|Morning Musume '14 <Golden> Audition!|
|Morning Musume '14 promoting 12th Generation Member Audition|
|Total Applicants||8,000+ Auditionees|
|Winners|| Ogata Haruna|
|Morning Musume Auditions Chronology|
|Previous||"Mirai Shoujo" Audition (2013)|
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Morning Musume '14 <Golden> Audition! (モーニング娘。'14 ＜黄金＞オーディション！) was the second audition searching for 12th generation member(s) for Morning Musume. It was announced on March 15, 2014 during the Morning Musume '14 Concert Tour Haru ~Evolution~.
The winner(s) of the audition received lessons and were able to participate in fall 2014 events, and became full member(s) in 2015. Girls who failed the audition may have had the opportunity to join Hello Pro Kenshuusei, receiving free training.
- Application Requirements:
- Female, minimum of 10 years of age and maximum of 17 years of age by March 31, 2014.
- Must not currently be under contract with any agencies.
- Must have consent from legal guardian if under age.
- Application Deadline: May 11, 2014
- Total Applicants: 8,000+ Auditionees
- Training Camp Choreographer: YOSHIKO
- Training Camp Singing Teacher: Marron
- Broadcast: Hello! Project Station
The application deadline was May 11, 2014.
The second round started on May 12. Each girl's profile were viewed by Tsunku, who then arbitrarily selected the ones he wanted to go onto the third round. All the candidates were interviewed as well.
On July 7, it was announced on the audition website that the second round was finished and continuing candidates would be contacted directly.
On July 19, the candidates gathered in Tokyo for further screening. From there, they were selected, and invited to the training camp. Qualified Hello Pro Kenshuusei members only participated in this round, but on a separate date.
In this round the girls had to:
- Show a special skill.
- Give a performance to the rhythm of "Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe."
- Sing a song of their choice.
The fourth round began in mid August and concluded on August 24. The finalists were taken to a training camp from where they received dance and vocal lessons, individually recorded "Date ja nai yo Uchi no Jinsei wa" and danced to "Seishun Beat wa 16" in a group in front of Tsunku and the dance teacher.
9 girls were chosen to participate in the fourth round. They include:
- Ogata Haruna (尾形春水), 15
- Nonaka Miki (野中美希), 14
- Kamikokuryo Moe (上國料萌衣), 14
- Tanimoto Ami (谷本安美), 14
- Shimamura Uta (島村嬉唄), 14
- Asakura Kiki (浅倉樹々), 13
- Onoda Saori (小野田紗栞), 12
- Ozeki Mai (小関舞), 12
The winners of the Golden Audition were chosen and revealed on September 30 at Nippon Budokan:
The following Hello Pro Kenshuusei members auditioned and were selected to join Morning Musume as 12th generation members alongside the general audition winners:
Video Messages from Tsunku and MembersEdit
Comments by Tsunku and MembersEdit
- Comments by Tsunku:
- Profile: A girl who loves singing, and who strongly believes in her own future. And even though she is not so certain about her confidence, she still wants to try.
- The winner(s) who pass will participate in events that Morning Musume '14 have in fall and will take lessons. They will fully start working as a part of the group in 2015.
- If no one gets picked, there will be the possibility to join Hello Pro Kenshuusei and get free lessons and take part in lives that way. Then it's possible to take part in Morning Musume's next audition and/or join a new Hello! Project unit.
- The skills of the girls in Morning Musume '14 these days is really high and because of that the requirements are higher too. But we believe that there are still a lot of talent out there that will shock us.
- Comments by members at the Morning Musume '14 Concert Tour Haru ~Evolution~:
- Michishige Sayumi: The last time we had an audition I remember saying "I want outstandingly cute girls to join!". One that kind of have the same image of Ogura Yuko-san. A girl that just by glancing at her you could immediately see her dazzling beauty. But when thinking about it calmly I realize that's not quite right. In the first place Morning Musume's beginning are a gathering of girls that failed their audition once, and yet in spite of that they somehow persevere and keep trying to do their best until they were able to form this group. I myself after watching their figures at the time on ASAYAN began to actually want to buy their CD. So in short, watching those figure of the girls trying their best with all their might makes you start feeling like you want to support them. That's why I want the new girls who have that very foundation of Morning Musume's spirit, always trying their best one way or another, frantically persevering on no matter what. Of course if they happen to be good at dancing from the first place that would be even more wonderful, although I still prefers it if there's a cute girl among them too. But before all that, as expected in the end the feeling is the most important. The feeling of love towards Morning Musume '14.
- Ikuta Erina: "Well since it’s a golden audition maybe some kouhai who’d be in the center would join and as you can see when we’re lined up like this I’m always standing at the very edge. I don’t want to lose to my kouhais either so I’ll always work hard to get closer to the center position and as Morning Musume ‘14 I’ll do my best to get on more golden (timeslot) shows as well!"
- Suzuki Kanon: "I am confident that I can do anything that was said. In order for Morning Musume '14 to be more electric, I want girls who are not just cute and humble but, who is ready for fighting with me!"
- Sato Masaki: "You see, I’ve been telling myself “I’ll pass Sayashi-san!” for a while but even now I still haven’t reached that point yet. So if this “golden” girl joins now…uhm… maybe she’ll take the center position just as Ikuta-san said. That’ll be bothersome for me. But it’ll be nice if I can be friends with them, even closer than I am now with Sakura-chan."
- Kudo Haruka: "I’m 14 years old right now. I was born in 1999 so anyone younger than me would have to be born after 2000. I wonder if I’ll lose opportunities to talk as the youngest… I was asked about a lot of things in interviews/shows as the youngest so I can’t help but wonder.
But putting that aside I’m still looking forward to have girls younger than me join."
- Oda Sakura: "I'm not ready to be a senpai because formation dance is already tough but I will work hard to be a reliable senpai."
- Comments by Members at the media interview for Morning Musume's 17th anniversary event:
- The audition was not limited to Japan, girls from different nationalities were allowed to audition.
- People who participated in the auditions but failed include Kamikokuryo Moe, Tanimoto Ami, Morito Chisaki, Shimamura Uta, Asakura Kiki, Onoda Saori, Yanagawa Nanami, Ozeki Mai, Nakano Rion, Maeda Kokoro, Kanatsu Mizuki, Akiyama Mao, Kasahara Momona and Okamoto Honoka.
- Morito, Shimamura and Ozeki were later selected to join Country Girls in November 2014. Shimamura later left Country Girls in June 2015. Morito became a concurrent member of Morning Musume in June 2017.
- Onoda later joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei in October 2015 as part of the 22nd generation.
- Asakura, Tanimoto, Onoda and Akiyama were later added to Hello Pro Kenshuusei and became members of Tsubaki Factory.
- Yanagawa Nanami auditioned for Hello Pro Kenshuusei and became a trainee as part of the 24th Generation. She became a member of Country Girls in November 2015 and became a concurrent member of Juice=Juice in June 2017.
- Kamikokuryo later participated in 2015 ANGERME Shin Member Audition and won.
- Kasahara became a surprise member of ANGERME in July 2016.
- ↑ Tsunku. "「モーニング娘。'14 ＜黄金＞オーディション！」開催決定！" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2013-03-15.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "モー娘。'14新曲REC Ver.＆オーディション、℃-uteツアー、浜浦ヘアアレンジby生田 MC:矢島舞美・岡井千聖【ハロ！ステ#88】" (in Japanese). Hello! Project Station (via YouTube). 2014-10-15.
- ↑ "Berryz工房新曲MV公開！＆ツアー、モー娘。'14オーディション＆道重ソロ MC:道重さゆみ・鞘師里保【ハロ！ステ#89】" (in Japanese). Hello! Project Station (via YouTube). 2014-10-22.
- ↑ "モーニング娘。'14、新メンバーお披露目は9月30日の日本武道館公演" (in Japanese). BARKS. 2014-09-14.