Tom Hanks to host TV special for Joe Biden's Inauguration

Tom Hanks is set to host a live TV special, to celebrate 46th President Joe Biden

Tom Hanks attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood
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National treasure Tom Hanks will be welcoming in the new president with a special show, marking the start of a new chapter for the USA.  

The special TV show titled ‘Celebrating America’ will air live on January 20th. It promises to be 90 minutes long with virtual performances from Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, and Jon Bon Jovi.

After a shocking and upsetting few weeks with riots and the upcoming impeachment, we've seen celebrities like Michelle Obama (opens in new tab) take to social media to share their heartbreak and call for change. Now Tom Hanks is stepping up to give us what we all need, a TV special with guest appearances and star-studded virtual performances to celebrate the new administration. 

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Tom is sure to make the special a light-hearted and uplifting celebration, to kick off a promising four years. The special will focus on frontline workers and the country’s resilience following political unrest. It will also focus on and celebrate democracy as a whole.

Justin Timberlake announced on Instagram a brand new song called ‘better days’ which he will be performing on the special. Timberlake said about his performance, “I’m very honored to announce we will be performing this song on January 20th for the Presidential Inauguration” 

He went on to say “'We have a long way to go to fix, undo, and rebuild this country... but I hope now, despite the past four years, we are on our way.”

The show will air a few hours after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in, they too will make an on-screen appearance.  The inauguration itself will be mainly virtual, with strict safety protocols in place due to the pandemic and election violence.

The TV special will be aired live on ABC, NBC, CBS networks, and available for cable viewers on MSNBC and CNN. It will also be available on Youtube, Amazon Prime, Facebook, Twitch, and Twitter. 

Celebrating America Airs at 8:30pm on January 20th. 

Naomi Jamieson

Naomi is a Trainee News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has worked with the team for seven months. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. 

She currently writes about fashion, wellbeing, and entertainment and is training for an NCTJ Qualification. Before working for Future Publishing’s News Writing Team, she worked in the Ad Production Team where she wrote and designed adverts. 

When she isn’t writing articles on celebrities, fashion trends, or the newest Netflix shows you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing, and probably online shopping.