NHK on Monday announced the names of the 50 artists and groups to perform on this year's 60th NHK "Kohaku Uta Gassen" (red and White Song Contest), with four Johnny's boy bands topping the list including, Arashi, Hey! Say! Jump, and NYC boys.
Arashi was scheduled not to appear due to other commitments but decided to join in the 60th anniversary program. NYC boys, who will make their first appearance, were also excited to participate, with member Yuri Chine, 15, vowing to "definitely try not to lose to Arashi!"
Both groups were invited by NHK. Keisuke Inoue, NYC's chief producer, explained, "Kohaku usually only features the top sellers of that year. Arashi is always a best seller. And NYC has been having great sales even though they're still new."
Johnny's Entertainment president Johnny Kitagawa said, "Because there's an age limit on the actual countdown (that runs after Kohaku), NYC couldn't appear, so we instead wanted them to sing on Kohaku."
Inoue also hinted at the possibility of other singers in the 100-member Johnny's Jr troupe to make a surprise appearance as "reinforcements."
Other groups making their debut at "Kohaku" include Funky Monkey Babys and Flumpool.© Japan Today