It has been a year since the reality show "I-LAND" reached its finale and its winning contestants - Sunoo, Jungwon, Heeseung, Jake, Sunghoon, Jay, and Ni-Ki - are now active as Belift Lab's first idol group ENHYPEN. But where are the other trainees who failed to make it to the final lineup? From debuting in new idol groups to acting, here's what the 16 eliminated "I-LAND" contestants are doing at present.
Where are the Eliminated I-LAND Contestants Now?
After being eliminated from "I-LAND," Geonu left Belift Lab and signed with Bluedot Entertainment. He then made his debut as the lead vocalist and center of Bluedot's boy group, JUST B, on June 30.
JUST B's debut single "Damage" is close to reaching 14 million views on YouTube.
Meanwhile, Geonu has launched his personal Twitter account that has over 165,000 followers.
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JM becomes another eliminated "I-LAND" contestant that debuted as a member of JUST B. Now called JM, he is part of the group's vocal line.
K is one of the "I-LAND" contestants that made it to the finale but failed to be included in the lineup of trainees who will debut as ENHYPEN members. Despite this, he stayed with HYBE and has been confirmed to debut in the upcoming boy group of HYBE Labels Japan.
HYBE Japan Boy Group (temporary name) is said to make their debut this year. K is the eldest member of the band, so many fans think that he will be the leader.
Nicholas, who was eliminated in episode seven, is another Belift Lab trainee that will debut in HYBE Japan Boy Group. More trainees are expected to be added to the band in the future, but Nicholas is the only Taiwanese member so far.
Eliminated in episode seven, EJ is another "I-LAND" contestant who has also been confirmed to debut as a member of HYBE Labels Japan's upcoming boy group. He is the only Korean member of the band, to date.
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Sixteen-year-old Taki was removed from Belift Lab's reality show in episode 10, just a few weeks before the final lineup of debuting trainees was announced. He too will be debut as a member of HYBE Labels Japan's boy group this year, and will most likely be the maknae (youngest).
Famous Vietnamese "I-LAND" contestant Hanbin managed to last in the show only until episode 11. In early July, he terminated his contract with Belift Lab and shifted to Yuehua Entertainment, the company that manages EVERGLOW and WJSN.
Like Geonu, Hanbin has also opened his personal Twitter account that has over half a million followers so far.
It has been a while since fans heard some news about Daniel after his elimination in the final episode of "I-LAND." He is believed to be one of the hidden members of Trainee A, a pre-debut male training team under Big Hit Music that is set to debut in 2022.
Originally, Kyungmin was announced to be part of the HYBE Japan Boy Group. However, he left HYBE after failing to reach an agreement on his career direction with the agency.
Kyungmin also has an Instagram account and he regularly uploads new photos. You can follow him here.
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Echan (formerly named Jaebeom)
Following the conclusion of "I-LAND," Jaebeom is another trainee that remained under Belift Lab. He is currently part of the production group called YOUTH and is one of those in charge of songwriting.
In June of this year, it was revealed that Jaebeom (who legally changed his name to Echan this year) co-wrote and co-composed the song "Runway" for the rookie group GHOST9.
You can follow Echan's Instagram account here.
Fans haven't heard about Sungchul since his elimination from "I-LAND" in episode seven. Reportedly, he left Belift Lab and joined Fantagio, home to ASTRO and Weki Meki. He is believed to still be a trainee.
Before participating in "I-LAND," Taeyong stepped into the world of entertainment as an actor. He appeared in "Shuttlecock" and KBS2's "Abiding Love Dandelion." He shared in a video uploaded to his twin brother's YouTube channel that he's gearing up to return to acting.
Taeyong also has his own Instagram account with over 200,000 followers.
Yoonwon left "I-LAND" before episode seven due to a leg injury. Thankfully, he is doing better nowadays. Following his recovery, he rejoined THE J - a well-known dance cover group with 700,000 subscribers on YouTube.
Yoonwon is rumored to be training again as he hasn't been seen in the dance covers of THE J lately.
Currently, the eliminated "I-LAND" contestant's whereabouts are uncertain. It is unclear whether he is still a trainee under Belift Lab or he has departed from the company to improve his skills elsewhere.
However, Jaeho did launch his own Instagram account that has over 140,000 followers.
Seon is believed to be still a trainee under Belift Lab, though he is yet to announce whether he is consistently training or he has already parted ways with the agency.
Thankfully, fans can follow his Instagram account and be updated on what he has been doing.
Youngbin is another eliminated "I-LAND" contestant whose current status in the industry is currently unknown. If he's still training under Belift Lab, he could probably debut in Big Hit Music's upcoming boy group next year.
But, fans can still see him through his Instagram account, which he just opened this year.
Wishing these eliminated "I-LAND" contestants good luck in their future endeavors!
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Written by Mhaliya Scott