Produce 101’s Jung Won Chul issues apology for using Vixx’s N choreography in intro video
Produce 101 has had quite a few controversies with their contestants for season 2. The latest controversy was with HF Music Company trainee Jung Won Chul. Previously, there was sexual harassment allegation, bullying allegations, and impersonation for a profit allegations.
As many people know, the show has been uploading introduction videos for each of the contestants in Season 2 of Produce 101. Each contestant has a profile uploaded as well as a video that shows off one of their talent. In Jung Won Chul’s video, he utilizes the dance N of Vixx performed at the 2016 Vixx Live Fantasia Elysium concert. Not only that, but you could hear the screaming at the end of his dance, which implied that they just took the exact track/video of N’s dance.
Vixx fans were obviously not happy.
HF Music Company issues the following apology on March 14, 2017:
“We sincerely apologize for not paying careful attention to the 1-minute PR intro video when we should’ve deeply cared for it. We also believe that such a mistake is unacceptable.”
They continued on by listing exactly where they went wrong – using a personal choreography creation of Vixx’s N without credit and creating the video without crediting and checking whether it was allowed.
They concluded their statement with:
“We once again apologize to Jellyfish Entertainment, VIXX’s N, and all Starlights who were hurt by the issue.We also apolgize to the producers of Mnet ‘Produce 101’ season 2. HF Music Company will make sure that such disgraceful incident does not happen again.”
Jellyfish Entertainment, Vixx’s agency, responded with the following statement:
“We have seen the video and apology. We are in the process of discerning and confirming the parts that had been pointed out as problems. They did not indicate the name of the original choreographer in the video in question, but they later announced that it was a cover of N’s individual performance and made a formal apology, and so the company as decided to accept the apology.”