Friday, December 6, 2013

Akiko Wada reveals the backstage situation at the Kouhaku: "I use Arashi's or Nakai's toilet"

1: :禿の月φ 2013/12/03 13:32:20
Akiko Wada, who has become a staple at NHK's Kouhaku Uta Gassen, has revealed some secrets about what goes on behind the stage of the year-end event.

It is said that there are more or less 300 people participating in the Kouhaku this year which will be held on the 31st of December. All singers aspire to go up on the stage of the NHK hall during the last day of the year, but the venue isn't what one could particularly call "huge." So how do the performers get around backstage?

This topic was featured in Wada's program Akko ni omakase! last December 1. There are apparently 7 dressing rooms at the NHK hall.

The 1st dressing room is used by the male host(s), which means that Arashi will be utilizing this again this year. The 2nd dressing room is allocated for the female host, which means this will go to Haruka Ayase. The 3rd dressing room is reserved for the most distinguished male singers such as Saburo Kitajima, Hiroshi Itsuki, and the like, while the 4th dressing room is reserved for the female singers such as Akiko Wada, Yoshimi Tendo, etc.

(Continued after the jump)


2: :禿の月φ 2013/12/03 13:32:37
All the other young singers are then separated into males and females, and use one huge room each in the basement of the NHK hall, while the AKB48 groups use the studio of the broadcasting center located next to the NHK hall as their dressing room. The judges also utilize the broadcasting center for their dressing room.

Sakiko Matsui of AKB48 revealed on a radio program that they "ran into MomoClo who just finished their set as AKB48 were on standby." It might be easier to imagine the dressing room situation while keeping in mind that these situations occur.

Akiko Wada also said: "There are toilets in the host's rooms, so when Arashi or Nakai host the program, I use theirs".
3: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 13:33:48 ID:+YIfksO+0
Quit appealing that you're an old man
10: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 13:34:55 ID:9wRuk/jZ0
I don't really care about this, but the article is amusing
15: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 13:41:58 ID:/IL77jmS0
I get the feeling that she says she's gonna use the toilet, but she's actually hijacking their room and makes herself comfy 
33: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 13:59:57 ID:BwZpZdXZ0
嵐「うわぁ… 早く出て行けよ…」てなってそう
I can imagine Arashi going like "Uwaa... hurry up and get out of here..."
21: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 13:45:13 ID:WwvK8Gp00
So she's trying to say that she's different from the other singers, huh
26: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 13:50:45 ID:u0a6AJ6r0
She doesn't have any huge hits but she still gets to sing every single year
30: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 13:57:19 ID:Ru+QM8JRO
Well, she sells a few hundred copies every year
32: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 13:59:43 ID:ASmD2sE/0
勝俣「くっせ!w アッコさんの入ったあと くっせっ!www」
Katsumata: "It stinks! w Coming in after Akko-san, it stinks! www"
41: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 14:04:56 ID:YsJE+Szu0

so when Arashi or Nakai host the program, I use theirs

Ahh, men's washroom
53: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 14:22:45 ID:jjMFJkB+0
Why doesn't she go use the the female host's toilet?
64: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 14:35:53 ID:7HkGQfdmO
That won't be natural
55: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 14:26:26 ID:wWYuM/aB0
I bet there are some artists who'll accept offers to perform at the Kouhaku if Akiko Wada withdraws
78: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 15:06:11 ID:x5JmUGs50
AKBグループが大勢でいるからじゃないの? 選抜メンバーだけ出とけばいいのに
Isn't it because of the massive amount of AKB members? Why don't they just make their senbatsu members perform?
81: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 15:12:24 ID:uFylVAxU0
She should probably use her kouhai Ayase's dressing room this year. Rather, I really don't get why she has to go to the men's dressing room.
83: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 15:19:27 ID:LIpBdlaRO
Maybe it's hard for her to go the the female host's dressing room since that changes every year. But this year it's Ayase, her kouhai in Hori-Pro so she can even linger there for a long time w
119: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 19:40:27 ID:G/Ux1RR10
Akiko Wada almost never sings anymore, I really don't get why she gets to perform every single year. All it seems to me is that a power of darkness is behind all of this.
123: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 19:59:50 ID:u/cTrfeM0

She comes out with a new song every year and she's also doing concerts every now and then. She's actually pretty diligent in pursuing her singing career.
Oh, and her new song this year was produced by Yasushi Akimoto.
121: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 19:47:22 ID:uRht1BArO
So she's saying here that she goes and uses the male host's dressing room, and not the female's.
Isn't this her coming out of the closet that she's actually a man?
130: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 20:16:28 ID:UyaIHJq60
Can't she just go use Haruka Ayase's?
She's a kouhai from her agency after all...
And of the same gender.
131: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 20:21:39 ID:MpwWO0fu0
Why is she on this program every year?
134: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 20:38:45 ID:aQtGDxdH0

Because the ratings aren't bad every year. Whatever everyone may say, she still has an air of glamour about her.
I do think it's stupid that she gets to sing last year in, year out, but then who else would you put last? No one else really comes to mind.
142: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 20:51:17 ID:bMoCetwm0
Akio approves of Dream Come's Yoshida so I think she'll gladly give her the last spot.
Well, she did sing last once but she sang a weird new song so it wasn't well received w She should sing "Mirai Yosouzu ii"
I'm predicting it's Tendo this year.
158: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 21:19:55 ID:MpwWO0fu0
No, she doesn't have that sense of glamour. She sings in such a low key. The final spot should go to a distinguished enka singer.
136: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 20:46:07 ID:muSmimEMP
I'm certain that someone from AKB poops. If there are 100 people there, there's bound to be at least 1 person who poops.
147: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 21:06:56 ID:QlPpKfXr0
So what slot is Wada in?

She's not a singer anymore, right?
150: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 21:10:08 ID:8ayv5Zb3O
NHK's Zainichi slot
154: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 21:14:35 ID:OHzfQ95k0
K-POP slot please.
166: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 21:37:13 ID:XS9fTL2sO
Ohno: "If you're looking for Akiko, she's in my room taking a dump"
174: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/12/03 22:29:25 ID:gmJpVT3C0
Arashi's already got 5 members, and they're probably fighting over the toilet themselves. And Wada's there with them?

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