Namie Amuro has signed on to perform at this year's "Kohaku Uta Gassen", but she won't be singing on the same stage as the rest of the artists on program.
The song Amuro will be performing is "Hero". Her performance is set to occur at 11pm and will last approximately 5 minutes. But where exactly will the performance take place? That remains unknown.
On December 29, rehearsals for this year's "Kohaku Uta Gassen" were held. Reporters waited to spot Amuro enter NHK Hall where "Kohaku Uta Gassen" is shot, but she never showed up. Amuro was not present for these rehearsals because she won't be performing there.
According to reports, very few people are aware of Amuro's true plans for the "Kohaku Uta Gassen" performance. Only a couple of high-ranking producers of the program as well as some NHK executives know what is going on.
An official with knowledge of Amuro's performance would not comment on whether it would occur in Japan or overseas. However, the official did confirm that it would be a live performance on a special stage.
Amuro's scheduled appearance on Kohaku Uta Gassen has created a lot of buzz for the program. Although ratings have steadily dropped through the years, NHK is expected a ratings bump as people tune in to see Amuro's last performance on Kohaku before retiring next year.