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12:24 pm - 01/19/2013

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


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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kanbisenshi 20th-Jan-2013 12:48 am (UTC)
idk about the rest of this but i read a lot of "we don't need the boring old guys!!!" comments on twitter which pissed me off
exdream1999 About TOKIO and K8 (and also NYC....)20th-Jan-2013 12:48 am (UTC)
I think the main reason that TOKIO wasn't able to make it to the Countdown like before is that they didn't just play and run like they normally did.'

This year both K8, TOKIO and AKB were part of other performers' (usually Enka) perfomances, in an obvious ploy to get the younger people to want to watch something they normally wouldn't.

So, basically K8 and TOKIO probably didn't have the time to make it to the Dome because they were there much longer as audience draws.

Look at NYC, they performed at the beginning of the show and were able to make it back to the Dome.


I think the main reason K8 and TOKIO didn't make it to the Dome this year is that NHK decided they needed them to act as audience draws for "boring" acts.

Edit: And of course a lot of the shuffles and shit they did on the Xmas SP would be seen on the Countdown, because they probably had been rehearsing them for the Countdown.

Edited at 2013-01-20 12:50 am (UTC)
myharu Re: About TOKIO and K8 (and also NYC....)20th-Jan-2013 01:45 am (UTC)
I pretty much thought this was the reason too although I still missed TOKIO's presence, but I think I missed the older Jrs acts more
crumplelush 20th-Jan-2013 12:49 am (UTC)
Energetic performance of Tokio? For the last few years Nagase has looked so bored that he literally looks like he'd prefer to be stapling his fingers to a desk than be there!
kochan_addict 20th-Jan-2013 12:49 am (UTC)
"Instead the program featured too many of the "boring old men" Noriyuki Higashiyama and Masahiko Kondo"
However said that should get a reality check. Those two were awesome (did anyone catch Matchy taking pictures of everyone FOR HIS PERSONAL USE XD) and every time someone calls Higashi "a boring old man", a puppy dies and a fairy loses its wings. Just saying.

That said, the VTR segments were really annoying this year because there was just too many of them. They broke the flow of the songs and shuffles and were just wrong.
Julie and Iijima need to take the stick out of their asses and once a year let all the groups have fun together, if not for the money than for the fans.
okadarei 20th-Jan-2013 11:50 am (UTC)
'every time someone calls Higashi "a boring old man", a puppy dies and a fairy loses its wings.'

hana8796 20th-Jan-2013 01:19 am (UTC)
Again with the factions :/ Don't think they'll be going away any time soon, though.

I went to see Countdown live, and I have to say that the huge moving tower thing at the beginning was so annoying. Some groups were easy to see, others I had to search for by recognizing costumes before I could finally see anyone. The VTR segments were pretty boring, and I ended up just watching the guys that were waving and on standby. Tsuyoshi didn't seem to be in a bad mood at all when the camera was off, and "boring old men"...just no. They were awesome, and Matchy being scared of heights before the show started was hilarious.
blahblah 20th-Jan-2013 01:23 am (UTC)
I think that it would be much better if the groups that couldn't make it didn't appear at all. To watch them singing and performing their own songs, I'd watch any music show... I was utterly disappointed without any craziness from Kanjani8. And TOKIO was so normal... You couldn't see the flavor of each group. And they're obviously tired.
Fools!!! Matchy & Higashiyama are flawless! I love them performing with their kouhai <3 And I loved that Tackey & Tsubasa were there since the beginning... I really don't like those splits!
xanithofdragons 20th-Jan-2013 01:29 am (UTC)
Oh God, does this ridiculous factions rumor have to be involved in EVERY Johnnys rumor now? I'm getting so sick of the tabloids dragging it into everything.

The biggest thing that bothered me about this year's countdown was the camera work. It felt like the performers were barely shown a lot of the time because they were zooming out on the staging too much. :/
2hothere 20th-Jan-2013 02:36 am (UTC)

LOL @ "boring old men" Higashiyama and MATCHY...XD
eevaleena 20th-Jan-2013 03:27 am (UTC)
I don't get why are they complaining. I'm actually happy coz it's the 1st time in so many years they all in Tokyo Dome together (aside from the VTR by Arashi, Eito & TOKIO, of course). And I don't see anything worth complaining at all.

"we don't need the boring old guys!!!"
Oh gosh. They're so freaking rude for saying this!

And.... this Julie/Iijima things is already starting to get on my nerves. They're annoying. Enough said.
camaronzin 20th-Jan-2013 04:04 am (UTC)
I was hoping to see Kazama and Hasejun, but more Kazama afterall he was in an Asadora and all.

The countdown was just OK.
chibi_hime 20th-Jan-2013 04:27 am (UTC)
I was able to hit for tickets for Countdown years ago, so my seat was 5th row in the arena. I remember being utterly confused when they switched to VTR for Hey Say Jump (because they were not of age yet) and didn't tell us. I can't imagine how it was for the audience now with so many groups not being there. The best moments were when the cameras were off and the guys were just fooling around.

This family feud nonsense is getting on my last nerve.
asweetsymphony 20th-Jan-2013 04:30 am (UTC)
Iijima vs Julie rumour is so annoying and if this rumour is indeed true, I hope someone would slap the sense out of them. This division is not good for business.
polluxme 20th-Jan-2013 04:35 am (UTC)
This thing about this in-house fight starts to bore me so much tbh.
hika_ryuu 20th-Jan-2013 04:35 am (UTC)
OMG I thought I was the only one thinking this year's JCD was boring (because my T-List thought it was awesome).
hika_ryuu 20th-Jan-2013 04:42 am (UTC)
pretty sure Tsuyoshi looked pissed off because he was trying not to look too afraid on the stage (because he's afraid of high places).
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