Back in April, it was reported that I.O.I were in discussions for a reunion that would result in an album and concert. Now it’s being reported that a reunion is in the works and that talks have advanced to figuring out scheduling and what not, as unsurprisingly logistics seems to be the most significant hurdle.
A source related to the group responded by stating, “It’s true that a reunion is in the works, but no details have been decided. We’re currently in talks over scheduling and we will share news on this soon.” This response is different from the cautious approach for previous I.O.I reunion rumors. Though talks are currently underway, no final decision has been made yet by any of the members. As reported earlier, both agencies for Jeon Somi and WJSN’s Yoo Yeonjung have responded by saying that it would be difficult for them to promote with I.O.I, but they have not completely ruled it out. A similar issue holds for the other nine members, as they each have their respective schedules leading dramas, releasing music, and appearing on variety shows. Speculation is that I.O.I will return with nine members (gugudan’s Kim Sejeong and Kang Mina, Weki Meki’s Choi Yoojung and Kim Doyeon, DIA’s Jung Chaeyeon, Kim Sohye, Chungha, Kyulkyung, and Nayoung) but nothing has been decided. The members’ agencies are set to meet next week to iron out details and make a final decision.
This seems as legit as they come because reps for CJ E&M, Mnet, and I.O.I are all talking about it as if it’s happening but they can’t make an announcement because details are being figured out still.
A reunion also just makes sense for the careers of almost every member of the group, so this definitely appears to be happening, though there will surely be hand-wringing to come over the details. And honestly? Rightly so. Quite shit if they come back as anything but 11.