The press conference for YG Entertainment and Mnet‘s new survival program, “Mix & Match,” took place today, during which YG CEO Yang Hyun Suk revealed the details for the agency’s highly anticipated new boy group.
Yang Hyun Suk announced that the new boy group will be called iKON. According to Yang Hyun Suk, the “c” in “icon” was replaced with a “k” to signify the intent to spread Korea’s culture.
The new boy group will have seven members in total. The six members of Team B and three new trainees from YG Entertainment are competing for those spots on the show. Out of those, three members are already confirmed for iKON- Team B’s B.I., Bobby, and Kim Jin Hwan. The rest, Song Yoon Hyung, Kim Dong Hyuk, and Gu Jun Hoe, plus the new trainees, Jung Jin Hyung, Jung Chan Woo, and Yang Hong Suk, will compete for the remaining four spots.
Yang Hong Suk and Jung Jin Hyung
Jung Chan Woo played Lee Min Ho‘s younger version in the dramas “The Heirs” and “Boys Over Flowers.”
Yang Hyun Suk explained that because the training periods for Team B’s Song Yoon Hyung, Kim Dong Hyuk, Gu Jun Hoe have been short, it is hard consider them as well-prepared as the other three Team B members; therefore; they are competing against the other trainees.
“Mix & Match” will see two competitors dropped from the show. Yang Hyun Suk added, “It will be hard for the members dropped to debut through YG.” He hopes to debut iKON early next year.
“Mix & Match” premieres September 11.