Hello! Project News Update 2008-09-28
Submitted 2008-09-28 10:48 AM
The Taiwan audition winners were announced on the 20th of September. The six chosen girls are Zhao Guo Rong (趙國蓉), Zeng De Ping (曾德萍), Wu Si Xuan (吳思璇), Gu Jun (古筠), Qiu Cui Ling (邱翠玲), and Zhong An Qi (鍾安琪). They will travel to Japan in November to start training, and will make their debut as Hello! Project members at a concert in January, releasing a mini album in Taiwan and Japan.
The members of the new unit tied to the "Shugo Chara!" anime were announced at an event on the 20th of September. The group will be called "Shugo Chara Egg!", and consists of Wada Ayaka, Maeda Yuuka, Fukuda Kanon, and Saho Akari. Their debut single "Minna no Tamago" will be released on December 10th, and will be the opening theme for the newly retitled "Shugo Chara!! Doki". Buono! are also to remain active, and will provide the ending theme. Official Site
Ayaka's husband Tanihara Hideto, 29, has just won the 2008 Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open with a 16-under-par. This is his second title of the year, and the eighth win of his career. He takes home the 40,000,000 yen first prize, which makes him the current highest earner in the Japan Golf Tour for this year.
Today saw the final episode of "Haromoni@". The show, which was a low budget and shorter replacement for "Hello! Morning", started on April 8th 2007 and ran for 77 episodes.
Ayaka's Surprise Marriage Announcement
Submitted 2008-07-14 05:22 PM
Former Hello! Project member Ayaka and professional golfer Tanihara Hideto have announced that they have married. Tanihara, 29, is currently ranked 79th in the world golf rankings.
They had been dating for six months, and registered the marriage on July 8th. A ceremony and reception are planned for a later date.
The couple will shortly be in the UK, where Hideto will take part in this years Open championship.
Coconuts Musume Ayaka Graduates
Submitted 2008-04-30 04:38 AM
It was announced today that Ayaka has left the Hello! Project, effective immediately. With no Elder Club concerts on the horizon it means she will not be getting a graduation ceremony.
One of the longest serving members, Ayaka joined the Hello! Project in 1999 as leader of the Hawaiian group Coconuts Musume. She became well known for her Surprise English Lessons, which introduced many international fans to the company.
After Mika graduated four years ago the group was effectively ended, and Ayaka was left at a loose end. She continued to work on multiple radio shows and perform at Elder Club and the big Hello! Project concerts.
Ayaka has said that she will be concentrating on her acting career.
New Unit MilkyWay
Submitted 2008-03-03 05:09 AM
A new unit from the anime Kirarin Revolution has been announced, following on from the success of Kira Pika.
Kirari star Kusumi Koharu be joined by Kikkawa Yuu and Kitahara Sayaka from the Hello! Project Eggs to form "MilkyWay". Their first song "Anata Boshi" will be released on the 30th of April.
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