Former IZ*ONE Nako Yabuki and Hitomi Honda to attempt re-debut in a K-pop girl group
Nako Yabuki and Hitomi Honda, who returned to Japan after IZ*ONE’s disbandment, are attempting to re-debut in a K-pop girl group.
According to Seoul Economic Star on April 19th, Nako Yabuki and Hitomi Honda will be appearing on Mnet’s new survival program “Queendom Puzzle” and competing for a spot to debut in the final lineup.
It is also reported that Nako Yabuki and Hitomi Honda will participate in “Queendom Puzzle” as individuals, not as a group.
Previously in 2018, the two were selected as the final members of project girl group IZ*ONE through Mnet’s “Produce 48”. After actively promoting for 2 years and 6 months, the group’s activities ended in April 2021, and Nako and Hitomi returned to their home country of Japan.
Nako Yabuki rejoined the Japanese girl group HKT48, and recently announced her graduation from the group, revealing her intention to transition into acting. Hitomi Honda also continued her activities by rejoining the Japanese girl group AKB48.
Another Japanese member of IZ*ONE, Sakura Miyawaki, re-debuted in Korea last year as part of girl group LE SSERAFIM, which is under HYBE’s subsidiary label Source Music.
On the other hand, “Queendom Puzzle” is a new season of the “Queendom” series, which began airing in 2019. Unlike previous seasons where active girl groups competed, this season has changed the format to combine former and current girl group members, with the aim to combine different members, like puzzle pieces, and create a global girl group.
“Queendom Puzzle” is scheduled to air in June.