Today AKB48 held their 2nd Draft Meeting where the members themselves choose new members. From the 48 finalists, 24 were chosen by all teams, including NGT48. The chosen ones are as follows:
Team A: Hiwatashi Yui (14) Saitama
Team K: Nomura Nao (15) Aichi, Kubo Satone (11) Kanagawa
Team B: Takahashi Kira (14) Tokyo, Nishikawa Rei (11) Tokyo, Yamabe Ayu (13) Chiba
Team 4: Chiba Erii (11) Kanagawa
Team S: Kamimura Ayuka (11) Aichi, Isshiki Rena (13) Kanagawa
Team KII: Mizuno Airi (12) Aichi, Shirai Kotono (12) Aichi
Team E: Sugawara Maya (15) Miyagi
Team N: Hongou Yuzuha (12) Osaka, Nishinaka Nanami (11) Osaka
Team M: Shibata Yui (17) Kanagawa, Hori Shion (18) Hokkaido
Team BII: Muranaka Yuki (17) Nara, Yasuda Momone (13) Osaka, Andou Erina (11) Aichi
Team H: Matsuoka Hana (15) Chiba, Murakawa Vivian (15) Fukuoka
Team KIV: Imamura Maria (11) Gunma
Nishigata Marina (19) Tokyo, Ogino Yuka (16) Saitama
Idoling!!! show to end, 15th live at Budokan and all members graduating
During a live broadcast of the Idoling!!! show, it was annouced that the show will end on 10/31 and all members will be graduating.
It was also announced that the 15th and last big live will be held on 10/5 at the prestigious Nippon Budoukan.
Several events are planned from April until October, including new 7th generation members to be added in July.
Ex-Idoling!!! Leader Endou Mai announces 3rd single.
Ex-Idoling!!! Leader Endou Mai's 2nd single has only just hit the stores today and her 3rd single has already been announced. The single will be called "Baby Love" and will be composed by Okamoto Shou from OKAMOTO'S. The single will be released on August 6th 2014.
Idoling!!! member #25 Gotou Kaoru announces her graduation
On May 10th, Idoling!!! member #25 Gotou Kaoru announced her graduation from the group. She will also graduate from NEO from Idoling!!! and her agency HoriPro. Her graduation live will be held on June 7th at Zepp DiverCity.
In 2011 she also went on a temporary hiatus for 6 months after the Tohoku Earthquake of March 11th, also stating family reasons. It seems this time will be permanent.
Idoling!!! Leader #3 Endou Mai announces graduation
Today at their 13th large live concert at Nakano Sunplaza, Idoling!!!'s current leader #3 Endou Mai announced her graduation from the group. She will remain in the group until her graduation concert on February 14th 2014 at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo.
This year on her birthday, July 31st, Endou Mai saw the release of her first solo single "Today is the Day" under Avex. After her graduation she will focus on her solo career.
After the announcement that new 6th generation will officially be called NEO from Idoling!!! and will go on to be a separate group, it was announced that they will be having a showdown by releasing a single on the same day. Idoling!!! will release their 21st single on November 13th 2013, while Idoling NEO will release their first single. To put some extra experience into the new group, Itou Yuuna and Gotou Kaoru have been transferred to Idoling NEO. The group that loses will have to do a punishment game.
The TV show will stay the same with all the members, they are only separate groups in terms of music.
Announced during the final stop of their Zepp Mystery Tour, Idoling!!! announced that first generation member #3 Endou Mai will be the second member to solo debut with a single at the end of July. It will be released on binyl records, a sub-labal of Avex Trax.
Also announced during the first stop of their Zepp Mystery Tour, Idoling!!! announced that first generation member #9 Yokoyama Rurika will be debuting with a solo single in June. The songs have already been recorded and are produced by Hyadain.