Kohaku Participants Revealed

NHK announces official Kohaku performer lineup (Tokyograph)
Kohaku Uta Gassen 2010 Line-Up Revealed (IXA Ready – Fist On!)

I’m really curious as to what the qualifications for appearing on the Kohaku are. For those of you who don’t know, the Kohaku Uta Gassen is a show that comes on every New Year’s Eve broadcast on TV and Radio, nationally and internationally. Two teams, Red and White, compete against each other. Red consists all of female artists or groups with female vocals, while White is the male counterpart. Both teams should consist of the most popular acts from the previous year, but some of the choices just confound me. Like seriously, this is Wada Akiko’s millionth time on the show. What has she released in the last year?! Anyway, if you follow the industry, then the winner should already be obvious. Nice play, Mr. Kitagawa.