After Sheon, Shana Nonaka's recruitment, FCENM hires 4 trainees from Girls Planet 999
The label, FCENM, announced that Mnet’s ‘Girls Planet 999’ contestants Kishida Ririka, Hayase Hana, Chang Ching & Lee Yunji will debut in January 2022
As the K-pop survival show from Mnet ended, ‘Girls Planet 999’ caught much the buzz for being one of the most loved survival shows from the network. After selecting a total of 99 trainees from South Korea, Japan, and China, the show ended with 9 winning contestants of Kep1er but the great potential among the remaining candidates did not go unnoticed. One by one many of the contestants from the show who did not make it to the Top 9 and did not become part of the pre-debut group Kep1er are now being short-listed by different labels to join their upcoming K-pop group.
While South Korean trainee, Kim Soo-yeon (now known by her stage name, Sheon) was the first contestant to be recruited by the label, Mystic Story to join their rookie group Billlie as its seventh member; Shana Nonaka was recently picked by MLD Entertainment to join their new girl group that will debut next year. On December 24, it was announced that four more contestants from the show have newly been recruited by FCENM, which manages singers like Kevin and Kim Kyu Jong who both debuted in 2021.
Four more ‘Girls Planet 999’ contestants get recruited
Naver reported that Japanese contestants Hayase Hana and Kishida Ririka as well as Chinese/Taiwanese contestant Chang Ching and South Korean contestant Lee Yunji have all been recruited by the label FCENM to debut with two more trainees. All four of these contestants did not make it to the top to be able to debut with the pre-debut K-pop group, Kep1er but it seems like they will soon make their debut, early next year.
The label reports that the pre-debut group from FCENM will be launched in the first half of 2022 and Hayase Hana, Kishida Ririka, Chang Ching, and Lee Yunji will be four of the members on the six-member rookie group. More details about the name of the group and the remaining two members are yet to be announced but fans expect a power-packed debut from the trainees.
FCENM announce their new trainees
Both Hayase Hana, as well as Kishida Ririka, were previously members of the label, JSL’s canceled Japanese-Korean girl group Orange Latte. After the group was dropped, both trainees joined Mnet’s ‘Girls Planet 999’ as contestants on the J-group. Chang Ching is a Taiwanese trainee and was part of the pre-debut group, TPE48 before she joined Mnet’s ‘Girls Planet 999’ as a contestant on the C-group. Lee Yunji on the other hand was part of the label, Cube Entertainment before she left the label in October of 2021 to join FCENM.
While talking about the upcoming group, the agency FCENM said, “The group will officially debut in the first half of 2022 as a girl group with a total of 6 members including Kishida Ririka, Hayase Hana, Chang Ching, and Lee Yunji. We ask for a lot of interest and love,” they said, thereby raising fans’ curiosity.