Introduction to IZ*ONE
"Eyes on me! The moment we become one, please pay attention everyone! Hello, we are IZ*ONE!"
IZ*ONE (Korean: 아이즈원; Japanese: アイズワン; pronounced as "eyes one") is a twelve-member project girl group under Off The Record Entertainment and Swing Entertainment. They were formed through Mnet's competition reality show Produce 48 and officially debuted on October 29, 2018 with mini album Color*IZ.
They will be active for two and a half years on a special contract before disbanding sometime in 2021.
In early 2018, Mnet announced the third installment to their Produce 101 franchise which aimed to bring together 48 Korean trainees from several entertainment companies and 48 Japanese idols from the J-pop idol group AKB48 and their sister groups to form a girl group with 12 members chosen by the viewers.
Produce 48 premiered on June 15, 2018 and the live finale was broadcast in August 31, 2018, with the top 12 winners becoming a girl group named IZ*ONE. Of the top 12 winners, Miyawaki Sakura and Yabuki Nako had already debuted in HKT48, Honda Hitomi in AKB48, while Kwon Eun Bi was previously in girl group Ye-A under the stage name Kazoo but left the group in late 2014, Jo Yuri is a former contestant of another Mnet survival show Idol School which created the girl group fromis_9, while the final winner Lee Chae Yeon was a well-known contestant in another competition show called SIXTEEN which created the girl group TWICE.
On September 21, 2018, along with Mnet's Idol School's final group fromis_9, it was announced the group had switch agencies and would now be managed by Off The Record Entertainment in Korea.
|Record Labels||Swing Entertainment, Off The Record Entertainment|
|Debut||Oct 29, 2018|
|Years Active||2018 - Present|
|Debut to 1st Win||10 days|
|Most Popular Member||Sakura|