For fans of 紅白 who are as "old" as I am, they might recall these memories. I remember that I used to wait every Thursdaya at Kinokuniya for the new batch of Women’s weekly magazines to be displayed so that we can look at what new gossip the magazines had to offer on Akina that week. Since Akina was a top star then, they would usually splash her face on every over, and we would browse deliciously through them even though we didn’t even understand Japanese then.
During this time, the magazines would start reeling off their predictions for who would appear in 紅白 , and would use the following symbols to represent:
◎ 確実 (more or less absolute)
○ 有力 (good chance)
△ 微妙 (small chance)
During 1983-1988, Akina was always ranked with the first symbol, and naturally she was selected. Over the years however, she was relegated to the last category where her chances of appearing are small to nil. This year, with the introduction of the poll and Akina’s surprise success at the half time poll, many of 紅白 related fan sites have discussed about the possiblity of Akina’s resurgence at this year’s 紅白.
Many are guessing that 紅白 is going to do a special section of the representaive songs of each era and since Akina is the superidol (together with Seiko) for the 80s, they are highly anticipating that Akina will be selected since Seiko has decided to hold her now annual countdown concert and will decline the invitaiton, even if selected.
On this website, they have shifted Akina for the first time in more than 5 years since they started from (△ 微妙 → ○ 有力), which shiows their confidence. If you have a look, they even predict the songs and sequence (♪’05曲順予想) , very ambitious if you ask me. I guess Akina’s final chance will be revealed this Monday 11月21日（月）午後９時15分～「発表！スキウタ上位100 ～紅白みんなでアンケートから～」, where they will reveal the Top 100 songs of the votes. If Akina gets into the Top 20, then she will be invited. The webmaster predicts that Akina will sing 「歌姫AKINA スーパーヒットメドレー（飾りじゃないのよ涙は～禁区～十戒(1984)～DESIRE）」against 郷ひろみ「HIROMI GO スーパーヒットメドレー（2億4千万の瞳～お嫁サンバ～GOLDFINGER’99）」.
Since 乱火 has access to NHK, maybe he will be able to let us know how Akina fares in the poll. So, let’s all pray that Akina will indeed be invited so that we can view her in her past glory once again!