ABC’s New Year’s Eve Special to Feature Performances by Willow Smith, Ne-Yo, Train, Others

For the 39th consecutive year, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011″ will lead America into the New Year. Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest will host the special with recently announced Times Square Correspondent Jenny McCarthy. The show will begin at 10:00 p.m., ET on Friday, December 31 on the ABC Television Network. Singer/songwriter Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas returns to host the Los Angeles-based party portions of the specials. The Los Angeles lineup includes performances by Jennifer Hudson, Willow Smith, Ne-Yo, Avril Lavigne, Drake, Jason Derulo, La Roux, Mike Posner, Natasha Bedingfield, Far East Movement and Train.

The bi-coastal celebration will include three and one-half hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, as well as the American tradition of Dick Clark counting down to midnight from Times Square in New York City.

The festivities will kick off with “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011″ from 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET, featuring the only live performances from New York’s Times Square, as well as multiple performances from the Los Angeles celebration.

During “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011, Part 1″ (11:30 p.m. – 1:08 a.m., ET), in addition to reporting on the final minutes of 2010 and the traditional Times Square countdown to midnight, the show will feature music performances from both Los Angeles and Times Square in New York.

Wrapping the night’s activities will be “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011, Part 2″ (1:08-2:11 a.m., ET), when musical acts will continue the party into the early hours of the New Year with additional performances from Los Angeles.

The specials are presentations of dick clark productions, inc., with Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest and Orly Adelson serving as executive producers. Larry Klein produces. Klein stated, “Fergie is back to host a terrific lineup of performances in Los Angeles that celebrate the most outstanding songs of the year.” Adelson added, “Fergie returns for her fifth year as the host of the west coast party. She has truly become a part of the New Year’s tradition.”

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