The 2019 V Live Awards V HEARTBEAT aired on November 16, 2019. X1 was pulled out of the performance lineup a day before the event as Mnet is currently under public scrutiny for their vote manipulation controversy.
Fans immediately noticed the empty seats in the Gocheok Skydome.
They chose not to attend the event as their favorite group would not be performing anyway, going so far as to rip up their tickets.
— 긍블 (@Sisilversang) November 16, 2019
They stated that it was not for the best that Mnet cancelled X1’s performance.
mnet decided to cancel x1’s appearance in vlive awards "after careful consideration of recent public opinion." i hope they know how stupid they sounded right now #LikealwaysX1
— elle! (@x1yohans) November 16, 2019
Apparently only one third of the Gocheok Sky Dome was occupied, including non-ONEIT seats dedicated to other fandoms.
'only 1/3 of gocheok is occuppied'
— shobey_⚡ (@shobey_edits) November 16, 2019
The event was still mostly empty even after the show began.
The event has started already but there are still many empty seats… I feel bad for VLIVE, they worked hard with the hopes it'll be successful but look at this. Mnet’s fault!!! What a stupid move. What an embarrassment 🤢 pic.twitter.com/LIJlYlrdEA
— 𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝘀𝗲𝘂𝗻𝗴𝘄𝗼𝗼 ♥ (@seungwooluvs) November 16, 2019
The Gocheok Sky Dome has a capacity of 16,813. When full, as in X1’s debut showcon, it can hold thousands of fans.