Move over, teens and tweens. Pop music sensation AKB48 are looking to add more members to their group from outside the younger generation. The Japanese girl group currently has 90 talents who perform in and out of the limelight depending on the public’s reception and their popularity to fans.
But while the J-pop group’s current line-up is heavily populated with those in their teens, the management group has decided to branch out and look for more “mature” talents. In a full-page advertisement in the Yomiuri Shimbun, the caption “AKB48 is inviting applicants for a project called ‘Otona (adult) AKB48,’” announced the member search. It added, “The only condition for qualifications is that the woman is over 30 years old, with no upper limit. Applicants can be entertainment professionals or amateurs, married or single, self-appointed or recommended, none of these matter.” The chosen member will be signed with the group, nicknamed “juku-doru” (“Ripe Idol”) by the tabloids, and would perform until summer only. The management will accept applications until March 28 and would be announced by April 12.
Fans who adore the group enjoy plenty of opportunities to meet and greet their idols personally and via social media. This advantage coupled with sexy outfits that reveal much made the group very popular with Japanese businessmen. Just recently, the pop group earned controversy when they featured in a commercial, where the girls passed bit-sized candies seductively from mouth-to-mouth, which many conservatives said was “encouraging homosexuality.”
[via Japan Today]