Hello! Project Shin Member Audition (ハロー!プロジェクト新メンバーオーディション) was the audition for new members to join Hello! Project as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations in 2018. It was announced on July 15, 2017 at Hello! Project 2017 SUMMER ~HELLO! MEETING~.[1]

Audition Details[edit | edit source]

  • Application Requirements:
    1. Female, minimum of 9 years of age and maximum of 17 years of age by July 15, 2017.
    2. Must be able to attend lessons in Tokyo.
    3. Must not currently be under contract with any agencies.
    4. Must have consent from legal guardian if under the age of 15.
  • Application Deadline: August 14, 2017
  • Total Applicants: Unknown
  • Dance Instructor: Mitsubachi Maki
  • Singing Instructor: Marron
  • Broadcast:
    • Shoujotachi no Ketsudan ~Micchaku!! Hello! Project 20 Shuunen Audition~ on AbemaTV
    • Extras on AbemaVideo

Broadcast[edit | edit source]

On November 13, 2017, a AbemaTV program following the audition, titled Shoujotachi no Ketsudan ~Micchaku!! Hello! Project 20 Shuunen Audition~ (少女たちの決断〜密着!!ハロー!プロジェクト20周年オーディション〜; Girls' Decisions ~Close Coverage!! Hello! Project 20th Anniversary Audition~), began.[2] To make the audition memorable, the program showed full close coverage of the audition for the first time since 2011. In addition, various past and current Hello! Project members watched and commented on the audition process from a studio. Unreleased footage and stories from the audition were also uploaded onto AbemaVideo.[3][4] The show ended on December 18, 2017 with a total of 10 episodes.[5]

After the results were announced in episode six,[6] the last four episodes focused on the finalists who did not pass, but then decided to join Hello Pro Kenshuusei, and them practicing for the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2017 12gatsu ~Conti→New!~.

Audition Process[edit | edit source]

First Round[edit | edit source]

The application deadline was on August 14, 2017 at noon.

Screening of the primary documents was completed on August 25, 2017, and it was announced that successful applicants would be sent information on the second round screening through the mail.[7]

Second Round[edit | edit source]

Hashimoto Shin

89 girls from all over the country were selected to take part in the second round screenings held in both Tokyo and Osaka in September 2017.[7][8]

Recording director Hashimoto Shin was a member of the judging panel in Tokyo. He and three other judges reviewed each girl's profile and interviewed them.[8]

In this round the girls had to:[8]

Identified participants in this round are:

Final Round[edit | edit source]

The finalists

The final round took place in October 2017. The finalists had to learn to perform "Jealousy Jealousy" as a group for their final evaluation all in one day. Mitsubachi Maki was in charge of dance lessons,[9] and marron was in charge of singing lessons and divided parts of the song to the girls.[10]

8 girls were chosen to participate. They include:[8]

UP-FRONT PROMOTION's representative director Nishiguchi Takeshi, Hashimoto Shin, Mitsubachi Maki, marron, and one other unidentified male employee were members of the final judging panel.

Results[edit | edit source]

Nishiguchi Takeshi

The audition results were announced on December 4, 2017 in episode six of Shoujotachi no Ketsudan ~Micchaku!! Hello! Project 20 Shuunen Audition~.[6][11]

Nishiguchi Takeshi revealed there were no winners. He invited all of the girls to join Hello Pro Kenshuusei to gain more experience, but told them to discuss their decision with their parents first.[12]

All of the finalists except for Kodama Mai accepted their invitations, and they were introduced and did a dance performance of "Jealousy Jealousy" together in the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2017 12gatsu ~Conti→New!~ on December 10, 2017 at Zepp Tokyo.[12][13]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The audition website stated that applicants would have a chance to join any of the main groups, the new group, or Engeki Joshibu.
  • The following former and current Hello! Project members were narrators for Shoujotachi no Ketsudan ~Micchaku!! Hello! Project 20 Shuunen Audition~: Michishige Sayumi from episodes one to three,[7] Mano Erina from episodes four to seven,[14] Nonaka Miki for episodes eight and nine,[15] and Nakajima Saki for the final tenth episode.[5]
  • Michishige Sayumi wanted to cheer on the audition candidates after seeing them do their best. She also wondered to herself which group the candidates would join or which group certain girls would fit in with.[7]
  • Okai Chisato hoped for Matsubara Yuriya to pass the audition, while Tanaka Reina hoped for Kanemitsu Ruru to pass.
  • Takahashi Ai liked Kodama Mai.
  • Kodama Mai rejected the invitation to join Hello Pro Kenshuusei twice. The other time being after not passing the Morning Musume '16 Shinseiki Audition. Her reason was the desire was to join Morning Musume as well as entering High School soon.
  • Hirai Miyo entered the Hello! Project "ONLY YOU" Audition in 2018 and won to become a member of BEYOOOOONDS in December 2018.[16]
  • Hiromoto Ruri joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei in August 2019.[17]
  • Goto, Hashimoto, Shutto and Kanemitsu later on left Hello Pro Kenshuusei in February 2018, April 2018, July 2019 and December 2019 respectively.
  • Finally on 2nd November 2020 Tamenaga debuted as a 9th generation ANGERME member. Until then fans called, the Kenshuusei generation created by this audition, 'the cursed generation' due to the members withdrawing one after another.
  • On 7th March 2021, Kubota will debut in a new group in late 2021.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "ハロプロ新体制スタート 森戸知沙希「新たな一面を」" (in Japanese). ORICON NEWS. 2017-07-15.
  2. https://twitter.com/AbemaTV/status/925242107597438976
  3. "ハロプロ20周年記念!AbemaTVオーディション完全密着レギュラー番組スタート!!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2017-10-31.
  4. "「ハロー!プロジェクト20周年オーディション」完全密着番組をAbemaTVで放送へ!現役メンバーや矢口真里・保田圭・吉澤ひとみら豪華OG陣も登場" (in Japanese). AbemaTIMES. 2017-10-31.
  5. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "ハロプロ初の全体オーディション、密着番組ナレーションに道重さゆみ" (in Japanese). BARKS. 2017-11-09.
  6. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Shoujotachi no Ketsudan ~Micchaku!! Hello! Project 20 Shuunen Audition~ Episode #1. AbemaTV. 2017-11-13.
  7. Shoujotachi no Ketsudan ~Micchaku!! Hello! Project 20 Shuunen Audition~ Episode #2. AbemaTV. 2017-11-20.
  8. Shoujotachi no Ketsudan ~Micchaku!! Hello! Project 20 Shuunen Audition~ Episode #3. AbemaTV. 2017-11-20.
  9. https://twitter.com/AbemaTV/status/936796437110702080
  10. 12.0 12.1 Shoujotachi no Ketsudan ~Micchaku!! Hello! Project 20 Shuunen Audition~ Episode #6. AbemaTV. 2017-12-04.
  11. "ハロプロ研修生に新メンバーが加入!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2017-12-11.
  12. "真野恵里菜、自身の“ハロプロ”時代についてコメント。「本当に『青春』だったなって思います」" (in Japanese). M-ON! Press. 2017-11-24.
  13. "研修生or辞退?!密着ハロプロ20周年オーディション〜少女たちの決断#8" (in Japanese). AbemaTV. 2017-12-04.
  14. "BEYOOOOONDS 加入メンバー決定!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-12-03.
  15. "ハロプロ研修生に新メンバー加入のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2019-08-02.

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