blood, sweat practice and careful guidance, SoHye earned herself a seat as one of the 11 members of I.O.I. With her project group debut, she found herself a new entertainment industry that focuses on her and her alone – Shark and Penguin Entertainment. Instead of debuting as a girl group or soloist, we hear SoHye is preparing to return to her roots of acting and possible variety show appearances.
8. Jeon SoMi
SoMi’s future is probably the most curious career path of all of the girls. SoMi belongs in JYP Entertainment, where they just debuted their new girl group – TWICE. With no other girl group in plans of debuting in sight, SoMi fans believe that JYP will add SoMi as the 10th member of TWICE. SoMi had auditioned to join TWICE in the show “SIXTEEN”, but ultimately failed to convince Park JinYoung that she fit with the group. Whether it’s true or false, we can’t wait to see SoMi officially debut!
You’ll be dearly missed, I.O.I!