PRODUCE 48 Episode 8: The Second Ranking

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Amid preparing for a concept evaluation, the remaining 58 Produce 48 contestants braced for another round of eliminations, nearly splitting the field in half. The eliminations were the main topic of this week’s episode, but we also saw a preview for the concept evaluation.

28 Produce 48 Contestants Get Sent Home As 30 Continue To Prosper

Concept Evaluation Preparation

Before elimination was shown in this episode, we saw the start of the concept evaluation practice. In what was confusing to understand at first, but what eventually made sense was how this actually worked. The 58 trainees were put into fan votes concepts/songs to practice, with 30 of them actually being able to perform on the next episode, once the eliminations have happened.

Because of this, many people trained while knowing that they would most likely not make it to the concept evaluation. Yamada Noe, who got eliminated later on in the episode gave a tearful speech to the trainers, saying that despite being scolded she was grateful for being on the show. The trainees who struggled greatly but were voted through due to being fan favorites did not survive the cut-off. Bibian Murakawa and Chiba Erii were examples of this who got sent home (although Erii did place a close 33rd).

Many people who were very aware of being on the chopping block had a looming reminder that they might be off the show very soon. As someone who looked at the ranking results before watching the show, it was sad to see what some people said before getting eliminated.

Unexpected Poll Results

The rankings were completely disrupted this week, with no real trend whatsoever. This was pointed out on numerous occasions by the contestants on this episode. Jang Won-young got first place, moving up two spots. Kang Hye-won completely shot up from the at-risk 25th spot to third place. The biggest mover this week was Han Cho-won, who went from 47th place to 9th.

While it is still too early to talk about who will be debuting in the group, the idea of a fan vote did worry people earlier this year, with some speculating that it would just end up being a full Korean group. If this is what the group becomes, it completely contradicts the point of the show.

The Environment Of The Show

One thing that stuck out during the ranking announcements, and the show in general, was how supportive everyone was. Despite the show essentially being a competition, no competitors have any animosity between each other. Everyone was always running over to each other to embrace when they were called in the ranking. 

Something that seemed mind-blowing was the number of votes this time around. They said there were 27 million votes, with #1 ranked Won-young getting 1 million herself. How accurately the 27 million reflects how many unique people voted is not to be seen.

Looking Ahead To Next Week, And The Final Episodes

As the episode was coming to a close, viewers were informed that not only can they vote online for their favorite performers, but they can also now submit the name that they would want for the group. We saw a teaser for next week’s continuation of the concept evaluation, where apparently some people have shifted around due to groups having capacities.

Now that over ⅔ of the original field has left the show, remining contestants are so close to debuting, yet so far. Everything counts, and if the polls have shown anything, it’s that nothing is certain. Next week the pressure is just one notch higher as Produce 48 comes closer to its finale.

Full Rankings:

Contestant EP 5 Rank Votes EP 8 Rank Votes
Jang Won-young 3 539,596 1 1,010,555
Nako Yabuki 7 449,722 2 947,642
Kang Hye-won 25 222,716 3 927,362
Ahn Yu-jin 2 607,823 4 910,191
Kwon Eun-bi 5 507,633 5 906,981
Kim Min-ju 15 307,334 6 860,341
Sakura Miyawaki 4 532,273 7 824,058
Lee Ga-eun 1 633,511 8 808,425
Han Cho-won 47 89,134 9 765,895
Jo Yu-ri 19 289,180 10 747,120
Huh Yun-jin 22 247,281 11 730,282
Hitomi Honda 12 333,670 12 716,204
Miru Shiroma 16 297,902 13 657,285
Wang Yi-ren 8 404,888 14 643,901
Kim Chae-won 28 179,387 15 602,360
Choi Ye-na 9 390,483 16 601,295
Lee Chae-yeon 10 368,218 17 597,256
Park Hae-yoon 43 109,158 18 594,732
Lee Si-an 23 235,777 19 589,732
Juri Takahashi 18 289,547 20 579,050
Kim Na-young 38 139,350 21 572,848
Miu Shitao 36 160,881 22 562,216
Kim Do-ah 34 166,662 23 557,987
Kim Si-hyeon 20 262,648 24 549,741
Sae Murase 40 120,865 25 546,533
Jang Gyu-ri 17 296,913 26 525,854
Miho Miyazaki 21 256,613 27 504,339
Moe Goto 6 461,078 28 491,582
Na Go-eun 29 178,223 29 488,056
Miyu Takeuchi 11 362,417 30 487,842
ELIMINATION CUT OFF
Ko Yu-jin 26 220,375 31 469,647
Son Eun-chae 32 175,744 32 366,565
Erii Chiba 24 228,389 33 359,859
Mako Kojima 31 177,040 34 353,790
Yoon Hae-sol 52 73,457 35 343,229
Bae Eun-yeong 37 149,092 36 334,027
Chiyori Nakanishi 39 127,714 37 308,280
Tomu Muto 33 175,038 38 288,255
Minami Sato 58 64,511 39 293,650
Saho Iwatate 27 189,308 40 288,890
Noe Yamada 14 314,400 41 270,992
Nanami Asai 46 96,530 42 269,995
Kim So-hee 50 75,898 43 269,233
Kim Min-seo 53 69,913 44 257,679
Vivian Murakawa 30 178,024 45 255,391
Kim Hyun-ah 55 67,037 46 253,880
Kim Su-yun 57 66,438 47 251,208
Lee Ha-eun 35 164,273 48 250,748
Misaki Aramaki 56 66,659 49 240,798
Kim Cho-yeon 41 115,687 50 240,058
Lee Yu-jeong 49 76,345 51 204,599
Aoi Motomura 44 103,611 52 201,013
Park Min-ji 54 68,130 53 193,759
Yu Min-young 51 75,698 54 191,306
Park Seo-young 42 112,060 55 172,714
Wang Ke 45 101,292 56 167,709
Cho Ka-hyeon 48 89,074 57 137,680
Jurina Matsui 13 329,455 -LEFT SHOW-

 

Now that the eliminations have been completed, here are the groups that are set to perform in the concept evaluation:

Contemporary Girls Pop – 1000%

Contestant Role
Lee Chae-yeon Leader
Kim Minju Center
Goto Moe
Miyazaki Miho
Shitao Miu

Moombahton / Trap – Rumor

Contestant Role
Kwon Eun-bi Leader
Kim Si-hyeon Center
Lee Sian
Murase Sae
Han Chowon

New Jack Swing – To Reach You

Contestant Role
Jang Gyuri Leader
Kim Chaewon Center
Na Go-eun
Jo Yu-ri
Yabuki Nako

Tropical Pop Dance – Rollin’ Rollin’

Contestant Role
Kim Na-young Leader
Jang Wonyoung Center
Shiroma Miru
Honda Hitomi
Kim Doah

Hip Hop / R&B Pop – I Am

Contestant Role
Lee Gaeun Leader
Ahn Yujin Center
Heo Yun-jin
Choi Yena
Takahashi Juri

Pop Dance – See You Again

Contestant Role
Park Hae-yoon Leader
Wang Yiren Center
Takeuchi Miyu
Miyawaki Sakura
Kang Hyewon

 

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