Cat Deeley, host of So You Think You Can Dance, returns to FOX as host of the New Year's Eve Special airing live from New York City's Times Square, the center of the country's largest New Year's countdown celebration, Sunday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET/CT/MT/PT) on FOX.
Deeley, one of the foremost television hosts in the UK in addition to her work on FOX, is a double BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award winner and has won awards for hosting some of the UK's hottest primetime shows, including Stars in Their Eyes, CD:UK Live, SMTV: Live, Comic Relief Does Fame Academy, the V Festival (2004, 2005), The Brits, Record of the Year, Elton John Live from New York, The Latin Grammy Awards and a one-hour special with U2, When Cat Met U2, for ITV. Recently, Deeley was invited to serve as a correspondent for The Tonight Show as well as an entertainment contributor on Good Morning America.
Deeley has interviewed such luminaries as Madonna, Mariah Carey, Prince, Marilyn Manson, Elton John, Joss Stone, Tom Jones and 50 Cent. Notably, Deeley was granted the first interview with singer Kylie Minogue since Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer. Deeley hosted a weekly radio show, "Cat and Edith's Hit Music Sunday," on London's premier radio station, and has appeared on the television comedies Happiness and Little Britain.
Six-time Grammy Award-winning artist Toni Braxton will perform from the Times Square stage. Currently, Braxton is appearing at The Flamingo in Las Vegas. Additionally, American Idol alumnus Chris Daughtry will perform his new hit single "It's Not Over" from his new platinum CD, live from the Times Square stage with his band Daughtry.
In addition to musical performances, the special will feature live remotes from three cities hosting the Bowl Championship Series: Glendale, AZ, Miami, FL, and New Orleans, LA. Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy, the hosts of FOX's upcoming The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, will join FOX Sports' Allstate Sugar Bowl reporter Jeanne Zelasko in the festivities from New Orleans, while FOX Sports correspondent and FedEx Orange Bowl sideline reporter Laura Okmin will be reporting live from Miami. In Glendale, former Miss USA Shandi Finnessey will be joined by FOX Sports' Fiesta Bowl and BCS Championship Game reporter Chris Myers.
Said Executive Producer Phil Gurin: "We're really excited to be back in Times Square, with a great host and great guests, and our exclusive BCS Bowl game previews from around the country. I'd rather ring in the New Year with the beautiful Cat Deeley than any of the guys on the other networks."
As 2007 nears, Deeley will take a look back at 2006's most memorable moments in pop culture. The excitement will peak when the famed New Year's Eve Ball makes its descent in Times Square and the crowd erupts to welcome in 2007 - and FOX's cameras will be there to capture the celebration.
The special airs live in ET and is tape-delayed in all other time zones.