25 March 2012
AKB48 4th Senbatsu Election (27th Single) Decided
The AKB48 4th Senbatu General Election was announced during the final day of AKB48's [Gyoumu Renraku. Tanomu zo, Katayama-buchou!] concert.
The 4th Senbatsu General Election will be choose the senbatsu members for the 27th Single, tickets will most likely be included in AKB48's 26th single [Manatsu no Sounds good!]. The final event will take place in the Nippon Budokan on June 6th.
This time, the Election will have 64 ranks, divided into 4 equal groups.
17~32 Under Girls?
33~48 Under Girls 2?
49~64 Under Girls 3?
This means there are more spots this year, giving chances to more girls in the ever growing 48 family. A total of 243 members from AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48 will be taking part in this year's election, a big increase from 150 last year. However the number of senbatsu members is decreased from 22. Each of the 4 groups will have it's own center at least.
It has not been mentioned if Maeda Atsuko will be participating in the Senbatsu Election this year or not
If Acchan does withdraw from the election, then the top position will go to Yuko for sure. Will the rest of the top 10 change drastically? And with senbatsu cut off, members who will below 16 will be under girls. I don't know, this new formation is good but has its flaws as well. This year's election will be very interesting indeed with many members popularity growing while at the same time some members popularity have been decreasing. There will be changes there is no doubt about that.