Produce 48 brings together 96 trainees, 48 girls from Japan’s AKB48 system and 48 girls from different
entertainment companies in South Korea to form the first Korean-Japanese girl group that will promote
for two and a half years. The trainees started filming on April 11, 2018.
Like last season, SM, YG, and JYP opted not to send any trainees to the show. However, Pledis
Entertainment sent After Schoolmember Lee Kaeun to the show, who represents Korea as its “center”.
For the girls’ training, several artists were recruited for the show: F.T. Island’s Lee Hong-gi and
former Sistar member Soyou as vocal trainer, rapper Cheetah for rap training, choreographers
Bae Yoon-jeong and Choi Young-joon together with 1MILLION Dance Studio’s May J Lee as dance trainers.