S/mileage announced at their event today that they will be holding an audition for a new member.
This was confirmed by the official site as well as various official Twitter accounts:
Here are the requirements:
- By 1st of May 2011 a girl who is in middle- or high school. Or in that age (13~18)
- Must have parental/guardian’s agreement agreement, sign and stamp.
The first round will require singing and an interview in Shibuya in June.
Flier for the new member auditions
I am very shocked about the announcement since I didn’t expect to see any auditions for S/mileage at all anytime soon, especially for members that are not Eggs, but it seems that the news has been confirmed by the official site and the application is available for anyone interested in participating.
Tsunku mentioned when S/mileage were formed that the members weren’t final and might change (he just mentioned it again after a fan tweeted a question), so there was always the possibility of the group changing (many fans thought he dropped the idea, but apparently not), nonetheless this is something I didn’t expect to see at all and I’m excited to see what the results will be.
The audition age requirements seem to be a bit higher than Momusu’s since the lowest limit is placed at 13 years, instead of Momusu’s 10 years (S/mileage are also looking for members up to 18 years, in contrast to Momusu’s 17 year old limit), which is interesting to see since they might be looking for members on the same age group as the current members (the current age range for members is 16 years (Wada) – 14 years (Ogawa) so the range is close).
Another difference to the Momusu audition is that the auditions will happen in about a week (Momusu’s will be about two weeks after but there was a notice a month ago), which doesn’t give much time for many people to practice and it seems that this way is a better way since we can find out if someone is naturally talented.
It will be very interesting to see what type of girls show up to the audition since this seems like it will be the first audition for an H!P group that isn’t Momusu (in recent years), and since S/mileage is slowly growing as a group there might be a bigger selection of girls auditioning.
We will most likely find out even more as the audition date nears so hopefully many girls apply since it will be interesting to see how the group will look after they add a 2nd generation.
For those in the area and who are interested in applying, the PDF file with the audition form is in the official S/mileage site link, so please take a look and check it out since it has a map of the site and other information (in Japanese).
The auditions will take place on 6/4 ~ 5 from 11:00 ~17:00.
EDIT: S/mileage will hold a Nico Nico Douga broadcast in about 30 or 35 min for their anniversary (it’s at 15:50 PM in Japan) so these auditions will most likely be among the main topics, here is the link:
And here is the application form for anyone interested in how it looks, although if you are applying I would strongly suggest you don’t download this image since it is smaller than the original:
EDIT2: According to the official site girls auditioning are allowed to participate in Morning Musume’s 10th generation audition as well, but they will only be able to join one group if they pass (which is logical), so hopefully we see many auditioners since there are two opportunities to join H!P.
Here is a video of the comments by the members about the audition (Yuuka doesn’t look excited at all about the news):
Video uploaded by: smileagechannel