generasia:Featured article for 2020 week 2
An audition for a second generation of Up Up Girls was announced at the Up Up Girls (Kakko Kari) Nippon Budokan concert, though it was not specified if the winners would be members of the group or part of a new sister group. An age limit of 12 to 23 years old was also reported, but starting and ending dates for the audition were not given.
On February 25th, the winners of the audition were announced consisting of Takahagi Chinatsu, Hashimura Riko, Kajishima Aya, and Yoshikawa Mayu. In a surprise announcement via YouTube on March 18th, Nakaoki Rin was announced to join Up Up Girls (2). The five girls debuted on Up Up Girls (Kakko Kari)'s "Upper Disco / FOREVER YOUNG" single. From then on, the second generation would be acting as their own separate group with the release of their first indies single on August 15th, titled "Sun!×3 / Ninoashi Dancing".
Their eighth single, "Sekai de Ichiban Kawaii Idol / Shiterumon", is released this week on January 7th.