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8:42 pm - 08/09/2013

48 family will introduce a new event in idol world, the "Draft Conference"

The Kyocera Dome performances of AKB48 Group ended on the 8th, with the announcement of an audition event called “Draft Conference” at Grand Prince New Takanawa on November 10th.

According to the management, an open call for sign-ups will start in September. The pool of candidates will go through multiple evaluation rounds, and the final pool will be presented to all team captains of AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48. When a captain picks a candidate and the candidate agrees to the negotiation, then the candidate becomes a kenkyuusei of that particular team.

As for the status after being picked, at first it was announced that the candidate will become a regular member, but after the concert was over, the management issued a notice saying that was an error and the candidate will only become a kenkyuusei.

The management wants to make this event comparable to Senbatsu Sousenkyo as well as the Janken Tournament.
Just like the professional baseball draft, the candidates cannot pick where they want to go geographically. Even the venue is the same as the one used for professional baseball draft. Management is now working on rules/guidelines for the draft. 

Group-specific auditions will still be held regularly, just like how some baseball players were employed without going through the draft, or were employed as “test players”.
The captains are already meeting and discussing about what they are looking for in these candidates, such as “people that can really dance” or “people that are
really good at MC”.

AKB Draft will be for the public, not the member itself. It kinda works like normal audition for AKB. Like announced, the captains for each team will be able to pick their own 'new members' in their draft. These new members status will be different than the current Kenkyuusei, but they will join the Practices, Theatre performances, and such.

The Draft will go like this :
1. 12 August - 3 September -> Application Acceptance
7 - 13 September -> Candidates will be contacted
2. 14 - 16 September -> Candidates Interview
3. 21 - 23 September -> Dance and Vocal Audition
4. If the members pass the auditions, they will make their own introduction video, which will be uploaded into the Web (probably youtube)

The Draft itself will be on November 10th. This event will be open to public.

The Qualification for the applicants:
1. No Experience required
2. Girls between age 11 - 18, must not belong to any agency. Girls under 15 years old will need parents supervision.
3. Must follow all of the activities, such as daily performance on the Theatre.

Also, candidates will not be able to choose their own team. If 2 or more teams want the same candidates, it will be decided by lottery. Also, candidates will not be able to choose their own team. If 2 or more teams want the same candidates, it will be decided by lottery.



I personally think that the 48 family is now remodeling the whole fandom (maybe the whole idol world little by little) this time instead of management(which is common) the members will be the one who will select their desired trainee to train for their team. They were now seeking inborn talents and I hope they will pick talented girls instead of just cute but dull ones. Expect Matsui Rena to pick loli members
yukinoo13 9th-Aug-2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
Senbatsu Election,Janken Taikai,and now Draft Conference
this is one of the reasons that 48G is really interesting ^0^
tsukikei 9th-Aug-2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
They could film the whole process and broadcast it. It'd be like American Idol, 48 family style. ;)
rosetulip 10th-Aug-2013 08:47 am (UTC)
IKR!!! This whole concept is interesting!
sky_astropolis 9th-Aug-2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
I'm not a fan, so can someone explain what they want to accomplish or where they want to go with this new system?
somehow I am sensing something wrong in all of this, though I can't pinpoint what...
hina 9th-Aug-2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
Usually, if someone wants to join a 48 group, they audition for that group ie AKB48 auditions are usually twice a year, SKE48 ausitions once a year, etc. This is held with people like Aki-P, higher management, and sometimes longtime members. If you pass you become a kenkyuusei, a trainee member.

However this will be a sort of special audition, held annually, where you audition in front of each of the team captains, and if they think you're good enough they will offer you a place in their group, somewhat bypassing the trainee stage. It's implied they are looking for a more talented sort of member than regular trainees.

Fans and a few members have spoken out that they don't think this is fair to the existing trainees or girls who have joined in the past. Sayaka blogged about it and said 'Haven't we all been working hard from the beginning?'
kireny 10th-Aug-2013 01:41 am (UTC)
Except they don't bypass trainee stage, kenkyuusei is the trainee stage. They aren't becoming a member of the teams, they are joining the other trainees. Any one who passes any auditions become kenkyuusei/trainees

The only difference is the AKB members are picking the people from auditions to become trainees, not management.
hina 10th-Aug-2013 01:49 am (UTC)
They're not becoming kenkyuusei tho, they're becoming draft members. They won't be trainees like the kenkyuusei, but will join the team they are selected for, will train with them, and perform stages with them.
sundaetea 9th-Aug-2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
But what about the current trainees? I feel like this system is just a ploy for attention, like it's ~new~ and ~interesting~. But let's face it, out of all the girls who audition, maybe only a handful will actually become AKB48 members who are successful. There are already so many girls in AKB (both members and trainees) who haven't gotten the chance to shine. I feel really bad for the girls...but maybe it won't end up being the way I think it is. I hope it isn't.
pestleiche34 9th-Aug-2013 09:56 pm (UTC)

this is just a scheme to draft nounen rena XP

im very interested in seeing what kind of girls the different captains are looking for
sheix0 13th-Aug-2013 03:31 am (UTC)
Did I miss something? Girls have to audition to be chosen in the first and I doubt Rena would. It's not like captains can randomly pick anyone in Japan. Not to mention the rule clearly state they must not belong to any agency before audition
pestleiche34 15th-Aug-2013 12:23 pm (UTC)
it was just a joke! cause there was an article in some cheap japanese magazine some weeks ago stating akb management would like to sign her cause akb will lack star power once yuko is gone.

of course that would be ridiculous downgrading from actress to idol ;)
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