Produce 48 Contestants Premiere with Song “Nekkoya (Pick Me)”

As reported last year, South Korean television channel Mnet will be making a change with the third season of its popular survival reality show “Produce 101.” Collaborating with AKB48 under the name “Produce 48”, the show will produce a girl group featuring both Korean and Japanese members. After today’s episode of the music show “M Countdown”, Produce 48’s host, Lee Seung-gi, introduced the 96 girls who will compete on the show. Composed of 48 girls from each country, the group sang “Nekkoya (Pick Me)”, a Korean / Japanese hybrid version of the song that the previous contestants of “Produce 101” have made their first appearance with. HKT48’s Sakura Miyawaki appeared as the center for the Japanese group, while After School’s Kaeun was her Korean counterpart. “Produce 48” will premiere on June 15. Check out the video below!


Partial list of Japanese contestants:

Mina Imada (HKT48)
Yabuki Nako (HKT48)
Miku Tanaka (HKT48)
Aoi Motomura (HKT48)
Sakura Miyawaki (HKT48)
Miru Shiroma (NMB48)
Yuuka Kato (NMB48)
Miho Miyazaki (AKB48)
Natsumi Matsuoka (HKT48)
Chiyori Nakanishi (AKB48)
Tomu Muto (AKB48)
Mako Kojima (AKB48)
Jurina Matsui (SKE48)
Misaki Aramaki (HKT48)
Bibian Murakawa (HKT48)
Sae Murase (NMB48)
Kokoro Naiki (NMB48)
Noe Yamada (NGT48)