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Jimmie Allen, Elle King and Rachel Smith to host ‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash’


Jimmie Allen and Elle King will host New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash along with Entertainment Tonight host Rachel Smith. The special will air live on Friday, Dec. 31 from Music City at 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. CT to 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT on CBS. It will also stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.

Says Smith: “This hometown gal is thrilled to be back for round two of Nashville’s Big Bash. Hanging with my talented country friends in Music City on New Year’s Eve is the ultimate way to kick off the new year!”

Allen added: “When I got the call to host New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, I was super excited and started looking forward to it right then. I was part of the show last year as a performer, so being able to co-host it this year with Elle King and Rachel Smith and see all the great performances that are lined up – it’s going to be awesome. Hosting is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and to do it on CBS is a big deal. I get to represent not only Nashville and country music but my home state of Delaware – primetime television on New Year’s Eve! Let’s bring this new year in right!”

King also shared: “New Year’s Eve has always been one of my favorite nights to celebrate because we get to reflect on the year we’ve had while getting a fresh start. Nashville has been so amazing and welcoming to me this year and I can’t wait to see what next year brings. I am so excited to be hosting the festivities live from Music City!”

New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash will ring in 2023 with performances by some of country music’s biggest stars such as Brooks & Dunn, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, and more. Additional performers and information will be announced at a later date.  The five-hour celebration will also include the famous Nashville music note drop and fireworks at midnight.

Jimmie Allen, Elle King, Rachel Smith hosting ‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash’

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