Hello! Project Korea Auditions
Shimizu Saki, Tsunku and Yajima Maimi promoting the audition
General Information
Winners Jang Da Yeon
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The Hello! Project Korea Auditions (対東京少女; Meet Tokyo Girl, 대 동경소녀; DaeDong Kyung Youths) was a 2009 audition to find Korean Hello! Project members and expand Hello! Project into the South Korean entertainment industry, as part of an Asian-expansion initiative that saw the additions of Chinese members into Morning Musume in 2007, and the creation of Hello! Project Taiwan (Ice Creamusume and Dà Xiǎo Jiě) in 2008.

The audition was open to applicants from March 2009 to April 2009, with a special show on Mnet following the audition process starting in May 2009.

There were 2,500 applicants in total, and the sole winner of the audition was announced on June 21, 2009 as Jang Da Yeon.

Audition InformationEdit

  • The audition is a joint project by UP-FRONT AGENCY and M.Net Entertainment.
  • There is no age limit for the applicants.
  • They'll select 10 finalists, out of which only one will become an official Hello! Project trainee. She'll receive training in Japan, and her training will be "Japanese style", taking all the steps that a Japanese entertainer would take for debut.

Background InformationEdit

On the last day of Hello! Project 2009 Winter Kettei! Hello☆Pro Award '09 ~Elder Club Sotsugyou Kinen Special~, Ogawa Makoto confirmed the rumors of the audition. On March 9, 2009 Tsunku, Shimizu Saki of Berryz Koubou and Yajima Maimi of ℃-ute visited South Korea to formally announce the audition, they held a press conference and Shimizu and Yajima also held a fan signing event.

On April 27, 2009 Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa and Tanaka Reina visited South Korea for the audition show taping. On April 30, 2009 Umeda Erika and Yajima Maimi of ℃-ute also visited South Korea for an audition show taping (the 2nd episode). Korean boy group 2PM members Chansung and Junho were the show MCs.

Separately, the Korean show J-POP WAVE aired two special programs with the mentioned Hello! Project members, where they talked about the auditions and K-pop (The May 2, 2009 program featured Takahashi, Niigaki and Reina, and the May 9, 2009 program featured Umeda and Yajima).

The first broadcast of the official audition show aired in late May 2009 by M.Net digital channel. The official theme song of the show was Dream Girl by After School, a LOVE Machine cover.



15 finalists

  • Ahn SoRi
    • Born: 1989
    • Active as fashion model! An Asia star that's about to be working in Japan
    • Height: 169 cm
    • Weight: 49 kg
    • Blood Type: O
    • Hobby: Diet
  • Seo YeRin
    • Born: 1996
    • Gave up "Sweety" just to audition for Tokyo Girl. Although she's a "senpai" in the entertainment world, she's the youngest in Tokyo Girl.
    • Height: 163 cm
    • Weight: 38 kg
    • Blood Type: O
    • Hobby: Eating a lot
  • Kim JungEun
    • Born:1983
    • Although she looks as if she's the youngest... but she's actually the oldest sister...
    • Height: 160 cm
    • Weight: 41 kg
    • Blood Type: O
    • Hobby: Falling down
  • An HaYoung
    • Born: 1987
    • Height: 160 cm
    • Weight: 42 kg
    • Blood Type: O
    • Hobby: Looking in the mirror
  • Kim YuBin
    • Born: 1986
    • The like in her for men is the straight hair! The like in her for women is the slim body, less than size 44! Her own like is Hello! Project!
    • Height: 165 cm
    • Weight: 43 kg
    • Blood Type: B
    • Hobby: Being absent-minded, staying still doing nothing
  • Lee SuJin
    • Born: 1987
    • It was said that the charm that she has more than the youngest auditioner is her solidly built muscles? Really...when will you be letting us see those muscles?
    • Height: 168 cm
    • Weight: 49 kg
    • Blood Type: A
    • Hobby: Practice laughing
  • Jang DaHyun (Jang Da Yeon)
    • Born: 1995
    • The pink girl taking the position of long-legged girl and sub-youngest girl! She might be the perfect unpolished gem for H!P...
    • Height: 167 cm
    • Weight: 50 kg
    • Blood Type: A
    • Hobby: Practice doing a "chic" expression, reading encyclopedia
  • Jang MiKyung
    • Born: 1989
    • Known as the Lee HyoRi of cosplay, deeply in love with Morning Musume's Tanaka Reina
    • Height: 164 cm
    • Weight: 50 kg
    • Blood Type: A
    • Hobby: Cosplay
  • Yang YunSoo
    • Born: 1994
    • Innocent, pure.. purity 100% optimistic girl! If you don't think she's cute then you're not a man
    • Height: 160 cm
    • Weight: 45 kg
    • Blood Type: B
    • Hobby: Tying up hair into "pineapple" style, wearing uniform
  • Lee HaeRi
    • Born: 1993
    • A strong determined girl who flew back from New Zealand in order to win the audition into H!P. She can speak 4 languages!
    • Height: 170 cm
    • Weight: 53 kg
    • Blood Type: A
    • Hobby: Practice having a refreshing smile
  • Song JiEun
    • Born: 1993
    • A pre-world star who gain great support from everyone at her school. At her star school, she's proud to be the top of that entertainment high school.
    • Height: 160 cm
    • Weight: 48 kg
    • Blood Type: B
    • Hobby: Going to her magnificent school
  • So YuMi
    • Born: 1992
    • At her traditional star school, YanYan entertainment high school, she's the dancing queen.
    • Height: 162 cm
    • Weight: 55 kg
    • Blood Type: O
    • Hobby: Singing traditional ballad
  • Oh MiNa
    • Born: 1989
    • In spite of her weak body, she has a powerful singing voice! "Wait for me! I'm going to rule the singing world of Japan"
    • Height: 163 cm
    • Weight: 46 kg
    • Blood Type: A
    • Hobby: Going to karaoke alone
  • Kim ChoHye
    • Born: 1989
    • Impressively strong girl! Dance is dance! Sing is sing! An all-around girl who holds both beauty and the power to do anything!
    • Height: 158 cm
    • Weight: 46 kg
    • Blood Type: O
    • Hobby: Dancing on a skateboard
  • Hong JiYun
    • Born: 1992
    • Acting with Seichou Drama (a kind of Korean drama campus)! Working as a magazine model, a candidate who's an approved beautiful idol!
    • Height: 170 cm
    • Weight: 50 kg
    • Blood Type: O
    • Hobby: Shopping, taking photo of herself

Audition ShowEdit


Show promotional

The special Mnet show documenting the audition ran from May 22, 2009 to July 10, 2009 with a total of 8 episodes. The show's description indicated that the audition was seeking "the second Morning Musume" or "the second BoA".

Episode 1Edit

Broadcasted on May 22, 2009. The three judges are gathered, E-Tribe, Jung Sungwook, Soulflower. The finalists perform in front of them and the judges gave their feedback. They were severely disappointed and said that none of the girls had what it takes to be a singer in Japan. Then the girls get split in two teams (A and B). Then the scene shifts, and it shows that both teams have to state their bads about each other. The girls aren't serious enough and the two MCs (Chansung and Junho) get mad at them.

Episode 2Edit

Broadcasted on May 29, 2009. Team A and B get into a recording studio and get feedback from Soulflower. According to the judges, Team A is less skilled than Team B. Both teams stay in the recording studio. ℃-ute's Umeda Erika and Yajima Maimi pop in to observe and watch Team B. Then there's a performance day. Each team can only perform once. Tsunku says through a VTR that the keyword when performing is "smiling face" in Japan. The girls perform ℃-ute's Sakura Chirari and the judges gave their feedback. They said that although Team B's level has gone up (regarding singing and dancing), it was Team A that surprised them (was really energetic, worked well as a team). Then the teams are switched up: New Team A: So YuMi (leader), Oh MiNa, Jang Mikyung, Kim ChoHye. New Team B: Yang YunSoo (leader), Lee SuJin, Seo YeRin, Jang DaHyun, the two new leaders were chosen because they stood out the most to the judges.



Jang Dayeon and Tsunku

「対東京少女」合格者発表 チャン・ダヨン(韓国人メンバー)

「対東京少女」合格者発表 チャン・ダヨン(韓国人メンバー)

Winner announcement

On June 21, 2009 the finalists, Berryz Koubou, Tsunku and 2PM members Chansung and Junho gathered in the auditorium of Seoul's Yonsei University, where Berryz Koubou MINI LIVE in Korea took place, the finalists delivered a performance of "3, 2, 1 BREAKIN' OUT!" and Jang Da Yeon (14) was announced as the winner of the audition. According to Tsunku, Jang was chosen because she had the most star quality among the finalists.

Jang Da Yeon was formally introduced at the Hello! Project 2009 SUMMER Kakumei Gannen ~Hello! Chanpuru~ concert on August 8, 2009. She had no further activities until January 2011 when she performed with the Hello Pro Kenshuusei as a backdancer at the Hello! Project 2011 WINTER ~Kangei Shinsen Matsuri~.

She became inactive following the S/mileage Shin Member Boshuu! audition in the summer of 2011.


  • Three years prior to the audition, in 2006, Hello! Project briefly "hosted" an "exchange student" from South Korea, actress Shim Min (심민).
  • Participant So Yu-mi (소유미) would later debut as a member of Kpop groups VNT in 2010, and Kiss&Cry in 2013. She debuted as a solo trot singer in 2015.
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