Co-host Zan Rowe is ex­cited about ABC’S New Year’s Eve: The Night Is Yours tele­cast, with a star-stud­ded ar­ray of acts to per­form party hits voted for by the pub­lic in the lead-up to the mid­night fire­works

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View­ers are set­ting the sound­track to this year’s New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions on the ABC. Based on the theme ‘The night is yours’, the na­tional broad­caster put out the call for the pub­lic to vote on a party playlist for its live broad­cast from the Syd­ney Opera House.

The re­sults may sur­prise some, says re­turn­ing co-host Zan Rowe.

“We asked ev­ery­one to vote on their favourite songs and it was in­ter­est­ing to see how dif­fer­ent peo­ple voted in dif­fer­ent states for their num­ber one,” she says.

“In Vic­to­ria and Can­berra they voted for Ea­gle Rock (by Daddy Cool), while in the NT it was Phar­rell’s Happy and Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head was voted num­ber one in Queens­land.

“I like that it wasn’t just all old clas­sics. In terms of de­mo­graph­ics, peo­ple in their 60s and 70s voted for The Rolling Stones’ (I Can’t Get No) Sat­is­fac­tion while peo­ple in their 20s voted for Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now. Thanks to (the film) Bo­hemian Rhap­sody there’s been a resur­gence in Queen’s mu­sic.”

This year’s star-stud­ded con­cert will fea­ture Aussie rocker Daryl Braith­waite, pop singer Chris­tine Anu, Daddy Cool co-founder Ross Wil­son, Amer­i­can singer/song­writer Ben Folds, Casey Dono­van, Is­abella Man­fredi (of the Prea­tures), pop duo Client Li­ai­son, in­dige­nous hip-hop artist Baker Boy, soul singer Kaiit and drum­mer G Flip.

The broad­cast will also serve as the world premiere for a new song by Aussie singer, writer, satirist and ac­tor Tim Minchin.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about see­ing the Aretha Franklin tribute by Casey Dono­van and Chris­tine Anu,” Rowe says.

“Ben Folds will be in the coun­try for a per­sonal Christ­mas event and he got in con­tact and said ‘hey I heard the New Year’s broad­cast is pretty fun’. He’s a great show­man.

“He’ll per­form some cov­ers as well as his own songs. He’s friends with Tim Minchin, who’s go­ing to join Ben for a duet on a clas­sic song.

“Tim will also be pre­mier­ing a new song of his own called 15 Sec­onds.

“I think it’s go­ing to be even bet­ter this year.

“I know that’s a big state­ment but it’s go­ing to be wall-to-wall hits.”

It didn’t take much to get Rowe back for an­other night of work on one of the big­gest party nights of the year, which also hap­pens to be right in the mid­dle of her break from host­ing her Dou­ble J ra­dio show Morn­ings.

“I had such a great time last year. Char­lie (Pick­er­ing) and I were danc­ing while the songs were play­ing and in the ad breaks. We’re work­ing with the same team this year in­clud­ing the same back­ing band headed by Ash Nay­lor.

“The one thing you can’t mess up is that count­down be­cause those fire­works are go­ing off no mat­ter what. This year I’m go­ing to let Char­lie han­dle that so I can try to not look at the clock and en­joy it.

“Un­like last year, where the night ended with the fire­works, this year the fire­works will hap­pen and Char­lie and I will come back on stage for some­thing spe­cial with a few friends.” New Year’s Eve: The Night Is Yours airs on Mon­day at 9.30pm on ABC-TV

An eclec­tic line-up of mu­si­cal tal­ent on the ABC on New Year’s Eve will play ‘wall-to-wall hits’, says co-host Zan Rowe.

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