MNL48 Update: New challengers join 48 aspirants

The Top 48 aspirants were stunned last Saturday when the noontime show revealed that seven new candidates will be joining them in the search for the MNL48 first generation idols, to coincide with the announcement of the Top 7 and Bottom 7 aspirants.

Top 7 for this week via MNL48 website

Aside from the 7 new challengers who were introduced on It’s Showtime, another 20 girls will be joining them as well as the 48 girls to complete the Top 75 once again.

Laney, Andi, Nina, Vira, Belle, Mari, and Yna performed AKB48’s Oogole Diamond after they were formally introduced as the newest aspirants of the soon-to-be formed all-girl idol group.

The 48 aspirants danced to the beat of One Direction’s “Kiss You” today, where Gabb, Alice, Sheki, Eunice, Abby, Tin and Sela (from 7-1,) got the highest scores from the audience, their voice and dance coaches, advisers and ABS-CBN and Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. Executives; while Faith, Kyla, Grace, Kay, Van, Jan and Thea garnered the lowest scores.

This scoring will only form 50% of the overall result of the upcoming General Election, while the other 50% will be based on each candidate’s votes on the MNL48 Plus app.

Last April 2-6, audience started to score and commented on each candidate’s performance on It’s Showtime.

The girls performed the popular hit songs Hot n Cold by Katy Perry, Cheerleader by Omis, Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen, Perfect Strangers by Jonas Blue ft. JP Cooper, and No Excuses by Meghan Trainor.

For more updates, you may visit the MNL48 website and MNL48 Plus mobile app, and get the latest updates on their social media accounts.