This year’s NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen will see actress Ayase Haruka(30) hosting for the red team. This is an internal decision as of now.
When it becomes official, it will be her 2nd time hosting after 2 years. Ayase is said to have receive notice 1 week ago and has accepted.
Ayase is the female lead for NHK Taiga “Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit” and it’s set to air in March next year, for a period of 3 years. She was also the Taiga lead for “Yae no Sakura” in 2013, and was appointed Kouhaku MC for the first time that year. Her natural MC skills back then received good reviews.
The Main MC and and white team MC have not been decided.
Kouhaku hosts are usually announced in the middle of October, but there are several uncertainties this year.Earlier this month, Tamori was touted to be the main MC, with announcer Yumiko Udo filling for the red team and V6 Yoshihiko Inohara filling for the white team. However, Tamori announced his withdrawal in the middle of the month, and organizers are back to square one.