After the cheering teams for this years NHK‘s Kohaku Uta Gassen were announced, everyone is eagerly waiting for the MC announcement for White and Red Team. Arashi is the likely candidate as White Team’s MC with SMAP coming in second. While actress Horikita Maki is the most likely candidate for the Red Team.
Horikita Maki’s likeliness of being Red Team’s MC stems from her NHK drama “Umechan sensei” that recorded high TV ratings. Moreover, Arashi’s Matsumuto Jun, Ninomiya Kazunari, and Sakurai Sho, have worked with Maki in past projects; all of them showed perfect chemistry with the actress. It was also noted that Arashi, who have had years of experience as MC, will be able to support Maki.
Another candidate as White team’s MC is SMAP. It could be recalled that SMAP provided the theme song for Maki’s drama which is “Sakasama no Sora“. In any case, expect gorgeous MCs for this year’s Kohaku.
Source: JE News Daily, Sponichi Annex