10th Gen! September 29, 2011Posted by Nights4Saturn in Hello! Project, Jpop, Morning Musume.
Tags: Iikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi, Kudou Haruka, Satou Masaki
Morning Musume’s tenth generation were just announced today. The four new members include, from left to right, Kudou Haruka(11), Satou Masaki(12), Ishida Ayumi(14) and Iikubo Haruna(16).
Save for Ashida, I must say I’m quite surprised with the picks!
Starting with Kudou, wow is she young! Last audition I was complaining about how young all of the new members were, but even they were older than Kudou. In fact, at eleven years old I think Kuduo might be the youngest Morning Musume member ever. To be perfectly fair though, she really was one of the most talented members during the audition. I have a feeling she’ll be a very impressive member someday.
During the first HelloPro! TIME where the 10th gen auditions were being covered Satou was an early favorite of mine, that is, until she tried singing or dancing. While she might be darn cute, she really was near the very bottom technically. If she can manage to improve in those two exceptionally important areas she should be able to do well for her self.
Ishida was really the only one out of the group that I expected to make the cut. Like Sayashi in the last audition, Ishida was head and shoulders above everyone else technically. ALso like Sayashi, Ishida seems to be an especially proficient dancer. Other than that though, I don’t feel particularly strongly about her.
On a bit of a side note, I’m rather fascinated by Morning Musume’s recent tendency to go for such highly skilled new members, like Sayashi and Ishida, while still also picking complete amateurs like Ikuta and Satou. It seems like they’re building up a lopsided pool of talent. In such a group atmosphere wouldn’t the more talented members be held back by the others? Sure, in concerts and the like you can let individual members have their moment to shine, but that really doesn’t do much to show the population at large how talented some of these girls really are.
Getting back on track, Iikubo was probably my biggest surprise. While she is rather pretty, I was sure her age would have prevented her from joining. While members have joined in the past who were quite a bit older than her, she is still quite a bit older than everyone else who got to the final rounds of the 9th and 10th gen auditions. Add that to the fact that she wasn’t particularly talented at singing or dancing compared to the others, and you can see where my surprise comes from. Still, I’m certainly not upset by this as it’s rather nice to have someone new to the group who has actually finished middle school.
Going forward with a twelve member group after tomorrow, of which eight are pretty darn fresh, Risa and Sayu are going to have their work cut out for them!