If you say ‘variety show’ in the UK, you think of Britain’s Got Talent or The Voice. So read this great article about one Japanese varety show that truly matches the term.
Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部) is a music variety show hosted by Japanese idol group Hey! Say! Jump that showcases the song-and-dance skills of the Johnny’s Entertainment agency’s most recently debuted groups – A.B.C-Z and Sexy Zone – as well as the agency’s trainees (known as juniors).
This episode started with “Ame no Melody” from Kinki Kids. Bakaleya 4 (that is, the Bakaleya team without Jesse-kun and Matsumura Hokuto-kun) took the stage with noon boyz first, in what continues to be introduced as one of two new six-member groupings. They were soon followed by the other new team – the Bad Boys with Iwamoto Hikaru, Fukusawa Tatsuya, Yasui Kentaro, Hagiya Keigo, Morohoshi Shoki, and Morita Myuto.
Jesse-kun and Hokuto-kun took the stage as a pair to close out that song, with some of the Elder Juniors including Masuda Ryo-kun supporting.
Then A.B.C-Z took over, singing “InaZuma Venus”. This singing could easily be…
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