Mnet Responds To Reports About “Produce 101 Japan” Group JO1 Preparing In Korea Ahead Of Debut
Mnet has clarified plans for the upcoming project group JO1, which was formed through “Produce 101 Japan.”
Following rumors that JO1 was planning to debut in Korea, Mnet told News1 on December 24, “JO1 is producing their album and training in Korea, but there are absolutely no plans for them to debut in Korea.” They added, “There are no Korean songs on their album either.”
The source clarified that JO1 has a separate Japanese production company. “Mnet is not at all connected to their album production or management,” they stated.
“Produce 101 Japan” is a Japanese version of the “Produce 101” series. It was produced by Yoshimoto Kogyo, MCIP Holdings, and CJ ENM, and it premiered on September 25. The live finale of the show aired on December 11, during which the 11 members of the project boy group JO1 were chosen. All the members of JO1 are Japanese. They’re gearing up for a debut in 2020 and their activities will be focused on Japan.
Following the vote manipulation controversy surrounding the original Korean series of “Produce 101,” the producers of “Produce 101 Japan” clarified before its finale that the Japanese version is completely separate from the original. They stated that the individuals who have been indicted for vote manipulation in the Korean series were not at all involved with the production of the Japanese show.