1:37 pm - 11/07/2019

X1 And CJ ENM Have Reportedly Not Signed Contract Yet

On November 7, Ilgan Sports released an exclusive report stating that X1 has not signed a contract with CJ ENM yet.

According to Ilgan Sports, CJ ENM and the agencies of X1 members had been continuously discussing the contents of their contracts, but finalized contracts have yet to be signed by all of them.

Joy News 24, another news outlet, reported that some members’ agencies have signed contracts with CJ ENM, while some agencies did not because they did not agree with all of the clauses.

Ilgan Sports cited a source who shared, “While the investigations on the suspicions of manipulation were taking place, the advertisement deal X1 was in talks for was cancelled, and it wasn’t easy for them to appear on other broadcasting channels. That’s why the agencies of some of the X1 members stated that they wanted to sign their contracts [with CJ ENM] after seeing how the results of the investigations turn out. In IZ*ONE’s case as well, all of the members signed their contracts six months after their debut, so CJ ENM didn’t mind having X1 start promoting without signing a contract.”

Another industry source stated, “The members and their agencies are looking ahead at their careers five years in the future, instead of only their five years as X1. They’re thinking deeply about whether or not it’s right to continue promoting with X1. The members are already receiving lots of malicious comments, and it’s hurting them. It’s a terrible situation. They’re thinking hard about what the best decision will be for X1 and their fans. It’s a relief that they haven’t signed a contract with CJ ENM yet. But from CJ ENM’s point of view, if they think about the revenue they’ll earn from X1’s five years of promotions, they won’t be able to let go of X1 easily.”

source: @soompi, soompi, naver, joynews24
miuratenshi 7th-Nov-2019 03:09 pm (UTC)
This whole situation is awful and I feel so bad for all the trainees/artists involved.

I know some people are in favor of X1 and IZ*ONE’s disbandments, but I don’t think that’s fair, neither to the kids who got in fairly nor the ones who didn’t. They’ve been giving it their all this whole time.

The best thing to do would just be to extend an offer to add the kids who should have made it in.

Edited at 2019-11-07 03:11 pm (UTC)
aeries_amethyst 7th-Nov-2019 03:46 pm (UTC)
disbanding at this point wouldn't really make sense at this point because they've come so far and it wouldn't be fair regardless of if they deserved to be on the team or not. i agree with you on that.

The best thing to do would just be to extend an offer to add the kids who should have made it in.

you mean like to add them to the group or to debut them in a completely new group? it's something at least, because they get a chance at something even if it may not be originally what they were hoping for. because isn't that pretty much what happened with winner and ikon?

miuratenshi 7th-Nov-2019 03:50 pm (UTC)
you mean like to add them to the group or to debut them in a completely new group?

I meant add them to X1/IZ*ONE. A new group would probably cause unwanted competition for CJENM lol.
aeries_amethyst 7th-Nov-2019 03:53 pm (UTC)
well yeah, i don't think CJENM could deal with that kind of competition between groups, we don't need even more of a mess than there already is lmao
gigabytexx 7th-Nov-2019 07:38 pm (UTC)
I feel like that would create a lot of solo stans fighting each other in the fandom. My guess is they should pay compensation money / a new agreement to the kids who were supposed to debut, and let X1 continue.

But I heard the money payment for X1 members is super low/unfair (I forgot the article), in that case maybe it's best for them to disband lol
snowphone 7th-Nov-2019 03:44 pm (UTC)
oh man, bad luck...
goshipgurl 7th-Nov-2019 09:24 pm (UTC)
Promoting without even signing a contract beforehand is such a dumb idea
babyjenkski 8th-Nov-2019 06:18 am (UTC)
I just feel so bad for these kids. They are finally realizing their dreams but it did not start well at all. They have a good fanbase who will support them and I hope fans continues to do so whatever happens.

Also, I want to continue seeing X1. They are talented and very much deserves to be on those music shows, variety shows and get those CFs. But this is really hurting them so much I don't know what's best for them.
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