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Billy Porter to join Ryan Seacrest & Lucy Hale in Times Square for 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021'

Tue, Dec 8th 2020 02:15 pm

Ciara returns to host Los Angeles celebration

Countdown to 2021 starts New Year’s Eve on ABC

dick clark productions and ABC on Tuesday announced Emmy, Grammy and Tony award-winner Billy Porter – who hosted the New Orleans festivities for the first time last year – will join Ryan Seacrest and Lucy Hale in Times Square in New York for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021.” Returning to the show for her fourth year, award-winning multi-Platinum-selling artist Ciara will once again oversee the Los Angeles festivities.

In his 16th year as host of America’s most-watched New Year’s Eve special, Seacrest will lead the traditional countdown to midnight live from New York City on Thursday, Dec. 31, beginning at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. This is a broadcast event closed to the public.

“2020 has been a trying year for the world, and I’m thrilled to have Billy and Lucy join me in ushering in a new year with fresh beginnings,” Seacrest said. “We look forward to making sure it’s a night for everyone to remember.”

This year marks the 49th anniversary of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” America’s go-to annual New Year’s tradition that celebrates the year’s very best in music. The show sets the stage to ring in the new year with more than five-and-a-half hours of performances airing until 2 a.m. It gives viewers a look at New Year’s celebrations from around the globe.

Additional details around hosts, performers in Time Square and other locations will be announced in the coming weeks.

Additionally, country artist Jessie James Decker will return as Powerball correspondent for the second year. Decker will provide live updates throughout the evening, checking in with five randomly selected finalists across the country, before revealing the “POWERBALL First Millionaire of the Year” just after midnight on Jan. 1, 2021.

For the latest Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve news, exclusive content and more, follow NYRE on social (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), on ABC sites (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram), online at newyearsrockineve.com and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #RockinEve.

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