Former AKB48 Kenkyuusei Nishikawa Nanami joins Nogizaka46
On May 8, Nogizaka46 second-generation member Nishikawa Nanami was introduced to the audience during the second half of the Nogizaka46 performance of“16-nin no Principal deux” at the Akasaka ACT Theater in Tokyo.
Nishikawa joined AKB48 in spring of 2009 as an 8th generation kenkyuusei; she was dismissed in July of the same year because, “She took some thoughtless actions that were not suited for an AKB48 kenkyuusei.” She returned to the entertainment industry after a 4 year hiatus when she passed the Nogizaka46 second-generation member auditions at the end of last year.
After being called on stage by captain Sakurai Reika, Nishikawa was visibly nervous as her legs shook and confessed that, “Four years ago, I was active as an AKB48 kenkyuusei, but I applied to audition for Nogizaka46 since I could not forget about that time.” She greeted fans with, “It was a short time, but when I was an AKB48 Kenkyuusei, I learned a lot about the glamour of the (entertainment) world as well as the strictness. I am extremely happy to be standing on this stage.” She continued strongly with, “I think there are people who believe that I should not be a member of Nogizaka46. However, I will face it with this iron mentality.”
Sakurai asked, “From here on out, what kind of idol do you want to become?,” to which Nishikawa answered, “First I want to work harder than everyone in order to be accepted.” She followed with, “I want to be supported by both male and female fans and become a double-threat model and idol like Shiraishi Mai and Nishino Nanase.” The Nogizaka46 “16-nin no Principal deux” performances in Tokyo will continue until May 12 and during each performance, each 2nd generation member will be introduced.
Source & Image: Natalie
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