It’s the long stretch for the remaining 30 Produce 48 contestants. After the concept evaluation wrapped up this week, the remaining 20 who survive the voting stage will get one last challenge. This week we see the concept evaluation and what came of it. The six groups performed original tracks in front of a live crowd that voted for who they thought did the best. The top group would get a combined 130,000 extra votes leading into next week.
Check out Jack’s review of last week’s episode here.
Produce 48 Contestants Attempt To Advance Into The Top 20
The first performance on the episode was “1000%,” in a contemporary girls pop genre. The day before their performance, this group got torn apart at the dress rehearsal. Lee Chae Yeon teared up the second a trainer mentioned her name. People noticed how much the trainees, and Chae Yeon in this example, have had a ton of pressure put on them.
Goto Moe had tons of trouble during practicing time, but her team was very helpful to her. In what came off as strict or even an aggravated approach to Moe at times was just a strict/sober way of trying to get her to learn. She seemed very thankful for this.
When this performance happened you could see that these stages had more attention to detail than in past challenges. This specific performance event included pyrotechnics. The group let out a big sigh of relief once they got off the stage.
The second song also saw big struggles during the training stage. When performing in front of a board of judges, the hopeful trainers became very critical after the performance. Comments about the group being perfect for the concept became comments about how all of it was wrong and bad. The choreographer for the song said that she did not like any of it. The group looked very dejected after this meeting with the trainers. They improved immensely once dress rehearsal came around. They were all in dresses for their performance.
The group of performers for “I AM” were shown next on the episode. Member of the group Choi Ye Na was very energetic during many practice sessions, and the broadcast noted that her whole group fed off of that energy. This song didn’t really know what it wanted to be. The producers asked for them to sing in a less sexy and more cute voice, but then once the performance came around the styling of the trainees was certainly not cute. It was hard to tell what you were supposed to take from the song. You can tell that despite everything else they are singing in very light voices during the performance. The studio version of the song felt like it was sung in a much more fitting way. The voices in the studio edition were much stronger and felt suitable for everything else.
“Rollin’ Rollin’” was labeled the Tropical Pop Dance concept, but it could also be considered Bubblegum Pop. A part of the hook felt like it resembled BLACKPINK’s “Playing With Fire” hook. If you want to test it out for yourself, here’s “Rollin’ Rollin’” with a timestamp of the mentioned moment, and here’s the mentioned part of “Playing With Fire.” You hear that too? Anyways, despite the song being really good, there wasn’t much to note here. No real troubles leading up to the performance, and the performance went as planned.
During the intermission, there were many eliminated Produce 48 contestants that got up and started to dance to entertain the crowd. “Rumor” was similar to “Rollin’ Rollin’” in that there wasn’t much to note. Kim Si-hyeon claimed that she was practicing facial expressions for the song. The hook for this song can get stuck in your head really easily. This performance was one of the most enjoyable for me.
In the previous episode, it was shown that Minami Sato was very close friends with Kang Hye-won, with some people on the show describing Hye-won as a mother. Sato was seated in the crowd for this performance to support Hye-won and her group. There was an emotional performance before the song when they reunited.
When showing footage leading up to the performance it felt like there was a lot of tension over who will be the center in the group. Lee Daehwi from Wanna One, who won Produce 101 Season 2 was the producer for this song. The performance onstage had a backdrop of light colored flowers that matched the outfits that the performers were wearing.
The Audience Vote
The episode ended with trainees learning where they stand in the rankings after the in-house voting that took place. “Rollin’ Rollin’” won first place, giving each member 20,000 votes. Miru Shiroma got 50,000 votes since she was the most voted for in her group.
|Tropical Pop Dance – “Rollin’ Rollin’”||Jang Won-young, Hitomi Honda, Kim Do-ah, Kim Na-young & Miru Shiroma||266||130,000|
|New Jack Swing – “To Reach You”||Nako Yabuki, Kim Chae-won, Jo Yu-ri, Na Go-eun & Jang Gyu-ri||242|
|Moombahton / Trap – “Rumor”||Kwon Eun-bi, Sae Murase, Lee Si-an, Han Cho-won & Kim Si-hyeon||241|
|Pop Dance – “See You Again”||Sakura Miyawaki, Park Hae-yoon, Miyu Takeuchi, Kang Hye-won & Wang Yi-ren||222|
|Contemporary Girls Pop – “1000%”||Miho Miyazaki, Miu Shitao, Moe Goto, Lee Chae-yeon & Kim Min-ju||138|
|Hip Hop / R&B Pop – “I Am”||Kim Min-ju, Choi Ye-na, Ahn Yujin, Lee Ga-eun, Juri Takahashi & Huh Yun-jin||89|
A teaser was shown of next week when the top 20 will be announced and will advance into the final stage of Produce 48. There was also lots of filler content that will be shown next week, including groups preparing for a performance on M! Countdown (which happened today). In two weeks, the group will be (most likely) finalized, with 12 people being able to say that they won Produce 48.
Here is the full ranking that the live audience gave all performers:
|1||Sakura Miyawaki||“See You Again” – Pop Dance||99|
|2||Miru Shiroma||“Rollin’ Rollin’” – Tropical Pop Dance||79||50,000|
|3||Nako Yabuki||“To Reach You” – New Jack Swing||76|
|4||Kwon Eun-bi||“Rumor” – Moombahton / Trap||65|
|5||Kim Chae-won||“To Reach You” – New Jack Swing||63|
|6||Jo Yu-ri||“To Reach You” – New Jack Swing||59|
|7||Sae Murase||“Rumor” – Moombahton / Trap||56|
|8||Park Hae-yoon||“See You Again” – Pop Dance||55|
|9||Jang Won-young||“Rollin’ Rollin’” – Tropical Pop Dance||53||20,000|
|10||Hitomi Honda||“Rollin’ Rollin’” – Tropical Pop Dance||50||20,000|
|11||Kim Do-ah||“Rollin’ Rollin’” – Tropical Pop Dance||46||20,000|
|12||Lee Si-an||“Rumor” – Moombahton / Trap||44|
|13||Miho Miyazaki||“1000%” – Contemporary Girls Pop||42|
|14||Han Cho-won||“Rumor” – Moombahton / Trap||41|
|15||Miu Shitao||“1000%” – Contemporary Girls Pop||37|
|16||Kim Na-young||“Rollin’ Rollin’” – Tropical Pop Dance||36||20,000|
|17||Miyu Takeuchi||“See You Again” – Pop Dance||35|
|18||Kim Si-hyeon||“Rumor” – Moombahton / Trap||35|
|19||Moe Goto||“1000%” – Contemporary Girls Pop||28|
|20||Na Go-eun||“To Reach You” – New Jack Swing||27|
|21||Choi Ye-na||“I Am” – Hip Hop / R&B Pop||26|
|22||Kang Hye-won||“See You Again” – Pop Dance||23|
|23||Ahn Yujin||“I Am” – Hip Hop / R&B Pop||22|
|24||Lee Chae-yeon||“1000%” – Contemporary Girls Pop||18|
|25||Lee Ga-eun||“I Am” – Hip Hop / R&B Pop||17|
|26||Jang Gyu-ri||“To Reach You” – New Jack Swing||16|
|27||Juri Takahashi||“I Am” – Hip Hop / R&B Pop||15|
|28||Kim Min-ju||“1000%” – Contemporary Girls Pop||10|
|29||Wang Yi-ren||“See You Again” – Pop Dance||10|
|30||Huh Yun-jin||“I Am” – Hip Hop / R&B Pop||9|
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