Big news! As part of the 8th generation, two new addition to Morning Musume in the form of "exchange student" from China - Li Chun (Jyun Jyun) and Qian Lin (Rin Rin).
Here's the summary from the announcement made in Hello! Project site, Tsunku's official site and Up Front Works.
Apparently at the time of the Happy 8 Audition, Jyun Jyun took part in an audition in Beijing, China. And Rin Rin was an exchange student in Hello Project eggs. Tsunku saw potential in them when he saw them perform in a concert.
Tsunku reiterates his goal of 2007 to break into the Asian market, and looks at these two girls as the "key person", and it is his best decision to include them in Morning Musume.
He comments that these girls possess a "character" that Morning Musume did not have so far. He is convinced that in their singing skills he sees that they are "members with a great new hidden possibility" (I hope I phrase that correctly)
He continues to say that "This year is the 10th anniversary of Morning Musume since its formation. So far, in the repetition of various graduations and additions, it became a vocal unit with unending evolution and is loved by all. To further this growth, it is with my great expectation that this a good opportunity for another evolution with the addition of Jyun Jyun and Rin Rin."
He ends the announcement while asking for everyone to extend their support, and he wishes all a great springtime.
Real Name: Li Chun
Birthday: 11 February 1988
Age: 19 years old
Birthplace: Hunan, China
Height: 168 cm
Musical instruments: Piano, 2 years
Hobby and Specialty: Singing, acting
Foreign Language: English (Beginner Level)
Favourite Artist: Wayne Lin Jun Jie, Cyndi Wang Xin Ling
Performing history: 2006 Super Girl, Area Best 50 in ChangshaLink Here
Jyun Jyun in action in Super Girl 2006
Some pics of Jyun Jyun:
Pic 1, Pic 2, Pic 3, Pic 4, Pic 5
Real name: Qian Lin
Birthdate: 11 March 1991
Age: 16 years
Birthplace: Hangzhou, China
Special Skills: Emcee, acting, impersonation, singing, dance, piano, guitar, swimming... etc.
Performing history: Scouted in elementary school (2nd Grade). Acted in TV dorama (soap opera) and hosted television shows. Started to join the showbiz in China