Sanmyuu's first member voting forces 2 girls to leave the group
In March, we reported that entertainment company Sun Music, known for many popular idols such as Matsuda Seiko, is going to produce their first ever idol group in their 44-year-long history. On May 6th, the final candidates held their first member voting, which narrowed the group down from 18 to 16 girls.
This idol training project is called 'Sanmyuu' and started through the popular online streaming site 'Nico Nico Douga' in November, 2011, where people were able to witness 1,000 girls training and later auditioning for the group. After the auditions, the group was narrowed down to 18 finalists with an average age of 15, who have since been going through various dancing, singing, and special survival lessons. Until mid-June, they are expected to have shrunk down to around half the number of members.
On the 6th, it was time to say farewell to the first two of the 18 girls. However, it wasn't the online viewers or the company that decided who is advancing to the final 16, it was the girls themselves. Each of the girls had to write down the names of the 16 girls they'd like to stay in the group on a sheet of paper and the two girls with the lowest number of votes were forced to leave the group.
It's obviously a pretty cruel method for the young girls to decide the fate of their fellow members by themselves and of course the voting already started with a flood of tears before the girls even had the chance to promote themselves for the last time. What's even more harsh is the fact that the girls had just achieved their first live performance together as a group of 18 one day before the voting, which must have caused quite a change of emotions for all of the girls.
In the end it was Watanabe Airi (14) with 10 votes and Kato Yuna (15) with 12 votes who came in last and were forced to leave the group.
Afterwards, Kinoshita Ayana (15) commented, "I'd like those of us who are still here to always think of those who dropped out and really appreciate the fact that they are still left in the group." The Japanese-American Goto Tsubasa Jenni (15) added, "I definitely want to debut with this group and this voting has once again strengthened this feeling."
The next voting is going to take place at the end of this months, but this time the viewers on 'Nico Nico Douga' will be able to pick who is going to stay and who are the two girls who are going to leave the group.
Source + Pictures: Sanspo
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