Produce 48 debut group will contain 12 members and 2 years and 6 months contract debuting in Korea and Japan
On June 11, at the Mnet ‘Produce 48’ production presentation, Ahn Joon Young PD confirms Produce 48 debut group will contain 12 members.
He stated that unlike I.O.I and WANNA ONE, he wanted the debut group to be even and not to make many worry about how the group number was odd. He wanted to give an opportunity to one more person on the show to join the debut group.
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Kim Yong Beom PD has also confirmed the group will have a 2-year 6-month contract, unlike I.O.I who received a contract for less than a year and WANNA ONE who received a contract of two years.
Kim Yong Beom PD has also confirmed that only Koreans can vote for ‘Produce 48′ like Produce 101 Season 2. As it may be hard for Korean trainee to compete with them because of their popularity in Japan.
The Produce 48 debut group will be debuting in both Korean and Japan, where programs will be translated into Japanese simultaneously in Japan. The debut group will receive more opportunities and be able to interact more with global fans with more time.
‘Produce 48’ will be broadcasted on June 15th at 11PM KST and in Japan the following day at 6PM.