“AKB48 Senbatsu Sousenkyo Live Special” garners 16.2% rating, peak at 28.7%
The 6th General Elections which was held at Ajinomoto Stadium had a 70,000 strong audience. AKB48 Watanabe Mayu(20) had surpassed the last year’s winner HKT48 Sashihara Rino(21) in a turn of events, and took the crown for the first time.
The highest rating was recorded at 9:04, when the audience reacted to Mayu’s win with a “Mayuyu” call. The ratings queen in the past 2 years was Sashihara Rino.
A look at the ratings in the past 2 years.
2013 5th General Elections – Average rating 20.3%, Peak rating 32.7% (Scene when Sashihara won No.1)
2012 4th General Elections – Average 18.7%, Peak rating 28.0% (Scene when Sashihara rose to 4th position from previous year’s 9th)
AKB48 seniors’messages to Watanabe Mayu(Twitter/Media Inteviews)
Shinoda Mariko: “Mayuyu Senior!” (^v^)
Kojima Haruna: “Mayu chan congrats!”/ “Mayuyu getting No.1 is something all members accept, and a form of encouragement for everyone. She isn’t talented like Sasshi. She makes us understand that we can succeed if we work hard.” / “She’s probably the only member who thinks about getting No.1 through the year. I’m happy that her efforts have been rewarded.”
Sashihara Rino: “Congratulations for getting No.1!” / “Mayuyu! Please make me some karaage next time!”
Oshima Yuko: “I’ll leave AKB48 to you.”
Minegishi Minami: “I’ll also work hard in any way i can, so please take care of me. Congratulations!”
Akimoto Sayaka: “She’s perfect as an idol. She’s shining brightly now. I also hope to receive abit of her light.”
What were you feeling when you were told you are No.1?
I didn’t know what was happening at first. My mind was blank.
What is the sousenkyo to you?
It’s a once in a year event, so it’s something that measures the hard work you’ve put in for 1 year. It’s not scary, but because of it, we feel motivated to work harder each year.
Do you think of your speeches beforehand?
I do think of it whilst the rest of the rankings are being called. But as mine gets closer, i am unable to think. Usually when i stand infront of the mic, the words come out naturally.
What do you want to say about AKB48’s future?
Because the fans are around, there’s us. I want us to become a group that continues to receive such love.
What were your feelings on winning?
I was 2nd in the prelim results. I really wanted to surpass Sasshi, so when my dreams were realised i was really happy.
What kind of song do you want to sing next?
I want the next song to be something widely favoured like Oshima Yuko’s “Heavy Rotation”, or Sasshi’s “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”.
Where do you want to film the PV?
What are your aims for next year?
I want to get a straight win.
To secure Mayuyu’s win, China fans amassed 35,000 votes
Fan votes from China had become a point of focus last year after a report surfaced on the Internet, saying China fans had gathered 9,000 votes for Sasshi in last year’s elections. Sashihara said on TV that it was not only her, other members as well were receiving votes from China. To think that her words would come true.
In this year’s elections, Mayuyu’s fanclub in China reported that they had amassed 35,000 votes, whilst Sashihara’s fanclub reported 14,000 votes. The huge difference of 21,000 votes effectively closed the gap between Mayuyu and Sasshi and even gave her ample space for victory. (Final difference in votes was 17,900.)
Whilst Sashihara’s fans in China grieved over the loss, it was inevitable as many had pulled out from voting this year since she had won before. On the contrary, Mayuyu’s fans were adamant to see their idol take the throne, and so started a crowdfunding campaign as early as February. The money collected was then used to purchase voting tickets. Their efforts were not in vain.
“It’s finally here!!”
“The victory of the orthodox idol!”
“This must be due to China’s 35k vote missile!”
“So glad that Sashihara didn’t get No.1!”
“It’s good that a cute girl is No.1!”
“It seems like they knew the results beforehand since there wasn’t any live feed of the Oita people.”
“Yes! I’m glad my votes didn’t go to waste the past 2 years!”
“I’m a wota of Matsui Rena but congratulations!”
“I’m a wota of NMB but i’ve been waiting for Mayuyu to win!”
“The real Queen is born!”
“The real Chapter 2 is started. Mayuyu lives up to her name as ace!”
“Thanks to everyone who voted for Mayuyu!”