Morning Musume '19 LOVE Audition
Morning Musume '19 promoting the audition
General Information
Total Applicants 4,500+
Winners Kitagawa Rio
Okamura Homare
Yamazaki Mei
Morning Musume Auditions Chronology
Previous Morning Musume '16 Shinseiki Audition (2016)

Morning Musume '19 LOVE Audition (モーニング娘。'19 LOVEオーディション) was the audition for 15th generation member(s) to join Morning Musume. It was announced on January 2, 2019 at Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project 2019 WINTER ~YOU & I~.[1][2][3]

The audition was searching for girls who love Morning Musume and Hello! Project, love to sing and dance and are confident in singing and dancing, want to take advantage of their personal strengths and special skills, and want to find their "new self".[4]

Audition DetailsEdit

  • Application Requirements:
    1. Female, living in Japan, enrolled in the fifth year of elementary school up to the second year of high school as of January 2, 2019.
    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 15, 2019
  • Total Applicants: 4,500+[5]
  • Dance Instructor: Mitsubachi Maki[6]
  • Singing Instructor: marron[6]
  • Broadcast: Upcoming (post-audition)[6]

Audition ProcessEdit

First RoundEdit

The application deadline was on February 15, 2019 (at noon for web applications). On March 6, it was announced that application screening was completed and candidates who passed into the second round would receive their results in the mail.

Second RoundEdit

On April 10, it was announced on the audition website that the second round was finished and only continuing candidates would be contacted by mail.

Third RoundEdit

On May 17, it was announced that the third round was completed and mail was sent to candidates informing them of whether they would continue onto the next round or were rejected.

Final RoundEdit

Six girls continued into the final round, which took place over two days in late May. marron was in charge of singing lessons and Mitsubachi Maki was in charge of dance lessons. The finalists had to learn to perform "Help me!!" as a group and "Only you" as a solo.[6]



Audition Winners: Okamura Homare, Kitagawa Rio, Yamazaki Mei

During Morning Musume '19's release event for their 67th single "Jinsei Blues / Seishun Night" on June 11, 2019 at Ikebukuro Sunshine City Fountain Square, it was announced that the 15th generation would be revealed on June 22 at 5:00 PM JST in a YouTube live stream on Morning Musume's official channel,[7] as well as on UP-FRONT LINK's Facebook page.[8] Members commented that at this time they have not been told any information about the results such as how many would join or how old they are.[7]

Due to technical issues, the stream was delayed over 20 minutes past its scheduled start time.[9] During the delay, it was announced that broadcast for Facebook was cancelled and the stream could only be watched on YouTube.[10]

The Morning Musume '19 members were still uninformed who won, except for leader Fukumura Mizuki, who stated in the opening talk before the reveal that she had visited the winners' homes to notify them they had won.[11][12]

The winners of the audition were:[13][14]

The third member promoted from Hello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido was:[13][14][5]


  • Okamura Homare and Kitagawa Rio are the first non-trainees to join Morning Musume through a general audition in over four years since the Morning Musume '14 <Golden> Audition.
  • Fukumura Mizuki visited the winners homes in mid-June 2019 to inform them they would become members, except for Okamura Homare who was invited to have a meeting at a café.[15]
  • When Fukumura secretly made a visit to Yamazaki Mei in Hokkaido, she had convinced Ikuta Erina that she was going to do PR work at Hanabatake Bokujou.[12]
  • ANGERME had several individual handshake events on the same day as the reveal livesteam. One of the events was scheduled to start at 5:45 PM JST,[16] but after the livestream started late, Takeuchi Akari announced that the event would be delayed until all three members were revealed so everyone could watch it on their smartphones.[17] Fans crowded around smartphones in the handshakes lanes while Takeuchi delivered live commentary over the speakers and the ANGERME members' reactions could be heard.[18][19]



  • Okamura Homare
  • Kitagawa Rio
  • Yamazaki Mei
  • Morning Musume '19
  • Okamura Homare's reaction to joining
  • Kitagawa Rio's reaction to joining
  • Yamazaki Mei's reaction to joining
  • Schedule and outline of the final round
  • Day 1 singing lesson with marron
  • Day 1 dance lesson
  • Day 2 singing lesson
  • Day 2 dance lesson
  • Kitagawa Rio's solo examination
  • Okamura Homare's solo examination
  • First lesson as Morning Musume '19 members


  1. "モー娘。の新メンバーオーディションの開催決定! 譜久村聖「モーニング娘。が大好きな人、待ってます」" (in Japanese). The Television. 2019-01-02.
  2. "モーニング娘。'19新メンバーを募集する「LOVEオーディション」開催" (in Japanese). natalie. 2019-01-02.
  3. "ハロプロ恒例新春公演、OG参加やシャッフルメドレーで20周年の総決算" (in Japanese). natalie. 2019-01-02.
  4. "「​モーニング娘。'19 LOVEオーディション」開催!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2019-01-02.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "モー娘。15期新メンバー3人を発表 3年ぶりオーディションで2人選出、山崎は研修生から昇格" (in Japanese). Sponichi Annex. 2019-06-22.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "【アプカミ#147】モーニング娘。'19新メンバー最終オーディションと初レッスン・「青春Night」野中美希のボーカルREC・稲場愛香の「メイク講座」 MC : 生田衣梨奈 横山玲奈" (in Japanese). Upcoming (via YouTube). 2019-07-25.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "モーニング娘。22日に15期メンバー発表へ 新曲発表ライブに2000人" (in Japanese). Sponichi Annex. 2019-06-11.
  8. "モーニング娘。'19新メンバー、6/22(土)17:00~YouTube・Facebook生配信にて発表!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2019-06-21.
  11. "モーニング娘2年ぶり新メンバー 研修生からも昇格" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. 2019-06-22.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "【レポート】モーニング娘。 ’19、新メンバー15期に岡村ほまれ、北川莉央、山﨑愛生が加入!" (in Japanese). Pop'n'Roll. 2019-06-22.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "ようこそ!モーニング娘。'19 新メンバーお披露目特番!" (in Japanese). Morning Musume (via YouTube). 2019-06-22.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "モーニング娘。'19 第15期メンバー決定!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2019-06-22.
  15. "[ 【アプカミ#145】モーニング娘。'19新メンバー合格発表の瞬間・「アツイ!」ベースREC・森戸知沙希の「メイク講座」 MC : 宮本佳林 一岡伶奈]" (in Japanese). Upcoming (via YouTube). 2019-07-11.
  16. "アンジュルムシングル26th発売記念【追加開催 個別握手会】" (in Japanese). Pony Canyon Shopping Club. (Archived)

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