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Sharam Q Josei Rock Vocalist Audition
Sharam Q Josei Rock Vocalist Audition
ASAYAN promoting Sharam Q Josei Rock Vocalist Audition
General Information
Total Applicants 9,000+ Auditionees
Winners Heike Michiyo
Morning Musume Auditions Chronology
Next Morning Musume Tsuika Audition (1998)

Sharam Q Josei Rock Vocalist Audition (シャ乱Q女性ロックボーカリストオーディション; Sharam Q Female Rock Vocalist Audition) was an audition airing on the TV show ASAYAN from April to August 1997, featuring the band Sharam Q looking for a female vocalist for their band.

Audition ProcessEdit

STAGE 1 Edit

The first round is a screening process. If you go through, you sing a song acapella. If you advance from here, you get to sing in the ASAYAN studio in front of a live audience (mostly high school girls). The taping from the studio is shown to Sharam Q (called a VTR check) who decides who goes through to the next stage.

Fukuoka Audition (April 13, 1997) Edit

800 people turned up, where 54 people moved on to sing acapella.[1] Out of the 54 people, 11 people got to sing in the ASAYAN studio in front of a live audience. Names in bold are the ones who moved on to the next stage.

Name and Age Number Occupation Acapella Song Studio Song
Morokuma Miyuki (諸隈美幸), 20 136 OL (Office Lady) FACE by globe
Aoki Akiko (青木明子), 20 139 OL (Office Lady) CAN YOU CELEBRATE? by Amuro Namie CAN YOU CELEBRATE? by Amuro Namie
Tsukamoto Yuuko (塚本柘子), 18 583 High school student Troublemaker by Aikawa Nanase
Matsumoto Yumie (松本弓枝), 19 1114 Technical School Student Amai Unmei by UA
Yamaguchi Sachiko (山口幸子), 19 1511 Technical School Student Troublemaker by Aikawa Nanase
Kaju Miyuki (梶美優貴), 23 1650 Unemployed (Furiitaa) Chance wa Agenai by VANITY
Kouguchi Azusa (高口梓), 18 1677 Unemployed (Furiitaa) song
Nakatomi Kazumi (中富和美), 15 525 High school student song
Moriyama Hazuki (森山葉月), 13 1050 Junior high school student song
Maruyama Kaori (丸山かおり), 1 142 Unemployed (Furiitaa) song
Ishikawa Mie (石川美絵), 22 1632 OL (Office Lady) song

Aoki Akiko, Morokuma Miyuki, Matsumoto Yumie, and Koguchi Azusa got to sing on stage a second time, with Aoki singing "Monku ga Aru Nara Kinasai!" by Rie ScrAmble, Morokuma "Anytime smokin' cigarette" by globe, Matsumoto "Alone" by Okamoto Mayo, and Koguchi "Monku ga Aru Nara Kinasai!" by Rie ScrAmble. Yamaguchi Sachiko and Nakatomi Kazumi recieved a photoshoot with styling. Sharam Q then chose Aoki Akiko, Matsumoto Yumie, Kouguchi Azusa, and Nakatomi Kazumi to go through.

Tokyo Audition (May 3, 1997) Edit

5000 people turned up, where 246 people moved on to sing acapella.[2] Out of the 246 people, 19 people got to sing in the ASAYAN studio in front of a live audience. Names in bold are the ones who moved on to the next stage.

Name and Age Number Occupation Acapella Song Studio Song
Ono Youko (小野陽子), 18 769 Technical School Student Yumemiru Shoujo ja Irarenai by Aikawa Nanase
Kawamura Risa (河村理沙), 16 669 High school student a walk in the park by Amuro Namie
Saitou Mayuko (斎藤麻悠子), 17 1731 High school student Chase the Chance by Amuro Namie
Sato Naomi (佐藤奈穂美), 17 768 High school student Dokidoki by JUDY AND MARY
Kabutomori Masayo (兜森雅代), 19 2268 Unemployed (Furiitaa) Troublemaker by Aikawa Nanase
Fukuda Asuka, 12 1298 Junior high school student BREAK OUT! by Aikawa Nanase BODY FEELS EXIT by Amuro Namie
Hashimoto Kyoko (橋本京子), 17 3383 High school student Monku ga Aru Nara Kinasai! by Rie ScrAmble
Yokouchi Motoko (横内素子), 19 3428 University student Sayonara by Kubo Ruriko
Osada Asami (長田麻美), 13 1017 Junior high school student a walk in the park by Amuro Namie
Ookubo Hiromi (大久保裕美), 17 1240 High school student Anytime smokin' cigarette by globe
Nakayama Kazumi (中山和美), 19 144 Unemployed (Furiitaa) Yumemiru Shoujo ja Irarenai by Aikawa Nanase
Kohama Etsuko (小濱悦子), 18 542 Unemployed (Furiitaa) SWEET 19 BLUES by Amuro Namie FACE by globe
Oosuga Ai (大菅愛), 19 1074 Camera Man Assistant Sweet Emotion by Aikawa Nanase
Kitajima Yuuko (北島裕子), 14 1444 Junior high school student STEADY by SPEED
Funakoshi Mizusaki (舟越水咲), 17 140 High school student Kono Hoshi ga Hateru Made by Kanae
Yoshinaka Makiko (吉仲摩希子), 18 1158 Unemployed (Furiitaa) FACE by globe
Matsui Natsuko (松井奈津子), 20 587 Unemployed (Furiitaa) Sobakasu by JUDY AND MARY
Iwahashi Aika (岩橋愛香), 15 1169 High school student BREAK OUT! by Aikawa Nanase
Eigawa Ruka (永川るか), 22 1837 Unemployed (Furiitaa) Anytime smoking cigarette by globe

On the June 22, 1997 episode of ASAYAN they announced that Aoki Akiko, Matsumoto Yumie, and Koguchi Azusa from the Fukuoka auditions had been kept before airing a VTR check of the Tokyo Audition.

Kawamura Risa. Kabutomori Masayo, Fukuda Asuka, Iwahashi Aika, and Eigawa Ruka got to sing on stage a second time, with Kawamura singing "M" by PRINCESS PRINCESS, Kabutomori "HELLO AGAIN ~Mukashi Kara Aru Basho~", Fukuda "Geshijyou" by Kudo Shizuka, Iwahashi "Olivia wo Kikinagara" by ANRI, and Eigawa "CALL ME" by Blondie. Sharam Q then chose Kawamura Ria, Kabutomori Masayo, and Fukuda Asuka to go through.

The June 29, 1997 episode of ASAYAN is dedicated to show the styling transformation of Nakatomi Kazumi and her singing Amuro Namie's "Sweet 19 Blues" on stage in the ASAYAN studio.

Osaka Audition (May 24, 1997) Edit

3000 people turned up, where 146 people moved on to sing acapella.[3] Out of the 246 people, 14 people got to sing in the ASAYAN studio in front of a live audience. Names in bold are the ones who moved on to the next stage.

Name and Age Number Occupation Acapella Song Studio Song
Ooshiro ?? (大城厚咲), 21 2018 Unemployed (Furiitaa) Crazy For You by Madonna
Wada Jurai (和田樹来), 18 387 Unemployed (Furiitaa) Otoko by Kubou Ruriko
Miyahara Yuka (宮原由佳), 24 792 or 742 Unemployed (Furiitaa) CAN YOU CELEBRATE by Amuro Namie Chase the Chance by Amuro Namie
Kawaai Mizu (河合美鈴), 20 3227 or 3224 Unemployed (Furiitaa) Over Drive by JUDY AND MARY
Kida Shouko (喜田尚子), 17 1079 High school student BLUE TEARS by JUDY AND MARY
Mitsutomi Ritsuko (光富梨津子), 17 1385 High school student Don't Wanna Cry by Amuro Namie Don't Wanna Cry by Amuro Namie
Einaga Mamiko (永長まみこ), 23 141 Housewife and mother Monku ga Aru Nara Kinasai! by Rie ScrAmble
Fukumoto Rei (福本麗), 21 184 Unemployed (Furiitaa) Genki Dashite by Ohguro Maki
Nakazawa Yuuko (中澤裕子), 23 1661 Office Lady (OL) La La La by Ohguro Maki La La La by Ohguro Maki
Murono Mayumi (室野真由美), 18 1432 Office Lady (OL) Tenshi no Kyuusoku by Hisamatsu Fumina
Morita Maya (森田真矢), 15 1010 High school student Monku ga Aru Nara Kinasai! by Rie ScrAmble
Heike Michiyo (平家充代), 18 3098 High school student Anytime smokin' cigarette by globe
Tatsumi Matsuko (巽真和子), 17 2360 High school student BREAK OUT! by Aikawa Nanase
Kanamoto Yukiko (金本幸子), 20 1627 Model Hate tell a lie by Kahala Tomomi

Kida Shouko, Nakazawa Yuuko, and Heike Michiyo got to sing on stage a second time, with Kida singing "PRIDE" by Imai Miki, Nakazawa "Mechakucha ni Naite Shimaitai" by Kudo Shizuka, and Heike "Monku ga Aru Nara Kinasai!" by Rie ScrAmble. Sharam Q then chose Nakazawa Yuuko and Heike Michiyo to go through.

Sapporo Audition (June 21, 1997) Edit

1000 people turned up, where 83 people moved on to sing acapella.[4] Out of the 83 people, 8 people got to sing in the ASAYAN studio in front of a live audience. Names in bold are the ones who moved on to the next stage.

Name and Age Number Occupation Acapella Song Studio Song
Oyama Yuriko (尾山由里子), 16 630 High school student La Isla Bonita by Madonna
Iida Kaori (飯田圭織), 15 627 High school student STEADY by SPEED Sweet Emotion by Aikawa Nanase
Ishiguro Aya (石黒彩), 19 36 Junior college student Monku ga Aru Nara Kinasai by Rie ScrAmble Blue Velvet by Kudou Shizuka
Sasaki Seiko (佐々木誠子), 20 274 Office Lady (OL) Genki Dashite by Ohguro Maki
Furusawa Hisayo (古澤久代), 20 541 Unemployed (Furiitaa) BREAK OUT! by Aikawa Nanase
Kudou Miki (工藤美樹), 18 537 High school student Troublemaker by Aikawa Nanase
Aoyama Emi (青山絵美), 16 641 High school student How to be a girl by Amuro Namie Unbalance by Ohguro Maki
Abe Natsumi (安倍なつみ), 15 1111 High school student FACE by globe

When Sharam Q was doing their VTR check, Tsunku decided that Abe Natsumi went directly through to the big finale. On the August 3, 1997 episode of ASAYAN they announced that Furusawa Hisayo was taking Abe Natsumi's place singing on stage, as Abe had already went directly through.

Iida Kaori, Ishiguro Aya, and Furusawa Hisayo got to sing on stage a second time, with Iida singing "Ashita, Haru ga Kitara" by Matsu Takako, Ishiguro "Hidamari no Uta" by Le Couple, and Furusawa "LOVE LOVE LOVE" by DREAMS COME TRUE. Sharam Q then chose Iida Kaori and Ishiguro Aya to go through.

STAGE 2 Edit

11 people advanced from the Fukuoka, Tokyo, Sapporo, and Osaka auditions. They were split into groups according to the cities they auditioned in, and we get to see them at home with families, playing instruments, or going out with friends.

  • Aoki Akiko, Matsumoto Yumie, Kouguchi Azusa came from the Fukuoka Audition
  • Kawamura Risa, Kabutomori Masayo, and Fukuda Asuka came from the Tokyo Audition

On July 29, 1997, they were sent to training camp by bus, and upon arriving are handed out demo tapes. They listen to an instrumental version of GET with a female voice humming instead of singing the lyrics, and we get to know it will be released as the debut song. They also attend dance- and voice lessons. They were also given a schedule with wake-up times, bed-times, and chores like cleaning the main hall scrubbing the floors and doing dishes..

On July 31, 1997, they performed on stage in front of an audience, dancing as a group doing the coreography they had been practicing. They were dancing to "Reach" by Deborah Cooper & Robi Rob's Clubworld.

FINAL STAGE Edit

On August 3, 1997, they appeared on stage in front of an audience, while Sharam Q was watching them on VTR back stage.They were singing the song they had practiced, now with lyrics, and after singing were interviewed one-on-one by Sharam Q. Heike Michiyo forgets part of the lyrics when it is her turn, and Ishiguro Aya's voice breaks and you can see she is disappointed in herself as she starts crying before her interview. After the stage performance, they get to watch Sharam Q on VTR as they are debating who is going to win. Hatake announces Heike Michiyo as the winner.

Sharam Q Josei Rock Vocalist Audition (Tokyo Losers)

Kawamura Risa, Kabutomori Masayo

Sharam Q Josei Rock Vocalist Audition (Sapporo Losers)

Aoki Akiko, Matsumoto Yumie, Kouguchi Azusa

Statements from the girls after losingEdit

  • Fukuda: "I've always loved singing since I was little, and I will never get bored even if I sing for hours. (...) I think I can do my favorite music even if I can't sell it
  • Nakazawa: "For now, I want to get out of my life .... I will go on a life adventure from now on" 
  • Abe: "Because there is only ASAYAN, I will audition again. So I can participate again in ASAYAN ..."
  • Iida: "I feel that it is finally over. ...... (to Heike), I am happy (for you)
  • Ishiguro: "Her singing was also good, dance was also good, and Heike-san was better and was recognized (for it)[5]

AftermathEdit

On the ASAYAN episode aired September 7, 1997, Sharam Q are going through the 10 finalists who lost the audition, inviting five of them back to the studio. It shows them returning to the studio on AUgust 20, 1997, walking into a room with Sharam Q and a producer asking them if they want to debut as a group on the condition of selling 50.000 copies of a single within five days. They did it in four days andreleased their debut single as Morning Musume in January 1998.

TriviaEdit

  • When the members of Sharam Q watch the VTR from the live performances in studio, they ridicule the girls for anything they can think of as well as commenting on the size of their breasts.
  • Abe Natsumi's audition number was #1111
  • Ishiguro Aya had pariticpated in the ASAYAN audition Komu-ro Garçons (ASAYAN Idol Group Audition 96) in June the previous year. She got as far as singing on stage. Staff recognized her and was surprised as she had lost 7 kg. No winner was chosen and the project ended. Several participants in this audition was approached afterwards and offered to make their debut as singers. One of them was Kobayashi Yumi; she auditioned for Geinoujin Shin Unit Audition (which spawned Taiyou to Ciscomoon) in 1998 and made it to the final 8.
  • Abe Natsumi's father drove her from Muroran to the audition in Sapporo, which is a three hour drive. Abe sang globe's "FACE", a song she also sang in the Tokyo Studio review. She wanted to sing UA's "When the clouds tears", because she wanted to show individuality instead of singing just another popular song but she couldn't find (or had the time to find) an instrumental so she declined singing it.
  • Kawamura Risa went on to be an Okashi Gravure Idol.
  • Tsunku wanted to start Morning Musume with 10 people, but with 5 people costing 5 million yen a month, it was impossible to do so without knowing whether they'd succeed or not.[6]
  • Iida participated with her friends. she had slept over, but was scolded and didn't get much sleep.
  • Kaju Miyuki from the Fukuoka audition had participated in the ASAYAN audition Ranpatsu Audition in 1996, going to the final stage. She got as far as the top three and even recorded the demo tape before being ditched by producer Matsuura Max (the winner made her debut using the stage name SHU:DO).
  • Morokuma Miyuki from the Fukuoka audition later participated in the ASAYAN audition "Vocalist Audition Final" in 1998. She landed second place, only beaten by Suzuki Ami.
  • Heike Michiyo from the Oasaka auditions is a descendant of the Taira clan.[7]
  • Heike Michiyo never became a part of the band, but was given a solo career instead. Her debut single was the original song sung at the final audition. Five of the losers, Iida Kaori, Ishiguro Aya, Abe Natsumi,Nakazawa Yuko and Fukuda Asuka, were given a chance to debut as a group if their debut single sold over 50.000 copies. They managed to do so in four days and made their debut as Morning Musume.
  • Heike Michiyo, Iida Kaori, Ishiguro Aya, Abe Natsumi,Nakazawa Yuko and Fukuda Asuka performed "GET" together with a live band for their concert Hello! FIRST LIVE AT SHIBUYA KOHKAIDO held a short year after the auditions.
  • Aikawa Nanase was the artist whose songs were perfomred the most times at 11 time, followed by Amuro Namie with 8 times, and globe with 7 times.
  • The songs performed the most times were "FACE" by globe and "TROUBLEMAKER" by Aikawa Nanase with 4 times, followed by "break out" by Aikawa Nanase, "anytime smokin' cigarette" by globe, and "Monku ga Aru Nara Kinasai" by Rie ScrAmble with 3 times.

References Edit

  1. ASAYAN (episode aired may 11, 1997)
  2. ASAYAN episode aired June 8, 1997
  3. ASAYAN episode aired July 6, 1997
  4. ASAYAN episode aired July 27, 1997
  5. http://submarinedog.livedoor.biz/archives/51799541.html
  6. https://matome.naver.jp/odai/2146554011971359801
  7. Aired on ASAYAN on July 13, 1997

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