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'Produce X 101' Trainee Lee Hyeop Joins Woollim Entertainment!

By Kaitlin Cunanan | July 31, 2019 10:17 PM EDT

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The days following the finale of Produce X 101 can be described most accurately by a strange state of ~limbo~. Fans still aren’t quite sure what to do with their Friday nights if not spent huddled over a stream of the latest episode.

It’s now turned to scrolling through Instagram or Twitter to catch up on the activities of their favorite trainees on the many accounts, official companies or otherwise, that have cropped up (if you look anywhere, MusicWorks trainee Song Yuvin has probably commented on their selfie or Instagram Live. He’s everywhere.)

But this announcement has shaken up stans of Produce X 101 for the best: Lee Hyeop, an independent trainee on Produce X 101 that made himself known for his diva-like vocal color, recently announced that he has joined Woollim Entertainment through this tweet:

Extra points to Lee Hyeop for matching the blue of his shirt to the Woollim Entertainment logo! Several of the participants in Produce X 101 were independent trainees that lacked an agency, and thus had to gain popularity through their own talent, not backed by the prestige of a noteworthy company – Lee Hyeop was (emphasis on the was, the formerly!) one of these independent trainees. During the show, he made intense waves in the stan twitter community for his unique style of singing as featured in his Group Evaluation stage, a cover of Hwasa’s Twit:

And this glorious high note sequence during the Concept Evaluation stage, Monday to Sunday:

Stans weren’t the only people to pick up on his skills. After Produce X 101 ended, Lee Hyeop allegedly received several ‘lovecalls’ from companies, with his vocal trainer even posting messages they received from a Fantagio staff member.

As part of Woollim Entertainment’s Woollim Rookies lineup, Lee Hyeop joins fellow Produce X 101 participants Hwang Yunseong, Moon Junho, Joo Changwook, Kim Minseo, and Kim Dongyun, with X1 member Cha Junho set to join them after 2.5 years. With Hwang Yunseong as one of the strongest dancers from the season and Lee Hyeop as one of the strongest singers, this pre-debut group will be a rookie to watch out for at their debut.

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