Due to a scheduling change, American Idol Season 11 champion Phillip Phillips will no longer appear on Fox's NEW YEAR'S EVE LIVE! In his place will be recently crowned X Factor winner Tate Stevens. The network also announced that comedian Marlon Wayans will host the 90-minute special broadcast.
Stevens, a 37-year-old country singer from Raymore, MO, had been employed as a road worker prior to auditioning for THE X FACTOR. Mentored by judge L.A. Reid, Stevens emerged as America's choice and the winner of the coveted THE X FACTOR title, along with a $5 million recording contract with Sony Music.
Wayans' new film, A Haunted House, opens in theaters on January 11, 2013. He will be performing with his brother Shawn Wayans at The Orleans Showroom in Vegas on December 29 and December 30.FOX's NEW YEAR'S EVE LIVE!, airs Monday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live; CT/MT/PT tape-delayed). Broadcast from Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, NEW YEAR'S EVE LIVE! will feature performances from rock group Lifehouse and entertainer Carmen Electra. FOX cameras also will capture the world-famous New Year's Eve Ball as it makes its descent into New York's Times Square. Host and additional performers to be announced.NEW YEAR'S EVE LIVE! is executive-produced by Bob Bain, produced by Paul Flattery and directed by Michael Dempsey.
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