HOLLY BYRNES OUT OF THE BOX
ALCOHOL-FREE zones. Taxi queues. Christmas hangovers. New-shoe blisters. Crowd claustrophobia. Party performance anxiety.
Now tell me the TV telecast on New Year’s Eve isn’t a lot more tempting than actually being out and about and part of it? With every passing year, the pressure to make NYE the best night ever only grows. But, if you are anything like me, this is in equal proportion to your antipathy toward doing battle with public transport, parking police, road closures, not to mention hopped up Gen Y revellers being far too happy and bright for their own good.
That’s not to say you can’t party at home: complete with silly hats, over-priced alcohol and, bonus, leftover ham. If you’ve got small kids, watching all the fun from the familyfriendly safety of your own couch is even better. Am I right, mums and dads? This year, there’s even more incentive for the kids, big and small, with Themuppets Movie stars Kermit the Frog and actor Jason Segel signed on as the night’s guests, launching the 9pm family fireworks on Channel 9.
Green eve: Kermit the Frog
From 9.15pm, Today show reporter Richard Wilkins has programmed two hours of 2011 music video hits.
Anchoring Nine’s telecast is Celebrity Apprentice revelation Jesinta Campbell, alongside Weekend Today host Cameron Williams.
Add performances by The Potbelleez and David Campbell, live from the Sydney Lord Mayor’s harbourside event, and things will be jumping.
The broadcast will cross to hot party spots around Australia and the world: a trip that won’t require you to queue or cost next month’s mortgage payment in entry fees.
Now that’s a happy way to see in a new year. New Year’s Eve, Channel 9, 8.30pm