Sakura Miyawaki, an idol trainee who is currently competing in Produce 48, has been caught up in a controversy after netizens suspected that she was receiving preferential support from the producers of the show.
According to South Korean news agency Sports Q, netizens have started to call the show Sakuraduce 48.
Netizens and viewers of the show have pointed out that Sakura Miyawaki has been getting an abnormally large amount of screen time. A program that was supposed to show various different idol trainee's performances has been more focused on Miyawaki's appearances. Despite some of the footages of other idol trainees not even having been aired up until now, the Japanese idol's interview and performances have appeared on every single episode of Produce 48.