IST Entertainment‘s new 7-member boy group has officially announced a team name change.
Previously, a total of 7 contestants were chosen to debut as IST Entertainment’s new boy group on the survival program ‘The Origin – A, B, Or What?‘. Soon afterward, IST Entertainment announced that the 7-debut team members would be known as ABO, which stands for “At the Beginning of Originality”.
Unfortunately, the team name “ABO” was quickly met with concerns from fans, as some pointed out that the term could be interpreted as an offensive racial slur in Australia.
ATBO, made up of members Jung Seunghwan, Oh Junseok, Seok Rakwon, Ryu Junmin, Bae Hyunjun, Yang Donghwa, and Kim Yeonkyu, will be debuting some time in the second half of 2022. The group is the first boy group to debut under IST Entertainment since the launch of The Boyz in 2017.