ABC has announced that in addition to it’s normal countdown locations in Times Square, New Orleans, and more, for the first time, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2023” will include a segment from Disneyland.
What to Expect
Disneyland Resort will become this year’s inaugural host destination, and home to an additional “Rockin’ Eve” celebration, with veteran hostess and award-winning multiplatinum-selling artist Ciara overseeing festivities at the Happiest Place on Earth.
Stars taking the stage to perform at the Disneyland Resort include Ciara, Fitz & The Tantrums, Maddie & Tae, Shaggy, Ben Platt, Aly & AJ, Halle Bailey (Ariel in 2023’s live-action “The Little Mermaid“), Tomorrow x Together, Bailey Zimmerman, and Lauren Spencer Smith.
The Disneyland Resort segments were pre-taped prior to the New Year’s holiday.
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2023” will base its coverage from Times Square in New York City, where it has broadcast live annually since December 31, 1971, when it was first anchored by Dick Clark himself.
Anchored once again by eighteen-time host and executive producer Ryan Seacrest, performers in Times Square will include music icons Duran Duran, the reunited New Edition, j-hope of South Korean supergroup BTS, and viral singer-songwriter and TikTok sensation Jax.
Actress and producer Liza Koshy will return as co-host alongside Seacrest, and country artist Jessie James Decker will also join the duo in Times Square as the Powerball co-host for her fourth consecutive year.
Puerto Rico will return as a host location for the Spanish language countdown with actress and producer Roselyn Sanchez serving as co-host. Multiplatinum-selling Puerto Rican singer and rapper Farruko will also be in attendance for a performance.
Returning for his fourth year, Billy Porter will be back in New Orleans for the Central Standard Time countdown. Porter will also be performing during the broadcast event from NOLA.
In addition to Disneyland, there will also be the annual Los Angeles festivities, with iconic DJ, producer/rapper and philanthropist D-Nice, who will return as this year’s L.A. co-host.
Performances at the L.A. Party include Wiz Khalifa, Finneas, Armani White, Betty Who, Dove Cameron and Nicky Youre.
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” will once again honor select organizations as “Culture Catalysts” during the show as “Catalysts for Compassion” – a driving theme for this year’s honorees with their dynamic and heart-led approach to the mental health and well-being of the folks and furry friends they support in the fight for resource equity.
“Culture Catalyst,” which was introduced during last year’s 50th Anniversary broadcast event, aims to spotlight nonprofit organizations for the transformative work that they do.
This portion of the broadcast highlights and honors organizations led by individuals that reach up and outside of themselves to bravely inhabit the spirit of progress and that are making positive, culture-shifting waves in their communities and beyond.
This year’s five featured honorees have been chosen by five of the “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” co-hosts and include the following:
- The Center for Black Women’s Wellness, a nonprofit organization working to eradicate inequities preventing women from being whole, healed and well, and to improve the health and well-being of underserved Black women and their families. The Center for Black Women’s Wellness is supported by co-host Ciara.
- Fund Recovery, a nonprofit organization that provides funding to directly support people struggling with mental health or substance use issues who cannot otherwise afford help. Fund Recovery is supported by co-host Jessie James Decker.
- The Sato Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing abused and abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico. The Sato Project is supported by co-host Roselyn Sanchez.
- Silence The Shame, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating mental health stigma and reducing health disparities and suicide rates among vulnerable populations. Silence The Shame, Inc. is supported by co-host D-Nice.
- Stonewall Foundation, a public foundation deeply invested in supporting the healing, wholeness, acceptance and safety of LGBTQ people nationwide. Stonewall is supported by co-host Billy Porter.
When to Watch:
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2023” airs live this Saturday, December 31, beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC via your local provider, or online at ABC.com.
The programming is expected to run until 2am EST, with over 5 1/2 hours of entertainment, with the exception of a 30-minute break for local news around 10-11pm.
I’m definitely tuning in to see Duran Duran, and the Disneyland coverage…plus I can’t miss the dropping of the ball in Times Square. Will you be watching with me? Let me know in the comments!