Application Taking Starts!!!
26th July, 2012. The application taking for AKB48's international sister group "SNH48" has just started. It has become much more crazy than anticipated, as reported by China News Service (中国新聞網).
The applications for the sister group, located in China's Shanghai, started on the 12th of this month on their official site. From the first day thousands of people flooded in their applications, and even shut down the system for a short while. The age range is 16 to 22 years, but superior talents can go beyond the age limits. It was said that there has even been a 9 year old who has applied.
Because it is precisely the AKB48 that is gathering popularity in China, the people immediately developed a great interest for a home grown group. At the Chinese version of Twitter (Sina Weibo), even SNH48's own private fan club has already been established.
With this round of applications, there will be 16 finalists who will become the first gen "S" team. They are scheduled to have training in Japan and to also have an official debut.
Applications for SNH48, AKB48 overseas sister unit based in Shanghai started officially on July 12th. It was reported on July 26th that the number of applicants exceeded expectations, with thousands of applications being submitted on the first day. The application website was down temporary due to the surge in large number of applicants.
Although the targeted age group is between 16-22 years, talented applicants who fall out of this age group are still invited to apply. The youngest applicant currently is a 9 year old. 16 members will be selected to team “S” in this application cycle and will train in Japan before their official debut.
AKB48 is popular in Shanghai and the auditions has garnered much attention. There are already fan clubs for SNH48 formed on weibo, a version of twitter in China.
Source + Image: Record China via MSN Japan