I.O.I’s official logo / Image: Studio Blue, Swing Entertainment

K-pop group I.O.I has announced they will be pushing back their upcoming comeback from October to December. 

According to Studio Blue, the company put in charge of producing the reformed group’s newest album, and Swing Entertainment, the label in charge of handling the management side of things, the comeback has been pushed to December, with the exact date being undecided as of yet. The need to work on the quality of the album has been given as the reason for the delay. 

On August 6, Sports Seoul reported that although I.O.I initially planned on making their comeback as a nine-member group in October, owing to the need to improve upon the quality of their songs and for other reasons, it was ultimately decided that the comeback would be re-scheduled for December. 

I.O.I is a project group that debuted on the first season of Mnet’s Produce 101. They officially disbanded on January 20, 2019 after debuting on May 4, 2016. On the day they disbanded, an interview between I.O.I and MBC’s Section TV aired which showed the group promising to come back in five years. 

With the exception of former member Jeon Somi, the labels of each of the other members attended a meeting at the beginning of the year, where specific plans for an I.O.I reunion were discussed. Studio Blue made an official announcement on July 1 that read: “I.O.I has made the final decision to come back as a nine-member group consisting of Kim Se Jeong, Choi Yoo Jung, Chungha, Kim So Hye, Kyulkyung, Jung Chae Yeon, Kim Do Yeon, Kang Mi Na, and Lim Na Young. The group is planning on carrying out promotional activities following the release of a new album in October of this year.”