“Idols representing Japan, go to the world!”
With these feelings started the idol tournament “Tokyo Candoll” last year. After the success of that first edition, it is back to be held for the second time in 2016. The tournament’s winner is rewarded with the chance to perform on the live stage at Japan Expo next July. The tournament will be held as a battle where the votes of idol fans who come to the venues will decide who will be the new generation of idols to represent Japan.
Japan Expo, partner of the event, will follow the contest, from the first selections in early 2016 to the announcement of the winning artist or group in May 2016. Follow the new son our website to discover new idols and find out who will win Tokyo Candoll 2016!
Tokyo Candoll 2015 & Luce Twinkle Wink☆
The first preliminary tournament held in Japan in 2015 had over 80 groups performing passionate shows, and over 3,000 fans came to see them. More fans appeared to see the show than could fit in the venues, and the contest caused excitement not only at the venues, but all over the internet.
The winner for the 2015 tournament was Luce Twinkle Wink☆. At Japan Expo they didn’t only perform on stage, but also held autograph sessions and photo calls. They were warmly welcomed by many overseas fans, and they were featured in overseas TV shows, radio shows, magazines and other media, and after they came back to Japan, they got a chance to make a major debut through NBC Universal Entertainment.
Tokyo Candoll has officially started last Feb. 10 with the first stage of the contest. As a proof of the contest success, the number of entrants has increased since last year with 92 contestants for 2016. Among them, idols focused on Japan, acrobatic idols, local ones who promote their prefectures or cities, or young groups recently created. And here are the 92 entrants:
After the first stage of the contest, there are 49 groups left in the running towards victory and Japan Expo! The contestants are competing at the moment and until April 11 in the quarterfinals to try and win a place in the semifinals where half of them will perform.
The 49 groups in the running for the semifinals are:
Prism Fantasia, impression, Pinafa, Tama P, Idol Choho Kikan LEVEL7, dora☆dora, Kujo Hoyuki, Hauptharmonie, Ikoku no Farmacista, Hachikin Girls, Jeanne Maria, d-girls, LONDON BLUE, Blue Trip, Nonsugar, Koisuru BEAT, Omiya I♥DOLL, Pyuacco, Stella☆Beats, Sorano Aozora, Yuiga Dokuson, NECRONOMIDOL, TOKYO Kissa, Rhymeberry, Tsuyogari Sensation, Harajuku Monogatari, LUVYA, Pink Babies, Yandoll, Yubeshi Mico, And Crazy, Girls Beat!!, All or Nothing, MAI MILK BAKKOON!?!, Shoujotai, YuruFuwa Idol flavor, Deathrabbits, Maeda Irori, G→L, Kitakaze Impact, Maho Shoujo☆Riripomu, BANZAI JAPAN, Under Beasty, WHiTE BEACH, KiraKira Gerira, 9-Bits Lv.5, 3dots and more, 3ji no Oyatsu.
There is now only 28 groups left.
Here is the list for the semifinals:
Prism Fantasia, Pinafa, Tama P, Idol Choho Kikan LEVEL7, dora☆dora, Ikoku no Farmacista, Jeanne Maria, d-girls, Nonsugar, Omiya I♥DOLL, Pyuacco, Stella☆Beats, Sorano Aozora, Yuiga Dokuson, NECRONOMIDOL, Tsuyogari Sensation, LUVYA, Pink Babies, Yandoll, And Crazy, MAI MILK BAKKOON!?!, Shoujotai, Deathrabbits, Maeda Irori, G→L, BANZAI JAPAN, WHiTE BEACH, 3ji no Oyatsu.
19 groups faced off but only 9 were selected:
And Crazy, Stella☆Beats, d-girls, Deathrabbits, Pinafa, Pyuacco, Maeda Irori, Yandoll, Yuiga Dokuson.
Besides, at the request of the participants, one group among those who was eliminated will go to the finals with the 9 others.
Congratulations to all of them and good luck!