9th Gen thoughts | Takahashi Ai graduation details

A couple of days ago, Tsunku has announced the 9th Generation of Morning Musume were revealed at the Hello! Project 2011 Winter Matsuri concert. The 4 that were chosen were Suzuki Kanon, Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho and former Hello! Project Egg and Shugo Chara Egg member Fukumura Mizuki. Riho was a front runner for me. She was already showing her potential right at the beginning of the audition. Can you believe that the group she’s in is older than she is. Suzuki Kanon and Ikuta Erina aren’t bad as well. They’re actually good too. I mean it feels like Tsunku has finally made a nice decision in picking the new generation.

Here’s some external links for your own indulgence

http://www.hello-online.org/index.php?app=helloapp&CODE=article&topic=1210

http://www.tokyohive.com/2011/01/tsunku-discusses-decisions-dehind-morning-musume-9th-generation/

In other news, about 30 minutes ago news on Takahashi Ai’s graduation broke out on Hello! Online. Yes, I was shocked myself. She will graduate on Morning Musume’s Autumn/Fall 2011 tour. That’s about 10-11 months away. So it means she will still be around for most of Morning Musume’s 2011 singles. Niigaki Risa will take her spot as leader. It is sad but I think it’s really time for her to graduate Morning Musume as she’s been in the group along with Risa for 10 years in August. However, she’s about 2 years older than Risa which makes her older than any other member in Morning Musume. She is like 12 years older than the youngest member in Morning Musume right now. Besides, she’s only going to graduate Morning Musume not Hello! Project not UFA. So it means we could (and should) see her doing solo activities within the organization.

The 9th Gen Morning Musume along with the old members. This will last at most until November or December this year.

More details on her graduation

http://www.helloproject.com/news/1101091700_musume.html

http://www.helloproject.com/news/1101091700_musume_com.html

I am gonna miss these couple.

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