Patuloy na pinag-uusapan ng netizen ang hindi pagkakasama ng dating After School member na si Lee Ka Eun sa Top 12 ng Produce 48. Ligwak siya na maging miyembro ng bagong girl group, ang IZ*ONE.
Ang IZ*ONE ang kauna-unahang girl group na magde-debut sa Korea na combination ng Korean at Japan trainees.
Marami pa rin sa mga netizens at sumubaybay sa 12 episodes ng Produce 48 ang hindi pa rin makapaniwala na hindi nga makakasamang mag-debut si Ka Eun sa IZ*ONE.
Bukod sa hindi ito nakasama sa top 12, napunta pa sa top 14 out of 20 ang rank niya nu’ng final elimination.
From the start of the idol survival show, isa si Kaeun sa nakakakuha ng mataas na ranking.
Bilang pasasalamat sa mga sumuporta sa kanya at yung iba ay patuloy na nasasaktan na hindi siya makakapag-debut muli, which is, her second chance na sana as an idol, nag-post ng kanyang mensahe si Ka Eun sa kanyang fan cafe.
“I was always sorry to my fans because all I could tell you for so long was to wait. I was so happy to be able to stand on stage and see you again. It was a stage that I was really, really thankful for!
I’m so thankful that I don’t remember how to put it into words. They were happy moments for me, but you must have had times where you were hurt while you supported me.
I think that you had harder times than I did while filming. Thank you so much for believing in me and supporting me untilt he end.
You can’t imagine how every single one of your words mean to me. Thank you so much for supporting me. I’ll continue to work hard without giving up!
You became my fans, so I’ll work hard to be Kaeun that you can be proud of.
Thank you so much and I love you.”
Nakapag-debut na noong 2012 si Kaeun sa Korea sa grupong After School nga, pero ang huling promotion pa niya ay noong 2013 kaya in hiatus siya for five years.
Sa interview ni Kaeun during one of the episodes of Produce 48, kinamusta ito ng isa sa mga trainors na si Bae Yong Joong kung disbanded na ang After School, sinagot ito ni Kaeun ng,
“No, we haven’t disbanded. But since they told me that I could come on the show, I’m wondering if it might be like that.”
Si Kaeun ay under Pledis agency. Umaasa ang mga fan nito na pagkatapos ipinakita ang impressive performances nito sa Produce 48 ay bigyan pa rin ito ng comeback.