IZ*ONE’s Japanese Events Postponed Amid “Produce 101” Manipulation Controversy
IZ*ONE’s scheduled events have been postponed amid the controversy surrounding the “Produce 101” series.
On November 27, a source from Mnet told news outlet Sports Chosun, “As the Japanese release of IZ*ONE’s full album [‘BLOOM*IZ’] has been postponed, the Hi Touch events have also been postponed.”
IZ*ONE’s Japanese website announced, “The special benefit events, which were scheduled for December 6 to 8 and were to celebrate the release of their third Japanese single, have been postponed after discussion. We apologize for causing concern and inconvenience.”
The comeback celebration events were scheduled to include Hi Touch events (where fans get the opportunity to high five idols), and they were planned for venues in Tokyo and Osaka. The events have now been postponed indefinitely and refunds will be processed. A source from IZ*ONE’s side has stated they will make an announcement about the group’s future plans later on.
Following “Produce 48” producing director Ahn Joon Young reportedly admitting to manipulating the show, the November 11 release of IZ*ONE’s first full album “BLOOM*IZ” was postponed indefinitely. Their planned performance at Mnet Asian Music Awards was also canceled, and many of the members are reportedly resting at their own homes.