On November 28, an interesting post surfaced on an online community board, with a complete list of upcoming male idol groups from major agencies scheduled to debut next year. With leaked images and names, the post gives a full guideline to which new idol group is debuting under each agency, although most of them are not official yet.
SM Entertainment is coming out with a 12-member male group with members from Korea, Japan, and China. They will split into two groups, M1 and M2 (tentative names). M1 will be comprised of seven members and run most promotions in Korea, while M2 will have five members and mostly work in China. They are rumored to have planned promotions running at the same time, with the same exact songs, only in different markets. They would be SME’s first idol band since f(x)’s debut in September, 2009.
JYP Entertainment is rumored to have a new six-member boy band named 2THE.O. Contrary to earlier reports that said they were fake, online rumors say they already appeared in a Wonder Girls showcase in the past. Despite not being more actively promoted, they are expected to debut sometime next year.
YG Entertainment has already made it official that they will debut a new boy band and girl group next year. The online post says YG is planning to debut “A YG-version SNSD and a male idol group in 2012, but nothing has been confirmed.” It is unclear whether “Superstar K2” contestant Kang Seung Yoon will be part of the male group, but Kim Eun Bi, another contestant of the audition show, will be one of the new girl group members.
TS Entertainment, the agency for Secret, has confirmed Bang Yong Gook as the leader of their new group. He’s already made an appearance on KBS “Immortal Song 2,” released “I Remember” featuring BEAST’s Yang Yo Seob, and is scheduled to debut in a unit duo with Zelo on December 2. Another member to join him is Him Chan who currently hosts MTV’s “The Show.”
Pledis Entertainment has already released some photos of their new boy band, Pledis Boys, who were long rumored to be the “After School Boys.” The seven member group will have Jang Do Yoon, who made an appearance on MBC “Star Audition,” and will make their official debut on December 1.
Cube Entertainment, Key East Entertainment, and Sidus HQ have not revealed much information yet. The online rumor mill says Cube will come out with a seven member group, and Key East is working with Bae Yong Joon and Kim Hyun Joong for a new male group, while Sidus might debut a new male idol group somehow featuring Jay Park.
Which new group are you most looking forward to?
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