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.