So it was announced today that there will be auditions to be in two groups (more details to come in late April).
• A new audition was announced through the official website on March 30, 2018, to find group members for two new groups; one will feature Ichioka Reina as leader and the other will include Takase Kurumi and Kiyono Momohime as members.
• The aim for Ichioka's group is a "performance group" that focuses on singing, dancing, and using various types of physical expression.
• Takase and Kiyono's group will be formed with the image of a "small theater troupe" that will incorporate elements of theater and comedy in addition to song and dance.
• The groups will begin activities between Summer - Autumn 2018. Some joint activities are planned.
• Those that pass may be added to either group.
• The audition will differ from previous auditions in it's search. In addition to girls that love singing, dancing, and Hello! Project, they are also seeking girls that have a special skill or talent they feel they can brag about, they're proud to have, that they believe they won't lose with.
• Final members for the two groups may be chosen from both the audition finalists and the Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
(creds to amped & Nayoko-Kihara)