We now have official confirmation from Momoko herself that she is participating in the South Korean reality competition show, “Girls Planet 999”.
Before this weeks official announcement, there was already discussion among fans about Momoko’s participation. It started with the release of a teaser video on July 8th showing the faces of the 99 contestants, with one of them “looking very similar” to Momoko (at 1:42, second from the right). A few days later, on July 16th, the Japanese group’s version of the theme song, “O.O.O (Over&Over&Over)”, was released, at which point discussion was fueled once more (once again appearing at 1:42). But only a few hours later, a short introduction of the members was released, including one by Momoko in English, confirming it was her:
Here is her full presentation. She spoke in Japanese and Korean, but it has English subtitles:
And here is her personal profile with info and pictures.
Girls Planet 999
Girls Planet 999 is a South Korean reality competition show where 99 contestants will participate, 33 from South Korea, 33 from Japan, and 33 from China. The end goal is to have a 9 member group. Fans can vote on their favorite members via the official app.
The show will premiere on Mnet on August 6th at 8:20 PM (KST) and air for 12 weekly episodes, until its finale on October 22th.
MOMOKOMETAL and the Avengers
What this means for MOMOKOMETAL, or the Avengers as a whole is something up for debate. Many believe this means this is the end of her participation with BABYMETAL, as well as the end of the Avengers, which makes sense considering the “10 BABYMETAL BUDOKAN” were supposed to be the last shows of the METAL RESISTANCE, so it’s not unexpected to see quite a few changes going forward. We will have to wait and see how it pans out.
Whatever is the case, we wish Momoko good luck in here future ventures.