It was the fishy results from ‘Produce X 101‘ that kicked off the whole voting manipulation and fraud case against Mnet survival properties, though recently it did seem like the group that spawned from the show was on track to continue activities. However, in a surprising turn, all the companies involved in the group through their idols announced they will disband.
Hello. This is Play M Entertainment, Yuehua Entertainment, TOP Media, OUI Entertainment, MBK Entertainment, Woollim Entertainment, DSP Media, Starship Entertainment, and Brand New Music. 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.
CJ E&M not actually having the agencies agree on resuming activities before holding a press conference to infer X1 would be returning at some point seems to be the cause behind the sudden change.
CJ ENM commented, “CJ ENM worked for X1 to resume activities, but we respect the position of the agencies that decided on X1’s disbandment.”
Yeesh. I mean, it makes sense for CJ E&M and Mnet as why wouldn’t they just continue on? The fans still exist, so why not try to salvage what they can, right? Thus, maybe that press conference was an attempt to put some pressure on the companies or something.
The problem with X1 continuing is basically that the companies decided it wouldn’t be worth putting their idols through that, judging (probably correctly) that the sooner they move on from the now toxic X1 and ‘Produce 101‘ branding the quicker they can get rid of the stench that unfortunately comes with it. Generally shitty situation for the members themselves that it has come to this, but ultimately I get why the companies did it.