An exclusive report by Sports Donga has come out which confirms that I.O.I will be reuniting with 9 members!
I.O.I was formed as a result of the first season of Produce 101 and they promoted for one year before disbanding. They released bops such as Dream Girls, Whatta Man and Very Very Very but many fans felt the stacked group didn’t get enough time before their contracts expired and each member returned to their respective agencies.
Well, it looks like fans may have been correct as various sources have confirmed that, after long discussion, I.O.I will be reforming. Kim Sejeong, Choi Yoojung, Chungha, Kim Sohye, Zhou Jieqioung (Kyulkyung), Jung Chaeyeon, Kim Doyeon, Kang Mina and Kim Nayoung have agreed to the reunion, confirming the group will have at least nine members back.
WJSN’s Yoo Yeonjung has confirmed she will not be participating and Jeon Somi’s agency has said it will be “difficult” but they are open to renewing negotiations.
Specifics such as when this reunion will be taking place and the duration have yet to be confirmed.
Talks of the reunion have been rumoured since the beginning of the year and it has been reportedly very complex to arrange but negotiations have persevered due to the strength of I.O.I’s fandom.
Update: CJ E&M has stated that nothing official has been decided despite media reports.