via press release:
GIVE 2012 A BIG COUNTRY WELCOME WITH
“AMERICAN COUNTRY NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE”
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, ON FOX
Live Special to Feature Performances by Lauren Alaina and Rodney Atkins
As Well as Coverage of the Ball Drop from New York City’s Times Square
FOX is going a little bit country for its annual New Year’s Eve festivities! FOX cameras will capture every exciting moment LIVE from the Las Vegas strip and the heart of New York City as the world-famous New Year’s Eve Ball makes its descent into Times Square on AMERICAN COUNTRY NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE airing Saturday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live; CT/MT/PT tape-delayed).
Ring in the New Year with musical performances by AMERICAN IDOL Season 10 finalist Lauren Alaina and country recording artist Rodney Atkins as they take the stage to perform their latest hits on AMERICAN COUNTRY NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE. The host and additional performers to be announced.
Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope artist Lauren Alaina released her debut album, “Wildflower,” in October, which landed at No. 2 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and an impressive No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The AMERICAN IDOL Season 10 runner-up became the youngest female artist to debut this high on the Billboard charts since LeAnn Rimes’ debut 15 years ago, and “Wildflower” is the best-selling country female debut since 1996. Her single, “Georgia Peaches,” is currently No. 37 and rising on the Billboard Country Songs chart. The Rossville, GA, native will join superstars Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan on Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” Tour 2012, when it kicks off in January.
Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Rodney Atkins has an impressive track record for hitting on sentiments that strike a chord with country listeners. He’s landed six No. 1 hits from his first three albums (“If You’re Going Through Hell,” “Watching You,” “It’s America,” “Cleaning This Gun,” “These Are My People,” “Take A Back Road” and “Farmer’s Daughter,” which quickly skyrocketed to platinum) and he’s sold over four million singles in the past five years alone. His latest album, “Take A Back Road,” hit stores in October and features lead single and title track “Take A Back Road,” which has propelled him to even greater heights with its irresistibly catchy chorus and easygoing, windows-down, breezy summer vibe. It held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country charts for two weeks in a row. In 2007, Atkins was named the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist, and the same year, he garnered Billboard’s Most Played Song of the Year Award for “Watching You.” He is also the national spokesperson for the National Council for Adoption.
NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE is executive-produced by Bob Bain, produced by Paul Flattery and directed by Michael Dempsey.