‘The Voice’ winner Cassadee Pope excited to sing in the new year
BY LORI RACKL TV Criticfirstname.lastname@example.org December 30, 2012 6:57PM
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Updated: February 1, 2013 6:08AM
Cassadee Pope rang in 2012 at her boyfriend’s house party, watching “New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly” on NBC.
This year, she’s part of the lineup.
The newly crowned winner of “The Voice” will perform during the special, airing from 9 to 11:30 p.m. with a half-hour break at 10 for the local news.
“I’d be happy doing anything on New Year’s Eve — staying in, eating Chinese food and watching the ball drop,” said Pope, 23, a Florida native now living in L.A. “But I have to admit, singing in Times Square is going to take the cake.”
Pope originally planned to perform Maroon 5’s “Payphone.” She changed her mind at the last minute and now she’s hoping to get legal clearance to sing Rascal Flatts’ “Stand” instead.
“It’s closer to the genre I want to do when I release my solo album,” Pope said.
The youngest contestant and only female to win the NBC singing show, which finished its third season earlier this month, Pope has had several hits on iTunes with cover songs. She’s eager to hit the recording studio after the New Year and release an original single in mid-January. She wants to follow that up with an album — a blend of pop-rock and country — in February or March.
Pope said her “Voice” coach, Blake Shelton, has agreed to sing at least one song with her.
Shelton and the other “Voice” coaches will appear in the Carson Daly-hosted special, which includes a performance by Train as well as a musical retrospective featuring Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show, the Spice Girls from the Summer Olympics, Adele at Albert Hall and Justin Bieber in Mexico City.
Pope’s performance will be live — something she’s used to by now.
“It’ll be less nerve-wracking than ‘The Voice,’ ” she said. “Just performing and being in front of the cameras feels so natural for me.”
Other ways to count down to 2013 from the comfort of your couch:
†ABC goes Dick Clark crazy starting at 7 p.m. when Jenny McCarthy and Fergie host a two-hour look at the life of the late, great television personality whose name has been synonymous with New Year’s Eve for the past 40 years. Buckle up for a long night of revelry with “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest,” a bicoastal bash featuring Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees and Psy, who’ll be celebrating the New Year “Gangnam Style” in Times Square. Rockin’ the other side of the country are Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Brandy, One Republic, Karmin, Jason Aldean, Greyson Chance, Ellie Goulding and the Wanted.
From 11:08 p.m. until 12:15 a.m., the party goes local as WLS-Channel 7’s Mark Giangreco and Janet Davies emcee a live broadcast from some of the city’s biggest soirees — Hotel InterContinental (headlined by Soul Asylum), Hilton Chicago (Mike Posner), City Winery (Los Lobos) and Viper Alley (the Prince Experience cover band) in Lincolnshire — before capping things off with a countdown to the midnight fireworks display at Navy Pier.
†Fox will usher in the New Year without “American Idol” champ Phillip Phillips, who is out of the lineup due to a “scheduling change.” In his place will be another White Guy With Guitar, “The X Factor” winner Tate Stevens. He’ll be joined by Lifehouse, Carmen Electra and funny man Marlon Wayans at 10 p.m. from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
†CNN pairs Anderson Cooper with the always unpredictable Kathy Griffin to co-host coverage from Times Square starting at 9 p.m. Last year, the outspoken Oak Park native and stand-up comic stripped down to her skivvies on live TV. A mortified Cooper would later suffer a bout of temporary blindness. Coincidence?
†Snooki and JWoww of the recently wrapped-up “Jersey Shore” count down to the end of 2012 — and their 15-minutes-that-felt-like-15-years of fame — on MTV at 10 p.m. Billed as “the nastiest anything-goes New Year’s Eve dance party this year,” the show includes performances by Ke$ha, Ne-Yo, Sean Kingston, Rita Ora and Conor Maynard.
†He’s obnoxious, controversial and apparently “Indestructible.” Andrew Dice Clay returns to TV with his first stand-up special in 17 years at 9 p.m. on Showtime. The hourlong special was filmed last summer at Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.
†Fox News Channel’s Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly captain the cable news network’s “All American New Year” at 10 p.m. with performances from classical vocalist Sarah Brightman, the cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet” and four-time Grammy winner Pat Benatar, who hopefully will not sing “Love Is a Battlefield” while a war montage plays in the background.
†Before you enter another year, enter another dimension with “The Twilight Zone” marathon on Syfy, starting bright and early at 7 a.m. Monday. Other New Year’s Eve marathons across the dial: “The Walking Dead” on AMC, “Portlandia” on IFC and “Pawn Stars” on History. Addicted to pawn? Check out the series premiere of “Hardcore Pawn: Chicago” at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on truTV.