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Produce 48 (Hangul: 프로듀스 48) was a 2018 reality competition show on the Korean broadcasting network, Mnet. It was the third season of the show Produce 101, in which the viewers create an idol group by voting for members out of the 96 female contestants.

This season's aim was to create a Korean-Japanese group, by teaming up with AKB48 and Korean Entertainment Companies. The name of "Produce 48" differed from that of the last two seasons, combining "Produce 101" with "AKB48". Once the show ended, the viewers would vote in the group's debut single, concept and name. The top twelve trainees would go on to become part of the temporary project group for two and a half years.

Final Ranking

Ranking Name Votes Company
1 Jang Won Young 338,366 Starship Entertainment
2 Miyawaki Sakura 316,105 HKT48
3 Jo Yu Ri 294,734 Stone Music Entertainment
4 Choi Ye Na 285,385 Yuehua Entertainment
5 An Yu Jin 280,487 Starship Entertainment
6 Yabuki Nako 261,788 HKT48
7 Kwon Eun Bi 250,212 Woollim Entertainment
8 Kang Hye Won 248,432 8D Entertainment
9 Honda Hitomi 240,418 AKB48
10 Kim Chae Won 238,192 Woollim Entertainment
11 Kim Min Ju 227,061 Urban Works Entertainment
12 Lee Chae Yeon 221,273 WM Entertainment

Contestants

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       Members of IZ*ONE
       Eliminated in the final episode
       Eliminated in the third elimination (Episode 11)
       Eliminated in the second elimination (Episode 8)
       Eliminated in the first elimination (Episode 5)
       Withdrawn from the show
List of the 96 Produce 48 contestants
Jang Won Young (장원영) Sakura Miyawaki (宮脇咲良) Jo Yu Ri (조유리) Choi Ye Na (최예나) An Yu Jin (안유진)
Nako Yabuki (矢吹奈子) Kwon Eun Bi (권은비) Kang Hye won (강혜원) Hitomi Honda (本田仁美) Kim Chae Won (김채원)
Kim Min Ju (김민주) Lee Chae Yeon (이채연) Han Cho Won (한초원) Lee Ga Eun (이가은) Miho Miyazaki (宮崎美穂)
Juri Takahashi (高橋朱里) Miyu Takeuchi (竹内美宥) Miu Shitao (下尾みう) Park Hae Yoon (박해윤) Miru Shiroma (白間美瑠)
Kim Na Young (김나영) Sae Murase (村瀬紗英) Kim Do Ah (김도아) Moe Goto (後藤萌咲) Jang Gyu Ri (장규리)
Huh Yun Jin (허윤진) Kim Si Hyeon (김시현) Wang Yi Ren (왕이런/王怡人) Na Go Eun (나고은) Lee Si An (이시안)
Ko Yu Jin (고유진) Son Eun Chae (손은채) Erii Chiba (千葉恵里) Mako Kojima (小嶋真子) Yoon Hae Sol (윤해솔)
Bae Eun Yeong (배은영) Chiyori Nakanishi (中西代梨) Tomu Muto (武藤十夢) Minami Sato (佐藤美波) Saho Iwatate (岩立沙穂)
Noe Yamada (山田野絵) Nanami Asai (浅井七海) Kim So Hee (김소희) Kim Min Seo (김민서) Vivian Murakawa (村川緋杏)
Kim Hyu Nah (김현아) Kim Su Yun (김수윤) Lee Ha Eun (이하은) Misaki Aramaki (荒巻美咲) ISE\Kim Cho Yeon (김초연)
Lee Yu Jeong (이유정) Aoi Motomura (本村碧唯) Park Min Ji (박민지) Yu Min Young (유민영) Park Seo Young (박서영)
Wang Ke (왕크어/王珂) Cho Ka Hyeon (조가현) Jurina Matsui (松井珠理奈) Ikumi Nakano (中野郁海) Hwang So Yeon (황소연)
Shin Su Hyun (신수현) Kang Da Min (강다민) Shinobu Mogi (茂木忍) Erina Oda (小田えりな) Yoon Eun Bin (윤은빈)
Choi Yeon Soo (최연수) Natsumi Matsuoka (松岡菜摘) Park Chan Ju (박찬주) Park Jinny (박진희) Kim Da Yeon (김다연)
Rena Hasegawa (長谷川玲奈) Cho A Yeong (조아영) Lee Seung Hyeon (이승현) Yuuka Kato (加藤夕夏) Kim Da Hye (김다혜)
Mina Imada (今田美奈) Serika Nagano (永野芹佳) Hong Ye Ji (홍예지) Lee Chae Jeong (이채정) Park Ji Eun (박지은)
Manami Ichikawa (市川愛美) Alex Christine (알렉스 크리스틴) Sae Kurihara (栗原紗英) Cho Yeon Gin (조영인) Yuka Asai (浅井裕華)
An Ye Won (안예원) Kokoro Naiki (内木志) Kim Yu Bin (김유빈) Cho Sa Rang (조사랑) Choi So Eun (최소은)
Ayana Shinozaki (篠崎彩奈) Won Seo Yeon (원서연) Miku Tanaka (田中美久) Cocona Umeyama (梅山恋和) Amane Tsukiashi (月足天音)
Azusa Uemura (植村梓)

Pre-show and Broadcast

  • The concept for Produce 48 was revealed at the 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards in Japan on November 29, 2017, following a joint performance by AKB48 and South Korean artists Weki Meki, Chung Ha, Pristin, Idol School and Fromis_9. In February 2018, Mnet stated that it would not use the speculated format of having 48 girls from South Korea and 48 girls from Japan competing separately, or that six members of each country would be selected.
  • The first teaser for the show was released on April 11, 2018. On April 22, the series' theme song "Nekkoya (Pick Me)" was recorded by the contestants of the show with HKT48's Miyawaki Sakura as center. The winners of the previous series, I.O.I and Wanna One, made appearances at the recording. Produce 48's contestants performed the theme song on Episode 570 of M Countdown in May 2018.
  • The show premiered on June 15, 2018, on Mnet in South Korea and Mnet Japan. It is also being broadcast in Japan on BS Sky PerfecTV. CJ E&M is also live streaming the series on their TVing Global service. The series was broadcast on tvN Asia in Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Cambodia and Myanmar where it premiered on June 21, 2018.

Concept and format

  • Produce 48 brought together 96 girls from idol groups and entertainment companies in Japan and South Korea to form a 12-person Korean-Japanese group that would promote for two and a half years. Formed as a collaboration between Mnet and Yasushi Akimoto, the project planned to adopt the AKB48's concept of "idols you can meet and greet" and be able to perform in a designated theatre. Members of the group are able to promote under their own agencies concurrently, as the show, and the groups' promotions thereafter, are recorded in batches.
  • The show started with 96 contestants, who were initially grouped into several classes. Episodic competitions were featured in which girls performed in teams on various songs, and were voted by the studio audience, with the winning teams receiving a number of bonus votes to apply to their overall vote count. The viewer-submitted votes were then applied and the girls were ranked, with certain episodes being elimination rounds to reduce the remaining number of contestants.
  • Of the 96 contestants, 57 of them were from South Korean idol groups and companies, and the other 39 were from Japanese idol groups, consisting of current members of AKB48 and their sister groups. The final 12 were selected regardless of nationality.

Staff

The series was presented by Lee Seung Gi

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Special Apparitions


Vote manipulation

  • Following allegations of electoral fraud on the final episode of Produce X 101, 272 viewers filed a lawsuit against Mnet.[1] [2] On August 20, 2019, a search warrant was issued on CJ E&M offices and a text voting company by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency.[3] During their first search, the police uncovered voice recordings of the staff members discussing vote manipulation on the previous seasons of the show, resulting in them extending their investigation to all four seasons of the Produce 101 series and Idol School.[4] On November 6, 2019, producers Ahn Joon-young and Kim Yong-bum were arrested.[5] During questioning, Ahn admitted to having manipulated the rankings for Produce 48 and Produce X 101.[6] Police also found that Ahn had been using services from adult entertainment establishments in Gangnam paid for by various talent agencies approximately 40 times beginning from the second half of 2018, estimating to ₩100 million.[7] On November 7, 2019, the police revealed that the final rankings of the top 20 trainees during Produce 48 and Produce X 101 had already been predetermined by the producers before the final performances were recorded and broadcast.[8]

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