Morning Musume welcomes 11th generation member Oda Sakura
It was announced that Oda Sakura who is from Hello! Pro Kenshuusei, has officially joined Morning Musume as an 11th generation member.
This announcement was made during the public rehearsal for "Morning Musume Tanjou 15 Shuunen Kinen Concert Tour 2012 Aki ~Colorful Character~", held at Harmony Hall Zama on September 14th. After the members performed their new song "Wakuteka Take a Chance", Tsunku♂ showed up on the stage, and announced that Oda Sakura would be the 11th generation member.
Oda is from Kanagawa, and is in the second year of junior high school. Though she was shortlisted for the S/mileage's additional members audition, she could not make it. After that Oda had been participating in Hello! Project's concerts as a Hello! Pro Kenkyuusei this past year. She then participated in the "Morning Musume 11th generation member 'Suppin Uta Hime' Audition", and has now became a member among the 7,000 total applicants.
Oda commented, "All I can say now is that I am happy. Though I'm not sure what would happen in the future, I would like to try my own best." When asked which senior she admired, she answered "For singing, Takahashi Ai-san and Niigaki Risa-san, and for dancing, C-ute's Nakajima Saki-san."
Leader Michishige Sayumi said to Oda, "There will be many tough things since you are the only 11th generation member, but feel free to ask me anything", and fellow member Tanaka Reina also gave Oda advice, "I think you will be through times when you feel like failing, suffering, and even thinking of quitting, but try to make an effort for 2, 3 years. Good luck!"
Oda will accompany the group's tour which will start on the 15th, and greet to the fans. Her activity as the member will begin in January 2013 with Hello! Project's new year concert.
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