via press release:
NANCY O’DELL RINGS IN 2011 AS HOST OF “NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE”
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, ON FOX
Annual Special to Include Live Coverage of the Ball Drop from New York City
and Performances from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas
Emmy Award-winning TV personality Nancy O’Dell will stay up late to host the biggest celebration of the year and ring in 2011 on NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE airing Friday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live; CT/MT/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. O’Dell will help count down to 2011 during the ultimate year-end bash featuring the year’s chart-topping musical guests.
As 2011 nears, FOX cameras will capture every electrifying moment from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and the heart of New York City as the world-famous New Year’s Eve Ball makes its descent into Times Square. Musical guests and additional participants scheduled to appear will be announced.
“I am so excited to ring in New Year's Eve from Las Vegas on FOX,” said O’Dell. “This experience will be an anomaly of sorts for me. For more than 10 years, I've missed the countdown to midnight because I’ve had to be up so early on New Year’s Day to host a parade. So I am beyond happy to see 2011 come in and to celebrate with the nation! You're going to see a very enthusiastic host!"
Named one of Television Week’s “10 Most Bankable Stars in Syndication,” Nancy O’Dell is one of the country’s best-known, most-liked and highly respected entertainment journalists. She served as the co-anchor of “Access Hollywood” for 13 years, and most recently was tapped by Oprah Winfrey and Mark Burnett Productions to co-host one of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s premiere primetime shows entitled “Your Own Show,” set to debut in January 2011. O’Dell has made guest appearances on “,” “ ” and “Sesame Street.” She will next be seen in “Scream 4,” the latest sequel in the blockbuster movie franchise. Additionally, O'Dell has been honored with three Associated Press Awards and two Society of Professional Journalists Awards. She is the author of two books, “Full of Life” and the recently released “Full of Love.” O’Dell resides in the Los Angeles area with her husband, Keith Zubchevich, as well as their daughter, Ashby, and stepsons Tyler and Carson.
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning destination resort, is set on 60 lush acres with 4,752 rooms and suites and THEhotel, a stand-alone all-suite hotel which offers 1,117 luxurious one-bedroom suites. Mandalay Bay Beach, an 11-acre tropical pool paradise, features real sand, a wave pool and the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city. Other property highlights include performances of Disney’s THE LION KING, world-class entertainment at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning dining by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, exhilarating nightlife, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 1.7-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Mandalay Bay’s offerings also include BATHHOUSE Spa, House of Blues Concert Hall and restaurant, and The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, a collection of unique boutiques and restaurants. Mandalay Bay is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International™.
NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE is executive-produced by Bob Bain, produced by Paul Flattery and directed by Michael Dempsey.