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12:24 pm - 01/19/2013

Fans are not happy with this year Johnny's Countdown!

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Many fans have expressed their dissatisfaction with this year Johnny's Countdown Live, the annual program that aired on Fuji TV on New Year's Eve.   And the main complaint about the show is the VTR segment of the program.

This year Johnny's Countdown was held in Tokyo dome with the participation of  Noriyuki Higashiyama, Masahiko Kondo, V6, Kinki Kids, Tackey & Tsubasa, Yamapi, NEWS, KAT-TUN, Hey! Say! JUMP, Johnny Jr. , ABC-Z for the first time in five years, Uchi Hiroki, Nakajima Kento, and  Nakayama Yuma. 

Arashi, TOKIO, and Kanjani8 showed up on the venue's VTR only, and the usual emphasis "LIVE" displayed on the screen up until last year was gone.   Many fans feel for a program that claimed to be "LIVE",  this is really a shame.  On top of that, it lacks the hyper, energetic presence of TOKIO who usually worked up the crowd.  Instead the program featured too many of the "boring old men" Noriyuki Higashiyama and Masahiko Kondo.   There were also more  VTR performances of groups this year,  more than the collaboration between groups or group shuffles.   Many fans want to see more of the group shuffles because that has been the big charm of Johnny's Countdown.


Aside from Arashi who had to moderate NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen, TOKIO  should have been moved to the Countdown Live  after their performance from Kohaku.  So why didn't they?  Editors familiar with Johnny's talk about certain circumstances. Johnny's has become a house divided.  Iijima faction which includes mainly SMAP and the SMAP bartered, co-starring groups like Kis-my-ft2 and Yamapi.... Julie faction which includes Arashi, TOKIO and Kanjani8.   The bartered, co-starring groups and the groups plus individuals who stand on their own made up Johnny's Countdown.  Although Arashi had been hosting Johnny's Countdown before but there were speculations flying around that  Johnny's favorite, Kinki Kids, namely Domoto Tsuyoshi, looked like he was in a bad mood while performing further complicated the matter.


For Julie and Iijima factions, the main battleground is TV Variety show.  There is no longer a "royal road" that will lead to the Presidency.  Incidentally, on the  music show  hosted by Nakai "Tuesday music! SP" (broadcast on December 25), there was a Johnny's medley with SMAP followed by the younger generations in the back dancing to "SHAKE".  Takuya Kimura and Yamapi sang "Seishun Amigo".  And group shuffles were seen as Hey!Say!JUMP members smiling and  dancing in the back performing "NAI-NAI16" with Nakai, Kusanagi and Katori Shingo.   Many of the performances from Johnny's Countdown were seen and heard on that show.
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Source: johnnys-watcher translated by 4miu_miu
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daika91 19th-Jan-2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
i was very sad~ it was fast ne ^-^
myharu 19th-Jan-2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
I agree, this year sucked, but leave Matchy out of this he is awesome.

They need to fix their shit for '13-14 and this may sound weird but I kinda miss seein the random jr groups that performed in '11-12 like ?uestion even if one of those guys' faces weirded me out

and Yes TOKIO does hype up the crowd and Tsuyoshi did looked pissed in some parts of this year's JCD

and please bring back Toma...he can sing and dance too~

ETA: I've only seen '11-12, '12-13 fully and bits and pieces of others so I'm not entirely sure what went down in previous JCDs I'm just basing my opinion on the ones I've fully seen.

Edited at 2013-01-19 11:23 pm (UTC)
kathleeness 20th-Jan-2013 04:12 am (UTC)
and please bring back Toma...he can sing and dance too~

THIS
sapphirehyeran 20th-Jan-2013 02:06 pm (UTC)
omg THIS! I feel like I'm the only one to love Shonentai -__-
lanysakurai 19th-Jan-2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
I have no patience to try to understand those Johnny's family fights but I dont mind the VTR, give the groups a break!
liime_arix 19th-Jan-2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
Matchy is flawless and can get it, even if he is 'old'.

I found the stage (whatever that big cluster fuck machine is) to be too distracting. I wish there were more shuffles, different songs to perform. At this rate, I know all the oldie goldies just from them being performed repeatedly.

Yes, they should bring back TOKIO. I think K8 at Kouhaku was a mistake since I don't think it really did anything for them.

Aren't there also older junior groups that they could have been highlighted? Even a little bit? I mean, I'm not going to stan them, but it'd be nice to see some fresh faces.
myharu 19th-Jan-2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
was Bakaleya6 on this year's JCD? I don't remember seeing them (cuz I was looking because I have yet to see them perform) and I wanted more shuffles too


and yes I'm trolling you with my icon
botanbutton 19th-Jan-2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't care. I'll watch whatever. lol
minam_shi 19th-Jan-2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
+99999
gally04 19th-Jan-2013 11:38 pm (UTC)
+1

Tsuyoshi expressed a LOT of times how scared he was of this year's stage ^^;
Also, people need to consider what is 'real' here: KinKi had a concert the day before, the very day, then after Countdown, Tsuyoshi still had to do his kogiri, and again a KK concert the day after.
I don't call all this 'being in a bad mood' XD
minam_shi 19th-Jan-2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
It can't be helped. There will always be fans to complain.
seelenlicht 19th-Jan-2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
I understand that it's impossible to satisfy everyone but this " Instead the program featured too many of the "boring old men" Noriyuki Higashiyama and Masahiko Kondo." Is just SO damn rude.
They both were flawless during the performances.
janinebr 19th-Jan-2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
I really hate this "fighting" between Julie and Iijima .. I really wonder if some Groups will ever have the opportunity to work together .. for the time beeing it´s like Kanjani8/Tokio/Arashi and Smap/Kissmyft2 .. it´s kinda sad .. Johnnys doesn´t seem to be Johnnys like it was in the past and only because 2 are fighting .. I really want to know whats going on behind the scenes .. for JCD I found it also boring .. I enjoyed last years and the years before but for me it was like something was off this time .. something was really missing .. I can´t put it in words .. I liked the Groups on JCD and listen to them but the whole show missed the glow of the other times ..
___varying 19th-Jan-2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
This Iijima V Julie thing keeps on coming up. I wonder how serious it is.
xanithofdragons 20th-Jan-2013 01:23 am (UTC)
I doubt it's half as serious as the rumors make it out to be. :/
asth77 19th-Jan-2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
So I'm finally starting to believe into that Iijima vs Julie thing.
That always sounded like a bad manga script.
ambersolle 20th-Jan-2013 12:01 am (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only one who think that 2012-2013's JCC is boring. They need to bring back TOKIO and Eito for the next JCC.
kyun_spark 20th-Jan-2013 12:21 am (UTC)
2007-2008 JCD was the best in my opinion.. Everyone is in one place and no drama..

I was kinda disappointed with this years' JCD, because all my favorite groups were locked up in Kouhaku u__u

But biased aside, those three groups are the ones that can bring the hilarity and craziness in JCD. This year was too formal and organized..

On top of that, it lacks the hyper, energetic presence of TOKIO who usually worked up the crowd
this sentence somehow makes me happy.. those underrated ossans.. *sniffles*
2hothere 20th-Jan-2013 02:00 am (UTC)

I agree with you. 2007-2008 JCD was the best. Everyone was there. Arashi, TOKIO, Kanjani8. Jin was there with KAT-TUN. Yamapi was there with NEWS. Everybody was there as ONE big happy family.
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