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2 DECEMBER 30, 2018 - JANUARY 5, 2019 JOURNAL STANDARD By Jay Bobbin This year, NBC's New Year's Eve party returns Carson Daly to the festivities — and it also involves Nash- ville substantially, thanks largely to Keith Urban. Recently named enter- tainer of the year at the CMA Awards, Urban will ap- pear from the country-music capital's Bicentennial State Park during the celebration Monday, Dec. 31. However, much of the program — one hour in primetime, then another surrounding the midnight ball drop — still will originate from New York's Times Square, where "The Voice," "Today" and "Last Call's" Daly will be joined by Chrissy Teigen and "Sat - urday Night Live's" Leslie Jones. Jennifer Lopez, Bebe Rexha, Diana Ross, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend (Tei- gen's husband), Blake Shel- ton and Andy Grammer also will supply songs. Urban has been else- where on the dial on New Year's Eve before, and he says, "It's a long-term plan. I love bringing in the new year in our town, and Nashville needs that singular, big New Year's Eve show. We're just going to keep building it, year upon year, if we get the chance. Carson Daly and Keith Urban share NBC's New Year's Eve duties "My drive is to have peo- ple all around the world see Nashville as a destination for New Year's Eve," Urban adds. "Everyone instinctively thinks, 'The ball drop is in New York, so that's where we gonna go,' but Nashville has grown in leaps and bounds. And what an incred- ible destination for people to come to and bring in the new year." Daly took last New Year's Eve off, and he notes that with only one other excep - tion, "I think I've been (on TV for it) every year since 1998. That started with MTV, when their studios were right there in Times Square. Last year was love - ly because I was with my wife and my family at home, which was a nice change, but it was almost weird. I felt a magnetic pull to Times Square. I was almost itch - ing." Last month's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was the coldest on record, and Daly has sampled just about every outdoor condi - tion possible on New Year's Eve. He maintains he's ready again. "I've been out there for some record-breaking cold temperatures," he recalls. "I feel like this time, it's going to be unseasonably warm, and maybe that's just wish - ful thinking. It's been a pretty mild December, so I'm really holding out." Daly expects some warmth to be supplied by the "great group" he'll be surrounded by: "Chrissy and I did the show together in part a couple of years ago. John Legend has become a good friend, and he'll be on 'The Voice' for Season 16. We love Leslie, and I'm so grateful Keith has decided to go with us; the party he'll host in Nashville will give us a not-so-New-York-centric feel for the show." Keith Urban appears on "NBC's New Year's Eve" Monday. Our BARGAIN BASEMENT will sell your "stuff" fast! Items priced up to $75... Free Items priced up to $1,000 only $7.50 Private party only. Free ads publish for 3 days and limited to 1 FREE ad per month. Additional lines 50 each. Paid ads publish for 7 consecutive days in print & on -(O=KLJ==HGJL@JK212((%+2(( Call or Email your ad today, payment must be received prior to publishing. Congratulations on your 50 th Anniversary Mom & Dad! May you have many more happy years together! Love from your children! Celebrate your family and friends with a Happy Ad!!! Special Occasion? Spread the word with a happy ad! To place your happy ad in The Journal-Standard, call 815-232-0171

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