SM Entertainment recently revealed that EXO‘s Chen will not be making an appearance on You Hee-Yeol’s Sketchbook at the end of March and EXO-Ls are not happy.
At the beginning of the month, it was announced that ahead of his official solo debut Chen would be making an appearance on You Hee-Yeol’s Sketchbook at the end of March. Chen would have been the very first EXO member to perform solo on the show, but it looks like that won’t be happening now or at least not anytime soon.
#EXO's Chen will be performing on You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook later this month, and will be the first EXO member to perform solo on the show!
Chen is gearing up for his solo debut and we're ready! pic.twitter.com/Uj1CFXV85O
— Koreaboo (@Koreaboo) March 11, 2019
SM Entertainment just posted a notice on EXO’s official notice board and unfortunately, it’s not good news. They revealed that Chen will not be on the show at the end of the month while saying that the final confirmation had been delayed.
KBS-2TV’s You Hee-Yeol’s Sketchbook will not feature Chen. Thank you for your understanding that the final confirmation has been delayed.
— SM Entertainment
The announcement immediately caught attention from the EXO-L community and not in a good way. Fans have been expressing how upset they are that the event has been delayed.
sketchbook would have been the BEST promo jongdae could have gotten for his solo debut……
— jongdae, and a flower 🌺 (@smolkjd) March 25, 2019
ugh if anyone doesnt understand where im coming from sketchbook was one of the ONLY THINGS I HAD MY HOPES UP FOR i already had a feeling we would barely get any proper promotion for jongdae but this is just sad
— heaven, and a flower 🌸 ⁰⁴²¹ (@appreciatekjd) March 25, 2019
I CANT HELP BUT TO CRY WITH THE NEWS 😭 HOW DID IT HAPPEN? I MEAN, WE'RE ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE CHEN IN SKETCHBOOK AND THEN SUDDENLY IT GOT CANCELLED? WTH HAPPENED I JUST CANT IMAGINE HOW PAINFUL THIS IS FOR JONGDAE 😭😭😭
— D-7 APRIL AND A CHEN 🌸 (@lareumdaeun) March 25, 2019
In fact, many fans have expressed their thoughts that the delay really means his appearance on the show won’t be happening at all especially since their choice of words wasn’t all too clear.
wait jongdae's appearance on yoo hee yeol's sketchbook is cancelled (or had never been finalized)
— Arieℓ (@LittleAriel13) March 25, 2019
Jongdae will not appear on Yoo Hee Yeol's Sketchbook WTH SM WTH! i really thought he will go and i was happy and excited that he'll get the promo in sketchbook cause he gotta talk about his love to music and sing and everything but sigh as always disappointed but not surprised 🙁
— 새벽 별 ☆ April, and a flower🍀 (@Pikuchen) March 25, 2019
SM better have rescheduled Jongdae's appearance on Sketchbook otherwise we riding at dawn. Jongdae DESERVES to be there. He NEEDS good promo. People need to KNOW about the vocal legend that is Kim Jongdae but SM can't even do that properly. I hate them
— Junmyeon, 🌺 (@aquakjm) March 25, 2019
Despite many EXO-Ls believing they won’t get to see Chen on the show anytime soon, others have expressed their optimism that it simply means his appearance will be pushed back sometime in April.
All we can hope for is Jongdae will make an appearance on Sketchbook on the 5th April.
— ²¹ ₐnd ₐ flₒwₑᵣ (@miragechen) March 25, 2019
I wonder sm push the real date because You Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook is on friday (probably on 30th march), since we know on 1st april 2019, exo chen is having a solo debut.
I truly hope, sm keeping their word and not to blow it away like that.
— gigi🍃 (@suavebbian) March 25, 2019
While we won’t know for sure when Chen will appear on the show until SM Entertainment confirms it, there’s still hope that we will all be able to hear Chen’s beautiful voice there soon.