Kanjani8 to perform in Kouhaku for the first time!
Johnny’s 7 member group Kanjani8 has been invited to attend New Year’s Eve (7:15~11:45PM), 63rd NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen.
Being this the year of their 8th debut anniversary, they’ve held large events and tours. From a group originally based in Osaka, they’ve grown to become a national figure. To round out this memorial year with a big even suitable for the occasion.
Being a group of kansai people, they’ve used their interesting and familiar characters as weapon to become a unique idol group. Particularly, they’ve mobilized a total of 880,000 people to their events and tours to commemorate their 8th anniversary. Making all their releases, both album and singles from this year, top Oricon charts.
According to an NHK official, being a group that combines ability and popularity they’ve been offered by the agency to participate among this year’s centerpieces. Since 2009, during 3 years in a row, only 4 groups have participated as contestants; SMAP, TOKIO, Arashi and NYC. Next week, the full list of contestants will be announced officially.