NHK announces lineup for 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' on New Year's Eve
NHK on Monday announced the lineup for its popular New Year’s Eve program “Kohaku Uta Gassen” (Red and White Song Contest). The theme of this year’s contest is “Meeting Through Music.”
Making their debut for the Red (women’s) team are model-singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, AKB48 sister group SKE48, Momoiro Clover Z and Princess Princess. Other Red contestants include AKB48, Kumi Koda, Ayumi Hamasaki, Perfume, along with veterans Sayuri Ishikawa, appearing for the 35th time, and Akiko Wada, making her 36th appearance.
Debuting for the White (men’s) team are air band Golden Bomber, Noto Inti Raymi and 77-year-old Akihiro Miwa. Saburo Kitajima makes his 49th appearance, while Shinichi Mori appears for the 45th time and Hiroshi Itsuki for the 42nd time. Other White members include SMAP, EXILE, TOKIO, Masaharu Fukuyama and Arashi.
No Korean acts were invited this year.
See full line-up here.
Though it has lost some of its luster in the past 10 years, “Kohaku Uta Gassen” is still considered the most prestigious TV music program to be invited to appear on.
Actress Maki Horikita and all-male pop band Arashi will host the program.
Arashi will be hosting the gala show for the third consecutive year, while Horikita, 24, will be making her debut, taking over from Mao Inoue. She has been starring this year in NHK’s popular drama, “Ume-chan sensei.”
The White team has won 33 of the past 62 contests.
The program will air from 7:15 p.m. on NHK on Dec 31.