40 of AKB48’s main members are reported to participate in Mnet’s Produce48, the 3rd season of idol production reality show, Produce101, that has churned out popular groups such as I.O.I and Wanna One, both a play on the program name “101.”
Prior to reports of the group’s participation in the program, several AKB48 members were spotted at the airport, which then spread throughout Japanese BBS sites.
Produce48 is a project that combines the elements of Produce101, where the people select their favorite idols to debut, and Akimoto Yasushi’s AKB48 concept of “idols you can meet,” having idols perform regularly at a specific auditorium that anyone can go catch anytime easily.
Participating members include popular AKB48 member Kashiwagi Yuki, Korean-fan Miyazaki Miho, and others such as Matsuoka Natsumi, Matsui Jurina.
The participation of a number of members who are popular even in Korea is expected to bring about a lot of attention. The first recording is expected to begin on April 11 and targeted to go on air in June.