As a sad start for 2016, it seems like KARA has big chances of disbanding this year. The rumors of the group’s end have been going around since Nicole and Jiyoung left in 2013, but this time it seems like they will come true.
With Gyuri‘s, Hara‘s and Seungyeon‘s contracts expiring this year, the rumors of the group’s disbandment rose again, and some of DSP Media‘s stakeholders have reported that the girls have decided to terminate their contracts, although the company has said that nothing has been decided yet.
The future is secure for the three members, who have almost a decade of career. Gyuri will most likely focus on acting, while Seungyeon will go to TV shows and Hara will invest in fashion (although I believe she’s fine in DSP, having had her solo debut this past year and being part of many variety shows). There’s even a chance that they will join another company together, but although some fans expect it a lot, I think it’s really impossible that we can hope for a full KARA comeback with Nicole and Jiyoung.
But right now the most important question is: if the group really disbands, what will happen with the maknae Youngji, who joined them less than two years ago after winning KARA Project?
Since her contract won’t end so soon, she will remain in DSP, which can come to a few decisions. Althought Youngji has proved her talent by winning KARA Project and conquered many fans during her time in Roommate, I don’t believe she has the strength to become a solo singer at this point.
The remaining options are adding her to another group (which is unlikely since April‘s concept doesn’t match hers and Rainbow has to have seven members), sending her to dramas and variety shows without releasing any music until her contract is finished (which I hope they don’t do, because it would be a very sad ending for such a beloved idol) or putting her in an upcoming project.
The last option seems to be the best one for Youngji right now. She could join her label mate, ex-April member Somin, and become a duo, or even join a few trainees and become a new girl group. If KARA does come to an end, DSP will need another girl group with a similar concept, and with idols that are already known by the K-Pop fans, the group would have more chances of succeeding.
Right now we can only wait for an official statement revealing if the girls decided to renew or terminate their contracts, and hope that they all live very happily no matter what decision is made.
Stay tuned to Officially KMusic to find out the ending of this breathtaking story.
Edited by: Morgan Oswald