MNL48's Abby to perform on Japan's biggest TV music show


Posted at Dec 15 2019 04:51 AM | Updated as of Dec 15 2019 08:41 PM


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(This article was updated to reflect that only one member so far has been confirmed by MNL48 for the "Kōhaku Uta Gassen" performance, as opposed to "members.")

MANILA (UPDATE) -- Abby Trinidad, a member of MNL48, is going to perform on Japan's biggest television music show, NHK's annual "Kōhaku Uta Gassen."

This was confirmed Sunday, after it was revealed that MNL48's sister group, Japanese idol group AKB48, will be performing their hit "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" on the show.

According to the announcement, posted in Japanese on the website of NHK, AKB48 will be represented by a "World Senbatsu," or the best members from AKB48 and its international sister groups.

Trinidad, who has a movie slated to come out in Japan next month, was the one picked from MNL48.


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The only question remains is if Trinidad will sing parts of "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" in Tagalog, from MNL48's own translated version, "Pag-Ibig Fortune Cookie," released last year.

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This technically marks only the third time a Filipino act has been invited to perform on the show, following Kapamilya star Gary Valenciano and the band Smokey Mountain.

The Kōhaku Uta Gassen, or the "Red and White Song Festival," is an annual show that has been held annually for close to 70 years.

It is perhaps Japan's biggest TV music event, which, on its heyday, attracted more than 80% of the Japanese TV-watching population.

It is a competition, shown during New Year's Eve, which pits female artists in the "red" group against male artists in the "white" group.

The acts invited to perform are usually based on their popularity, as monitored by NHK.

Some of those included in this year's lineup are Japan's pop legends Arashi, K-pop stars Twice, and singer Lisa, who has visited the Philippines before for a performance.

Lisa is best known for songs that have been featured in popular anime shows such as "Sword Art Online" and "My Hero Academia."

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