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X1 have announcing they are disbanding, just six months after they were formed on Produce X 101. The 11-member band were put together on the Mnet talent series back in July 2019, but after allegations that the line-up was pre-decided before the public votes were even counted, it has been confirmed X1 is no more. The agencies of Kim Yo-han, Kim Woo-seok, Han Seung-woo, Song Hyeong-jun, Cho Seung-youn, Son Dong-pyo, Lee Han-gyul, Nam Do-hyon, Cha Jun-ho, Kang Min-hee and Lee Eun-sang issued a joint statement confirming the news. The statement read: 'This is Play M Entertainment, Yuehua Entertainment, TOP Media, OUI Entertainment, MBK Entertainment, Woollim Entertainment, DSP Media, Starship Entertainment, and Brand New Music. 'The X1 members and each of the agencies negotiated under the condition of unanimous agreement, but we could not come to an agreement, so we have decided on their disbandment.'
CJ E&M, which owns Mnet, said in a separate statement: 'CJ E&M worked for X1 to resume activities, but we respect the position of the agencies that decided on X1's disbandment.' It is unclear whether the idols will continue in other groups or go solo. IZ*ONE has yet to make a similar statement. This decision comes less than week after it was announced that X1 and IZ*ONE would resume their activities, with victims of the vote manipulation reportedly compensated. X1 released their debut single Flash in August, with their debut EP Emergency: Quantum Leap reaching number one in the Korean charts. The band's contract was intended for five years after their debut in August, with two and a half years of an exclusive contract and the remaining time allowing the members to co-promote with their original agencies.
In November 2019, the producing director of the Produce 101 franchise, Ahn Joon Young, admitted to the manipulation of the voting results of Produce X 101 and Produce 48, which resulted in the formation of boyband X1 and girl group IZ*ONE. However, Ahn – who was arrested – reportedly denied the voting on Produce 101 seasons one and two – which resulted in the formation of I.O.I and Wanna One – was rigged. Now, it has been alleged that the entire line-ups of the bands were pre-decided, while it's also claimed that one member of Wanna One was included in the final line-up due to vote manipulation.