Jinho and Hongseok Open Up about Leaving SM and YG
Jinho: I was at the previous agency for 6 years. But in the end what I thought of and what the company thought of of the future path was different and so in a good way we parted. After that Cube called me in for an audition.
Hongseok: At YG, I was in the survival program Mix and Match as a potential candidate for iKON but was eliminated. After that, I remained in YG but I wasn't at a young age to be able to debut as an idol. Watching iKON debuting at that point, I wondered when it would get to me, and staying in the company made me unexpectedly worried. I thought I needed to find the music I wanted to do and thus left the company. Coincidentally I met Cube's artiste development team director and told me about Pentagon's ideal plans. So I decided to join this team and came to Cube.
Cube Seniors Provided Support for Pentagon's Debut
Hongseok stated, "At the filming of our music video, Hyuna and CLC came to cheer us on. They recharged our morale so we continued full of energy."
They also received advice from BTOB's Eunkwang. Pentagon aims to work hard to avoid "tarnishing the name of Beast and BTOB."
When asked what set them apart from their senior groups, leader Hui stated that rather than difference, he wants to "combine the vocal color of BTOB and sophisticated performance of Beast."
Sources: @CUBENT_PENTAGON Twitter 1 2, @HST0417 Twitter 1 2, YTN News (paraphrased by me)