&Audition - The Howling (엔오디션- 더 하울링; 2022) was a Japanese audition program created by HYBE Labels Japan to form their new Japanese boy group. The show broadcasted the recruitment of new members. Four members from I-LAND (Season 1) were confirmed as members prior to the start of the show. They were K, EJ, Ta-ki, and Nicholas. The audition program broadcasted on July 9, 2022, through Nippon TV, Hulu, and YouTube.
The 9-member final debuting group was announced as &TEAM. The members are K, Taki, Nicholas, EJ, Jo, Fuma, Harua, Yuma, and Maki.
The "&" of &Audition symbolizes connecting people with people and the world.
The mentors on the show are Bang Si Hyuk (CEO), Pdogg (producer), Son Sung Deuk (performance director), Sakura Inoue (performance director), and Soma Genda (producer).
&Audition - The Howling has 15 contestants born between 1997 and 2008. Four members were confirmed as part of the new boy group: K, EJ, Nicholas, and Taki. They were contestants from I-LAND (Season 1), the reality show that formed ENHYPEN. The other 11 contestants are Fuma, Hayate, Junwon, Yuma, Gaku, Jo, Hikaru, Harua, Maki, Minhyung, Yejun.
The oldest contestant is K (born Oct 21, 1997). He was 24 years old at the time of the show. The youngest contestant is Yejun (born Apr 28, 2007). He was 15 years old when the show aired.
Regarding nationalities, there are 10 Japanese contestants, 1 Taiwanese (Nicholas), and 4 Korean (Junwon, Yejun, Minhyung, EJ).
Contestants' age ranked from oldest to youngest
|1. K||Oct 21, 1997||25|
|2. Fuma||Jun 29, 1998||24|
|3. Hayate||Jan 25, 2001||21|
|4. Nicholas||Jul 9, 2002||20|
|5. EJ||Sep 7, 2002||20|
|6. Junwon||Apr 21, 2003||19|
|7. Yuma||Feb 7, 2004||18|
|8. Gaku||Apr 25, 2004||18|
|9. Jo||Jul 8, 2004||18|
|10. Hikaru||Mar 28, 2005||17|
|11. Harua||May 1, 2005||17|
|12. Taki||May 4, 2005||17|
|13. Maki||Feb 17, 2006||16|
|14. Minhyung||Jan 27, 2007||15|
|15. Yejun||Apr 28, 2007||15|
*International age as of the end of 2022 (year when the show was broadcasted)
The trainees are given a certain number of marbles called &BALLS that represent their scores during the interim checks. During these checks, contestants are evaluated on vocal and performance abilities. During actual performances, they are evaluated on not only vocal and performance, but also on new criteria that will change with each performance. In order to debut, trainees need to fill up a ring called &RING with the &BALLS to debut. If they fail to fill it up, they will not be able to debut.