Watching this episode I realize that I must have not watched it before. Because honestly there is so much that comes off as strange with it as there is no mention of NEWS whatsoever in it. And I think it really helps show why people were not convinced NEWS' debut here would lead them to being a debuted group instead of a temporary one.
All I can think of to explain the complete lack of NEWS here is that the the performances for this episode was recorded before the ones for the episode that aired first for this month. Though why they did not air them in that order if that was the case is beyond me.
But even so I think it is really apparent why this original debut for NEWS is not really considered as the actual debut and it will be their next single that is marked as their official debut.
There are also some signs of things to come with the next generation of Juniors with Inoo being pushed and Tamamori making his appearance. It will still be a few months before they will get sorted into Junior groups, but it will not be much longer for Inoo, IIRC. And having the members of Kis-My-Ft being lumped together more and more means that group should be coming up soon as well.
Also as a side note there have been things going on with my personal life that has been interfering with me blogging in the past couple of days. And there is a good chance I will have to take a bit of a hiatus for a couple of days next week. But since Blogger now lets you schedule times for posts to go up I will try to see about using that to make sure there are things posted that day even if I am not around the net to do so. But I would expect things to be a bit review heavy for the next week or so as they are the easiest to do in advance. If I have to take that hiatus I will make a post about it at the end of the week.