BEIJING, Dec. 27 -- Singer Susan Boyle made her sensational debut on popular TV contest "Britain's Got Talent", in April. Now she'll finish her successful year with a New Year's Eve performance on NHK's "Kohaku Uta Gassen", or the Red and White Singing Battle. Let's take a closer look.
To celebrate 2009 Red and White Singing Battle, Scottish singer Susan Boyle will make a guest appearance.
The Red and White Singing Battle's first show broadcast on radio in 1951. Each team had just a few singers, and the performances were finished in an hour. But its changed since 1989... the program now runs for more than 4 hours and each team has around 25 performers. At the end of the show, the audience and a panel of judges vote on the winning team.
The Red and White Singing Battle was once the most-watched show on Japanese television, and became a holiday tradition. But over the years, the event's popularity has declined as viewers are spoilt with more choices.