KIKU-TV 2020 New Year’s Specials

“The 70th Annual Red and White Song Contest,“ Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 5-10 p.m.; repeats on Thrusday, Jan. 2 at Noon-5 p.m.

This year marks the 70th year since Kohaku Uta Gassen began! The program, more commonly known as Kohaku, is an annual music show produced by ­Japanese broadcaster NHK. The “Red and White Song Contest” is a program that divides the most popular music artists of the year into competing teams of red and white. The red team is composed of all female artists and groups, while the white team is all male artists and groups. A performance on Kohaku is said to be the highlight of a singer’s career because of the show’s large reach and status.

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