Ayu appeared on the popular celebrity guest TV show Bistro SMAP for the first time in 11 years. It's a rite of passage in J-Pop that once you've been in the game for 10 years, you can pretty much avoid television. Although given Ayu's recent sales, she may want to have her management team book the shit out of NTV and TBC's time slots. It's probably the reason why she agreed to the Bistro SMAP appearance in the first place. Ain't nothing help boost some sales and awareness like an appearance on a Johnny's variety show. The actual truth is that Ayu can't afford to eat as a result of her slumping albums sales, so she had her people put her on a show which offered free food. A girl gotsta eat.
I can't stand SMAP. You quickly get sick of their faces when you are in Japan, because the guys are on more posters and billboards than AKB48. But I do like this show, as it's always light hearted, and nothing gets people to open up like a chin-wag over a good plate of food.
Ayu brought out the good weave, the mouth splitting veneers and had her cosmetic doctor homie shoot some fresh botox into her face for this appearance, so homegirl definitely means business. Ayu's singing goes through me like a crossbow, but she is nice and humble in interviews; especially when she's in the company of those she's been around before. Ayu and SMAP are pretty much best flends.
Meanwhile Namie has no intention of appearing on TV at all. She can do wha' she want, she do what she like. Keep sillin' at home till Ayumi cly.
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