I.O.I: Where Are They Now?
It’s been two years since K-Pop girl group I.O.I disbanded. Formed from survival show Produce 101, they are predecessors to groups like Wanna One and IZ*ONE. So, what have our beloved I.O.I members been up to since then?
Birth Name: Lim Na-young / Im Na-young (임 나영)
Stage Name: Nayoung
The former leader of I.O.I later became a member of girl group PRISTIN, which debuted in March 2017 with their first mini-album Hi! Pristin. In May 2018, she debuted in PRISTIN-V, a sub-unit of her group, with their single album Like a V. Check out their latest release, Get It. Unfortunately, PRISTIN disbanded on May 24, 2019. Nayoung has terminated her contract with Pledis Entertainment is now solo. Her solo activities began with her being named the PR Ambassador for Insadong Traditional Culture. On August 22, 2019, it was announced that Nayoung had joined Sublime Artist Agency.
Birth Name: Kim Chan-mi (김찬미), but she legally changed it to Kim Chung-ha (김 청하)
Stage Name: CHUNGHA
After the disbandment, CHUNGHA made her debut as a soloist in June 2017, with her first mini album Hands on Me. Check out her latest comeback, Stay Tonight.
Birth Name: Kim Se-jeong (김세정)
Stage Name: Sejeong
Sejeong debuted with girl group Gugudan in June 2016 with their first mini album Act 1. The Little Mermaid. She debuted with Gugudan while she was also active with I.O.I. She is currently still a member of Gugudan, and she later debuted with their subunit, Gugudan SEMINA, in July 2018, with their first single Semina. Check out their latest comeback, Not That Type.
Birth Name: Jung Chae-yeon (정채연)
Stage Name: Chaeyeon
Chaeyeon debuted with girl group DIA in September 2015 with their debut album Do It Amazing. She withdrew from group activities to participate in Produce 101, and later to become a member of I.O.I. She recently starred in Netflix drama My First First Love. She is currently still a member of DIA, and check out their latest comeback WOOWA.
Birth Name: Zhou Jieqiong (周洁琼)
Stage Name: Kyulkyung / Jieqiong
Kyulkyung became a member of girl group PRISTIN along with fellow member Nayoung, which debuted in March 2017 with their first mini-album Hi! Pristin. In May 2018, she debuted in PRISTIN-V, a sub-unit of her group, with their single album Like a V. In September 2018, she made her solo debut in China with her latest comeback and first single Why. In October 2018, it was confirmed that she would make her acting debut in mystery drama Miss Truth. Unfortunately, PRISTIN disbanded on May 24, 2019. Kyulkyung has maintained her contract with Pledis and will most likely continue solo activities. She is set to star in the 2020 wuxia series Legend of Fei.
Birth Name: Kim So-hye (김소혜)
Stage Name: Sohye
In April 2017, Sohye made her acting debut in the web drama Poetry Story. In October 2017, she played the female lead of television drama Kang Duk-soon’s Love History. In January 2019, she played the female lead of youth drama Best Chicken. In December 2019, she is set to make her big screen debut in melodrama film Moonlit Winter. In April 2020 she starred in KBS drama How to Buy a Friend.
Birth Name: Yoo Yeon-jung (유연정)
Stage Name: Yeonjung
In July 2016, Yeonjung became the added thirteenth member of girl group WJSN, aka Cosmic Girls. In August 2016, she released her debut mini-album with her group, called The Secret. WJSN is set to release their eighth mini album Neverland on June 9, 2020.
Birth Name: Choi Yoo-jung (최유정)
Stage Name: Yoojung
A few months after the disbandment, Yoojung and fellow member Doyeon debuted in the girl group Weki Meki in August 2017, with the EP Weme. In June 2018, she debuted in Weki Meki’s joint subunit with girl group WJSN (Cosmic Girls), called WJMK, with the single Strong. In August 2018, she joined reality show Secret Unnie with EXID‘s Hani. She is set to star in webdrama Cast: The Golden Age of Insiders in June 2020. Weki Meki is set to release their third mini album HIDE and SEEK on June 18, 2020.
Birth Name: Kang Mi-na
Stage Name: Mina (강미나)
Despite being an I.O.I member, in June 2016, Mina’s company decided to have her not take part in the group’s promotions, and instead promote for the upcoming girl group Gugudan. In August 2017, she debuted in a Gugudan sub-unit with member Hyeyeon, called Gugudan 5959. They debuted with the single Ice Chu. In July 2018, she debuted in the sub-unit Gugudan SEMINA with members Sejeong and Nayoung. They debuted with the single album Semina. Check out her group’s latest comeback, Not That Type.
Birth Name: Kim Do-yeon (김도연)
Stage Name: Doyeon
After the disbandment, Doyeon and fellow member Yoojung debuted in the girl group Weki Meki in August 2017, with the EP Weme. In June 2018, she debuted in Weki Meki’s joint subunit with girl group WJSN (Cosmic Girls), called WJMK, with the single Strong. Doyeon is set to star in the webdrama Boy and Girl Straight Out of a Cartoon. Weki Meki is set to release their third mini album HIDE and SEEK on June 18, 2020.
Birth Name: Jeon Somi (전소미) / Ennik Somi Douma
Stage Name: Somi
After the disbandment, Somi stayed in JYPE, where she had her own fan interaction site. In March 2017, she collaborated with soloist Eric Nam on a single called You, Who? From March 2017 to May 2017, she was on the reality/drama program Idol Drama Operation Team. In August 2018, it was announced that Somi had terminated her contract with JYPE and had signed with a sub-company of YG Entertainment, called The Black Label. She debuted as a soloist on June 13, 2019, with the digital single Birthday.
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