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'Kohaku' New Year’s Eve singing contest will be invaded by 'Star Wars'

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By KK Miller, RocketNews24

Disney is getting its hands on all it can this year — you’ll even be able to catch a special performance by "Star Wars" characters and Arashi at the annual singing contest "Kohaku Uta Gassen" this year.

"Kohaku" is the red versus white singing competition that is the most popular New Year’s Eve television event in Japan. Popular entertainers are divided up into two teams and sing their hearts out for New Year’s supremacy. Even though "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" didn’t take the number one spot for the box office in Japan the weekend the movie opened, that doesn’t mean 2015 won’t be remembered as the year the franchise came back in style.

During the singing competition, long-running boy band Arashi will be joined on stage by iconic "Star Wars" characters such as Darth Vader, Storm troopers, RD-D2, C-3PO and one of the breakout stars of the new movie, BB-8. You won’t want to miss this large-scale special stage event on Dec 31.

Arashi leader Satoshi Ono released a comment about their upcoming performance on New Year’s Eve.

“On the stage for this year’s 'Kohaku Uta Gassen,' it’s been decided that we will have a joint performance with 'Star Wars.' Everyone knows that this is an epic collaboration and so we’re very nervous, but we are still going to give it our all! No matter the stage we are on, we always enjoy ourselves. Please watch us!”

The red team will be led by actress Haruka Ayase and the white team will be led by Yoshihiko Inohara (singer in V6). Each of the leaders will command their singing troops in a singing extravaganza.

"'Star Wars' won’t be the only Disney property to make an appearance on the show, as Perfume, V6 and Disney also have another special collaboration in the works. Could this be the test run for a fantastic new Disney musical? Tune in on December 31, 2015 to find out.

Source: Hachima Kiko

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Maybe R2-D2 can be "O tori" ! (The final singer.)

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"boy band"? More like "oyaji-kusai band" lol

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At this rate, stars wars is wearing out its welcome, being hyped everywhere. There is a limit to PR. Enuf already, Disney. Your greedy arms are ruining a nice sci-fi fairy tale.

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Can't miss it!!!

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This will be right up there with the last Star Wars Holiday Special.

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Is anyone else sick of bloody Star Wars?

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This may break the ground hog day repetativness of Red and White show, for about 3 minutes that is.

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Well, that makes up my mind. I'm watching Downtowm Gaki no Tsukai.

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Can they steal more air time and kick out "put your 3letters+2digit" out of the TV ? If yes, it cannot be so bad.

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Awww... and I forgot to get tickets!

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"During the singing competition, long-running boy band Arashi will be joined on stage by iconic “Star Wars” characters such as Darth Vader, Storm troopers, RD-D2, C-3PO and one of the breakout stars of the new movie, BB-8. "

What about Chewie?

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Star Wars singing contest ... Where's Bill Murray?

"Star Wars, Nothing but Star Wars, It's got to be Star Wars, All of the time." --Bill Murray, SNL

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One more reason to start drinking early this evening.

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