domingo, 29 de mayo de 2011

Auditions that weren't expected AT ALL.

Uhm, I still can't make my mind about this. Yes, the group above isn't a mistake. Today (Or was it yesterday?) Tsunku announced what probably will be the most shocking news in the year for HaroPro. At their first year anniversary, it was announced that S/mileage would be getting a new member through an audition process.

Girls that will be able to audition must have between 13-18 years, and through June they'll be hosting the audition at TKP Shibuya Conference Center. Not like the Momusu auditions, the first round of these will be a question and singing part, instead of first choosing by looks.

Now... no, I can't still make my mind. I'm shocked, really shocked. More shocked than I was when last year they announced the triple grad and the kyukkie audition, more shocked than with the juukie audition and of course, more shocked than with Aichan's grad.

Probably this time I'm in the majority who thought that S/mileage would be a more popular Melon Kinenbi, four members that would stick together through a long time without any changes, as Berryz and °C-ute. It seems it's totally not the case. And yes, Tsunku did say once that the group's lineup was prone to changes, but everyone assumed it only applied until they finally debuted majorly, and me, coming to know S/mileage after Ganbaranakutemo ee nende! was released, completely thought the girls were out of danger.

... um. Perhaps we are feeling what fans of Morning Musume circa Morning Coffee felt when the 2nd gen came in? Perhaps now it's worse, as S/mileage has been together as a group for two years now, and in Eggs, they knew each other since 2004, and to change that image of what 'S/mileage' will be hard. If a graduation would be painful, imagine to add a completely new girl? Plus it'd totally be a slap in the face for Saho Akari, who is now in UFZS.

Plus, members auditions. In Hello! Project, I thought it was only the Musume groups that held auditions for new members, Morning Musume having had as of now, 10 different auditions, and Coconuts Musume, but their auditions were unsuccesful, so they may not count. Even Asami and Miuna from Country Musume were found through auditions for other groups, if I'm not mistaken. So S/mileage having auditions is shocking, really.

That said, I really hope that in the case they do find a girl in these auditions, that will be the only change of S/mileage's lineup until their disbandment or a graduation in the worst scenario. Because I want Morning Musume to remain the group that is known by their audition and graduation method. And... D: Do not want. Really.

I haven't been able to watch this video, but from comments in H!O, it seems the four girls were really upset about the news, not wanting the new member and Yuuka and Dawa even teared up.
Must be sad and depressing, really.

And that's all for today. I was hoping to do a review of Only You, but, this was way more important. I shall have the Only You review soon, though.

domingo, 8 de mayo de 2011

Another one?! YES! Morning Musume 10th Generation Auditions.

Ah, UFA never stops surprising us, right? Yes, today, I woke up to find that even before the first tour of the kyukkies finished, a 10th generation audition is already announced!

I'm sure the most shocked are the new-ish fans who got into Momusu during the 9-8nin lineup that finished last December. Ok, I'm a new fan too, but at first I cared more about the OGs, and only started to really care about the current lineup when Rival Survival had started and I knew to not become too attached to Eri, Jun or Lin. So let's say I'm as excited as a little kid about these auditions.

Now for some actual information, according to translations, the title for the auditions is Genki Jirushi, the date of applications submissions starts today and finished on June 13th. The age, if you're interested in applying, is from 10 to 17 years old. I've also read that the chosen will be two girls, and that they'll be introduced at Ai-chan's graduation concert, but it seems those are only rumours.

It's also a rumor that Gaki may be graduating soon. But, because she'll be in fact the leader, I actually hope for her to last around what Yossy lasted when she became leader. Even so, a graduation for her, Sayumi, Reina and even Aika should be really expected and not take anyone by surprise. Even if I actually want Reina to be gone... Yeah.

As for my expectations, I hope for this generation to bring even more personality into the group than Zukki brought, and a vocal ace wouldn't be any bad. I wonder if the left eggs will be allowed to audition, as with the last audition? Which reminds me, Tsunku, we NEED a new Egg audition!

And other than to say I'm glad that it's now that I entered the fandom that MM is going back to the previous custom of regular audition/graduation, I've got nothing to add.

Official Site for the Audition (in Japanese):
Sources for the news:
TokyoHive and Aramatheydidnt @ LJ should be useful too.