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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
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
hpswf1 Re: About TOKIO and K8 (and also NYC....)20th-Jan-2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
NHK hall is not too far from Tokyo Dome, and if I remember right, Tokio once performed from a car or at least they was showed from a car. There is too many cars around HNK at NY night, but I'm sure if JE will want them at Countdown, they will be there even if they will come for last 30mins.
lady_mercury Re: About TOKIO and K8 (and also NYC....)25th-Jan-2013 09:19 am (UTC)
That was Johnny's countdown 2008 - 2009, and in that countdown (the TOKIO car performance) they were the last performance of the first half. Jero came after and opened the second half. TOKIO left Kouhaku early. The second half starts at like 9:30 so that gave TOKIO enough time to get to Tokyo Dome by 11:00.
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