Change Produce 48 Voting System
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Produce 48 (Hangul: 프로듀스 48) is an ongoing survival reality television show on Mnet. It is a large-scale project in which the public "produces" a girl group by voting for members out of a pool of 96 trainees from South Korea and Japan.
Only Korean audiences are allowed to vote and “produce” the girl group. And the reason for this decision is as follows:
“The voting system is a separate matter. We will only take votes from Korean viewers. The trainees from AKB48 already have an incomparable level of popularity in Japan, so the competition would not be fair for the Korean trainees. We want to start at zero, so we will only be accepting Korean votes.” — Kim Yong Beom (Director of Mnet channel)
However, in Produce 101 season 1 members of already debuted (in Korea) girl groups, like the DIA members, Chanmi (former member of the girl group F-ve Dolls and the coed group Coed School) had participated as trainees. And in Produce 101 season 2 members of already debuted (in Korea) boy groups, like NU'EST, HOTSHOT, JJCC, TOPPDOGG had participated as trainees as well. Even in Produce 48 Lee Ga Eun who had debuted (in Korea) as a new member of After School in 2012 has participated as a trainee.
No changes in voting system were made to make the competition “start at zero level”. These trainees (who had already debuted in Korea) already had quite a huge fan bases. Our concern is why is it now that Mnet is caring about “starting at zero level”.
If only Korean audiences are allowed to vote then these already debuted trainees will have a benefit over other trainees. We want Mnet to allow international audiences to vote for their favourite trainees as this will not be unfair but will instead be helpful in choosing the perfect final lineup.
This decision by Mnet has left many international audiences disappointed as it doesn’t make much sense. Because if only Korean audiences are allowed to vote korean trainees will have a benefit. As it is only natural for the audience to relate to the korean trainees more.
We request Mnet and all of it’s Producers and Directors to find a wise and fair solution to this problem. We suggest having a quota for its Japanese and Korean trainees, or allowing international audiences to vote.
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