Taipei, Nov. 16 (CNA) Taiwanese K-pop star Chou Tzu-yu (周子瑜) will perform at a New Year's Eve song festival that is produced by the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), the organizers said Thursday.
Chou, a member of the South Korean girl group TWICE, will be the first Taiwanese in 19 years to perform at the annual event, "Red & White Year-end Song Festival," after singer and actor Vivian Hsu's (徐若瑄) appearance in 1998.
Twice members. W(Image from Twice official website)
The performances are by invitation and only those deemed as the most successful acts are invited.
This year, the 46 singers and groups scheduled to perform on Dec. 31 will be divided evenly into two competing groups of red and white. The audience and a panel of judges will select the winning team by means of a vote, according to the festival's website.
TWICE will be on the red team, which will also include festival newcomers SHISHAMO, Little Glee Monster and Midori Hill, the website says. The white team will comprise of Elephant Kasimashi, Takehara Pistol, Tortoise Matsumoto, Hey! Say! JUMP, Miura Daichi and WANIMA, according to the website.
Put together by South Korea's JYP Entertainment in 2015, TWICE is an all-female group made up of one Taiwanese, five South Korean and three Japanese members.
Their album "#Twice" which was released in August, has gone Platinum, selling more than 250,000 copies in Japan alone.
The festival this year is to be held live from 7:15 p.m.-11:45 p.m. on Dec. 31 in front of an audience at NHK Hall in Tokyo and will be broadcast on television in Japan and internationally through NHK and also by some overseas cable broadcasters.
The show is believed to be one of the most-watched on Japanese television and is the top rated musical event in Japan.