Wednesday, 29 July 2015

NGT48's First Generation Audition Nabs 22 Members

NGT48, the sister group to AKB48, has added 22 new members to its first generation. On July 25th, the final screening of the auditions was held in Nagaoka City, Niigata. The sister group will be based in the Niigata prefecture. 

After the first and second examination, which involved document screening & an interview, 74 participants were pushed to the final screening. During the course of the final screening, dancing and singing skills were tested.

Only 22 girls passed the audition. The oldest winner was 20 years old, with the youngest being only 12 years old. 

NGT48 will be launched with Rie Katahira, Yuki Kashiwagi, Marina Nishigata and Yuka Ogino. Katahira will be the group captain, with Kashiwagi holding concurrent position in both NGT48 and AKB48. 

Yasushi Akimoto commented that although it was "quite a hot competition", all the candidates were "wonderful girls". He further encouraged the girls who were not chosen to not give up and try again some day. 

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