The final results of MNL48’s second General Election were announced naming the idol group’s official Second Year members, revealed new rankings, and crowned new Center Girl on April 27, 2019 at ABS-CBN Vertis Tent in Quezon City.
The MNL48 Second General Election is an annual event where fans get to vote for their favorite members who they think should be part of the Top 48, following the system of MNL48’s international sister group, AKB48.
The official members will be grouped according to their rankings based from the voting result: Senbatsu (Top 1 to 16), Under Girls (Top 17 to 32), and Next Girls (Top 33 to 48).
For this year, a total 77 candidates took part in the election but only 48 idols were selected by the fans to be part the official Second Year members and hailed Aly, who ranked at 26th spot during the first General Election last year, as the new Center Girl.
“I just want to say thank you, papa Lord for giving me this. I will never, never, never forget to say I really, really love you,” Aly expressed.
Following the Center Girl is Sela at rank 2 and Abby at rank 3, switching places from last year’s election, while First Generation Center Girl Sheki took the 4th spot.
“Para sa inyong lahat ito, sobrang saya ko po ngayon dahil andito po kayo. It’s been an honor po na maglingkod sa MNL48 for three consecutive singles po. Sana po suportahan niyo pa rin ang MNL48,” said Sheki.
To be the Center Girl and a member of Senbatsu is what all candidates aim in every General Election as this group gets to perform the new single and will have more exposure in terms of appearances, activities and performances, that’s why Rowee who was previously part of the Kenkyuusei (Trainee) last year couldn’t believe her fate as she took the 16thspot.
Meanwhile, following the Senbatsu is the Under Girls (Top 17 to 32) where Thea, who was at rank 45 in last year’s election, climbed up to rank 17 making her the Under Girl’s Center as they will perform the coupling single of MNL48 Second Year’s next single.
Completing the Top 48 were the Next Girls (Top 33 to 48) where Andi took the 48th spot from being a Kenkyuusei (Trainee) last year.
Here is the full list and rankings of MNL48 Second Year members:
Still emotional from the turnout of the event, Aly’s avid supporter John Cabahug expressed that MNL48’s new lineup, especially for Senbatsu and Kami 7, is unexpected. “First of all, happy na happy talaga ako kasi ‘yung kami-oshi [most favorite member] ko ang naging Center Girl, hindi talaga madali mag-vote as in you have to input one by one,” he noted adding that he was relieved after Aly was announced as Top 1 of MNL48’s Second Year members.
The ranking results of the Second General Election ranking system were based 100% from the public voting happened from April 1 to April 26, 2019 through MNL48 official website and Fan Club app by using a voting ticket that can be availed by purchasing any selected MNL48 merchandise and MNL48 CDs.
The result was checked and verified by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) representative and Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE) officials to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the election data.
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