With S/mileage’s new auditions’ results announced, there was one question: What the f*ck, UFA?
The most popular egg from the auditions (and overall), Miyamoto Karin wasn’t in. With the exception of Meimi, no one cared about the other girls that got in. So what was up? Maybe it’s something we didn’t consider- these girls were actually the BOTTOM of Tsunku’s list. S/mileage is popular enough by itself, and new members aren’t really needed.
Tsunku did say at the beginning of the auditions that he wanted to increase the rivalry within the group- so could it be that these auditions that were “held for” S/mileage were actually held for S/mileage’s rival group:
A group made of Tsunku’s actual favorites from the audition. The only girl that Tsunku praised on the training camp special of HPT was Fujii. In both rounds he spent an almost disproportionate amount of time speaking to Miyazaki. Yamaga has one of the best voices out of the auditioners. Jang got to skip the first two rounds of the audition altogether. Miyamoto is an egg that everyone agrees needs to hatch- weather it be in Morning Musume or S/mileage, and she was clearly head and shoulders above everyone else at the audition. These girls were also some of the most popular in the international and Japanese-speaking fan forums. So then why did NONE of them get in?
Maybe Tsunku has a more sinister plan for S/mileage: a new rival group that can steal S/mileage’s sub-members. If he wanted to increase rivalry, a rival group certainly would do that. Tsunku also said on his blog and during the announcement that one of the options for the sub-members if they didn’t become members was to be part of a new project. Does this mean that there will be a new project, and that the sub-members that don’t fit S/mileage will be put into it as if the new project stole the sub-members. It would be interesting to see.
The girls that didn’t get in were well-liked, had good singers, and pretty good dancers. They had their ace- Miyamoto, their cute girl- Miyamoto, their foreign member- Jang, their co-lead singer- Yamaga, their genki girl- Fujii, their shy girl- Oda, and their dark horses- Katsuta and Aogi. Pretty much everything needed for an idol group ever. And then they also have their audition- S/mileage’s. A true rival group should spout from rivalry directly related to their rival group- in this case failing their rival group’s audition.
And as for what type of group they’d be: would it be the dark horse idol group that works hard like normal idols and comes from behind, or the evil(ish) idol group? I’d like to say the evil-ish idol group. They could wear pants/shorts to oppose S/mileage’s mini skirts. The group could use dark purple as a group color as opposed to S/mileage’s constant use of pink. This group could have a logo that’s a direct, darker parody of S/mileage’s crest. The group could be under TNX- where they would be controlled by Tsunku, not the mysterious UFA execs.
Of course, this is all pure speculation, but it might very well happen. It’s what I’d like. Who knows what will happen. All I know is that I’m going to follow the group for another 2-3 years to see what the long-term results of this audition will be- good or bad.