Uchimura commented that he was shocked when he heard about the offer to take on such a huge role and that he never expected it coming. Although he anticipates that he will be very nervous, he decided to take this on as this is a rare opportunity for him. He hopes to enjoy the programme with everyone and expressed his thanks especially to the NHK director Mitsuya Kanji who recommended him.
As for Arimura, she also expressed her surprise at being given the opportunity to be the red team's host twice in a year and pledged to work hard even though she has a lot of shortcomings as a host. She also hoped to depend on Uchimura and Ninomiya and end 2017 in an enjoyable way through this programme.
Ninomiya commented that he is very honoured to be able to close the year with the year's representative artists and all the viewers. Along with Uchimura and Arimura, he hoped that they would be able to create a warm atmosphere as if everyone has come home to the NHK hall and look back on the year in a nice way before welcoming 2018 with a smile.