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Lucy Hale to host first televised New Year’s Eve event for the Central Time Zone

New Orleans is getting its own celebration

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New York’s Time Square has always been the focal-point for New Year celebrations on television, and over the years television studios have been holding similar events for our friends on the West Coast, but this year ABC has decided that the Central time zone has been left-out for far too long. This time around, eleven-time multi-platinum artist Jason Derulo and certified double platinum supergroup Panic! at the Disco will perform live on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017” from the Allstate Fan Fest in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The spot has been a popular gathering point for New Orleans locals and tourists to celebrate the New Year, and help celebrate the Allstate Sugar Bowl. “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017” marks the continued expansion of the iconic annual New Year’s Eve tradition with coverage from New Orleans in its first-ever Central Time Zone countdown.

Award-winning actress Lucy Hale, best known for her role as Aria Montgomery on Freeform’s hit series ”Pretty Little Liars,” will host the live celebration from the Crescent City, providing viewers with celebrity and fan interviews leading up to the midnight countdown and stunning fleur-de-lis drop near Jackson Square to ring in the New Year. Ryan Seacrest will lead the traditional countdown to midnight live from New York City, with actress and comedian Jenny McCarthy reporting live from Times Square, while Fergie returns to host the Billboard Hollywood Party in Los Angeles. New Orleans joins the largest celebration of the year airing on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, beginning at 8 p.m. EST, on the ABC Television Network.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017” and will feature 5 ½ hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, with performance acts in New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles. As previously announced, Mariah Carey, DNCE, Thomas Rhett and Gloria Estefan with the cast of her Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET! will perform for over one million fans live in Times Square with millions more on TV.

Fergie will host and perform at the Billboard Hollywood Party in Los Angeles, with additional performances by Alessia Cara, Flo Rida featuring Macy Kate, Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink and Ty Dolla $ign, G-Eazy featuring Bebe Rexha, Martin Garrix also with Bebe Rexha, Niall Horan, John Legend, Lukas Graham, Shawn Mendes, Mike Posner, Emeli Sande and Hailee Steinfeld. Lionel Richie will kick off the New Year from his concert in Las Vegas for the first performance of 2017.

“For more than a decade, the Allstate® Fan Fest has brought exclusive performances to college football fans leading up to the annual Allstate® Sugar Bowl® in the great city of New Orleans,” said Pam Hollander, vice president of Marketing for Allstate Insurance Company. “Working with ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017’ allows viewers across the country to experience our exciting two-day event through the headline activities and performances that anchor the celebration.”

“We are thrilled to host ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017’ in New Orleans and share a celebratory glimpse of our incredible city and state with ABC’s viewers of this iconic New Year’s Eve tradition,” said Stephen Perry, president and CEO, New Orleans CVB. “The CVB plays a critical role bringing major events to our city through the support of the CVB members, which in turn brings great opportunity. We’re excited to ring in the New Year with Lucy Hale, Jason Derulo and Panic! at the Disco with Louisiana joie de vivre!”

“We’re pleased to have these accomplished performers usher in the New Year on ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017’ from the Allstate Fan Fest in New Orleans,” said Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan. “We look forward to Lucy Hale hosting the iconic celebration, and are thrilled to excite out-of-town fans and locals with unforgettable performances from Jason Derulo and Panic! at the Disco as we gear up for the annual Allstate Sugar Bowl.”

Lucy Hale was recently nominated for a 2017 People’s Choice Award in the category of Favorite Cable TV Actress. She won a People’s Choice Award in that same category in 2014. She has won a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress five times and she was presented with the 2013 Gracie Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Rising Star. Hale recently wrapped production for the final season of “Pretty Little Liars” and the show’s final run of episodes will premiere on Tuesday, April 18th.

“Lucy is the perfect example of our belief that there are no limits to what a woman can imagine or achieve,” said Meg Lerner, Global President of mark. “She embodies our mission of empowerment and what it means to make your mark on the world. “ In addition, she was recently named as a brand ambassador for Blowpro hair products. Previously, Hale headlined the launch of American Rag’s “All Access” campaign for Macy’s and released a collaboration collection with the beach friendly apparel brand Hollister. Prior, she starred as the lead in CW’s critically acclaimed comedy “Privileged.” That same year, Hale starred in Warner Bros.’ coming of age comedy “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” alongside Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn and America Ferrera. She also starred as the lead in ABC Family’s (now Freeform) teen musical “A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song,” alongside Freddie Stroma and lent her voice to Disney’s animated film “Secret of the Wings.”

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017” is produced by dick clark productions with Ryan Seacrest, Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan serving as executive producers and Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are co-executive producers. Larry Klein is producer.

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