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OLV SHOTLIST:SOURCE - ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP CLIENTS ONLYNew York - 4 December, 20131, Wide, Pan up on tree unlit, tree is lit after countdown from 2. SOUNDBITE (English) Aoyfe Egan/From Dublin, Ireland"It was our first year in New York so we decided to come here for the Christmas spirit."Stephie McNally/From Dublin, Ireland "And we heard in the past that loads of celebrities have performed here so we were hoping to see some."3. Wide of Lauren Alaina performing4. SOUNDBITE (English) Lauren Alaina/Recording Artist - on her reaction to being asked to perform:5."It's like, 'Me? The little country girl? You want me to fly out to New York? Let's do it! Merry Christmas! (Laughs.)"6. Wide pan of The Rockettes doing a kickline7. OUNDBITE (English) Jewel/Recording Artist"Gosh this is so fun and it really brings in the spirit of Christmas and it's fun to get to sing outdoors. It's a great spirit here."8. Wide, Jewel on stage singing Let it Snow9. Mary J. Blige singing "This Christmas"10. Wide, tree lit up, singing in backgroundSTORYLINEROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS UPWith a flick of the switch, a 76-foot Norway Spruce officially became the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree Wednesday night (4 DEC. 2013) after it was illuminated for the first time this holiday season in a ceremony that's been held since 1933. Mayor Michael Bloomberg turned on the lights just before 9 p.m., setting off a dazzling 45,000 multi-colored LED lights and a 9 1/2-foot-wide Swarovski star that topped the 12-ton tree. "It's something you'd normally watch on TV on the west coast," said Magela Ulibarri from Laguna Beach, Calif. "And to be here and not show up even though you've got to wait for a while and you don't get the best spot, it's worth it, you know? It's just exciting and all the holiday spirit and all the songs really get you into the moment so I'm just waiting now to get all the way up to the tree.""It's worth the wait, it's worth the cold. It's definitely worth the six hours (of waiting) added Weoy-herng Shaw of Sydney, Australia, who arrived in New York before Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season.The tree lighting event in midtown Manhattan also was watched by millions on television. The tree will be on display until Jan. 7, after which it'll be milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity. Artists such as Mary J. Blige, Jewel, and country singer Lauren Alaina performed. "It's like, 'Me? The little country girl? You want me to fly out to New York? Let's do it! Merry Christmas!" laughed Alaina of being asked to take part.Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson also pre-recorded songs that played during the telecast.The approximately 75-year-old tree made the 70-mile trip to New York City on a tractor-trailer from its home in Shelton, Conn., last month. "Today Show" personalities Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales co-hosted "Christmas in Rockefeller Center," which aired on NBC. They dedicated the broadcast to James Lovell, 58, a married father of four and a sound and lighting expert who worked on the tree. Lovell was one of four people killed when a Metro-North commuter train derailed in the Bronx on Sunday. He was on his way to work on the tree when the accident occurred.