Did X1 lie about Produce 101 win?

X1’s win on the talent show, Produce 101, was reportedly rigged by the show’s director and chief producer, Ahn Joon-young and Kim Yong-bum, respectively.

X1 announced their disbandment in January 2020, following a vote-rigging scandal that involved the show that launched them, which also led to the arrest of the director and chief producer.  X1 was known as the winners of the South Korean talent competition, Produce 101, which also launched the careers of Korean groups such as I.O.O, Wanna One and IZ*One. The fourth season of the show involved each one of the 11 singers being chosen to form a band that would launch the idol trainees into stardom.

The group released its debut single in August 2019, and quickly began to gain traction as the next big k-pop group. This was until the programme’s director, Ahn Joon-young, and chief producer, Kim Yong-bum, were accused of manipulating the voting results in favour of certain contestants. The two were arrested in November and indicted in December 2019 on fraud and business obstruction charges.

The scandal led to the fate of the group hanging in the balance, as viewers of Produce 101 turned their support into criticism. Some viewers believed that some of the members did not belong in the group. In January 2020, it was announced that the group had officially split up, as a result of the management companies failing to come to an agreement about the future of the band.

In a statement issued to the media, Play M Entertainment, Yuehua Entertainment, TOP Media, OUI Entertainment, MBK Entertainment, Woollim Entertainment, DSP Media, Starship Entertainment, and Brand New Music collectively stated, “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.”