Morning Musume 10th Gen Members Announced

Four new members have been added to the long running girl group Morning Musume. The 10th generation members are Iikubo Haruna (飯窪春菜)(16), Ishida Ayumi (石田亜佑美)(14), Sato Masaki (佐藤優樹)(12), and Kudo Haruka (工藤遥)(11). The girls were chosen from 8 remaining finalists and from an initial pool of  6,000 applicants. Ishida Ayumi was formerly a supporting member or backdancer of the Sendai based idol group Dorothy Little Happy and Kudo Haruka was a Hello!Project Egg member.

The announcement of  this 10th gen audition back in May came as a surprise to many as the 9th gen auditions had concluded only a few months prior in January.  The addition of these girls brings the member count up to 13, but with the graduation of current leader Takahashi Ai on the 30th, the member count will settle at 12 for the foreseeable future.

From left to right: Kudo Haruka, Sato Misaki, Ishida Ayumi, Iikubo Haruna

Source: Oricon