They say that third time’s a appeal, nevertheless it’s extra of a star within the case of IZ*ONE — at the least based mostly on how they stylize their identify. The newest short-term Ok-pop group to return out of South Korean channel Mnet’s Produce collection, the 12-member crew follows within the profitable footsteps of I.O.I and Wanna One after being shaped by the truth competitors collection’ third season, final 12 months’s Produce 48. But not like their predecessors, the brand new group is a mix of Ok-pop star hopefuls and a trio of ladies who’ve already launched careers in Japan’s AKB48 and its related sister teams, and can launch each Korean and Japanese music.
After the 12 girls have been introduced as the highest rivals on Produce 48 in August, IZ*ONE launched their first track “La Vie En Rose” on the finish of October. The single with its vivid soundscape promptly topped charts in Korea, and debut EP COLOR*IZ premiered at No. 9 on the World Albums chart. One of the the must-watch Ok-pop rookie acts of the 12 months, Billboard spoke to IZ*ONE in Korea in December about their profession to this point and what they hoped to attain earlier than their time collectively involves an finish after the deliberate two and a half years.
Congratulation in your debut! How are you guys feeling these days?
Wonyoung: We’re so grateful and grateful for all of the love we’ve acquired to this point, and we’re going to strive our hardest to succeed and present everybody what we are able to do sooner or later.
Your track “La Vie En Rose” turned an excellent success. What about it do you suppose appeals to listeners?
Yujin: “La Vie En Rose” was simply launched nevertheless it’s already acquired a number of love. We’re actually grateful for that. We suppose it’s carried out very well as a result of we every have our personal separate types and colours, and in that sense we have been in a position to present completely different charms from every one among us by the track and music video.
You truly every have a colour assigned to you. What’s the importance, and which member do you suppose matches her colour finest?
Chaeyeon: Yena represents yellow, and I feel it matches her very well as a result of she’s as charming as the colour. She has a extremely brilliant vitality.
Yena: Thank you.
What have been your first ideas whenever you heard “La Vie En Rose”?
Eunbi: We first heard the track once we have been altogether within the follow studio. When we heard it, it was so a lot better than something we had been anticipating. It was far more highly effective than we had anticipated. It was an earworm. Because we favored it a lot it made us put together for it with a number of vitality.
Chaeyeon: There are a number of members which have proven brilliant and cute photographs of themselves by Produce 48 so we thought the highly effective nature of the track can be a pleasing shock and one thing completely different than from what the viewers anticipated.
Wonyoung: That could also be an element behind its success, we expect.
What did you consider the choreography?
Wonyoung: We can’t deny that in the first place it was onerous as a result of it’s that highly effective of a choreography. But as soon as we bought higher at it and seemed on the remaining outcomes, we felt it was so nice that each one of our onerous work was value it.
What different songs in your debut EP do you particularly like, and why?
Yuri: There’s a track referred to as “Colors” and, like “La Vie En Rose” it displays IZ*ONE and all we now have to supply.
Can you clarify the which means of your group identify?
Eunbi: The identify of the group was truly created by our followers, WIZ*ONE pronounced weeze-One]. It refers back to the second that we, 12 stars, come collectively as IZ*ONE pronounced Eyes-One] just like the 12 astrological indicators, which is why there’s a star.
You’re the primary built-in group to return out of Produce 48 that blends the Ok-pop and J-pop world. How has it been figuring out with each Korean and Japanese members?
Yena: At first, we had a number of considerations and have been apprehensive as a result of we couldn’t talk verbally. We have been apprehensive about our teamwork as a result of we are able to’t actually communicate to 1 one other immediately. But possibly as a result of we are able to’t speak simply, we strive more durable to speak and perceive each other, and issues have turned out higher than we anticipated.
Just a few of you knew one another previous to Produce 48 however largely you have been grouped collectively by viewers. What are a number of the difficulties or greatest surprises you’ve encountered whereas working collectively? Wonyoung and Yujin are each signed to Korea’s Starship Entertainment and Eunbi and Chaewon to Woollim Entertainment, whereas Nako, Sakura, and Hitomi are all a part of the AKB48 construction, with the previous pair a part of the Fukuoka-based crew, HKT48.]
Chaeyeon: We began on Produce 48 and it wasn’t a simple path so due to this fact our bond is way deeper. Though our time interval between the present and our first launch wasn’t very lengthy, our bond could be very robust as a result of we went by that have collectively.
Wonyoung: Since Produce 48, there have been language boundaries and a few cultural variations however as a result of we went by the competitors collectively as a bunch there weren’t as many difficulties to beat. Communication and language barrier has been the most important factor we’ve needed to overcome.
Knowing that there’s a lifespan on IZ*ONE’s time collectively, what are some belongings you wish to obtain over the following few years?
Eunbi: It’s the start of our two and a half 12 months promotional interval collectively. We undoubtedly wish to try to obtain newcomer awards and go on a number of huge phases earlier than we attain our finish. We wish to go on world phases, possibly do a world tour that can take us to the Americas and Europe, and be capable to work together with our followers so much over that point.