In August 2019, Mnet’s fan-voted idol competition show Produce debuted the K-Pop group X1, but after a voting scandal, the management agencies representing the members said they decided to disband.
The members of X1 released the following joint statement in conjunction with the news: “The X1 members and each of the agencies negotiated under the condition of unanimous agreement, but we could not come to an agreement, so we have decided on their disbandment.”
Late last year, X1 dealt with growing allegations the show’s fourth season rigged the results of votes.
Produce 101’s director and chief producer were taken into police custody in December on charges of bribery from taking money from different agencies in return for fixing the show’s vote results in favor of certain members.
The decision for the group to split came after a pledge from Mnet’s operator, CJ ENM, to revitalize the band after the long hiatus.
CJ ENM released a statement last week saying they would provide all necessary support for X1 and IZ*ONE, a female K-Pop group which debuted through the show’s third season, to resume their careers.
Following Monday’s news CJ ENM issued a statement and said: “Although we did our best to continue X1, we honor the decision of each individual label/agency that came to a conclusion to disband the group.”
Despite X1’s disbandment, Mnet reported they will resume IZ*ONE’s stage career. The 12-member girl band debuted in February last year through Produce’s third season. The group was also suspended along with X1 because the third season was also subject to vote-rigging allegations.
Produce ran from 2016 to 2019, aside from X1 and IZ*ONE the show also put together groups I.O.I and Wanna One.