As far as hosts Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy are concerned, inviting the vocal powerhouse back for a do-over after last year's disaster is an appropriate way to close the book on 2017 and start 2018 anew in line with the theme of this year's telecast: "Unity".
In the spirit of the new year - and staying on theme for the telecast, New Year's Rockin' Eve hosts Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy told Variety that they were happy Mariah Carey was invited back to perform at ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest, despite last year's disappointment. Mariah, 47, previously admitted she had felt "vilified" after the 2016 performance.
She said: "I didn't obsess over the New Year's Eve thing". Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland will take the NY stage for special performances while Britney Spears will perform from the Axis at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. As of right now the roster of people set to be over there include the likes of Kane Brown, BTS, Kelly Clarkson, Fitz and The Tantrums, Khalid, Khalid with Marshmello, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Alessia Cara and Zedd, G-Eazy and Halsey, Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line, Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt.
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest on ABC is a classic, while FOX will be led by comedian Steve Harvey and a number of musical performances.
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As the Waterford ball drops in Times Square, millions of people welcome the new beginnings with a celebratory kiss and a wish for an optimistic year to come.
Ciara is hosting the West Coast celebration, which will be her first time as part of program since 2005 when she performed her first single, "Goodies".
Joining Cabello for the biggest party of the new year is award-winning duo, Sugarland.
Seacrest arrived at the press junket straight from his gig on "Good Morning America" to take in the famed Waterford Crystal Ball at One Times Square before it's dropped at midnight.
"Here's the thing: previous year wasn't as planned".