At a press conference on June 11 for the upcoming Mnet show “Produce 48,” producing director (PD) Ahn Joon Young talked about the reason they wanted Lee Seung Gi for the role.
“We sent many offers to Lee Seung Gi at the start,” said Ahn Joon Young. “It was because he debuted at a young age as a singer and is also excellent at being an MC. In addition, from the point of view of a PD, we needed Lee Seung Gi because he has an image that’s loved by all generations. We wanted the nation’s producers of all generations to take part, not just those who are teenagers and in their twenties.”
Lee Seung Gi joked with a laugh, “I felt happy because of the endless offers as well as when they complimented me by saying ‘There’s only you.'”
He continued, “As Korea’s music industry begins to break into the global market, I’m sure that the girl group that will be formed through ‘Produce 48’ will be capable of having an influence on the international market. That’s why I decided to appear on the show. Jang Geun Suk in season one and BoA in season two both had strong individual styles. BoA has achieved many things and has a lot of experience.”
“While I watched the second season, I worried about how I could be of help to the trainees,” he said. “I’m not becoming a representative and then just telling people what to do. I’m trying to help them through my experience as a singer, actor, and entertainer so that they can show their own abilities in a relaxed way. There are a lot of cases of survival shows where the trainees don’t feel happy because of the pressure or they aren’t able to show their talents, so I’m trying hard to lead everything well.”
“Produce 48” is a collaboration between the “Produce 101” series and Japan’s AKB48 system, and will include contestants from both Korea and Japan. During the press conference, the PDs also addressed controversies surrounding the show as well as answered questions about this season’s voting system.
The show will premiere on Mnet on June 15.
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