On February 13, 2020, Starship Entertainment announced its plan to debut a new group by mid-2020. As hinted in the summer of 2019, the agency has prepared a boy group of nine members.

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The agency revealed that its former X1 members Kang Min Hee and Song Hyeong Jun will also re-debut with this new boy group.

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Starship asked K-Pop fans to show the group a lot of love and support, as they will be the agency’s first rookies since MONSTA X’s debut 6 years ago.

We, as the agency, will be supporting the rookies with all our resources so that they can debut and grow successfully.

— Starship Entertainment

The agency commented, “The rookie group’s team name and other information will be disclosed soon.” Meanwhile, it has been revealing its trainees via @_STARSHIPZ_ Twitter account — and building anticipation for these fresh new faces’ debut details.

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Starship Trainee Park Se Rim

With that said, Koreans fans are sharing divided reactions toward Starship Entertainment’s decision to push for the mid-2020 debut. While most are greatly supportive of the exciting new beginnings for the former X1 members and the new trainees, they are also largely unhappy with the agency — for having been deeply involved in the Produce X 101 scandal.

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Read more about the scandal here:

“PD Note” Exposes Details Of Starship, MBK, and Woollim’s Involvement In “Produce X 101” Scandal