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H!P 18 New Member Audition! First General H!P Audition since the Eggs! 14 replies to this topic Started by Shoujo Q , Jul 15 2017 12:24 PM · 

#1 Shoujo Q

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 12:24 PM

Announced at the first Hello! Project 2017 SUMMER ~HELLO! MEETING~ concert on July 15, 2017. (Translated info taken from Jplop.)
 
• Application period from July 15th to August 14th.
• Ages 9-17 (as of July 15, 2017).
• Applicants not affiliated with entertainment organizations / agencies.
 

 

Thank You for supporting Hello! Project

in 2018, Hello! Project celebrates its 20th anniversary.
For the 20th anniversary, we are looking for new members to join Hello! Project.
 
It could be YOU in : Morning Musume. '18 / Angerme / Juice=Juice / Kobushi / Tsubaki / A New Group / or You may be a new member of the Women's Drama theater (Engeki Joshibu) !!
 
You have to be confident in singing and dancing, You have to love singing and dancing, and love Hello! Project, please apply by all means.
 
Any single woman from 9 to 17 years old can apply.
However, please note only those who can attend lessons in Tokyo will be eligible.
 
【Entry Period】 July 15 (Sat) - August 14 (Monday) 
WEB: 12: 00 (Midday) Application deadline Mail: 14 days must arrive
 
For details of the application guidelines, please visit the audition special website.

 

Website for Audition

 

 

Last time they did a general H!P audition was back in 2000, that's when we got Matsuura Aya and Sheki-Dol. But the last H!P audition that wasn't localized (they had auditons in Korea, Kansai region and Hokkaido) was the H!P Egg audition in 2004. 



#2 Anderei

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 12:43 PM

They've just made every group massive, we have a bunch of kenshuusei and now auditions? Seems desperate.

#3 DonJuan

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 12:43 PM

I guess the youngest will join the KSS, the older ones the new groups then. Maybe they're choosing the members for Ichioka's group through this? But then again that'd take ages.

#4 Shoujo Q

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 01:30 PM

Seems like they are doing this because calling it a KSS Audition isn't going to catch any flies. This is definitely a honey trap. I hope they actually get some potential girls to join. In past auditions it's clear they like certain girls but not for the groups they are being put into and throw them into KSS till the next big audition or group appeared and put them in there. They've been doing it for years now. At least now they have one big catch-all audition instead of multiple auditions. 



#5 aine

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 02:38 PM

• Applicants not affiliated with entertainment organizations / agencies.

This may severely limit the number of older applicants considering our recent talk how everyone is an idol these days and we'll get a bunch of 10-year-olds again.

However, please note only those who can attend lessons in Tokyo will be eligible.

Do we know what is the KSS lesson schedule anyway, even roughly?

#6 Anderei

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 02:45 PM

Every decent sized company has the no affiliation rule. Last year HKT48 dropped one of their new kenkyuusei after just a week once it came out she had been with another agency when she auditioned.

 

I think I remember reading once that the kenshuusei have lessons either once or twice a month. 



#7 aine

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 03:12 PM

Every decent sized company has the no affiliation rule. Last year HKT48 dropped one of their new kenkyuusei after just a week once it came out she had been with another agency when she auditioned.

That's kinda silly. I get that H!P would not want someone, say, ex-AKB to join, but it eliminates all those at best part-time indie idols too, since technically whatever contract they have would still count as being with another agency. That leaves those who never even tried, or were unsuccessful, or already quit, while those determined and ambitious enough to become an idol and wanting to upgrade to H!P are not even allowed to compete.
 

I think I remember reading once that the kenshuusei have lessons either once or twice a month.

I honestly expected to hear a number of times a week. :eekrun:

#8 Anderei

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 03:16 PM

 

Every decent sized company has the no affiliation rule. Last year HKT48 dropped one of their new kenkyuusei after just a week once it came out she had been with another agency when she auditioned.

That's kinda silly. I get that H!P would not want someone, say, ex-AKB to join, but it eliminates all those at best part-time indie idols too, since technically whatever contract they have would still count as being with another agency. That leaves those who never even tried, or were unsuccessful, or already quit, while those determined and ambitious enough to become an idol and wanting to upgrade to H!P are not even allowed to compete.
 

I think I remember reading once that the kenshuusei have lessons either once or twice a month.

I honestly expected to hear a number of times a week. :eekrun:

 

 

 

Reina went nearly a decade without vocal lessons, it's not terribly surprising that girls who might never debut aren't getting multiple times a week training. Maybe it's more often now that they're specifically saying you must be able to come to Tokyo. In the past we've had trainees who only participated in the H!P concerts that were closer to their homes.

 

Also, I think the agency thing is to avoid possible legal issues.



#9 JPope

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 06:00 PM

Seems like they are doing this because calling it a KSS Audition isn't going to catch any flies. This is definitely a honey trap. I hope they actually get some potential girls to join. In past auditions it's clear they like certain girls but not for the groups they are being put into and throw them into KSS till the next big audition or group appeared and put them in there. They've been doing it for years now. At least now they have one big catch-all audition instead of multiple auditions. 

 

The "honey trap" angle was the first thing I thought of, too: accepting girls as young as 9 is the giveaway. They probably see multiple graduations from existing groups on the horizon and just want to be prepared to both fill those slots and ensure that KSS isn't drained too much when they do. 



#10 Anderei

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 07:05 PM

Why is accepting 9 year olds the giveaway? The age range has been 10-17 for years now.

#11 JPope

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 07:36 PM

Why is accepting 9 year olds the giveaway? The age range has been 10-17 for years now.

 

Because they're not gonna put a 9, 10 or 11 year old in any of the existing groups. They will put them in KSS, though. That's why.



#12 Zoe

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 07:57 PM

Hmmm.... Noa is 9... :lol:

#13 Shoujo Q

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 10:38 PM

Actually, Noa turns 10 this year. ;D



#14 JPope

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 01:59 AM

How old is Tsunku's daughter?



#15 Anderei

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 02:15 AM

His eldest daughter will be 9 this year, but Tsunku's family no longer lives in Japan. He just flies in to work.