Over the weekend with another episode of "Nippon no Uta", I finally had the chance to cross out Teruhiko Saigo (西郷輝彦) from the list of singers I've yet to see on TV. Albeit Saigo's "Special Stage" partner Harumi Miyako's (都 はるみ) difficult-to-listen-to, shrill Enka delivery (on the plus side, I enjoyed her MC-ing, or at least whatever I could understand from it), the fellow churned out a rousing performance, more so during the Latin-themed songs where he would actually showcase his moves.
You could say that I couldn't resist that Saigo charm during "Moero yoake made", even though he's 5 decades my senior... ... Well he is charismatic with those thick eyebrows in a constant slight frown and that little smirk that makes the ladies swoon. Also, when you mix a 68 year-old with the quick beat and start seeing him gyrate his hips, it makes for some eye-opening, awe-inspiring entertainment. The fact that he can still move so naturally and effortlessly at this age is just so... whoa... that guy must've practiced like crazy. And he definitely is as suave now as he was back then! Link above is the same performance of the song I watched. A silver tux fits the song better with a bow tie.
I would describe "Moero yoake made" as the updated version of "Hoshi no Flamenco" (星のフラメンコ), but more bossa nova and less bull-fighter themed. You also got the blare of trumpets and a musical interlude with the castanets and Saigo clapping and swaying away that makes it quintessentially Latin.
This song was written by Saigo and composed by singer-songwriter Osamu Masaki (真崎修), who had also done the arrangement. It was released as his 94th single on 15th February 2013 to celebrate his 50th anniversary in show business (2014), if I'm not mistaken.
Just making a guess but I think I'm not too far off point, Saigo must really enjoy Latin-based songs with that cha-cha beat.