When asked what type of member he’s looking for this is what Tsunku said:
“I’m (looking) for members who seem like they’ll motivate S/mileage and Hello! Project. I might even pull girls from the Eggs (Hello! Project trainees). I’ve been thinking of adding Eggs into S/mileage. Basically, I’m looking for their appeal to the public.”
I wasn’t too surprised though that he may look at the H!P Eggs since S/mileage was created from them plus he looked to them during the Morning Musume 9th gen auditions.
However Tsunku also noted that he may have a system of “sub-members” and he may even add up to 6 members to the group. While I’m not sure what he means by sub-members these are his comments from the article. (Translation thanks to TokyoHive)
“Three or four sub-members, and one or two normal members, if I add six members, they’ll all be sub-members, but if there’s a girl who’s outstanding I’ll make her a main member.”
Some fans are speculating that Tsunku is trying to bring back a workshop type group, similar to what he had in mind for Berryz Koubou, where the members would be rotated. I think that would be quite interesting but for now we’ll just have to wait for more info from Tsunku.
The auditions are filled with a lot of surprises so far and according to the article this is only for the 1st day! Hopefully more news will be released regarding the auditions, until then please continue to support S/mileage.