LOS ANGELES - An electric night of skating and music performances will culminate under the lights of the Galen Center on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles. This one-time only event is in celebration of the performers' families, as the featured artists give a heartfelt dedication to their loved ones for the care and devotion that shaped their lives and athletic careers. This live show takes place on Friday, Oct, 3, 2008, and will be nationally televised Nov. 16, 2008, on NBC, shortly before World Children's Day® at McDonald's, an annual global fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) and other children's causes.
Pop star Nick Lachey, current TV personality and previously the lead singer of boy band 98 Degrees, will perform live at this special Disson Skating music and skating production.
The event will be promoted in Los Angeles by acclaimed global concert producer, Danny O'Donovan. The world-class cast of skaters includes 2006 Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen, two-time (2007-08) U.S. champion Evan Lysacek, 2008 U.S. champion Mirai Nagasu, 2006 world and 2007 U.S. champion Kimmie Meissner, 2008 world champion Jeffrey Buttle, two-time (2004, '06) U.S. pair champion Rena Inoue and John Baldwin, five-time (2004-04) U.S. ice dancing champions Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, 2007 U.S. silver medalist Ryan Bradley and 2007 U.S. bronze medalist Alissa Czisny.
Lachey's super-stardom as pop singer and TV personality began as the writer and front-man of the boy band 98 Degrees, selling 10 million albums worldwide and charting several top-40 hits. His solo album "What's Left of Me" was certified gold and topped the Billboard 200 charts at No. 2. His on-screen endeavors include the TV series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, with then wife, pop star Jessica Simpson, as well as directing the Cincinnati Choir that won the NBC reality competition Clash of the Choirs. He currently hosts the ABC reality show, High School Musical.
Lachey will lend the power and grace of his voice as these top figure skaters perform their routines with athletic prowess and skillful mastery. Included in this musical line-up are special guests Almost Amy, consisting of two professional dancers from the hit TV series, Dancing with the Stars -- Mark Ballas and Derek Hough. Ballas won the 2008 show with partner Kristi Yamaguchi.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008