New details about a S/mileage auditioner, specifically #801 better known as Ribbon girl, have been released.
While we aren’t even sure if she did make it through to the 3rd round I decided to do a quick post with some new info that has been released about her since it seems like all S/mileage fans should know a bit more about her background, all info was gathered from Amped @ JPLOP so a big thank you to him!
Starting off her name is Itou Chiyuri and she’s 13 years old, and recently she appeared in another audition for an EXILE related group called VBA (at 6:09 where she appears with her mom) where she went through rigorous training:
Video uploaded by: hpnskryr
Apart from appearing at another audition it seems that fans found out that she is also involved with another group, specifically a group currently releasing singles.
The group in question is DELUXE COLORS!, and it’s a group under AVEX Artist academy and so far they have released one single titled appearance with another 2nd single titled Egao no Shirushi that features a collaboration with the 12 member deluxe colors group and 7 other artists set for release on 7/20.
Here’s a PV for the group:
Video uploaded by: DELUXECOLORSch
What set off the biggest flag about her was that she did a blog post a few days before appearing at the S/mileage audition and in that post she is wearing the same outfit she wore for the audition:
So far it seems like she would be disqualified since she appears to be part of AVEX (auditioners can’t have a contract with another company, as mentioned in the rules), but it seems that the AVEX Artist Academy is just a music school opened up in 2002 which means that technically she might not even be part of AVEX at all since she is a student at that school and doesn’t appear to be in any particular contract (she might be but we don’t know for sure).
Which means that she’s most likely similar to Sayashi Riho, who was part of a similar school where she performed, and while she might not even make it to the 3rd round (which is highly unlikely since she is very talented) I am very impressed with her performances that I have seen.
From the PV we can tell that she has a great voice (not perfect but still pretty good) and since she is among the only 3 girls that sing it is fairly obvious that she is pretty good at performing, which would mean a very big advantage for her since she doesn’t have to spend that much time getting used to singing and performing for a crowd.
For now it’s unclear whether she will make it to the 3rd round, but from her cuteness and talent I will be rooting for her to reach the finals since she and #13 Tamura Meimi (who appeared in the Shugo Chara musical) seem to be pretty good performers and since they already have previous experience they seem to be a step ahead of the others, probably even some of the Eggs.
Hopefully we get to see the 3rd round on Youtube or Hello! Pro Time to find out for sure who will be among the finalists, and even though Tsunku hasn’t announced how many members will join S/mileage it will be fun to see what he decides to do since there are many talented girls who appeared in the audition, although it seems like the main competition will be among Itou, Tamura, and Karin.