Ka-wa-ii! Third Generation Audition ~NEXT IS YOU!~ (かわいい！第三世代のオーディション 〜NEXT IS YOU！〜) is Ka-wa-ii!'s third generation audition. The audition was announced on March 16 at Ka-wa-ii! 2013 Tour Haru ~Egao Sensation~ concert.
- Application Requirements:
- Female, Minimum age of 10 and maximum of 17 years of age by April 1, 2013.
- Must not be under a contract with any agencies.
- Must have consent from legal guardian if under age.
- Application Deadline: April 30, 2013
- Total Applicants: 100,000+
- Training Camp Choreographer: Yoshiko
- Broadcast: On Hello! SATOYAMA Life
The application deadline was April 30, 2013. However, due to the large amount of auditionees, about 50,000 of the applicants were told to come to several locations to audition in person. The other 50,000 were told that they didn't need to come to the screening. Each girl was expected to know a simple dance and to sing a song acapella
The screenings took place on the following days in different prefectures in Japan.
- May 25, Hiroshima
- May 26, Fukuoka
- June 1, Sendai
- June 2, Sapporo
- June 8, Tokyo
- June 9, Osaka
- June 15, Tokyo
- June 22, Nagoya
- June 23, Tokyo
- June 30, Osaka
The second round was from June 29 to the July 16. The videotape and profile of each girl were viewed by Tsunku, who then arbitrarily selected the ones he wanted to go into the third round. All the candidates were interviewed during this 2nd round.
- The 50,000 girls who had to go to the first round screening went to Tokyo for the second round on July 1.
- On July 16, the second round ended, those who passed the second round were mailed their results.
The 132 candidates gathered in Tokyo for further screening. From there, they were selected, and invited to the training camp. The third round ended on August 15.
- 5 girls were chosen to participate in the fourth round.
- Norio Rei was a former member of Gifu Girls.
- Tatsuki Maya was a former member of Hello! Smiles.
- This was the first Ka-wa-ii! audition opened for all countries.