NGT48 Yuka Ogino snatches #1 spot in Preliminary Senbatsu Election Results

Every year, fans make their voices heard by voting for their favorite members from AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, NGT48, BNK48, and now this year STU48, at the Senbatsu elections.

Yesterday at the ninth annual AKB48 Senbatsu Election for AKB48’s 49th single, the fanbase was SHOOK at the preliminary results: NGT48 member Yuka Ogino shot up to the number one position with over 55,000 votes, towering over the 34,641 votes from #2 position SKE48 Matsui Jurina.

Last year, AKB48 Mayu Watanabe broke the voting records surpassing 42,000 votes on the first day, the highest number ever voted until now. These particular results come as an especial shock as Ogino barely broke into the 90s on the ranking last year.

Ogino joined AKB48 as a part-time AKB member on September 24, 2014 through a project sponsored by the part-time job company “Baitoru“. After some shifting around, she was drafted into NGT48 on May 10, 2015 and has since participated in various stages and singles.

According to NGT48 staff, Ogino is popular locally for her hard-working crybaby character and known for her perfectly aligned bangs.

For a member to participate in the Senbatsu Election, they must first have been an active member as of March 20, 2017. Eligible members that wanted to run for the election needed to submit an application available from March 25 to March 31 in order to participate.

From there, the top 16 members will be featured in the Senbatsu of the group’s 49th single (51th single overall).

Rank 2016 Member Vote
01 91 Yuka Ogino (NGT48) 55061
02 03 Jurina Matsui (SKE48) 34641
03 02 Rino Sashihara (HKT48) 32340
04 01 Mayu Watanabe (AKB48) 27614
05 Hinata Honma (NGT48) 25032
06 05 Akari Suda (SKE48) 24947
07 Moeka Takakura (NGT48) 21667
08 12 Sakura Miyawaki (HKT48) 21151
09 10 Juri Takahashi (AKB48) 17047
10 07 Nana Okada (AKB48) 16867
11 82 Yuuka Kato (NMB48) 12396
12 26 Yui Yokoyama (AKB48) 12031
13 21 Narumi Kuranoo (AKB48) 11961
14 15 Saya Kawamoto (AKB48) 11864
15 14 Ayaka Okita (NMB48) 11373
16 Satone Kubo (AKB48) 11363

The 17th to 32nd place members join Undergirls for the B-side track, the 33rd to 48th place members join the Next Girls unit for the 2nd B-side track, and the 49th to 64th place members join the Future Girls for the 3rd B-side track, while the 65th to 80th place members will join the Upcoming Girls unit for the 4th B-side track.

View the rest of the top 100 placements at the official AKB48 website.

These are just preliminary numbers. Voting opened on May 30, 2016 at 10:00 JST and will close on June 16, 2016 at 24:00 JST.

The AKB48 49th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo 〜Mazu wa Tatakaou! Hanashi wa Sorekara da〜 will be held on 17 June 2017 at Toyosaki Seaside Park, Toyosaki Villa SUN Beach in Tomigusuku, Okinawa Prefecture.

(via Hochi)

  • Comments

    • yacchaitai

      NGT fans aren’t messing around

    • Bubi.

      hm i’m rooting for this girlie. she’s cute!

    • Wut

      Wut… this seems so fake and just a way to promote the new group tbh

      • Guest

        lolwut. This event brings in soooooooooooo much money every year that they want to get into a criminal activity and risk from ever doing it again, for the sake of promoting a new group by having a girl on top? Do you even listen to yourself.

        • kiwi

          Even if they did rig the election, that wouldn’t be a “criminal activity”. Dishonest, but not illegal.

          • Guest

            Of course it’s illegal when the medium required to vote is not free! What is talking you?

        • O

          I mean, their popularity has been dying for a while, and this gets them more headlines and attention than a win from Sasshi/Mayuyu/Jurina/Sakura/someone more established.

    • Natalie

      I feel like the amount of votes have lessened in general. Didn’t Maeda used to get hundreds of thousands of votes back then? Or am I wrong? Is AKB48 not as popular in Japan as before (2008-2013ish?)

      • Guest

        This is just preliminary result.

        • Natalie


    • Puchinchama

      smh Russia is messing with our idol elections now too

      • well

        lmao @ “puchinchama”

    • raz

      whats the use of election if wotas buy cd votes in bulk ,any way this event is cash cow for aki , smart guy

      • Kanjo Maru

        Well with this, you don’t just measure how many individuals support a certain member, but how much they support her. If I was looking at popularity I’d want to know that too.

    • BabyPanda

      “May 30, 2016 at 10:00 JST and will close on June 16, 2016 at 24:00 JST.”

    • Hmmm

      Wasn’t there a glitch? Twitter fans showed something was wrong with NGTmobile. Makes no sense for 3 NGT to be on top 10 and for 1 girl to have 55,000 in just ONE day.

      • hmm

        there was. who cares tho, this result is sooo interesting

      • DoSHachiko

        They already confirmed it wasn’t a fraud.

        • H

          Why tf would they admit to it? They’d have to recalculate probably hundreds of thousands of votes and they’re trying to save face. Like ‘hmm’ I like these results but 48 fans know they’re not legit, the scam was tested and proven.

          • well

            right?? i seriously doubt fans of a group whose debut single flopped could get the lesser popular members THAT high. i mean katomina and nakai rika are a lot more popular.

    • shirogane

      she didn’t pass AKB 14th gen audition and didn’t make it to 15th gen for a year before joining baitoru, serious dedication and hard work!

    • AkaneHaga

      They really granted this song

      Just wait the final so i will call him shaman

    • k

      i thought stu48 said std when i first read it

    • lwavesurfer

      Well…. That’s something.

    • Diego

      I have checked the top 100 list and I can’t recognize more than 20 girls. It’s crazy how many girls have left in the past 3 years… I used to follow 48 groups closely but I started to lose interest about 2 years ago and now I feel quite lost because I’m not able to locate the huge amount of new faces :(

    • WorldGN18

      This is so fishy xD and can a 48 fan explain to me why didn’t Sayanee and Yukkirin participated?

      • rac

        not an 48 fan, it seems sayanee wants to concentrate on her solo career ,i think Yukkirin wants to leave group, Yukkirin joined in 2006 its been 10 years she is 25

        Muto Tomu also didn’t participated she is ranked #10 in previous election

        • WorldGN18

          Thanks!! and yeah I get this feeling that Yukkirin (and Mayuyu) are going to graduate soon and I can’t help but get nostalgic I guess

    • KaiMD

      What the heck is this ? lol so shock

    • Tecchi

      I’m SHOOOK! Anyways I hope Mayuyu wins in the end

    • Jessica

      So hyped for this election!! :D Hopefully I can stay up to watch it live this year

    • yamakita

      She said yes to some powerful old man.