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A report on a 3rd-generation member in the 2nd team of SNH48 by a newspaper in the capital, w/ the interview conducted & the footage shot while she was visiting the city for various works & activities over there late last year:

 

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- Formal announcement clarifying the prospect of both groups is expected at an upcoming major annual concert of SNHG, in which another large-scale organizational restructuring/reshuffle will be announced &, unlike the last one affecting only SNH48 last year, will affect all the five SNHG groups this time.
Heading towards the historic turning point of SNHG - arrival of some SNH48 members at that provincial capital, the home city of GNZ48, today:

https://wx2.sinaimg.cn/large/a04b2a1dgy1fz7ec0zde4j22zl1zo7wi.jpg

^ You can see the staff of GNZ48, all dressed in black, escorting the guests from the north, i.e. members of their parent group, flanked by the latter's personal handlers, all spectacled & masked, w/ the fans at the back. The group member holding a bouquet is the "big brother" of the group's 2nd team. Photo shot outside the air terminal.
 
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[Re: The 2nd last post above] The major reorganization of SNHG:

- All the four teams of SHY48 & CKG48, as well as the new 5th team of SNH48, are to be abolished, & their members are to join the remaining teams of the SNHG groups. (W/ the exclusive theaters of SHY48 & CKG48 closing down, the abolishment of all the teams of both groups is totally understandable, but while the cancellation of the short-lived new 5th team of SNH48 is also conceivable due to its persistent unpopularity right from the start, it's now in effect even officially acknowledged that its formation via the abolishment of the relatively even more popular old 5th team back then is a bad decision & utter failure. :roll: )

- A brand new group, IDOLS Ft ("Ft" standing for "future"), is to be formed by members of the SNHG groups, tho it doesn't have its own exclusive theater, & is actually the de facto "team B" or reserve team of SNHG, w/ its members to eventually return back to the SNHG groups thru fan selection. *sigh*

All the current latest membership can be checked on the pages linked below (note that both SHY48 & CKG48 are in effect gone at least for now):

- SNH48: SNH48成员——SNH48中国官方网站

- BEJ48 (for mobile devices, switch to desktop mode): BEJ48成员介绍_中国大型女子偶像组合BEJ48——BEJ48中国官方网站

- GNZ48: 中国大型女子偶像组合GNZ48——GNZ48中国官方网站

- IDOLS Ft : IDOLS FT - 大型网络偶像养成女团

The last year may be considered as a peak year for SNHG - whether it'll reach another one or continue to downsize in the long run remains to be seen.
 
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^ The 3rd team of GNZ48 rendering their team anthem:


7SENSES, a subgroup of SNH48, performing their current latest single:


[EDIT]
^ Note that there're over 50 songs performed in the concert today, hence this couple of numbers are just a very small sample of it. :)
 

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^ They've also announced, among others:

- The recruitment of SNH48's 12th-generation members, BEJ48's & GNZ48's 7th-generation members, & SNHG's overseas trainee members. (The last one is a new membership category, w/ the 16-18-y.o. members to be trained overseas for two years.)

- The invitation of business partners & investors to form new sister groups around the country. (They hitherto formed such groups all by themselves w/ their own internal resources, instead of licensing out their business model.)

[EDIT]
^ One more song, by the "sexy queen" of SNH48's 1st team & a 2nd-generation member in the same team:

 

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^ A pic shot at the end of the concert, while the aforementioned reorganization of SNHG was being announced:

https://wx4.sinaimg.cn/large/a04b2a1dly1fzd1613pc7j256o3gge8b.jpg

^ Those top SNHG members at the front are assembled & positioned according to their ranks, whereas those other members at the back according to their team affiliations - it looks like a military parade. lol All are donning their respective team uniforms, except two - the captain (in long pants; front row) & deputy captain (in black socks; front row) of SNH48's 1st team, the former being the de facto leader of the entire group & the latter being her long-time ally (they're also close friends in private). (Also note the former's posture being different from the others'.) While many SNHG members aren't present there, which's quite normal for this event, the #1-ranked is very notably also absent, which's pretty rare/odd for such major annual SNHG event- actually I don't recall anything like this happening before. :confused:

[EDIT 1]
A trailer of an upcoming movie starring the top dancer of SNH48's 1st team:


^ She looks pretty cool in it. :cool:

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[Re: The 1st part of this post] A pic shot at a corner of the vast, two-floor/level venue for the large-scale handshaking event on the next day of the concert:

https://wx3.sinaimg.cn/large/006c5eFZgy1fzd00iwq78j356o3ggnpg.jpg
 
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^ A nice, compact media report on the concert & the handshaking, signing, & phototaking event on the following day:


[EDIT 1]
^ Footage of the SNHG members leaving the stage at the end of the concert:


^ That weeping girl is the deputy captain of SNH48's 3rd team - she's (unexpectedly) failed to join the upcoming new seven-member subgroup announced during the event. You can also hear her fans shouting her name & cheering her up.

[EDIT 2]
^ A pic shot during the announcement of the SNHG reorganization:

https://wx4.sinaimg.cn/large/006c99bxly1fze4qtymxqj34c02w0kjw.jpg

^ They're watching the screen showing the new team-compositions - it's showing the 2nd team of BEJ48 in this pic.
 
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^ Some pretty nice backstage/understage pics released by the official blogger of SNH48 today:

https://wx2.sinaimg.cn/large/a04b2a1dly1fzgn2q9thfj229o1ignkq.jpg

^ Rehearsal in the very last minute.

https://wx4.sinaimg.cn/large/a04b2a1dly1fzgn1yexblj234122pb29.jpg

^ Like a naval fighter being elevated to the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. lol

https://wx4.sinaimg.cn/large/a04b2a1dly1fzgn280iwfj22c01k0hbu.jpg

^ Altho the ceiling is pretty low, the floor area of the backstage/understage is very large, since the stage complex itself is uber huge.

https://wx1.sinaimg.cn/large/a04b2a1dly1fzgcx76mh3j234122pqv6.jpg

^ Four core members of SNH48's 1st team holding their large team flag while being elevated to the stage.

https://wx1.sinaimg.cn/large/a04b2a1dly1fzgcwwe52dj234122pnpd.jpg

https://wx4.sinaimg.cn/large/a04b2a1dly1fzgcx2uxraj234122p4qq.jpg

[EDIT]
^ BTW, the number performed by those in the last pic:

 

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Many members of the SNHG groups are themselves fans of those groups & their members, & joined the groups because of that (hence many ordinary fans are jealous of them, as they can get so close to their idols XD ) - the deputy captain of GNZ48's 2nd team is one of them, & like many fans, is a good photographer too, who's shot these pretty nice pics at the backstage of her group's exclusive theater, featuring the totally 14 members of those three of SNH48's subgroups which're jointly holding a tour performance in that exclusive theater at the time just lately (sorry for not providing descriptions of the pics in captions here - just enjoy the pics & her skillful photography :) ):

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https://wx2.sinaimg.cn/large/006qjPEOgy1fzhq6dpdkbj30ku3hekjn.jpg
 
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Behind-the-scenes footage of the members of 7SENSES, a subgroup of SNH48, shooting for their current latest EP, released today:


[EDIT]
A vlog shot by a member of SNH48's 4th team, mainly covering the annual Lunar Year-end staff party of the group just days ago - note that many staff & group members couldn't attend that party due to work:


^ You can see the company president making a speech, the awarding of certificates of outstanding achievements in the past year, games, lucky draws, etc. :)
 
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The opening number of SNH48's joint team special theater performance for the coming Lunar New Year tonight:


[EDIT]
^ In that theater performance, they've announced the seven biggest goofs during the theater performances in the past year: lol

http://n.miaopai.com/media/d7PCkilFAq24q~RJ4Rc8eYgt9csSDM4e.htm

As well as the seven biggest legendary moments:

http://n.miaopai.com/media/mpI~vpc503lFVdM3hkKzrz2YCgzxDV8J

I don't cover their theater performances very often here, so you may get some more glimpses of them in the couple of footage linked above. :)

They've also announced the "Lights of Star Dream" (my translation) for the past year:

http://n.miaopai.com/media/hKtbI3IGSZkeuMhH8y0pU8TodWx29Ty1

BTW, both the captain & deputy captain of SNH48's 1st team have announced their stepping down last night, & the captain's position is taken over by another veteran 1st-generation member in the team, but the deputy captain's is still vacant.
 

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The 4th team of SNH48, together w/ several BEJ48 members, performing one of their New Year songs at a northern autonomous container port on a special show of state TV for the coming Lunar New Year tonight:

 
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A special MV of GNZ48 for the coming Lunar New Year, in which they take you to look around the various facilities inside their exclusive theater (as well as the bedroom of their group ace in their training & living complex at the start of the MV lol ), released today:

 
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BEJ48 performing on a Lunar New Year special show of state TV today:


Note that the various SNHG groups have/will also appear(ed) on many other such shows (some are of a scale way bigger than the above one) on state TV channels as well as a number of satellite TV & local TV stations around the country just before/after & during the LNY Golden Week long holidays, tho I haven't/won't covered them all here. :)
 
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^ The final one on that show today:


Note that all those three numbers they performed in the show are their own original songs, not covering of other SNHG groups'. :)
 
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