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Sunday, August 14, 2011

New S/mileage Members (sub) Announced

The new S/mileage members were announced at today’s Hello! Project 2011 Summer ~Nippon no Mirai wa WOW WOW Live~ (14 August).

The new members will take part in the new single to be released late September, and they will also take part in this fall’s concert tour.

The 5 new “sub” members are:

S/milege’s first member from Kansai!
中西 香奈
(Nakanishi Kana)
From Osaka
6/4/1997 14 years-old 2nd year Middle School
Special Skill: swimming, making funny faces
Imitations that your good at: a cat trying to intimidate things, a gorilla

HelloPro’s first Intelligent type in a long time!?
 小数賀 芙由香
 (Kosuga Fuyuka)
From Kanagawa
11/19/1997 13 years-old 2nd year Middle School
Special Skill: Karate movements, Tea Ceremony
Imitations that your good at: a person eating ramen, a cat

Energetic Girl (Genki Musume) from Hello Pro Egg
竹内 朱莉
(Takeuchi Akari)
From Saitama
11/23/1997 13 years-old 2nd year Middle School
Special Skill: penmanship, bowling, sprinting, all sports
Imitations that your good at: Mickey Mouse, Stitch

Smiling Girl (Egao Musume) from Hello Pro Egg
 勝田 里奈
(Katsuta Rina)
From Tokyo
4/6/1998 13 years-old 1stt year Middle School
Special skill: cartwheel, handstand forward somersault
Imitations that your good at: dogs, Maeda Yuuka-chan

The youngest!
 田村 芽実
(Tamura Meimi)
From Gunma
10/30/1998 12 years-old 1st year Middle School
Special Skill: Room arrangement
Imitations that your good at: Synchronized swimming, goldfish

Tsunku has once again surprised us all by adding 5 new members into S/mileage, bringing the grand total to 9 members, the same number of members that Morning Musume has right now!

It will be very interesting to see just how S/mileage will manage with more than double the amount of members since the current members will most likely have to get used to the idea, although it’s still hard to believe that with Takahashi Ai graduating next month S/mileage will be the largest group in Hello! Project (until the 10th generation is added).

Akari joining the group was expected, Tamura Meimi as well since she has the looks and the talent (not the singing voice though), but Katsuta, Nakanishi and Kosuga are really big surprises since they didn’t seem to stand out that much during the auditions.

All that aside, congratulations to Katsuta, Kosuga, Nakanishi, Tamura, and Akari! 


Also a very important detail has been released: they are Sub members, which means that they aren’t permanent members just yet (this has apparently been confirmed by the articles on Yahoo, but not yet on the S/mileage site).

Whether or not they remain in the group will be decided based on their performance on the new single and the fall tour, although we don’t know for sure if it’s just something to encourage them or if it’s a real strategy that they will use since that could mean that one or more of the new members might leave the group if they don’t improve.

source from sayunii

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