Morning Musume '16 Shinseiki Audition
Morning Musume '16 promoting the second audition
General Information
Total Applicants N/A
Winners Kaga Kaede
Yokoyama Reina
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First Audition

Morning Musume '16 Shinseiki Audition (モーニング娘。'16新世紀オーディション; Morning Musume '16 New Century Audition) is the audition to choose 13th generation member(s) for Morning Musume. It was announced on January 2, 2016 at Hello! Project 2016 WINTER ~DANCING! SINGING! EXCITING!~.[1]

The original audition ended with no winners on May 31, 2016 with plans to re-hold the audition in the future. On June 15, 2016, a second audition began under the title Morning Musume '16 Shinseiki Audition Saiboshuu (モーニング娘。'16新世紀オーディション 再募集; Morning Musume '16 New Century Audition Re-recruitment).

Audition DetailsEdit

  • Application Requirements:
    1. Female, minimum of 10 years of age and maximum of 17 years of age by January 1, 2016 (June 1, 2016 for re-recruitment).
    2. Must not currently be under contract with any agencies.
    3. Must have consent from legal guardian if under the age of 15.
  • Application Deadline:
    • February 14, 2016 (original)
    • August 7, 2016 (re-recruitment)

Audition ProcessEdit

First AuditionEdit

The application deadline was February 14, 2016. On March 3, it was announced that passing candidates would receive their results through the mail.

On May 31, 2016 it was announced through the audition website that after repeatedly strict examination by the staff, they came to the result that there were no suitable candidates at the time, and therefore no one had passed.

Second AuditionEdit

The application deadline was August 7, 2016. Application screening was completed on August 18, and successful candidates will be contacted through the mail.

On November 23 at the Morning Musume '16 Concert Tour Aki ~MY VISION~ concert in Osaka, the group announced that the 13th generation would be selected from Hello Pro Kenshuusei and announced at the Nippon Budokan tour finale on December 12.[2][3] The audition administrator later released an official statement on the Hello! Project website explaining that the winner(s) would be chosen from Hello Pro Kenshuusei because, once again, no suitable candidates were found from the general audition.[4]



Audition Winners: Kaga Kaede, Yokoyama Reina

On December 12, the following Hello Pro Kenshuusei members were announced as the winners:[5][6][7]

Comments by MembersEdit

  • Interview from the B.L.T. October 2016 issue ("For the 13th generation, what kind of girl do you want to join?"):
    • Ikuta Erina: Since the audition is open to international applicants, I think it’d be interesting for an international girl to join. I’m happy there are international girls that think “I want to be in Morning Musume!”. We also want to go and meet more of our international fans. Four years ago when we had our worldwide handshake; at the time I was still in middle school so I regrettably couldn’t participate, so I want to have another worldwide handshake with the current members.[8]



Audition Announcement at Hello! Project 2016 WINTER ~DANCING! SINGING! EXCITING!~

  • This is the third Morning Musume audition to not have any winners. Unlike the previous two, the 13th generation audition was re-held under the same name.
  • People who participated in the original audition but failed include Kawamura Ayano, Yokoyama Reina and Yamazaki Yuhane
    • The second winner, Yokoyama Reina, failed in the third round of the original audition before joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei.[9]
    • Kawamura was added to ANGERME in June 2017 as part of its 6th generation, and is currently one of the groups sub-leaders as of June 2019.
    • Yamazaki debuted in Ame no mori Kawa umi in June 2018.
  • People who participated in the second audition but failed include Shimakura Rika, Nakayama Natsume, and Matsunaga Riai before joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
  • This is the first Morning Musume audition to not publicly broadcast any footage of the general audition.
  • The audition searched for someone who loves to sing and dance, who believes in their future, who wants to test out their potential, who wants to find their new self, and who loves Morning Musume more than anyone.
  • There are plans for Morning Musume to carry out further activities around the world in the future. The audition was not limited to Japan, and girls with an international perspective were welcome to apply, including girls of different nationalities.
  • The Hello Pro Kenshuusei and Hello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido members had a separate audition which ran parallel to the public audition.



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