Sayashi Riho (鞘師里保), a Japanese pop singer, dancer and a former idol under Hello! Project has join BABYMETAL in replacement of YuiMetal at the Yokohama Arena 2019-06-28 concert.
Known for her wabi-sabi personality, she has been most popular out of Morning Musume’s 2011 additions and called the group’s “absolute ace” (絶対的エース; zettaiteki ace) by media. Starting with “Only you”, her second single as a Morning Musume member, she was pushed into becoming one of the group’s central figures as a main vocalist and dancer.
Sayashi graduated from Morning Musume on December 31, 2015 and halted activities in Hello! Project to study language and dance abroad. On December 7, 2018, it was announced that her contract with UP-FRONT PROMOTION expired at the end of November 2018 and she had subsequently graduated from Hello! Project.
Sayashi Riho join BABYMETAL
On June 28 at Yokohama Arena, BABYMETAL held their first concert of the year, BABYMETAL AWAKENS -THE SUN ALSO RISES-, where a support dancer took the place left by third member YUIMETAL (Mizuno Yui), who quit due to health reasons in October 2018.
Although the support dancer was not introduced during the concert, news sites and audience members on social media identified her as Sayashi. According to Sponichi Annex, a support dancer would be chosen as the third member for each of BABYMETAL’s performances, and Sayashi was chosen for that day. Before they debuted, Sayashi was rivals with the band’s main vocalist SU-METAL (Nakamoto Suzuka) when they attended Actor’s School Hiroshima together.