Michishige Sayumi becomes new leader of Morning Musume and 11th generation audition to be held
Morning Musume's Michishige Sayumi will be the new 8th leader of the group. The announcement was made by producer Tsunku during their final concert of 'Morning Musume Concert Tour 2012 Spring ?Ultra Smart?' at Nippon Budokan on May 18th.
Niigaki Risa and Mitsui Aika graduated from Morning Musume that day. Michishige, who took over the baton as leader from Niigaki stated, "I'm usually excessively self-conscious, but now, I can't tell that I'm not worried about being Morning Musume's leader," adding, "However, Ill do my best, so please support me!"
Tanaka Reina, who is a part of the 6th generation with Michishige and joined the group in 2003, encouraged her with the message, "As a leader, let's become stricter!" Michishige responded, "That's right, otherwise, I can't warn or give advice to our juniors."
Along with the announcement of the new leader, Tsunku made a surprise reveal that there is an audition for 11th generation member, "Morning Musume 11Ki Member 'Suppin Utahime' Audition!!"
Tsunku commented, "I decided on this audition to make Morning Musume fresher. To liven up the group with this new member. I want Morning Musume to beat other girl groups!" With this surprising new, Niigaki showed her excitement, stating, "I'm looking forward to what kind of girls will join the group, and how Morning Musume will evolve with the new member."
The special website for the audition has already been set up, and it mentions that girls between the ages of 10 and 17 who like singing can apply.
'Morning Musume Concert Tour 2012 Spring ?Ultra Smart?' has wrapped up its final concert, and the members showed dynamic performances of a total of 23 songs, including their latest song "Renai Hunter". The concert has been broadcast at 10 theaters, and over 4,000 fans saw the live broadcast.
Check out pictures from the concert below.
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