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USA48 is a group based in Washington, DC and performs weekly at the Eagle Theater.

The group is split into 3 teams:

There is also a trainees program called the Kenkyuusei .


The creation of USA48 was announced on 15 April 2012. Girls ages 10-19 years of age may audition. 

19,203 applied.

It was announced that on 1 June 2012 that the preliminary screenings were complete. Girls who passed would recieve letters of acceptance and would move on to the next round. They would be required to appear in person to one of 15 cities to audition.

Auditions took place in 15 cities in the United States over the month of July:

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Seattle, WA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Boise, ID
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Denver, CO
  • St. Paul, MN
  • Austin, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Talahassee, FL
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Boston, MA

On 7 August 2012 it was announced that letters would be sent out to girls who passed the second round and would be required to attend the third round of auditions in Los Angeles or New York City in September.

Final auditions took place in Washington, DC in October with 198 finalists. Winners were announced on November 10.


Team U

Team S                       

Team A