The Top 48 girls were announced today, March 17, 2018 during ABS-CBN’s prime noontime show, It’s Showtime.
Prior to the announcement, the remaining MNL48 aspirants were all given a chance to perform live at the noontime show. The girls impressed the audience and their mentors when they showcased their dancing skills to the beat of Kim Chui’s OPM song, Express Yourself.
During the week, the aspirants also began their TV guesting on the Kapamilya morning show, Umagang Kay Ganda. They later joined the MNL48 Plus mobile app promotional tour held at Starmall, Alabang where they campaigned for votes and met some of their supporters.
Among the 55 girls who performed today, Ella, Dana and Nice stood out as the judges noticed their charm and stage presence during the group performance.
Sadly, much to everyone’s surprise, 7 girls were eliminated. Pam, Patriz, Bea, Heart, Yoana, Erah and Mara bid their goodbyes to their co-candidates and supporters after the fifth live elimination.
The remaining girls will face new challenges as they are now a step closer to reaching their ultimate idol dream. It was announced that the top 7 girls will be going to Japan for an exclusive training with AKS, the talent agency of AKB48. They will also have an opportunity to get product endorsements, recording contracts and perform with AKB48, together with the members from other international sister groups. The girls also have a greater chance to be a headline performer at the MNL48 theater.
For more information, you may visit the MNL48 website and MNL48 Plus mobile app, and get the latest updates on their social media accounts.