On October 4, S/mileage announced that 3 new members will be joining the group. From now on, they will carry out their activities as a 9-member group.
The new additions were announced during a press conference before costume rehearsals for their musical 'Engeki Joshibu†S/mileage's JUKEBOX MUSICAL:†SMILE FANTASY!'. As the 3rd generation members, Aikawa Maho, Sasaki Rikako, and Murota Mizuki were promoted from†Hello! Pro Kenshuusei.†
After being called out by leader Wada Ayaka, the 3 members made their appearance with a nervous expression. They each shared their age, specialty, and favorite S/mileage song. The eldest among the 3, 16-year old Murota said, "My specialty is imitating, and my favorite S/mileage song is 'Yumemiru 15-sai'." 13-year-old Sasaki, who is now the youngest member of the group, showed her appeal saying, "[My specialty is that] I can break an egg with one hand. My favorite S/mileage song is 'Watashi, Choito Kawaii Urabanchou'." Finally, 15-year old Aikawa†claimed that her specialty is classic ballet and her favorite S/mileage song is "Yuugure Koi no Jikan".†
After imitating the voice of 'Doraemon'†and the face of 'Elsa' from Frozen, Murota revealed how she felt when she first heard that she would be joining S/mileage, "When I first heard about it, I was very surprised, but I was genuinely happy." Sasaki cracked an egg and expressed, "My mind went blank, but I want to aim for the top with these members." Aikawa showed a ballet pose, then said, "I've always wanted to join, so when I heard about it, I was very happy. I thought that I have to work even harder from now on."†
With the addition of new members, S/mileage has officially opened submissions for their new group name. Takeuchi Akari mentioned, "I think an English name would be good. English is cool. What came to my mind just now is something like 'TRICK'. I want people to think 'isn't this a cool group?'" Meanwhile,†Tamura Meimi†said, "I want a group name that combines various meanings." S/mileage is accepting ideas from the public until October 31 at 11:59 pm through a special website.†
At the end of the press conference, Wada declared the group's goals, "I will probably graduate someday, but right now, I want to have various dreams with the 9 of us. I want to perform at Budokan with the 9 of us. I want to perform at even bigger venues. I want to†hold a live all over Japan." S/mileage's first live and single as a 9-member group will come after the new year.
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