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Nizi Project is a Japanese audition project produced by JYP Entertainment and Sony Music Japan. The name "Nizi" is taken from the Japanese word "Niji" (虹; Rainbow), with the project's mission to "create a group that emits beautiful light with various colors like a rainbow."

The music survival show, originally to begin airing in October 2019 but was pushed back to January 2020, features a group of 26 selected Japanese trainees as they audition and train to debut in JYP's new Japanese girl group.

The second season began airing in April 2020. This season follows the 14 trainees that made it through the first season as they train and compete for six months in hopes of making the final cut. The debut line-up of 9 girls was announced on the final episode of the program. It was also announced the group, named NiziU, would release a pre-debut mini-album in both Japan and South Korea on June 30th. Their official debut is tentatively set for autumn of 2020.

Information

  • Announcement Date: February 7 2019
  • Application Requirements: Female from 15 years to 22 years of age by the end of the audition deadline, or those who have graduated from junior high school by the end of March 2019
  • Application Period: May 1, 2019 ~ Audition Period
  • Audition Period: July 2019 ~ August 2019 (Sapporo, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Okinawa, Los Angeles, Hawaii)
  • Broadcast Period:
    • Season 1: January 31, 2020 – March 27, 2020 (10 episodes)
    • Season 2: April 24, 2020 – June 26, 2020 (10 episodes)

Season 1

Audition

When you put the letters in "NIZI" together, it forms a square that is divided into four parts (). Each participant that passes is given a necklace with a cube pendant that is divided into four hollowed parts.

Below are only a handful of the final qualifiers shown on the program that were selected out of the couple thousand girls who auditioned.

# Participant Audition City Dance Audition Song Vocal Audition Song Results
1 Arai Ayaka Tokyo miss A - "Bad Girl Good Girl" Passed
2 Ahn Yuna Tokyo Wonder Girls - "Irony" Passed
3 Ikematsu Riria Fukuoka TWICE - "Candy Pop" JUJU - "Yasashisa de Afureru You ni" Passed
4 Ishi Miona Tokyo Did Not Pass
5 Ito Rei Tokyo Passed
6 Inoue Akari Tokyo TWICE - "BDZ" Yasuda Rei - "Brand New Day" Passed
7 Oe Riku Osaka Aimer - "Hoshikuzu Venus" Passed
8 Oguri Kako Sendai Passed
9 Ogou Mayuka Osaka Passed
10 Ozaki Suzu Sapporo Sunmi - "24 Sigani Mojara" TWICE - "BDZ" Passed
11 Kakinuma Komaki Tokyo Did Not Pass
12 Katsumura Maya Tokyo Sunmi - "24 Sigani Mojara" Passed
13 Kishida Ririka Osaka J.Y Park - "Eomeonimi Nuguni" Passed
14 Sakurai Miu Nagoya miss A - "Good-bye Baby" Passed
15 Sato Ana Los Angeles TWICE - "What is Love? -Japanese ver.-" Passed
16 Suzuno Miihi Tokyo Ito Yuna - "Precious" Passed
17 Takaya Funa Tokyo Passed
18 Tanigawa Hina Tokyo miss A - "Bad Girl Good Girl" Passed
19 Taniya Kyoka Tokyo Passed
20 Nishihara Karin Osaka TWICE - "Candy Pop" Did Not Pass
21 Hanada Erina Nagoya TWICE - "Candy Pop" Passed
22 Hanabashi Rio Nagoya Aimer - "Hoshikuzu Venus" Passed
23 Hirai Momoka Fukuoka miss A - "Good-bye Baby" Wonder Girls - "Be My Baby" Passed
24 Hillman Nina Sendai TWICE - "What is Love? -Japanese ver.-" Yasuda Rei - "Brand New Day" Passed
25 Plunckett Mei Los Angeles miss A - "Bad Girl Good Girl" Passed
26 Matsunosako Hina Osaka TWICE - "Candy Pop" Did Not Pass
27 Marutane Ayane Osaka J.Y Park - "Eomeonimi Nuguni" Passed
28 Yazaki Sara Tokyo Did Not Pass
29 Yamaguchi Mako Tokyo J.Y Park - "Neo Ppuniya" Uru - "Freesia" Passed
30 Yamashiro Moeno Okinawa J.Y Park - "Eomeonimi Nuguni" JUJU - "Yasashisa de Afureru You ni" Passed
31 Yokoi Rima Tokyo miss A - "Bad Girl Good Girl" Wonder Girls - "Irony" Passed

Japan Training Camp

Evaluation Tests

# Participant Dance Test Song Rank Vocal Test Song Rank
1 Arai Ayaka ITZY - "DALLA DALLA" 16 TWICE - "One More Time" 18
2 Ahn Yuna TWICE - "LIKEY -Japanese ver.-" 8 TWICE - "LIKEY -Japanese ver.-" 8
3 Ikematsu Riria ITZY - "DALLA DALLA" 3 6
4 Ito Rei 11 17
5 Inoue Akari ITZY - "DALLA DALLA" 10 9
6 Oe Riku TWICE - "FANCY" 6 Nakashima Mika - "Yuki no Hana" 4
7 Ogou Mayuka ITZY - "DALLA DALLA" 21 Kato Miliyah x Shimizu Shota - "Love Forever" 24
8 Oguri Kako TWICE - "Cheer Up -Japanese ver.-" 20 20
9 Ozaki Suzu 5 5
10 Katsumura Maya ITZY - "DALLA DALLA" 12 GOT7 - "A" 12
11 Kishida Ririka TWICE - "Cheer Up -Japanese ver.-" 4 TWICE - "One More Time" 21
12 Sakurai Miu TWICE - "LIKEY -Japanese ver.-" 17 ClariS - "Connect" 10
13 Sato Ana 26 25
14 Suzuno Miihi TWICE - "Cheer Up -Japanese ver.-" 2 Nakashima Mika - "Yuki no Hana" 3
15 Takaya Funa TWICE - "FANCY" 19 16
16 Tanigawa Hina 22 15
17 Taniya Kyoka 18 19
18 Hanada Erina ITZY - "DALLA DALLA" 25 26
19 Hanabashi Rio RIRI, KEIJU, Obukuro Nariaki - "Summertime" 9 Nakashima Mika - "Yuki no Hana" 13
20 Hirai Momoka TWICE - "FANCY" 15 2PM - "I Nolaereul Deudgo Dorawa" 11
21 Hillman Nina ITZY - "DALLA DALLA" 24 2PM - "I'll be back -Japanese ver.-" 2
22 Plunckett Mei 14 14
23 Marutane Ayane 23 22
24 Yamaguchi Mako 2PM - "I'll be back -Japanese ver.-" 1 Nakashima Mika - "Yuki no Hana" 1
25 Yamashiro Moeno Nakashima Mika - "Yuki no Hana" 13 23
26 Yokoi Rima TWICE - "FANCY" 7 ITZY - "DALLA DALLA" 7
# Participant Star Power Test
1 Arai Ayaka Tennis Course
TWICE - "Cheer Up -Japanese ver.-"
2 Ahn Yuna Acrobatic performance
3 Ikematsu Riria
4 Ito Rei
5 Inoue Akari Cheerleading
6 Oe Riku Karate Gap Figure
2PM - "Again & Again"
7 Ogou Mayuka
8 Oguri Kako
9 Ozaki Suzu Sailor Moon impression
10 Katsumura Maya "The Ugly Duckling" Picture-Story Show
11 Kishida Ririka
12 Sakurai Miu Mukbang
13 Sato Ana
14 Suzuno Miihi Baton performance
15 Takaya Funa
16 Tanigawa Hina
17 Taniya Kyoka Cooking tteok-bokki while performing
18 Hanada Erina Cheerleading
19 Hanabashi Rio
20 Hirai Momoka
21 Hillman Nina DJ Radio Broadcast
22 Plunckett Mei
23 Marutane Ayane
24 Yamaguchi Mako Eating lemons with no expression then doing calligraphy
25 Yamashiro Moeno
26 Yokoi Rima Plays drums

Final Evaluation

NIZI Girls 5PM Team DALLA DALLA miss G TT Team
Wonder Girls
"Be My Baby"
2PM
"Again & Again"
ITZY
"DALLA DALLA"
miss A
"Bad Girl Good Girl"
TWICE
"TT"
Ozaki Suzu Arai Ayaka Ahn Yuna Ito Rei Oguri Kako
Tanigawa Hina Inoue Akari Ogou Mayuka Oe Riku Kishida Ririka
Hanabashi Rio Taniya Kyoka Kishida Ririka Katsumura Maya Sakurai Miu
Hirai Momoka Yamaguchi Mako Hanada Erina Takaya Funa Sato Ana*
Plunckett Mei Yamashiro Moeno Hillman Nina Marutane Ayane Suzuno Miihi
Yokoi Rima

* Sato Ana left before the showcase.

Pendant Battle

The necklace they received for passing the first audition can now be filled with four triangular jeweled pieces: yellow for dance, green for vocal, red for star power, and blue for personality. The girls who can fill all four pendant slots will be able to proceed to training in Korea.

# Participant Dance Vocal Star Power Personality Ranking
1 Arai Ayaka Acquired** Acquired* Acquired 14
2 Ahn Yuna Acquired** Acquired** Acquired* Acquired 6
3 Ikematsu Riria Acquired* Acquired** Acquired 12
4 Ito Rei Acquired**
5 Inoue Akari Acquired** Acquired** Acquired** 11
6 Oe Riku Acquired** Acquired* Acquired* Acquired 5
7 Oguri Kako Acquired***
8 Ogou Mayuka Acquired*** Acquired*** Acquired*** 13
9 Ozaki Suzu Acquired** Acquired** Acquired* 8
10 Katsumura Maya Acquired** Acquired** Acquired* Acquired 3
11 Kishida Ririka Acquired**
12 Sakurai Miu Acquired*
13 Sato Ana
14 Suzuno Miihi Acquired* Acquired* Acquired* Acquired 2
15 Takaya Funa
16 Tanigawa Hina
17 Taniya Kyoka Acquired**
18 Hanada Erina
19 Hanabashi Rio Acquired** Acquired** Acquired 10
20 Hirai Momoka Acquired** Acquired** Acquired*** 9
21 Hillman Nina Acquired* Acquired* Acquired 7
22 Plunckett Mei Acquired**
23 Marutane Ayane
24 Yamaguchi Mako Acquired* Acquired* Acquired** Acquired 1
25 Yamashiro Moeno Acquired** Acquired**
26 Yokoi Rima Acquired** Acquired** Acquired* Acquired 4

* - Earned during the evaluation test.
** - Earned by being in top rank (top 16 for dance, top 13 for vocal, additional 4 for star power).
*** - Earned at the final evaluation.

Season 2

Missions

The trainees are given various missions to test their skills and improve themselves. They are ranked following each mission, and those who receive the lowest rank two times will be disqualified. The trainees trained for one month in South Korea prior to the start of their evaluations.

Mission 1: Individual Level Test

# Participant Song Ranking
1 Arai Ayaka TWICE - "Precious Love" 9
2 Ahn Yuna miss A - "I Don't Need A Man" 10
3 Ikematsu Riria J.Y Park - "Who's your mama" 11
4 Inoue Akari miss A - "Good-bye Baby" 13
5 Oe Riku J.Y Park - "Who's your mama" 3
6 Ogou Mayuka Wonder Girls - "Like This" 8
7 Katsumura Maya miss A - "Touch" 4
8 Suzuno Miihi Wonder Girls - "Nobody (Rainstone remix)" 1
9 Hanabashi Rio Yubin - "Lady" 6
10 Hirai Momoka TWICE - "BDZ" 12
11 Hillman Nina Charlie Puth - "Attention" 7
12 Yamaguchi Mako Sunmi - "24 Sigani Mojara" 2
13 Yokoi Rima J.Y Park - "Honey" 5

Mission 2: Team Mission

The trainees are put into four groups to test how well they work together. As an added test, one team must battle against another. Members of the winning team receive pendants. The trainees were given another month to prepare for the mission.

Seaside Fairies Sun Rise Heart Maker Mr. Madonnie
TWICE
"Dance the Night Away -Japanese ver.-"
I.O.I
"Very Very Very"
TWICE
"HEART SHAKER -Japanese ver.-"
J.Y Park
"Swing Baby"
Hillman Nina (L) 9 Suzuno Miihi (L) 6 Oe Riku (L) 4 Yamaguchi Mako (L) 3
Ogou Mayuka 11 Yokoi Rima 2 Ahn Yuna 12 Katsumura Maya 1
Ikematsu Riria 10 Arai Ayaka 7 Hirai Momoka 13 Hanabashi Rio 8
Inoue Akari 5
Winner: Sun Rise Winner: Mr. Madonnie

Mission 3: Team Battle

The trainees are put into three groups to test their image concept. Members of the winning team receive pendants. The trainees were given another month to prepare for the mission.

IRIS (Emotion) We bling (Young & Energetic) 2K5 (Entertainer)
TWICE
"Feel Special"
ITZY
"ICY"
2PM
"Heartbeat"
Katsumura Maya (L) 5 Yokoi Rima (L) 6 Yamaguchi Mako (L) 1
Suzuno Miihi 11 Hanabashi Rio 2 Oe Riku 10
Ahn Yuna 7 Ikematsu Riria 9 Ogou Mayuka 3
Inoue Akari 4 Hillman Nina 8 Arai Ayaka 12
Hirai Momoka 13
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place

Mission 4: Final Missions

The trainees are put into two groups to battle against each other.

Team Mission Song Battle
Mako Team Maya Team
"Niji no Mukou e" (虹の向こうへ) "Boom Boom Boom"
Yamaguchi Mako (L) Katsumura Maya (L)
Ikematsu Riria Yokoi Rima
Arai Ayaka Suzuno Miihi
Inoue Akari Oe Riku
Ahn Yuna Ogou Mayuka
Hanabashi Rio Hillman Nina
Winner: Maya Team
Debut Song Battle
Mako Team Maya Team
"Make you happy"
Yamaguchi Mako (L) Katsumura Maya (L)
Ikematsu Riria Yokoi Rima
Arai Ayaka Suzuno Miihi
Inoue Akari Oe Riku
Ahn Yuna Ogou Mayuka
Hanabashi Rio Hillman Nina
Winner: Mako Team

Overall Rankings

# Participant Mission Rankings
1 2 3 4
1 Arai Ayaka 9 7 12 8
2 Ahn Yuna 10 12 7 11
3 Ikematsu Riria 11 10 9 12
4 Inoue Akari 13 5 4 10
5 Oe Riku 3 4 10 2
6 Ogou Mayuka 8 11 3 7
7 Katsumura Maya 4 1 5 5
8 Suzuno Miihi 1 6 11 6
9 Hanabashi Rio 6 8 2 4
10 Hirai Momoka 12 13 13 13
11 Hillman Nina 7 9 8 9
12 Yamaguchi Mako 2 3 1 1
13 Yokoi Rima 5 2 6 3

Pendant Battle

The necklace they received for passing the first audition and the four triangular jeweled pieces they received during season 1 can now be upgraded one stage higher. Four additional rose-gold colored pieces can be attached to the outside of the existing pieces.

# Participant Pendant 1 Pendant 2 Pendant 3 Pendant 4
1 Arai Ayaka Acquired Acquired
2 Ahn Yuna Acquired
3 Ikematsu Riria Acquired
4 Inoue Akari Acquired Acquired
5 Oe Riku Acquired Acquired Acquired
6 Ogou Mayuka Acquired Acquired Acquired
7 Katsumura Maya Acquired Acquired Acquired Acquired
8 Suzuno Miihi Acquired Acquired Acquired Acquired
9 Hanabashi Rio Acquired Acquired Acquired Acquired
10 Hirai Momoka
11 Hillman Nina Acquired Acquired Acquired Acquired
12 Yamaguchi Mako Acquired Acquired Acquired Acquired
13 Yokoi Rima Acquired Acquired Acquired Acquired

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