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‘Millennium’ adds talent

Santana, Blondie, Pretenders among performers

“Millennium Live,” the 24-hour live global broadcast set to air New Year’s Eve, has announced additional performers including Santana, Aerosmith, Blondie, Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders, 10,000 Maniacs and Destiny’s Child.

The telecast will also feature live coverage of Latin superstar Ricky Martin’s New Year’s Eve concert in Paris, via broadcast partner France 2 & 3.

Also, former “Baywatch” star Carmen Electra has signed on as one of six hosts. Previously announced co-hosts include Chilean model Angelica Castro, South African talkshow host Zam Nkosi and French TV host Ramzi Malouki.

“Millennium Live” has now been signed in 130 countries, most recently China’s CCTV. The bulk of the marathon program’s content will come from those partners.

Other broadcasters include Australia’s Channel 9, Brazil’s Bandeirantes, South Africa’s SABC and Turkey’s NTV. Pax TV is the U.S. affiliate, while City TV/Much Music is airing the special in Canada.

Creator/executive producer Hal Uplinger, whose credits include Live Aid, expects to eventually surpass the 155 countries that aired those 1985 concerts. Exec producer Michael McLees said the “Millennium Live” team has already reserved 77 satellite transponders, the most ever for a single program.

“This is going to be the biggest live TV event ever,” Uplinger said.

The show’s hub will be based at Manhattan Beach’s Raleigh Studios, where a 90-foot domed set will be constructed. Emmy award winning composer Glen Roven has been tapped to create the telecast’s theme song.

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