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Arashi & Inoue Mao become the hosts for NHK's 'Kohaku Uta Gassen'!

October 19, 2011 @ 2:55 pm
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It's been announced that Inoue Mao and Arashi have been chosen to become the hosts for NHK's annual New Year's Eve music show, "The 62nd NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen"!

This is the second consecutive year for Arashi toparticipatein Kohaku as the host for 'Shirogumi' (the team with male artists or group with male vocals). Last year, Shirogumi won the Kohaku, and its leader, Ohno Satoshi, proudly collected the championship flag. Ohno mused, "I would like to grab the flag again."

On the other hand, this is the first time for Inoue Mao to be chosen as a Kohaku host. She will be doing so on behalf of 'Akagumi' (the team with female artists or group with female vocals). Inoue expressed her eagerness to grab the flag by saying, "Akagumi has had six consecutive defeats, so I want to win this year."

The theme of Kohaku for this year is "Ashita wo Utaou" ("Let's sing for tomorrow"), which aims to conclude the year of 2011 brightly through the power of song. Many anxieties rocked Japan this year due to the Tohoku earthquake and devastating typhoon, and so the event hopes to start 2012 with good cheer.

Sakurai Sho said, "When we first participated in Kohaku as a performer, which was in 2009, the theme of the year was 'Uta no Chikara?Mugendai ("The power of songs ? infinity").' This year, I would like to help the artists' 'power of songs' as the host."

As reported previously, AKB48 and Terry Ito will be the "Kohaku supporters" for this year.

Source & Image: natalie

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