All 9 trainees from YG Entertainment tugged on our heartstrings during their time as contestants on the reality survival show “Mix & Match”, but sadly, only 7 of them had the chance to debut as iKON.
2 of them – Yang Hong Seok and Jung Jin Hyung – were left on the back burner and eventually left the label in March 2015. Hong Seok made his debut as an idol in Cube Entertainment’s rookie group PENTAGON in October 2016, and soon, Jin Hyung will finally be meeting fans as a celebrity.
Jin Hyung has signed an exclusive contract with S.F.R Entertainment and has plans to debut in the first half of 2017. The label released a statement today (Monday, 3rd April) announcing the news.
“We signed a contract with Jung Jin Hyung on 31st March. We found his unique musical style appealing and his visuals also suited what we were looking for. We believe he has a high potential to debut as a solo artiste.”
“Mix & Match” aired in June 2014 with a total of 9 contestants. 6 of them were trainees from the previous reality show “WIN: Who Is Next”: B.I, Bobby, Donghyuk, Jinhwan, Junhoe, and Yunhyeong. They were then joined by Jung Jin Hyung, Yang Hong Seok, and Jung Chanwoo. After months of competition, the original Team B members and Jung Chanwoo were selected to be in the final lineup.
iKON then made their debut in October 2015. The group is also slated to make their comeback this month.