Lauren Daigle dropped out of ‘New Yr’s Rockin’ Eve ‘after showing within the Sean Feucht rally
(RNS) – Christian pop star Lauren Daigle has been removed from the cast of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ‘Eve,” the legendary musical countdown to the New Year on ABC, according to a report on New Orleans news channel WDSU.
The move comes after New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell raised concerns about Daigle’s appearance at Sean Feucht’s Let Us Worship rally and concert last month in the city where Daigle lives and Rockin ‘Eve New Years Eve plans to film his countdown to the central time zone.
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In a letter to Dick Clark Productions published by the New Orleans radio station WWL, Cantrell wrote that she could not “in good conscience” support Daigle’s involvement in the show.
Earlier this week, Daigle, a two-time Grammy Award-winning singer, played her crossover hit “You Say” in the season finale of NBC’s “The Voice”.
“It harmed our people, it risked the lives of our residents, and it burdened our first responders in ways that are incomprehensible – in the midst of a public health crisis. This is not who we are and she is not allowed to represent New Orleans or the people she purposely endangered, ”Cantrell wrote.
Feucht ‘event in New Orleans’ French Quarter did not have a permit and violated public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the mayor said. The event put New Orleans residents at risk and threatened the city’s progress in fighting the pandemic, she wrote.
It was part of the controversial “Let Us Worship” tour, a series of “worship protests” led by Feucht, a failed congressional candidate associated with Bethel Church in Redding, California, in cities across the country during the pandemic .
A video tweeted by Feucht on November 7th shows Daigle singing the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” at the demonstration in New Orleans. Nobody seemed to be wearing masks or social distancing.
A column about the event days later in the New Orleans Advocate noticed Daigle’s appearance and asked, “What in God’s name were you thinking?”
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After talking to Daigle, Louisiana Governor Billy Nungesser said the whole thing was a misunderstanding, according to local media reports.
Daigle was not officially part of the event and is not responsible for the crowd of a few hundred people gathered in the French Quarter, Nungesser told WWL.
Instead, the singer told him she was riding a bike nearby when she heard people praying for hotel workers and stopped to join them, he said. She was then invited to sing.
Describing the mayor’s actions as “retaliation” against Daigle, the lieutenant governor feared they would rob Louisiana of the opportunity to be part of “Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin ‘Eve” in a written statement.
“In the long run, this action will hamper not only New Orleans’ efforts to recover from the pandemic, but every city in the state that has offered to host the event and the entire state,” Nungesser said.
A city spokesman told WDSU that the production will still be broadcast from New Orleans.
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ‘Eve” has been a staple of the New Year since 1972. The 2021 production, now hosted by Ryan Seacrest, will include – without the usual live audience – more than five and a half hours of music from artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Billy Porter and Cyndi Lauper.
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