With the recent slew of girl groups debuting in the K-pop scene, one factor seems to tie many of them together: they’re all temporary projects. Through different variety broadcasts, groups like I.O.I, C.I.V.A, I.B.I, and even Unnies have been rising in popularity. Could there be a new trend of temporary girl groups?
Here’s a list of girl group projects that are currently in the K-pop scene:
The group was created through Mnet’s “Produce 101,” where 101 trainees participated in a series of tests in order to become one of 11 girls in a temporary project group. I.O.I debuted with “Dream Girls” and is currently preparing for a comeback.
I.B.I is made up of members who also participated in Mnet’s “Produce 101,” but did not make the I.O.I team. The girl group project was encouraged and hoped for by fans, and now Loen Entertainment plans to make their debut a reality.
A few of the members of I.B.I are also part of another project girl group, C.I.V.A. Members Kim Sohee and Yoon Chaekyung were part of the Mnet mockumentary show “God of Music,” and through the variety show the group debuted with a remake of Diva’s 1998 hit “Why?”
Despite the temporary nature of the projects, I.O.I and other project girl groups have displayed an undeniable amount of influence within the K-pop industry. With more temporary girl group activities ahead, and more flexible groups like NCT, there might be many more temporary K-pop groups in the future.