Posted by Susan-Han Monday, October 28, 2019

IOI's Kyulkyung (Zhou Jieqiong) may also be unable to join group's reunion promotions


According to reports on October 29, CJ ENM's plans to host a reunion for project group IOI may be coming to a halt. 

Previously, IOI's side revealed plans for the group to reunite as 9-members, with the exemption of Jeon So Mi and Cosmic Girls's Yeonjung. After announcing reunion plans for some time in October, the promotions were pushed back for internal reason, expected for some time in December of this year. 

In addition to Jeon So Mi and Yeonjung, reports have stated that former PRISTIN member Kyulkyung (Zhou Jieqiong) may also be unable to participate in IOI's reunion plans at this point, due to her busy schedules in China. Furthermore, Weki Meki member Choi Yoo Jung was also seen recently announcing a temporary hiatus, due to health issues. 

With the likelihood of IOI's upcoming reunion reduced to only 7-members, many are also critical of the project group's return when CJ ENM is currently still facing vote rigging allegations for 'Produce X 101', 'Idol School', and even the entire 'Produce' series. 

One insider told media outlets, "There are no more discussions regarding IOI's reunion currently taking place with CJ ENM. With Jeon So Mi, Yoo Yeonjung, Choi Yoo Jung, and Kyulkyung more unlikely to participate, the motivation is dying down."

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thealigirl86,741 pts Tuesday, October 29, 2019 0
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

my dream of an IOI reunion feels like it's slipping away

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kentv2,849 pts Tuesday, October 29, 2019 0
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

I think while many fans hoped the group could reunite professionally, the business realities are that getting more than a half dozen companies and 11 artists schedules aligned is a near impossible feat. The companies that have successful artists aren't terribly interested in accommodating other companies and passing on revenue generating activities for their own artist. If anyone has ever tried to schedule a camping trip with 11 different friends who all work, one would be aware of how hard it is to even find one weekend that they can all get together let alone several weeks. It's hard enough for the former members to even get together for an evening socially as all eleven. Honestly, this likely wouldn't have even been possible if some of the post-IOI groups weren't under-performing and as a result their companies were more amenable to the potential windfall from a reunion single and the possible publicity bump for the members, or those members didn't have busy schedules because their companies weren't promoting them or they weren't in much demand from broadcasters or advertisers. Since this appears to be falling apart, it might be quite a while before an attempt is made again. Some of the companies won't want to bother trying and even some of the members might be frustrated with the process and not want to get their hopes up again.

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