The official Youtube channel for AKB48 (Japanese music & idol mega-group) uploaded today the election results for this year’s top idols among the AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 and other ’48′ member families (Senbatsu). For those of you who are unfamiliar with this competition — each year, fans of AKB48, SKE48 and so on — vote in for their favorite ‘idol’ from any one of the groups online.
Last year, Maeda Atsuko was the darling ‘ace’ of AKB48, who beat out long time rival, Oshima Yuko to reclaim her position at #1. With Maeda’s recent graduation, it was no surprise that Oshima went on to take the new #1 position. Additionally, top idols like Kashiwagi Yuki, Takahashi Minami, and Shinoda Mariko continued to hold onto their previous year’s rank for this year.
The show’s biggest surprise was Watanabe Mayu at #2, (who was #5 last year). From watching the videos up to her announcement, you could tell Mayu-san was shocked and almost in disbelief (as she later told the audience on stage) that she had jumped up so high. She told the audience she was very thankful and looked to earn ‘#1′ for next year. Do you think she will make it? In the words of Miyazawa Sae (#11), who re-used a quote from Oshima last year, “We think of the votes we receive from fans as an expression of how much they love us…for that I am extremely grateful.” (The number of votes you give your favorite idol determines how much she will appear in promotion and videos for the next year). Who will you share your love with?
2012 Winners (1-20) — Full list and videos at AKB48 Youtube Channel:
- #20 Akimoto Sayaka 秋元才加 -
- #19 Watanabe Miyuki 渡辺美優紀 -
- #18 Yamamoto Aya 山本彩 -
- #17 Takajou Aki 高城亜樹 -
- #16 Umeda Ayaka 梅田彩佳 24,522 votes
- #15 Yokoyama Yui 横山由比 25,541 votes
- #14 Minegishi Minami 峯岸みなみ 26,038 votes
- #13 Kitahara Rie 北原里英 26,530 votes
- #12 Kasai Tomomi 河西智美 27,005 votes
- #11 Miyazawa Sae 宮澤佐江 40,261 votes
- #10 Matsui Rena 松井玲奈 42,030 votes
- #9 Matsui Jurina 松井珠理奈 45,747 votes
- #8 Itano Tomomi 板野智美 50,780 votes
- #7 Kojima Haruna 小島陽菜 54,483 votes
- #6 Takahashi Minami 高橋みなみ 65,480 votes
- #5 Shinoda Mariko 篠田 麻里子 67,017 votes
- #4 Sashihara Rino 指原莉乃 67,339 votes
- #3 Kashiwagi Yuki 柏木優紀 72,076 votes
- #2 Watanabe Mayu 渡辺麻友 72,574 votes
- #1 Oshima Yuko 大島優子 108,837 votes