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Fly high! X1! Hello, we are X1!

—X1

X1 (엑스원) was an 11-member project boy group under Swing Entertainment and Stone Music Entertainment. They were formed through Mnet's competition reality show Produce X 101 and debuted on August 27, 2019 with their first mini album 비상 : Quantum Leap.[3][4]

The group disbanded on January 6, 2020 after the agencies representing the members could not reach an unanimous agreement following the Produce 101 vote manipulation controversy.[5]

They were intended to be active for five years on a special contract, where the first semester was intended for them to focus solely on the group, and in the second half, they would have been able to do work within their own companies, such as solo debut, a member of a new group or returning to work with a former group.

Career

2019–2020: Debut, Produce 101 vote-rigging controversy, and disbandment

Following the conclusion of Produce X 101, vote rigging allegations surfaced after viewers noticed irregularities in the number of votes counted, which series PD Ahn Joon Young later admitted were rigged.[6] Despite of this at the time, their debut moved forward.

A reality show titled X1 Flash, which followed their process to debut, began airing on August 22.[7] X1 debuted on August 27 with the release of their first mini album 비상 : Quantum Leap and held their debut show-con at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul.[8]

By November 2019, the group had temporarily halted all activities due to the severity of the event.[9] It was also revealed that some members had still not yet signed contracts with CJ ENM due to the ongoing investigation.[10]

On December 30, CJ ENM's CEO Heo Min Heoi held a press conference to make a formal apology regarding the manipulation controversy surrounding the Produce 101 series. He explained that CJ ENM will be compensating everyone harmed due to the incident. Regarding IZ*ONE and X1, he shared that they are working on plans for the groups to resume activities, and Mnet will give up all resulting profits towards a fund.[11]

On January 6, 2020, the agencies representing the members announced the group has disbanded due to not being able to reach an unanimous agreement.[5] Meanwhile, their fandom, ONE IT, staged protests on CJ E&M demanding the group's disbandment was unfair and relaunch the group. The fandom also sent LED Trucks to promote their movement, however the protest did not change the outcome.

Aftermath

On January 29, 2020, it was announced that Seungwoo would return to his activities with VICTON.[12] The group made their comeback with seven members on March 9, 2020 with the mini album Continuous. He made his solo debut on August 10, 2020 with the mini album Fame.

After disbandment, Seungyoun continued being a soloist under the name of WOODZ, as UNIQ are still on hiatus, though they are not disbanding.

On April 23, 2020, it was announced that Wooseok would make his solo debut. On May 25, his solo mini album 1st Desire [Greed] was released.[13] He currently hasn't returned his activites with UP10TION.

Yohan made his solo debut on August 25, 2020 with the digital single "No More". He also debuted a member of WEi on October 5, 2020. He has also had some acting roles in dramas such as A Love So Beautiful.

On February 2, 2020, Hangyul and Dohyon held a fanmeeting. On February 5, the duo released a special digital single for their fans, called "Happy Day". On February 24, it was announced that they would be debuting as a duo on March 26, which was later postponed to April 21, with the release of a mini album.[14][15] On March 30, they released a pre-release single titled "Unfamiliar", and on April 21, they officially debuted as H&D with the mini album Soulmate. The two were then confirmed to be members of the new boy group BAE173, the group debuted on November 19, 2020 with their first mini album Intersection : Spark. It is unknown whether Hangyul will continue activites with IM.

On September 4, 2020, Woollim Entertainment announced that Junho would be debuting in the new boy group DRIPPIN, scheduled to debut sometime in October.[16] The group officially debuted on October 28, 2020 with the mini album Boyager. He also participated in Woollim's collaboration single "Relay".

Dongpyo debuted as a member of the boy group MIRAE on March 17, 2021 with the mini album Killa.

On February 13, 2020, Starship Entertainment revealed that Minhee and Hyeongjun would be debuting a new boy group, CRAVITY, in the first half of the year with the two joining as members.[17] The group debuted on April 14, 2020 with the mini album Hideout: Remember Who We Are - Season1.

On August 13, 2020, Brand New Music announced that Eunsang would be making his solo debut. His debut single album, "Beautiful Scar", was released on August 31.[18] It was later announced that he would be debuting as a member of YOUNITE with the EP Youni-Birth on April 20, 2022.

Members

Rank Name Position(s) Company
3 Han Seung Woo (한승우) Leader,[19] Main Vocalist Play M Entertainment
5 Cho Seung Youn (조승연) Main Vocalist, Lead Rapper Yue Hua Entertainment
2 Kim Woo Seok (김우석) Lead Vocalist, Visual TOP Media
1 Kim Yo Han (김요한) Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Center, Face of the Group OUI Entertainment
7 Lee Han Gyul (이한결) Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist MBK Entertainment
9 Cha Jun Ho (차준호) Vocalist, Visual Woollim Entertainment
6 Son Dong Pyo (손동표) Lead Dancer, Vocalist DSP Media
10 Kang Min Hee (강민희) Vocalist Starship Entertainment
X Lee Eun Sang (이은상) Vocalist Brand New Music
4 Song Hyeong Jun (송형준) Lead Dancer, Rapper, Vocalist Starship Entertainment
8 Nam Do Hyon (남도현) Main Rapper, Maknae MBK Entertainment

Discography

Mini albums

Awards and nominations

Year Recipient Award Won
Gaon Chart Music Awards
2019 X1 - "Flash" August Song of the Month Nominated[20]
X1 Rookie of the Year (Digital) Nominated[20]
Rookie of the Year (Physical) Nominated[20]
Melon Music Awards
2019 X1 Best New Artist Award Nominated[21]
Mnet Asian Music Awards
2019 X1 Best New Male Artist Nominated[22]
Artist of the Year Nominated[22]
Worldwide Fans' Top 10 Choice Won[23]
Seoul Music Awards
2019 X1 K-Wave Award Nominated[24]
Popularity Award Nominated[24]
Rookie Award Nominated[24]
V Live Awards
2019 X1 V Live Global Rookie Top 5 Nominated[25]

Trivia

Gallery

Promotional

Miscellaneous

References

  1. Soompi: “Produce X 101” Group X1 Announces Fan Club Name
  2. Soompi: X1 Announces Official Colors Ahead Of Debut
  3. Soompi: Check Out The Final Dream Lineup For "Produce X 101" As Voted By International Fans
  4. Soompi: Announcing The Top 11 Of "Produce X 101" — X1
  5. 5.0 5.1 Soompi: Breaking: X1 Members’ Agencies Announce Group’s Disbandment
  6. The Korea Times: 'Producer 101' director admits more vote-rigging
  7. Soompi: X1 Shares Exciting Details For Debut Reality Show With Teaser Video
  8. Soompi: X1 Confirms Date For Debut Show-Con
  9. Soompi: Mnet Discusses Future Plans For X1 And IZ*ONE
  10. Soompi: X1 And CJ ENM Have Reportedly Not Signed Contract Yet
  11. Soompi: CJ ENM Issues Formal Apology Regarding "Produce 101" Series Controversy + Reveals Update On IZ*ONE And X1
  12. Soompi: Play M Confirms Han Seung Woo Will Resume Activities As VICTON Member + VICTON Preparing March Comeback
  13. Soompi: Kim Woo Seok's Agency Confirms His Solo Debut Date
  14. Soompi: Lee Han Gyul And Nam Do Hyon Announce Plans For Mini Album
  15. 이한결, 남도현 on V Live: H&D DEBUT ALBUM 발매 일정 관련 공지
  16. Soompi: Woollim Announces Plans To Debut New Boy Group Including X1’s Cha Jun Ho
  17. Soompi: Starship Entertainment Announces New Boy Group Including Song Hyeong Jun And Kang Min Hee
  18. Soompi: Lee Eun Sang Announces 1st Solo Single “Beautiful Scar”
  19. Soompi: "Produce X 101" Group X1 Chooses Their Leader
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Soompi: 9th Gaon Chart Music Awards Announces Award Categories And 1st Set Of Nominees
  21. Soompi: Melon Music Awards 2019 Announces Nominees For Category Awards + Voting Begins
  22. 22.0 22.1 Soompi: 2019 MAMA Announces Nominees + Voting Begins
  23. Soompi: Winners Of 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Soompi: 29th Seoul Music Awards Announces Nominees + Voting Begins
  25. Soompi: Winners Of The 2019 V Live Awards V HEARTBEAT

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