Aired on Mondays from 10:00 to 10:54 p.m.

Since it began airing in 1996, the Japanese entertainment show, “SMAP x SMAP”, has continued to maintain its position as the leader in terms of viewer ratings, constantly achieving average ratings of over 22% (approximately 3.83 million households). Japan’s most popular pop stars SMAP take part in music, cooking, comedy, and hilarious talks. Former prime ministers and other famous Japanese celebrities have made guest appearances.
One noteworthy aspect is that countless foreign stars have appeared in the show when they visited Japan. In the segment “Bistro SMAP”, SMAP have cooked and served various dishes to international stars. Many of them have become huge fans of their dishes and they appear in the show every time they visit Japan. The following is a list of just some of the biggest names that appeared in SMAP x SMAP: Madonna, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Black Eyed Peas, Alain Delon, Jane Birkin, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Will Smith, Cameron Diaz, Quentin Tarantino, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and many other Grammy/ Academy-winning celebrities.