COCONUTS MUSUME AUDITIONS was an audition held by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan)/SME Records looking for an additional member to the Hello! Project group Coconuts Musume. The audition was announced in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin on November 16, 1999,
- Application Requirements: Resume and photo to be sent to Tropicolitan Inc., P.O. Box 62026, Honolulu HI 96839.
- Application Deadline: November 22, 1999
- Finalists were contacted by phone by November 24 to schedule a singing and dancing audition on November 28.
Interview and sing a song in front of the judges. Lehua sang Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You".
Three girls got through to the finals. They were to sing and dance to a Coconuts Musume song. Lehua sang the Japanese version of "DANCE & CHANCE". They also had to take pictures with Danielle, Mika, and Ayaka to see how they would look and blend with the group.
The sole winner was Lehua.
- Lehua called in after they had had the audition, but was told to send in a resume and some pictures and they might get back to her.
- It was announced as an audition looking for a sixth member, but according to Lehua, she took pictures with only Danielle, Mika, and Ayaka. She also said she never met Chelsea and April.
|Lehua said in an interview that "This song, which was different from the genre that I like to listen to, surprised me with its upbeat Japanese lyrics sung by Hawaiian girls. I remember when I found out I'd have to sing it, I thought I was going to faint. It was really long, and almost none of the lyrics were in English... But I really like the way the English and Japanese lines were mixed together in the song. It took about a week to memorise the lyrics perfectly. But I still was still having trouble with the dance when I went to Japan. It was hard to master it just a week before the concert. But I learned more than just the dance itself from our rehearsals. I also learned the meanings of the Japanese words in the song and of the dance steps.
I was really nervous the first time I sung "Dance & Chance" in front of everyone, so even though I tried to do my best, the pressure got to me. So I felt really relieved at the end of the song. By the end of the tour, it had become an important experience in my life, so I'll never forget "Dance & Chance". Joining Coconuts Musume and becoming friends with the other cute and friendly members is a real privilege. I'll work hard from now on."