Yes, you read that right. There are two half-Pinoy trainees participating in the second season of Produce 101 Japan.
First up is 16-year-old Iinuma Anthonny. Besides saying he’s from the Philippines in all his introduction videos, Anthonny revealed that he was born to a Japanese father and a Filipino mother in an interview. He was born and raised in the Philippines until he was Grade 3.
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Meanwhile, 17-year old Noji Shogo is a returning contestant from the previous season. In his self-introduction video, he reveals that he is half-Filipino and shows off his Tagalog skills.
Unlike the previous formats of Produce 101, this season of Produce 101 Japan will only show the Top 60 trainees who survived the online voting get to make it to the next round before the show even officially begins airing on April.
On March 30, Produce 101 Japan released the performance video for the show’s theme song Let Me Fly ~Kono Mirai e~. The 60 trainees who made it to the next round appear in the music video. Those familiar with the show noticed that Anthonny is among the trainees in A class, the highest skill ranking trainees can get from the mentors. As of this writing, Shogo is yet to be located.
Unfortunately, voting isn’t open for international fans, as only those with a Yahoo!Japan ID can vote for their favorite trainees. International fans can show their support for their favorites by watching the videos on the Produce 101 Japan official YouTube account and by tweeting about their favorites.
This isn’t the first time that half-Filipino trainees have participated in Produce 101 Japan, as the previous season had half-Filipino contestants such as BXW’s Gutierez Takeru and Aljama Eujin.
Produce 101 season 2 kicks off with a special episode on April 1, and the first official episode airs via GYAO! on April 8 at 9PM JST.
We wish Iinuma Anthonny, Nogi Shogo, and all the other Produce 101 Japan season 2 participants all the best of luck.