Yes, the 11th generation auditions are over, and on Friday, Oda Sakura, a year 13 year old Kanagawa native, was chosen as the only contestant to join the group on it’s 15 year anniversary. She had attempted to join another Hello!Project group, S/Mileage, but didn’t join. However, she become a part Hello! Pro Kenshuusei, a unit where promising talents are being given free dancing and singing lesson in the hopes they can one day join a group. She will be the fourth person in the group to be one-member generation, following 3rd generation member Goto Maki, 7th generation memeber Koharu Kusumi, and 8th generation Mitsui Aika (sadly, the “panda” Junjun and Linlin were only ever considered transfer students by the official Hello!Project management).
Having looked at some footage of her training during the auditions, she is pretty great. There are even some murmurs on the Internet that she could be the ace of the group (i.e. the singing, dancing beast of awesome that everyone falls in love with) but for now, we’ll have see since she won’t be on the upcoming single. Either way, it’s good to see that Morning Musume is going strong and adding lots of new talent to the mix.