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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
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
minam_shi 19th-Jan-2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
I think they were at guest seats, they were not part of the concert but they were present in the Dôme. I'm not sure but I think I saw Jesse and Matsumura-kun.
myharu 19th-Jan-2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
oh so are they underaged like Sexy Zone?
buttrflykis31 19th-Jan-2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
Matsumura and Fuma are both 17, so they'll be able to perform next year. Kouchi is 18, but i didn't see him at all (but i also wasn't looking for him >_<)... i believe Jesse is only 16, Shintaro is 15, Taiga is 18, and Juri is 17...
buttrflykis31 19th-Jan-2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
if youre under 18 (i think) you cant work beyond a certain time, so thats why Kento ran over to the underage section during the Sexy Zone part, to show his other members and you could see Jesse and Matsumura in that mix.
myharu 19th-Jan-2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
yeah I know that's why I asked if they were underage lol
liime_arix 19th-Jan-2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
They probably had the younger guys sit on the under 18-bench (Or what I like to call, the kiddie booth). And the older ones as nugu-nugu back-up dancers

Shake It Up
Le Ciel
Hell No

The first thing my eyes moved to was the icon omg

Edited at 2013-01-19 11:48 pm (UTC)
myharu 20th-Jan-2013 12:03 am (UTC)
I thought it was funny that this year Marius and Sou were actually in the kiddie booth this year (if they weren't I must have hallucinated which happens with the lack of sleep) because last year they weren't even there.

probably because their bedtime is actually at 9 and their parents didn't let them stay up for new year's
heroismine 20th-Jan-2013 03:27 am (UTC)
Koichi and Taiga were at JCD. Hokku and Jesse were underage, I didnt see Juri and Shin but they were probably seated there.
sakuradrops007 20th-Jan-2013 03:38 am (UTC)
it was nice seeing yuma and some of the 7west members....
lady_mercury 25th-Jan-2013 09:17 am (UTC)
I think K8 at Kouhaku was a mistake since I don't think it really did anything for them.

It did a lot for them, what are you talking about?
whited_79 25th-Jan-2013 12:10 pm (UTC)
She did not follow K8's rise a bit before Kouhaku and after like we are lol. I mean, how can we explain 8EST getting back in the top 30 a week post-Kouhaku after weeks out of it?
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