SEOUL • Iz * One has postponed the discharge of their new album after the 12-member South Korean lady group was swept away by the final storm that plagues the Okay-pop business.
This time, the controversy is concerning the manipulation of votes by the producers of South Korean tv exhibits to find new singing skills.
Viewers have been advised that they had the final phrase within the composition of recent Okay-pop teams.
However now proof has emerged that the alignments of X1, I.O.I and Iz * One have been already finalized by the producers earlier than the viewers forged their votes.
The scholars had appeared in exhibits known as Produce X 101 and Produce 48.
Producer Ahn Joon-young, who admitted the manipulation of votes, was referred to prosecutors.
They stated that he and one other producer, Kim Yong-bum, had their very own favourite apprentices who they wished to assign to a number of new Okay-pop teams.
The general public vote was really a farce and the individuals behind the exhibits even took a share of the cash the spectators spent after they voted.
The producers have been dragged when some spectators raised questions concerning the number of apprentices, questioning why sure names, thought of favorites, didn’t make the ultimate reduce.
In line with the paperwork detailing the alleged offenses, Ahn and Kim met on July 17 final yr to verify the 11 trainees who would enter the business as X1 after the top of Produce X 101.
The 2 allegedly manipulated the web votes of viewers to satisfy their very own goal.
Equally, the 12 members of Iz * One have been additionally predetermined earlier than the Produce 48 viewers voted.
It’s stated that Ahn and Kim made their ultimate selections of Iz * One at a gathering in August final yr.
Allegedly, one apprentice was additionally faraway from the ultimate 11-member Wanna One lineup, in favor of one other, by Ahn in June 2017.
It’s stated that 4 companies paid cash to Ahn to be sure that his college students, whom that they had despatched to the audition exhibits, would nonetheless stand on the finish.
The information has upset Okay-pop followers who have been already recovering from different revelations within the Okay-pop scandal that broke out in January, with artists arrested for misconduct, from sexual assault to drug use.
Two singers, Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon, just lately acquired six-year and five-year jail sentences respectively for raping a girl in 2016.
However some Web customers have urged followers to chorus from abandoning their help for singers X1, I.O.I, Wanna One and Iz * One.
"All we will do now could be give a hug to the scholars who appeared (within the applications and weren’t chosen).
"You can not throw stones at any member (who did it).
"They didn't take one other individual's likelihood. They’re all victims (of electoral fraud)," one individual posted on-line.