What Happened Between So-mi and JYP? Let’s Find Out Here!
Among all the shocking news we got in 2018, let’s agree that we still can’t believe that Jeon So-mi left her agency, JYP Entertainment. The number-one girl from Produce 101 season 1 that won everybody’s heart decided to leave JYP Entertainment after several years of being a trainee, on August 20, 2018. JYP Entertainment gave an official statement regarding her departure, saying that she left the company because her contract had ended.
Even after that clarification from JYP Entertainment, fans still can’t accept it. Let’s see the truth behind why did So-mi leave JYP below!
JYP Still Not Debuting So-mi
The first time So-mi made an appearance in public was in 2015, when she became one of the trainees that participated in the reality show Sixteen, a survival program where JYP Entertainment’s female trainees competed to become a member of the new girl-group the agency was creating, that came to be known as Twice.
At the time, So-mi couldn’t manage to debut with the other female trainees. She was very young back then, which could why JYP didn’t include her as a member Twice. But still, her struggle didn’t end there. So-mi then joined another survival program, called Produce 101, in 2016. Unlike Sixteen, Produce 101 had female trainees from various agencies, and not just JYP.
It may be partly because of her previous appearance on Sixteen, but she gained popularity on the new show, and a lot of viewers liked her and voted for her. By the end of the show, she had managed to be in the first position, which not only brought tears of joy to her eyes, but to ours, as well. A lot of fans, both in Korea and worldwide, were so happy to see her finally debut as a member of I.O.I after failing to become a Twice member.
I.O.I, however, was only a short-term project. A year after their debut date, I.O.I would disband due to the short contract. However, So-mi’s status at JYP Entertainment was no longer that of a trainee. She became one of JYP artists after she debuted with I.O.I, even though it was only temporary.
After becoming a solo artist for JYP Entertainment, she did a lot of collaborations with other artists. She was featured on Eric Nam’s song called You, Who? that released in March, 2017.
Not only that, she also appeared on KBS2’s reality show called Sister’s Slam Dunk in 2017, and debuting with others on the cast, including Kim Sook, Hong Jin-kyung, Kang Ye-won, Han Chae-young, Hong Jin-young, and Minzy. The group that consisted of comedians, actresses, and singers was called Unnies, which means older sister, and released a song called Right?
She also appeared on a TV program called Girls Next Door, where she acted as a trainee with other female idols, Mamamoo’s Moon-byul, Red Velvet’s Seul-gi, C.I.V.A’s So-hee, Sonamoo’s Eun-ae, Oh My Girl’s Yoo-ah, Lovelyz’s Su-jeong, and So-mi. They also released a song, called Deep Blue Eyes.
These groups were also temporary. Again, So-mi didn’t make her official debut as a member of a permanent group.
In June, 2018, So-mi was spotted at Twice’s concert in Seoul, along with JYP Entertainment’s female trainees. A lot of fans speculated (and hoped) that they were going to debut not long after.
A few months later, in August the same year, So-mi shocked the Internet world with the news that she left the company.
There were a lot of reactions from fans, both domestically and worldwide. Some said that it was unfortunate for her to leave JYP Entertainment and that she was disrespecting the company that made her name grow. Some were even saying it in a harsh way, and writing it in So-mi’s Instagram account. Happily, she could respond in a cool way.
There were also fans that kept supporting her, no matter what agency she is part of. So-mi liked some comments that sent good vibes for her after the shocking news, saying that they hated JYP for keeping her too long and not letting her to debut. She’s a star, therefore she will shine no matter where.
JYP confirmed that So-mi was leaving and thanked the fans for all the support that they gave for her. By that, on August 20, 2018, JYP officially confirmed that So-mi had ended her contract with JYP Entertainment. The next day, JYP Entertainment announced a new girl-group that was working to make a debut soon. They didn’t say who many of the members were, but they said that Shin Ryu-jin would be one of the member in the group. Again, So-mi wasn’t included in the new girl-group. The new girl-group was later on known as Itzy, that has just made a debut on February 12, 2019.
All the same, it was great that So-mi didn’t have to wait long before getting a new company. About a month after the news of her leaving JYP Entertainment, So-mi reportedly joined The Black Label.
However, on September 22, JYP wrote a very long caption saying that they were so thankful for the fans of artists from the company, and it was thanks to them that the agency could grow. He also added that he was thankful to the artists that followed the rules of the company, and that those who don’t follow the rules are no longer with the agency. Many fans speculated that it could be a reference to So-mi’s case, since it was posted around the same time that the news So-mi signed with a new label came up.
So, do you think that So-mi left because of she didn’t get included in the upcoming girl-group, or do you think she left because she has a scandal such that JYP didn’t want her to continue to be an artist at the company? Share your thoughts in the comments!
So-mi’s Debut in 2019?
After joining The Black Label, there could be new hope for So-mi to debut in 2019. She officially signed with the agency in September 2018, and it’s already months after the company’s official statement that they might be preparing a really big-hit project for their new artist, So-mi.
Reportedly, on November 21, So-mi was currently working on a new song and ready to debut in March, 2019, as a solo artist. There hasn’t been a teaser or an official statement from the company yet, but fans can’t wait to see her new image as a solo artist, if the rumor is true.
Since The Black Label is a company under YG Entertainment, she must be developing a YG vibe that made her totally different from her previous image. You can clearly see it from her Instagram posts!
We can’t wait to see So-mi with her new agency, The Black Label! Let’s continue to support her since she is a star herself, and a star is supposed to shine no matter where she at, that’s the So-mi we know! Fighting, So-mi!