Not a single applicant for Morning Musume auditions made the cut -- as every last one lacked the ability to perform on the same level as existing performers.
The results for Morning Musume's new member audition, "Morning Musume 12 Generation Member 'Mirai Shoujo' Audition", has been revealed. Unfortunately, there was no applicable person chosen become Morning Musume's 12th generation member.
According to a report in Tokyo Hive, Morning Musume producer Tsunku explained his decision. "I was looking for a super star candidate suitable for the name 'Mirai Shoujo' (girl of the future), but I couldn't deny the fact that there was somewhat a lack of ability to perform with the current quality of Morning Musume," he said.
"However, it is true that there were a few candidates with the ability to pass if this were the 9th generation auditions," he added.
He also revealed, "There were no applicable persons at this time, but I was able to meet people with raw talent! I am very excited, so if they wish, I will have them join 'Hello Pro Kenkyuusei' to gain experience. I will have them gain the ability in preparation for the next appropriate timing."
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Regarding future plans, Tsunku♂ commented, "When the timing is right, I will hold the 12th generation audition again. I will also announce here that I am thinking about a new unit as an idea of Hello Pro." The new audition will be announced once it's been decided.
Morning Musume will release their new single "Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke / Ai no Gundan" on August 28th. They will also start their nationwide tour 'Morning Musume Concert Tour 2013 Fall ~CHANCE!~' on September 21st.