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.
IZ*ONE’S Miyawaki Sakura will temporarily be stepping away from the DJ seat.
On November 28, Japanese media reported that the IZ*ONE member will be stepping down from her radio show, “Under the Tree with Sakura.” AKB48 member Yokoyama Yui will be filling in for Miyawaki Sakura in the meantime. Of the change in DJs, Yokoyama Yui said, “[Sakura] asked me to tell you all not to be sad. I’m certain Sakura will be able to return to the show shortly. In the meantime, AKB48 members will rotate as DJs for the show. I believe that IZ*ONE will be able to return.”
The departure is one of many events that the IZ*ONE members have had to put aside after the controversy surrounding Mnet’s “Produce 48.” Since the controversy, all of the group’s Japanese promotions have been halted, and the release of their first full album has been postponed indefinitely.
Sources: Naver (1, 2), soompi (1, 2)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Sakura is a DJ host in Japan as an HKT48 member, not as an Iz*one member. Why is the Mnet meddling with those activities?