It's pretty obvious to see that I am officially back to blogging. And honestly, I wanted to wait a little longer to come back. But there is just so much stuff I couldn't wait any more to blog about. There's literally about 13-14 things I want to blog about. I'm saying about because it's not set in stone that I'm going to blog about every single one. But I will be splitting up those posts over the next few days, because I am pretty sure no one wants to read a spam of 13 posts in one day.
Ok, but first things first. The one piece of news I couldn't wait to blog about, Momusu's 9th gen auditions.
I was completely surprised by how sort the audition process is. The whole clip is only about 24 minutes long. I was expecting something much longer. And in those 24 minutes they don't really focus on the girls as much as you'd think they would. I know most people enjoy watching the girls actually train, but I prefer watching them sing and dance more. I mean, we hardly got to see the girls sing at all. In past auditions you hear the girls sing like 3 songs. And watch them start to fix their pitch. But here you get to hear them sing the first chorus of C-ute's Aitai Lonely Christmas and that's it.
There's also one part where Tsunku has them cry and laugh on comand. Showing you just how fake the world of idols is.
So let's meet the girls.
Ikuta Erina (13):
There's something about Erina that is so infectious. When she was dancing she was all smiles and completely energetic. Even when they showed the short clip of her singing Little Princess Pri, she was so full of energy and sounded really cute singing this song. I could see Erina becoming another Koharu, Chinami, or Aika. Her dancing itself is also really strong. She's probably the 3rd best dancer. She would be the 2nd best, but her moves aren't 100% smooth yet. Her singing on Aitai Lonely Christmas was a little rough, but only because it sounded like the song was too high for her. She was a little rough, but nearly perfect on Little Princess Pri because that song is a good 1-2 octaves lower. All Erina needs is some intense vocal training, because she comes off as squeaky. But that was Koharu's exact same problem. And Tsunku said if she couldn't hit the high note in Furusato properly he wasn't even going to consider her. And obviously it worked out fine.
Mogi Minami (11):
I personally don't like Minami. She's the worst singer and the worst dancer. She almost sounds like Konno Asami when she auditioned. Except KonKon was bursting with smiles, energy, and enthusiasm. Minami is just a crybaby. However, Tsunku loves to pick the girls who can't sing and are unsure of themselves. Nearly every gen had at least one girl like that. Nono: couldn't sing, KonKon: couldn't sing or dance, Ai-chan: too shy, Eri: unsure of herself, Sayumi: unsure of herself and couldn't sing, Koharu: couldn't sing. Look how well a majority of those girls turned out. Some of the best members in my opinion. A lot of fans are judging her/disliking her too quickly. Hell, I'm doing that now. But I'm willing to bet Minami could blossom into something great.
Sayashi Riho (12):
For me Riho is the total package! She's the cutest one, an extremely powerful dancer, and her singing is good. Her singing's not perfect, but she has the best voice there, and it could definitely become great over time. A lot of people think she has an unfair advantage after being in the Fashionable stage play, but not really. Is it her fault for being talented and winning that audition? Fujimoto Miki and Arihara Kanna had more of an advantage when they joined C-ute and Morning Musume. Sure, neither of them auditioned and where just added. But if Tsunku had a problem with Riho being in Fashionable she would have never been allowed to audition, let alone get to the finals. Personally I want Riho added to the group. She has everything going for her, and I will be completely upset if she's not chosen. Because if Tsunku doesn't choose her you can be sure AKB48 or some other idol group will scoop her up!
Suzuki Kanon (12):
Kanon is my personal favorite. She's super adorable. She looks like a mix between Mano Erina and Michishige Sayumi. Kanon just gives off this friendly and playful aura. I'm not exactly sure what she was saying during her short acting portion, but it seems like she could provide the group with the comic relief. Which Momusu really needs now that LinLin is gone. I wanna see Kanon laugh everyday in front of the mirror like LinLin did! Her dancing was pretty much on par with Erina's, and she seemed completely happy and energetic throughout it. Her singing on the other hand is almost as bad as Minami's. But she seemed to be having the most fun singing, and was completely into it. And I'd much rather watch a charming, energetic idol who can't sing then an amazing singer who's completely flat.
Otsuka Aina (12):
I like Aina. She seems different than all the other girls. To me she gives off this subtle toughness and has tomboyish qualities. I have a feeling with her we might have another Yossie or Makoto on our hands. Aina is the 2nd best singer. When she briefly sang Everyday Zekkouchou she sounded like a mix between Okai Chisato and Nakajima Saki. Which gives a nice unique deepness to her voice. Which means she would blend great with Aika and Risa. Her Aitai Lonely Christmas was just the tiniest bit rough. All she really needs to do is polish her voice more and she'll be great. She's also the 2nd best dancer. Her moves are really fluid. I just wish she was into it more, because her lack of energy makes her overall dancing look worse than it is.
I would absolutely love to see all 5 girls get in, because every single one of them has a redeeming quality about them. Adding one or two girls would make Morning Musume seem completely empty. Plus Ai and Risa don't have much more time in the group. They have to really start building up the girls now. Why do you think lately Aika has been doing so much?
A lot of fans are over thinking things because at the video Tsunku said something to the effect of, "These girls will make a good unit. This is a good group of girls." A lot of fans are taking this to mean that these 5 girls will not be joining Morning Musume, and will start a group of their own. Which is completely ridiculous if you think about it. Morning Musume desperately needs new members. And not adding any new ones would completely destroy the group. Because what would happen to it after these 5 leave? I think Tsunku meant these 5 girls make such a good group, I can't split them up and will be taking all 5 of them.
By the way, the winners will be announced at the Hello!Project 2011 winter concert that starts on January 2nd. Hopefully we'll know the winners the first day and won't have to wait until the last day for them to be reveled.
Anyway, here's the audition video for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.