Idoling!!! (アイドリング!!!, Aidoringu!!!) is a Japanese TV show with attached female idol group created by Fuji TV. The concept of the group is to watch as the girls grow as idols and experience various things. The group currently has twenty four active members from various talent agencies. Idoling's main source of exposure is their TV show, which airs several new episodes every week on FUJI TV ONE, now more than 1000 episodes broadcast since October 30, 2006. In addition to their show, they release albums, singles and DVD specials in addition to giving live performances and concerts.
2006 - 2010:
In October, 2006 auditions were held for 50 people in agencies, and 9 idols were chosen out of them. The audition videos were released on a DVD that accompanied their first single, while the members' first meet-and-greet was featured on the DVD that accompanied their first album, Daiji na Mono.
On March 3, 2008, it was announced that new members would join the group, and then on March 31, on Fuji Television's official site, photos, names and ages of the new members were revealed. With the addition of new members, the group doubled to 18 members until Maia Kobayashi (#10) left shortly after her debut to focus on her education.
On January 18, 2009 Rumi Koizumi (#2) announced her graduation from Idoling!!! due in part to health concerns. Soon after, it was announced that Sayaka Kato (#1), Maria Eto (#4), Mira Takiguchi (#5) and Michelle Miki (#18) would all graduate from Idoling!!! in March 2009. Shortly after the departure of these members, three new members were added to commemorate the official third generation of Idoling!!!: Yurika Tachibana (#19), Ai Ōkawa (#20) and Idoling!!!'s youngest member yet, Kaede Hashimoto (#21).
On October 1, 2009 Idoling!!! opened auditions for its fourth generation to debut in Spring 2010, with the audition process carrying on into February 2010. The new members were announced on March 6. In April 2010, the new fourth generation members were introduced in the show: Ruka Kurata (#22), Yūna Itō (#23), Manami Nomoto (#24), Kaoru Gotō (#25) and Chika Ojima (#26).
In February 2011, all members went left Japan for the first time, and went to Taiwan. They did a small live promotion, broadcast on TV, for the release of their third album SUNRISE in Taiwan. This marks their first official release outside of Japan.
On April 12, 2011, it was announced that Kaoru Gotō (#25) would take a six-month hiatus from Idoling!!! to deal with a family emergency. At the end of April 2011, Idoling!!! appeared on their second regular program, "Fuji TV Kara no~!" with host Yamazaki of the comedy duo, "Untouchable". At the end of August 2011 Kaoru Gotō (#25) returned from her hiatus and on Tokyo Idol Festival 2011 appeared on stage with the group. On October 1, 2011 Idoling!!! opened auditions for its fifth generation to debut in Spring 2012, with the audition process carrying until the end of November. The 15 finalists were presented at their eleventh live concert on December 4, 2011. The fans voted through a voting ID that comes with Idoling's 17th single "MAMORE!!!". The new members were announced during an event in February.
October 2011 saw the release of Idoling!!!'s first international collaboration on the fourth single from the album Smash of French DJ Martin Solveig with the song "BIG IN JAPAN with Dragonette feat. Idoling!!!". A music video with Idoling!!! was released in October 2011. Shortly afterwards Idoling!!! released a video thanking Martin Solveig and expressed their wish to go to France. Just a week after their 11th Live, on December 11, 2011 Erika Yazawa (#7) and Phongchi (#8) announced their graduation from the group to pursue a career as talents. On December 23 a final graduation live concert was held. Neither of them were included in the single "MAMORE!!!".
On March 2, 2012, the new fifth generation members were introduced on the show: Kurumi Takahashi (#27), Karen Ishida (#28), Ramu Tamagawa (#29), and Reia Kiyoku (#30).
On April 17, 2012, Fuji TV announced partnership with Google YouTube, including the Idoling!!! official YouTube channel. During press conference, Idoling!!! greeted in 15 languages. On May 9, 2012, the Idoling!!! official Facebook page was created but not yet active until July 19.
On May 30, 2012, Suzuka Morita officially graduated from Idoling!!!. Graduation Live was held on the same day at Zepp DiverCity Tokyo. On June 3, 2012, Idoling!!! started their first tour titled "Hatsu da!Tour da!!Zepp-ng!!!" (初だ!ツアーだ!!Zeppング!!!, Hatsu da!Tsua da!!Zeppunggu!!!, "First! Tour!! Zepp!!!"). On June 25, 2012, Idoling!!! took part in Yubi Matsuri, an idol festival produced by Rino Sashihara from AKB48. The concert was held at Nippon Budokan before a crowd of 8,000 people and featured such girl groups as Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku, Super Girls, Tokyo Girls' Style, Nogizaka46, Passpo, Buono!, Momoiro Clover Z, and Watarirouka Hashiritai 7. On August 5, 2012, Idoling!!! announced their 12th Live to be held at NHK Hall on November 25. On August 10, 2012, Idoling!!! broadcast their 900th episode of their TV show on FUJI TV ONE.
On September 7, 2012, Idoling!!! sold a muffler towel with emblem design that resembled the emblem of J-League "Cerezo Osaka" Football Club. The item soon dropped from official website after being confirmed by Cerezo Osaka official. A few days later, Cerezo Osaka and Idoling!!! announced special collaboration. On September 20, during Cerezo Osaka vs F.C. Tokyo match fixture at Cerezo Osaka home ground "Kincho Stadium", five Idoling!!! members (#19 Tachibana, #20 Ōkawa, #22 Kurata, #23 Itō, #28 Ishida) performed three songs before the match at the main entrance and one song during the half-time at the pitch. All members wearing specially designed Cerezo Osaka uniform and to be called "Cerezo na Idoling!!!", except only Tachibana who was wearing F.C. Tokyo uniform due to her being F.C. Tokyo supporter, F.C. Tokyo TV show assistant and reporter.
On November 5, 2012, Idoling!!! announced official Niconico Channel. On December 26, 2012, #24 Nomoto announced graduation from Idoling!!! and retirement from entertainment business due to family circumstance.
On January 18, all of the first generation members held a reunion live as they promised 5 years ago at Fuji TV Kyutai studio. Currently from the original nine members, six of them are already graduated from the group. On this event, they also talked about the inside story of the group's past. It was broadcast live on FUJI TV ONE titled "Hachitama Live 2013 presents First Generation Reunion Day Special" (はちたまライブ2013 presents 一期生再会の日SP!!!, Hachitama Raibu 2013 presents Ikkisei Saikai no Hi SP!!!). They promised to do a reunion event again in 2023.
On April 13, Rurika Yokoyama (#9) announced her solo debut at Idoling!!! Nishi e! Higashi e! Mystery Tour-ng!!! in Zepp Tokyo. A few months later on June 1, Mai Endō (#3) announced her solo debut at the tour final with a video message from Takanori Nishikawa.
On May 24, Idoling!!! celebrated their TV show's 1000th episode.
On June 27, Idoling!!! Producer, Seita Kadosawa, announced to leave his position in Idoling!!! project. Kadosawa stated that the Idoling!!! new members (6th generation) audition and the Idoling!!! 20th single "Summer Lion" are under the new Producer's management.
On July 8, it was revealed that the former Fuji TV show "Quiz! Hexagon" producer, Takashi Kanbara, is the new Idoling!!! Producer.
On July 17, Idoling!!! performed two songs at Ajinomoto Stadium before the J-league match between F.C. Tokyo against Ventforet Kofu. A few weeks later on August 28, Idoling!!! 20th Single "Summer Lion" melody was used by F.C. Tokyo supporters as one of their football chants for the first time during the match against Sagan Tosu.
On July 28, Idoling!!! 6th generation members, later to be called as Neo generation, were introduced at Tokyo Idol Festival 2013. They are Mayu Furuhashi (#31), Mayu Sekiya (#32), Ruka Hashimoto (#33), Rena Satō (#34), and Michaela Wako Satō (#35). It was revealed that Ruka Hashimoto is Kaede Hashimoto's real younger sister.
On August 28, a new group was announced and will be called as 'Idoling NEO'. Yūna Itō will also be transferring to this new group, later followed by Kaoru Gotō. It was also announced that both Idoling!!! and Idoling NEO will release a single on the same day sometime during November 2013. It will be a competition of who will rank the highest on the Oricon chart.
On December 8, it was announced during their 13th live concert that current leader Mai Endō would be graduating from the group on February 14, 2014 during a graduation live at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo. After her graduation she will focus on her solo career.
On February 28th, it was announced that Idoling!!! would be disbanded on October 27th.
As of December 23, 2014, Idoling!!! has twenty one active members.
Yui Kawamura (河村 唯, Kawamura Yui)
Serina Nagano (長野 せりな, Nagano Serina)
Hitomi Sakai (酒井 瞳, Sakai Hitomi)
Sony Music Artists Inc.
Nao Asahi (朝日 奈央, Asahi Nao)
Asagao (Japanese morning glory)
Yurika Tachibana (橘 ゆりか, Tachibana Yurika)
Kaede Hashimoto (橋本 楓, Hashimoto Kaede)
Suzuran (Lily of the valley)
#33 Ruka Hashimoto's older sister
Ruka Kurata (倉田 瑠夏, Kurata Ruka)
Yuna Ito (伊藤 祐奈, Itō Yuna)
As of August 2013, part of Idoling NEO.
Chika Ojima (尾島 知佳, Ōjima Chika)
Tsukimisou (Evening primrose, more specifically Oenothera tetraptera)
Kurumi Takahashi (高橋 胡桃, Takahashi Kurumi)
Ayame (Japanese iris)
Karen Ishida (石田 佳蓮, Ishida Karen)
Ramu Tamagawa (玉川 来夢, Tamagawa Ramu)
Mayu Furuhashi (古橋 舞悠, Furuhashi Mayu)
Mayu Sekiya (関谷 真由, Sekiya Mayu)
avex artist academy
Ruka Hashimoto (橋本 瑠果, Hashimoto Ruka)
#21 Kaede Hashimoto's younger sister.,
Currently the youngest member.
Rena Sato (佐藤 麗奈, Satō Rena)
Michaela Wako Sato (佐藤 ミケーラ 倭子, Satō Mikēra Wako)
Maia Kobayashi (小林 麻衣愛, Kobayashi Maia)
Rumi Koizumi (小泉 瑠美, Koizumi Rumi)
Sayaka Katō (加藤 沙耶香, Katō Sayaka) (First Leader)
Maria Eto (江渡 万里彩, Eto Maria)
Mira Takiguchi (滝口 ミラ, Takiguchi Mira)
Michelle Miki (ミシェル 未来, Misheru Miki)
Erika Yazawa (谷澤 恵里香, Yazawa Erika)
Phongchi (フォンチー, Fonchii)
SMA Entertainment Inc.
Suzuka Morita (森田 涼花, Morita Suzuka)
Manami Nomoto (野元 愛, Nomoto Manami)
Mai Endo (遠藤 舞, Endō Mai) (Second Leader)
Tsubaki (Japanese Camellia)
Kaoru Goto (後藤 郁, Gotō Kaoru)
Suiren (Water lily)
Ami Kikuchi (菊地 亜美, Ami Kikuchi)
Reia Kiyoku (清久 レイア, Kiyoku Reia)
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