BEBE REXHA TO HEADLINE TIMES SQUARE NEW YEARS EVE
NEW YORK - December 14, 2018 - Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of New Year’s Eve in Times Square, today announced that pop music sensation and 2019 GRAMMY Award Nominee Bebe Rexha will headline the live Times Square New Year’s Eve commercial-free webcast and TV pool feed. Alt-pop band lovelytheband will also perform on the webcast and TV pool feed, which will feature an array of performances, interviews, original content and hourly countdowns from the center of the festivities in Times Square.
In addition to the musical performances, Allison Hagendorf, Global Head of Rock at Spotify, network television host, and Live Announcer of the MTV Video Music Awards and MTV Movie Awards, will return for her seventh year as the Times Square New Year’s Eve Event Host.
The 10th annual webcast will cover the action and festivities in Times Square, beginning with the Ball Raising at 6 p.m. EST, plus live musical performances, hourly countdowns, behind-the-scenes stories, and star-studded interviews as anticipation builds towards the midnight countdown and the famous Ball Drop.
Multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter Bebe Rexha will continue the New Year’s Eve tradition of singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” moments before midnight as well as performing several of her global smash hit songs earlier in the night which include, “Meant to Be,” “Me, Myself & I,” and “I’m a Mess.”
Celebrated alt-pop band lovelytheband will also perform live in Times Square, singing their chart-topping hit song “broken” plus “these are my friends” and “maybe, i’m afraid.”
Southern California dance crew The Lab – winners of the second season of NBC’s popular “World of Dance” competition series - will perform for the revelers. The group is recognized for the positive narrative they tell through dance.
Host Allison Hagendorf, along with street correspondents Andrea Boehlke and Jeremy Hassell, will kick-off the six-hour celebration at 6 p.m. EST when the star of the show, the Times Square Ball, is introduced.
The USO Show Troupe will perform their popular A Military Salute to honor our Armed Forces. Now in its 77th year, the USO Show Troupe performs for approximately 600,000 service members and their families worldwide in more than 350 live annual performances. Members of the troupe include Broadway, Off Broadway and top of the line entertainers, with musical arrangements produced in collaboration with Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winning writers and arrangers.
Univision will present two star musical performances to be announced later this month.
At the top of each hour, Hagendorf will be joined by a special guest who will talk about his or her New Year’s Eve experience and Confetti Wish for the New Year and then lead the revelers in an hourly countdown. Throughout the night, Hagendorf will keep the revelers informed about the musical performances and other exciting entertainment in Times Square. Boehlke and Hassell will provide exclusive interviews and backstage access as well as fun personal stories from the revelers arriving from around the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square.
The live webcast video experience is available to embed for digital media outlets, bloggers, social media editors, webmasters, and Facebook users as a source of fun and entertaining content on their own sites customized for their respective communities and networks.
Last year’s webcast was watched by more than 2.1 million unique viewers representing more than 200 countries and territories.
WHERE TO SEE THE SHOW & GET THE LIVE VIDEO FEED
The Times Square 2019 Webcast will begin at 6 p.m. ET on December 31, 2018 and end at 12:15 a.m. on January 1, 2019 ET. The show will be streamed live on multiple websites, including TimesSquareGossip.nyc
For more information about Times Square New Year’s Eve, visit TimesSquareNYC.org.