Meet the new leader of AKB48 -- who beat 300 girls with 160k votes

10 June 2014 / 2 years 4 months ago

Mayu Watanabe was selected the most popular member of all-girl group AKB48 at the annual AKB48 popularity poll at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday night.

The 20-year-old got 159,854 votes. In second spot was last year’s winner Rino Sashihara with 141,954 votes, reports Japan Today.

More than 70,000 fans gathered for the concert and to hear the results of the ballot that decides which member will lead the band for the next year amid tight security after two members were attacked by a man wielding a saw.

Organizers said 300 members of the group were running for the top spot in one of the world’s highest grossing acts.

Fans finished voting by Friday for the girl they wanted to lead the collective for the next year, using ballot slips only available with the purchase of their latest single.

AKB48 is part talent show, part pop act—a venture in which a pool of more than 300 girls and young women at home and overseas compete for a spot in the limelight with each new catchy but formulaic hit.

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