SNH48 Group announced their 27th EP on June 5th and, at the same time, also officially announced the 7th General Elections!
The General Elections are the event of the year for SNH48 Group members. Fans get to vote for the top 48 idols and that list will determine who gets pushed over the next few months as well as who gets to participate in events, tv shows, movies, dramas, and so on.
Who will participate?
Almost 200 idols representing all the parts of SNH48 Group will participate in the event: SNH48, BEJ48, GNZ48, and IDOLS Ft (CKG48).
When and where?
The Covid-19 pandemic cast an early shadow of doubt on the elections this year. No one knew if the government was going to allow such events to take place at all.
Originally scheduled to take place on August 1st, 2020 in the city of Guangzhou, the event ended up having to be delayed by a few days and repatriated to Shanghai. The new date is now set for Saturday August 15th, 2020 under the theme of “创造炙热的青春”!
Since the usual Mercedes-Benz Arena is no longer available, an alternate venue had to be found. The election is now set to be held at the Qizhong Forest Sports City ArenaShanghai Qizhong Forest Sports City ArenaThe Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena is a tennis arena in Maqiao Town, in the southwest of Shanghai, the Minhang District. It has a steel retractable roof which opens and closes in a pinwheel or spiral manner, with eight sliding petal-shaped pieces (moved in 8 minutes) resembling a blooming magnolia (Shanghai"s official city flower). Since 2009 it has hosted the Shanghai Masters, an ATP Tour Masters 1000 tournament which began that year. Source: Wikipedia (also known as the Qizhong Tennis Center) which has a capacity of 15,000. The followup handshake event held at the Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition CenterShanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition CenterLocated in the Southwest of Shanghai, this is one of the largest convention centers in the city with offices, hotels, events, retail of all types. on the 16th and 17th of August.
When does the voting start?
The official web page for the 7th General Elections will go live on June 8th, 2020 followed a few days later by an official launch ceremony at the SNH48 Xingmeng Theater in Shanghai on June 13th. This is also the date when the 27th EP that contains the voting tickets will go on sale.
The voting period will begin on Saturday June 27th and continue until noon on the day of the election (August 15th).
The Top 48 elected by fans will once again be divided in three groups: the “Starlight Group” (1 to 16), the “Soaring Group” (17 to 32), and the “Dream Group” (33 to 48).
Each group will record a songs and MVs for the election EP. The members will also get priority for any activity, event, shows, movies, and dramas (16 being worked on right now).
The overall winner will receive a personal support team as well as a solo EP and MV. She will also, for the first time, be given the right to decide if she wants to participate in the next election or not.
If a candidate from “IDOLS Ft” (CKG48) manages to rank within the Top 48, they will be given the opportunity to be promoted to one of the 3 main sister groups.
View the actual announcement full announcement below.