TOKYO – The 43 acts that will perform in the 72nd annual “Kohaku Uta Gassen” (Battle of the Red and White Song), an annual music show airing on New Years Eve, were announced by the public broadcaster NHK on November 19, with a handful of newcomers to their ranks.
Four groups will make their first appearances on the show for the Red Team, and six for the White Team. These include actress Mone Kamishiraishi, 23, who plays the heroine in NHK’s current morning drama series “Come Come Everybody,” and the four-member group DISH //, including singer and guitarist. 24-year-old Takumi Kitamura is also active as an actor. Kamishiraishi and DISH // will join the red and white teams respectively.
Six female members who do not play instruments, punk group BiSH, and musician Tomoyasu Hotei, 59, who is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his debut, will also perform in the show for the first time.
Instead of being presented at the NHK Hall, which is under renovation, the show will be held this year at the Tokyo International Forum in the Chiyoda district of the capital with an audience.
The show’s hosts were previously referred to by different names depending on whether they served the red team, the white team, or took a general stance, but this year the neutral term “shikai” (presenter) will be used to refer to each of them.
(Japanese original by Mizuki Osawa, Department of Cultural News)