Behind a Scenes during ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’: Thomas Rhett, Gloria Estefan & More

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest is about to flog 2016 to a curb, though before a uncover hits a atmosphere during 8 p.m., Billboard is giving a hide look of a party, that facilities performances by Mariah Carey, DNCE, Thomas Rhett and Gloria Estefan, who is set to perform with a expel of her Broadway musical, On Your Feet!

Rhett rehearsed his set progressing on Saturday (Dec. 31) in Times Square during a theatre located during 46th Street, and his two-song set — that enclosed a Grammy-nominated “Die a Happy Man” and “T-Shirt,” plus “Vacation” — perceived large reactions from revelers peering over a barricades. Rhett was loose in a brownish-red suede jacked, imitation T-shirt and black ripped jeans as he led his rope by dual soundchecks. By a second run-through, Rhett was entirely intent with a audience, operative both sides of a theatre and clearly prepared for his large night.

“I’ve watched this uncover in my vital room given we was 7 or 8 years old,” a 26-year aged Tennessee local tells Billboard. “It’s always been a tradition in my family to watch a round dump on New Year’s Eve, so to indeed be here in Times Square and in a center of all of these people, and behaving on a show, is a dream come true.”

Rhett is gearing adult for a large 2017: he is nominated for a Grammy for best nation song for “Die a Happy Man” (co-written by Sean Douglas and Joe Spargur) and is about to strike a highway for his Home Team tour on Feb. 23.  To foster a trek, Rhett donned a “Home Team” guitar tag as he strummed an acoustic guitar for “Die a Happy Man.”

Speaking on a song’s success, Rhett humbly tells Billboard he “just happened to strike during a right time with a strain about my wife.”

As for his New Year’s fortitude to “get behind in a gym, quit a integrate of bad habits and be a improved person,” he does have a idea set to start work on his subsequent album. Rhett says he is looking into “duet options” for a subsequent album.

“We are removing in a studio in January, and we have so many songs,” he says. “We are going to keep slicing songs until we figure out that 10 or 15 songs we wish to benefaction to a fans. Making a record is one of a many fun times of a year for me, only to get in there and be creative.”

Carey rehearsed progressing in a afternoon, and Estefan was on a tightest report of all — rehearsing her series with a expel of On Your Feet during 7:22 p.m. — one hour before broadcast. Other songs on her set embody “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Everlasting Love,” “Turn a Beat Around,” “Conga,” “Get On Your Feet” and “Oye.”

Fans looking to join in a fun on a ABC promote can hashtag cinema of their at-home parties and Times Square cinema with: #RockinEve, #Hello2017, #Harmonizers2017, #RockinShawn, #NiallRockinEve, #2017WithMariah or #AllNightLong.

The ABC program, as always, is during a forefront, showcasing a biggest names in cocktail strain on a five-and-a-half hour show, that starts during 8 p.m. EST and for a initial time ever will underline countdowns from mixed time zones. Seacrest and co-host Jenny McCarthy will chaperon in performances by Carey, DNCE, Estefan and a expel of a Broadway uncover On Your Feet!, and Rhett live in New York City from Times Square.

Meanwhile, Fergie will keep a celebration going during a Billboard Hollywood Party, behaving dual songs of her possess while bringing on performances by Alessia Cara, G-Eazy, Bebe Rexha, Martin Garrix, Emeli Sande, Fifth Harmony with Ty Dolla $ign and Kid Ink, Flo Rida with Macy Kate, Hailee Steinfeld, John Legend, Lukas Graham, Mike Posner, Niall Horan and Shawn Mendes.

And Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale will make history hosting a initial ever Central Time Zone countdown — complete with a normal fleur-de-lis dump atop Jax Brewery — with performances by Jason Derulo and Panic! At a Disco. Demi Lovato, who achieved in Times Square final year, will move in 2017 in a most warmer meridian streaming live from St. Maarten, and Lionel Richie will perform a really initial strain of 2017 live from Las Vegas.

“People ask what’s going on in a show and a list gets longer and longer,” Seacrest said of a broadcast, that will applaud a 45th anniversary on a air.


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