Morning Musume Happy 8 Audition Blues 2
Episode 2: So, Ya wanna be an idol?
Last week's Haromoni was enjoyable. All the previous Haromoni traditions are back: the games, the rivalries, funny faces, crazy antics, Nakazawa Yuko, and Tsuji Nozomi's close-ups and gags. I'm guessing everyone has watched them already, so I'm skipping straight to the auditions part.
And so the game begins. The H!P reality show is back.
And so Tsunku sent the six girls to a mini boot camp, where they will train for the final performance. There Tsunku will pick his 8th Audition winner(s), after reviewing their overall performance, plus their attitude and character. By now, the mini boot camp has ended already, and the results will be revealed this coming weekend, which is a day away. I also think the decision has ALREADY been made. Have patrolled the BBS and found some interesting spoiler info. Are they only speculations? Or reliable information? I don't know, but the outcome may not be what you expect, methinks. I'm rooting for the younger four of the six finalists.
On topic, Tsunku's words echoed mine -> "Wants to see if (the girls) have what it takes to join a group like Morning Musume and the entertainment biz. Wants to see how much they can show/express themselves within the rules."
Do our future 8th gen intake have the guts? The passion? The desire? All for the hope of being in Morning Musume?
Actually, is that even what Momusu currently stands for? Don't mind me saying that the current Momusu has lots of privileges. Sure, they still have to work hard, but not as hard as the first and second gens, I think. Compared to before, now everything is systematic, and catered for. You don't have to be the one doing the hard work, the thinking and planning is mostly left to the producers, managers, PRs and promoters.
Being an idol is not a walk in the park. Thinking back at the recent kaisans and graduation that we have seen over the year -> The graduation of Konno Asami and Ogawa Makoto for studies. The graduation of Asami and Miuna of Country Musume to find their future. Murakami Megumi's leaving because she wants to get back to her school life, Kago Ai and Mari Yaguchi's scandal... etc.
Really, I think the girls have finally opened their eyes to what the entertainment business is all about. Fierce competition, rivalries, hard work, hectic schedules, straineous traveling, pressure from friends and family, minimal social life, minimal freedom, and of course rules, rules, rules. It's a game of "survival of the fittest".
On receiving the privilege of being a national idol, comes with the huge responsibility maintaining one's own image, working within the rules and regulations, yet trying to make it big in the biz. Amidst the glitter and glamour, there are lots of things to cry for and fight for. Being bullied is a small part of the initiation. Even Reggie Miller had being played the fool in his rookie year - was forced to pick up basketballs that his senpais deliberately kicked to the audience stands. Remember how Kusumi Koharu had to face off with all members of the Morning Musume in a series of Haromoni games in one show. She took her licking but has done it all with a smile. Now that's what I call having a huge heart to stay in the game.
So do our 6 finalist have that same heart? That same desire? Don't get me wrong. It's okay to cry, but what you do after that counts. It's part of life.
I know a local artiste that worked so hard, suffer so bad, entered so many talent competitions just to get his talent noticed and geting a wee bit of consideration by a recording label. He practically camped outside the building just to get that spark of attention from the producers to listen to his demo. Now he is so well known in Taiwan and the Mando-pop world because of his commitment and hard work.
Our always unpredictable Tsunku has high expectations. So we'll see what happens.
I mentioned that I wasn't too hopeful about this intake. But I have been utterly wrong before. So we'll just have to wait and see what happens. Who knows? Some good may come out of it.
Oh, and the spoilers? The announcement will be made only 1 day away. Pointless for me to say anything now. But here's little of what I found, that we can use for our guessing game - apparently, only TWO will be chosen this time. Observe the images below:
Satou Sumire, Hanada Natsumi, Kikkawa Yu
Masuda Ayami, Mitsui Aika, Okumura Minami
.... and pick one from each group.
I have to sleep now... Bye! \(^o^)/