EXILE’s sister group FLOWER to make their debut in October!
EXILE’s sister group FLOWER will officially make their major label debut in October!
FLOWER will make their major label debut with the song “Still“, which will be released on October 12th. But that’s not all; the group also announced on the 26th that they will be making their debut with nine members rather than four.
The original members Mizuno Erina, Fujii Shuuka, Shigetome Manami, and Nakashima Mio were known as a “performance group”, and will now be joined by five new vocalists. The girls were chosen through a nationwide audition process titled “EXILE Presents VOCAL BATTLE AUDITION3 ~For Girls~“, which occurred this past spring.
“I feel like my dream is coming true. I think the words ‘inexpressible feeling’ (describe) it exactly,” said leader Mizuno with a smile. When asked about their change from a four member to nine member group, she commented, “Since our personalities are strong, at first there was some confusion. But everybody has big dreams and aspirations, so we settled it while talking about it together.”
FLOWER also drew attention at the event for their beautiful legs, which they hope will help them stand out as they storm the major label scene with their strong dance performances and vocals, much like Korean idol groups KARA and Shoujo Jidai. When asked if they considered those groups as their rivals, Mizuno cheerfully responded, “Of course! We’d like to be able to perform at a stadium (too).”
The youngest member of the group is just thirteen years old, while two of the members of FLOWER are still second year students in middle school. Despite their young age, the girls enthusiastically stated, “We want to show you an adult performance where you won’t be able to sense our age!”
Check out photos from the event below, and stay tuned for more information on FLOWER’s major label debut!