Morning Musume ’14 announces 12th gen auditions…again

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In mildly shocking turn of events Morning Musume ’14 has announced that they will be holding auditions for their 12th generation yet again, dubbed the the Golden Audition. The age requirements are the same standard H!P ones, girls ages 10-17.  The audition deadline is May 11th, and much like the past 3 Momusu auditions Kenshuusei are allowed to participate. Here’s a link to the audition website. It’s also been announced that the possible winners will take lessons in the meantime, but won’t formally debut until 2015.

Now, getting all of the standard news out of the way I can just jump right into my opinions on the matter. First things first, I said this announcement was mildly shocking, because that’s exactly what it is. It’s shocking because despite everyone knowing the 12th gen was going to be announced at some point there was no way to know when that was unless you worked in H!P. And since there’s never been an elusive mole in H!P leaking information to the public, each piece of news that does come out is shocking. Come to think of it I’m actually a little surprised there’s never been a mole to be completely honest. Wota seem aggressive enough for that to have happened. But I digress.

The auditions are obviously incredibly exciting. I’ve been patiently waiting for the 12th gen to be announced again since it was announced the first 12th gen yielded no winners. I never really talked much about that on my blog because it was during my hiatus, but believe me I was really angry about it. I wasn’t around for the infamous Lucky 7 audition, so I was used to winners being announced and I never thought they’d actually repeat that fiasco. But sure enough they did to mine and everyone else’s dismay. I was even more upset because I live for auditions and I was so pumped for the 12th gen. I streamed the episode of Hello!Satoyama Life that showed the first footage of the audition, which was just  a 10 second glimpse of the auditions. And I even picked a girl I wanted to win in that short amount of time, who happened to be Yamaki Risa. Who I only discovered was her when they shoved all of the 12th gen finalist into the Kenshuusei.

I think it’s also pretty safe to say that this is probably it for Sayumi. I wouldn’t be surprised if she announced her graduation in the next few months. H!P graduations anymore are announced a year in advance. So, I see Sayu announcing she’ll leave around April or May, giving her until April or May of 2015 as a member. Since the 12th gen isn’t going to debut until 2015, that gives Sayu the time to teach the girls a little something something before leaving. Maybe even release a single or two. It would also mean that the 12th gen’s first Morning Musume concert tour would be Sayumi’s graduation tour. Just like 10th gen’s first Morning Musume concert tour was Risa’s and Aika’s graduation tour. While this is just my personal feeling/opinion, I think we can all admit that it seems about right as to what’s going to happen. Sayumi will be 25 this year, and 26 in 2015. It’s obviously her time soon.

I have to admit I’m not really 100% for the whole 12th gen taking lessons in the meantime before officially joining. I get that Sakura did basically the same thing, but it couldn’t be helped in her situation since she was added in the beginning of Morning Musume’s Fall tour. But let’s be real, it’s not like Sakura really needed extra lessons. I just don’t like the idea of having normal girls who are shaky at singing and dancing during the auditions join, only to to not see them for months, and all of a sudden they are polished performers. That takes all of the fun out of auditions in the first place. I want to watch my idols grow in real time. I want to have that motherly feeling of watching over them and seeing how much they’ve improved. If they’re going to train them before they debut why hold auditions at all? Why not just directly add the Kenshuusei into the group?

And I think this ties more into how Morning Musume ’14 as a group has been promoted lately. Ever since Sakura has joined they prided themselves as being a polished idol group. The whole ima no Morning Musume campaign is all about them being the best Morning Musume of all time. To be the best at singing and at dancing, and to be at such a high level that you see them as a separate entity instead of comparing them to the past. And that’s great, no, really it is. I get wanting to be at the top again, I do. But I don’t like that they are so worried about them being at such a high level that they are training the members before they even officially join.

To be perfectly honest I think that’s the main reason they canceled the first 12th auditions to begin with. I think the finalists were probably wonderful girls, but because they weren’t at a high enough level, or perhaps needed time to nurture their abilities, they weren’t added. They were so worried about them being at a high polished level to compete with the current members, that none of the auditionees compared to them and were cut loose. The fact that they immediately joined the Kenshuusei speaks volumes. And I would not be surprised at all if those girls auditioned again.

You can tell that Momusu really is on the attack and is really fighting to regain their former glory. I mean the auditions are called the Golden Audition. If that’s not saying they want to find a girl, or girls, to help them reach a second Golden Era I don’t know what will. It’s not like they’re shy about saying they want another Golden Era anyway.

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What I am looking forward to during these auditions is for more Kenshuusei to be added. Momusu has added 1 Kenshuusei per generation to the group since LinLin joined. So, it’s not like this is a far-fetched idea. And come on, there are way too many Kenshuusei that are too good to be passed up. Personally I’m hoping for either Tanabe Nanami, Ogawa Rena, Murota Mizuki, Hamaura Ayano, Yamaki Risa, Kaga Kaede, or Sasaki Rikako to be added. Since I’m rooting for so many, I think that betters my chances a little.

While this auditions isn’t exactly everything I’ve hoped for, they are still auditions none the less, and I could not be happier. I so want fresh blood in Morning Musume and H!P as a whole. And with the second 12th gen auditions mixed with the Country Musume auditions, H!P is giving me just that. It’s a truly exciting time in H!P to have two separate auditions again. I feel like I’m back in 2011 with the Morning Musume 10th gen auditions and S/mileage 2nd gen auditions happening at the same time. Let’s just hope I have better luck of my favorite members joining the group. As we all know Karin did not join S/mileage and Sara did not join Morning Musume.

Morning Musume 12th gen auditions announced!

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Today was the start of Morning Musume’s Spring tour, which marked the start of Reina’s graduation tour as well as Sakura’s first Morning Musume tour. But during the 2nd MC fans were given to yet another treat when Tsunku announced the 12th gen auditions. And I’ve slept through another important announcement. Time zones are the biggest enemy of Foreign fans.

But that aside, it’s time once again for more auditions! Most fans say it’s too soon, some are all for it, but either way it’s happening. So buck up everyone and enjoy the ride.

The requirements for this years auditions are the same as the 11th gen, girls ages 10-17. And the application deadline is April 30th. Click here to go to the official audition website. The title of the audition is Mirai Shoujo, which translates to Future Girl(s) in English.

If you recall the 11th gen auditions were announced at Risa’s and Aika’s graduation concert on May 18th, and the application deadline was June 25th. And Oda Sakura was announced as the sole winner on September 14th. Which means if they keep the same pace of the 11th gen auditions we’ll see the 12th gen winner(s) announcement mid-July the earliest. Which means the 12th gen will most likely be announced at the H!P 2013 Summer concert and the 12th gen will be able to take part in Morning Musume’s 2013 Fall tour.

Now, I can’t say that this announcement comes as a shock I was absolutely expecting the 12th gen to be announced during Reina’s graduation tour, it only made sense. They’re losing a prominent member so they want to replace her, while at the same time keep the old fans, and potential new fans, interested in the group. The only thing I find surprising about the announcement is the timing. I expected it to be announced during the day of Reina’s graduation much like the 11th gen was.

But as fans had said before the tour even started, they thought it was weird to include Sayumi’s name in the title of the tour and that it might point to her announcing her graduation during the tour. At the time I didn’t really believe it or think anything of it. But now that they’ve announced the auditions this early in the tour it actually makes sense now. If the 12th gen join in the summer they can be apart of the fall tour, which would give Sayumi just enough time to lead the new girls for a bit, prepare them for the tour, before handing the ropes over to Mizuki. Sayumi did say that she that after she was the leader for a bit she was going to graduate. It would be the same thing Risa did. Prepared the girls a bit, released 2 singles, and then graduated at their debut Morning Musume tour.

With all that being said, I am absolutely excited for more auditions. Despite Sakura not even being a member for a year yet I don’t feel the auditions are too soon at all. Since Reina, and most likely Sayumi, are graduating really soon they obvious need members to replace them. And even if Sayumi doesn’t graduate until next year, they still need to replace her and why not replace her sooner rather than later. That way they can build her up a bit, and form fan attachments to her, before Sayumi leaves.

And not even just because of the well being of the group, I’m excited because I love auditions and I love having new members added. Since I became a fan right before LinLin and JunJun joined I was a fan during the stagnant no new member era. While I did love those girls to pieces, and the music was amazing, I still hated that no members were added. It was extremely boring to me. So, in my opinion the more auditions the better. It’s the spirit Momusu always had. Which I’ve said 100 times now. But there still seem to be fans that can’t accept that. I guess it’s those Platinum Era fans who think because they were fans at that period that was the only period that mattered. And who cares that Momusu always had yearly auditions because there was that one time that didn’t. Do you realize how foolish that sounds when you stop and think about it? 

The Platinum Era is done, it’s been done for 2 years now. It had it’s run. Fans need to stop holding onto the past. Especially since the Platinum Era actually hindered the group and had lower sales because the group didn’t add any new members at that time. But whatever, I can’t keep ranting about his every time new auditions are announced.

I’m looking forward to new girls joining, I’m hoping we get at least two to replace Reina and Sayumi’s spots. I actually think 1 member generations are boring. Sakura is a great singer, but I still would have loved to see another girl added. I also wonder if they are going to focus on girls with singing ability. In my opinion, Sakura, Mizuki, Riho, Ayumi, and Haruka have strong enough vocals to be main vocalists. Zukki and Masaki have the potential as well, but I don’t know if they’ll get the opportunity to lead vocals. But secondary is fine with me. So, I don’t think the group 100% needs to worry about strong singers. So, I’m hoping to see them add girls with big personalities instead. You guys know those are my favorite type of idols. Who knows maybe a 12th gen girl will be able to rival Zukki for my number 1 spot.

I also wouldn’t mind another Kenshuusei to be added. But since the formation of Juice=Juice, and Tsunku saying that he’s going to make more new groups this year, it seems impossible. But if it is possible, I’d love to see Tanabe Nanami join because she’s the most talented Kenshuusei left. In my opinion of course.

And I’m also going to jump on the Cuca bandwagon and say I would love for her to join. I’ve been watching her for years and I think she’s just great. A lot of people are tired of hearing about her, but I don’t really care so much. I think Cuca is really talented and was sad that she was too young to audition for the 11th gen.

A lot of people think 10 is too young, but I actually have no feeling about age. I don’t really care how old the idol is to be honest. I thought Haruna was too old for the 10th gen, but she joined and it was a perfect decision. She fit perfectly. And on the young side, look at how young Mai was when C-ute was formed. So, as long as the idol is a good fit age doesn’t really matter honestly.