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Watch ‘Til You Drop: New Year’s Eve Specials

For those glued to the TV, countless shows to usher in 2017

A New Year is always a reason for celebration. For one night, we come together and hope for a better future and a more prosperous year. We get to count down all at once until another year of living, loving, and evolving is in the books.

For a holiday everyone can recognize, there are countless ways to celebrate and welcome 2017.

Here are just a few.

“Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” will air on ABC starting from 8 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. The show, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, then returns at 11:30 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. The show will feature looks at festivities in New Orleans, Los Angeles and New York City. Fergie and Jenny McCarthy will help host the televised event.

Musical performers for the night include Mariah Carey and country music star Thomas Rhett, among others.

“New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” will air as a competing New Year’s celebration on NBC. Musical performers include Blake Shelton, Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys. The special airs at 11:30 p.m. and will be hosted from New York’s Times Square. Melanie Brown, of Spice Girls and “America’s Got Talent,” will co-host.

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“I do my best to encapsulate the excitement of the night and just kind of describe what I’m seeing to people who couldn’t be there. So the star of the night is the ball. And a million people freezing and wondering how they all have been standing there for over 12 hours,” Daly told Billboard about the annual event.

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“Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution” will air on Fox at 11 p.m. and feature the pop singer front and center at the event. “It’s called ‘revolution’ ’cause we wanna ‘unmute’ New Year’s. We want the new New Year’s. Take it from the Big Apple to the pineapple and make Miami the mecca,” the man who often refers to himself as “Mr. Worldwide” told 7 News Miami about the event — which is sure to be vastly different from the more typical annual televised events.

The show is hosted from Miami and also includes Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg as hosts. Musical performers include Nelly, Biz Markie and Salt-N-Pepa.

Of course, all New Year’s parties and events are set around the Times Square ball drop. The 12-foot-wide, 11,000-pound ball will make its annual drop, signifying the end of the year and the start of a new one — and people can see it on Broadway, from 43rd to 50th street. Or spectators can keep along Seventh Avenue and see the festivities as far north as 59th street.

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Even with gusty winds and a high of only 43 degrees, it’s expected that one million people or more will gather in Manhattan to celebrate the end of one year and the introduction of an entirely new one — with endless possibilities for people of all walks of life.

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