IZ*ONE (Korean: 아이즈원; Japanese: アイズワン; pronounced as "is one"), is a twelve-member girl group formed through Mnet's competition reality show Produce 48.
They are a temporary girl group who will be active for two and a half years on a special contract before disbanding sometime in 2021.
IZ*ONE is set to debut on sometime around the end of October, 2018.
Pre-debut: Produce 48
In early 2018, Mnet announced the third installment to their Produce 101 franchise which aimed to bring together 48 Korean trainees from several entertainment companies and 48 Japanese idols from the J-pop idol group AKB48 and their sister groups to form a girl group with 12 members chosen by the viewers.
The show premiered on June 15, 2018 and the live finale was broadcast in August 31, 2018, with the top 12 winners becoming a girl group named IZ*ONE. Of the top 12 winners, Miyawaki Sakura and Yabuki Nako had already debuted in HKT48, Honda Hitomi in AKB48, while Kwon Eun Bi was previously in girl group Ye-A under the stage name Kazoo but left the group in late 2014, Jo Yuri is a former contestant of another Mnet survival show Idol School which created the girl group fromis_9. and the final winner Lee Chae Yeon was a well-known contestant in another competition show called Sixteen which created the girl group TWICE.
IZ*ONE was announced to be preparing for a full debut around the end of October, 2018.