On Wednesday, NHK announced the hosts of the 61st Kohaku Uta Gassen. The popular group Arashi will be in charge of the White Team, while actress and pianist Nao Matsushita (25) will be in charge of the Red Team. This is the first time for either of them to serve as a Kohaku host.
Arashi did their first performance at Kohaku just last year. Now, they have become the first group ever to host the show. The announcement was even more special as it was made on November 3, the 11th anniversary of Arashi’s CD debut. The group will be complemented by Matsushita, who skyrocketed in popularity this year thanks to NHK’s morning drama series "Gegege no Nyoubou."
This year’s Kohaku will start 15 minutes later than last year, at 7:30pm on December 31, though it will end at the usual time of 11:45pm.