The music show of the year, Kohaku will pit the most popular male and female performers against each other as the White Team(males) and Red Team(females). After much speculation, the Kohaku participants have been revealed!
AKB48 has been selected for the third time, having performed in 2007 and 2009 before. I’m looking forward to Ikimonogakari, Koda Kumi, Hamasaki Ayumi, AKB48, and Perfume’s performances. As much as I would like the Red Team to win, there are a lot more artists I know of on the White Team, like Arashi, EXILE, SMAP, TOKIO, AAA, Flumpool, Porno Graffiti, and L’Arc~en~Ciel; even if I’m not familiar with their music, they’re constantly brought up on variety shows and referenced, so it leads me to believe that the White Team may have more bite when it comes to the number of hard-hitting performers. The White Team has also been the winner for the past 5 years—it’s about time to break that streak, don’t you think?