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Darth Vader Joins a Singing Competition?

Japanese TV J-Pop Concert Star Wars

Kohaku is a red-versus-white singing competition that's the most popular New Year’s Eve television event in Japan.

Popular entertainers are divided up into two teams and sing their hearts out for New Year’s supremacy. During the 2015 singing competition, boy bands like Arashi will be joined onstage by iconic Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, RD-D2, C-3PO and one of the breakout stars of the new movie, BB-8. You won’t want to miss this large-scale special stage event on December 31!

For the 66th annual Kohaku Uta Gassen, the red team will be led by actress and singer Haruka Ayase and the white team will be led by Yoshihiko Inohara (singer in V6). Each of the leaders will command their singing troops in a fierce no-holds-barred singing extravaganza that you haven’t seen... since the 65th version of the competition last year.

Star Wars won’t be the only Disney property to make an appearance on the show, as Perfume, V6 and Disney also have another special collaboration in the works. Could this be the test run for a fantastic new Disney musical? Tune in on December 31 to find out!

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