Hello! Project have announced auditions for new members.
The application period will take place from July 15th until August 14th. Girls interested in applying have to be within the age range of 9 – 17 (as of July 15th, 2017) and be able to travel to Tokyo for lessons. Those who apply will have to not be affiliated with other entertainment organizations or agencies.
In a statement, it was announced that the auditions were done to celebrate Hello! Project’s 20th anniversary. Those who apply have the chance to join Morning Musume ’18, ANGERME, Juice=Juice, Kobushi Factory, Tsubaki Factory, a new group, or even be a member of the Engeki Joshibu (women’s drama theater).
This is an interesting audition since traditionally Hello! Project used Eggs/Kenshuusei as a way to prepare future members within the organization. However, this basically opens up the door for new girls to join any of the groups depending on their style and abilities.
Some applicants will probably be part of the new group that Ichioka Reina will be in, but we will at least get to see some new additions to Kenshuusei which should be fun.
Make sure to check out the new face audition below for more details!