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Melissa Rycroft to co-host ABC's 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'


By Christopher Rocchio, 12/17/2009 

Melissa Rycroft will be ringing in her first year as a married woman in Times Square.

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ABC has announced the rejected The Bachelor bachelorette and former Dancing with the Stars participant will serve as Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve Times Square correspondent when the special airs live on Thursday, December 31 at 10PM ET.

In addition, the annual New Year's Eve broadcast will also include former American Idol fifth-season finalist Chris Daughtry and his band performing four songs live and singer Jennifer Lopez performing right before the ball drops at midnight.

The Black Eyed Peas, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Keri Hilson, Colbie Caillat, Orianthi and Robin Thicke will also perform from Las Vegas' new Aria at City Center venue.

Dick Clark and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will helm the celebration in Times Square, while Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas will host the Sin City-based portions of the special.

Rycroft -- who was married last weekend to Ty Strickland -- also serves currently serves as a correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America.

Noticeably absent from the list of performers is American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, who had been in discussions to perform.

However that was before his S&M-themed performance of his debut single "For Your Entertainment" at the end of ABC's live American Music Awards broadcast on November 22, which reportedly led ABC to drop him from the New Year's Eve special.

Sources from Dick Clark Productions -- which produces New Year's Rockin' Eve -- subsequently told The Times plans for Lambert to perform during the event had never been finalized.



(Photo credit ABC)


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