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KIIS 102.7 FM is hosting a virtual prom and Ryan Seacrest co-host Sisanie Villaclara promises celebrity guests

The station is encouraging those watching to dress up in their prom best, host Zoom watch parties and decorate their homes and virtual backdrops for the event on May 1.

Along with all the other changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic, proms and prom-related activities were canceled for thousands of high school seniors in Southern California.

So with no end date on the shelter at home state mandate, iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ 102.7 KIIS FM is throwing a Virtual Prom live from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, May 1 via YouTube.com/kiisfm. The Virtual Prom will also be replayed on KIIS 102.7 FM starting at 10 p.m.

The event will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest, as well as other on-air personalities from the station, who will all be joining in live from their homes. It will also feature lots of prom-themed decorations, attire and DJ performances by Joe Jonas, Dillon Francis, Loud Luxury and singer-songwriter Lauv.

“I just kept thinking about all of those seniors who have been working hard their whole lives to get to this huge milestone,” said On-Air with Ryan Seacrest co-host Sisanie Villaclara said during a recent phone interview. “Prom and graduation ceremonies… are supposed to be celebrated pretty much the last three months of your senior year.”

When the KIIS crew realized the pandemic was going to push Southern Californians into staying home until at least mid-May, Villaclara said she approached her boss with the idea of throwing a live, prom-themed concert during the summer for all who missed out.

However, with the radio station having to cancel its annual Wango Tango with headliner Harry Styles on June 6 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson due to coronavirus concerns, an in-person prom-themed concert was out of the question.

“Even though now it’s a virtual prom, I’m so thrilled to be able to do this for those kids,” she said.

The station is encouraging those watching to dress up in their prom best, host Zoom watch parties and decorate their homes and virtual backdrops for the event. They’re also asking listeners to go to kiisfm.com to nominate and vote for seniors for a virtual prom court and to give the names of schools and individuals for the on-air personalities and performers to do shout-outs throughout the streaming event.

“We’re definitely going to have some big-name celebrity special guests, too,” she said. “I can’t confirm who they are, but there will be some very well-known names popping into the virtual prom to give shout outs to the students.”

Villaclara graduated from Los Alamitos High School and said she’d attended several proms. Since she grew up in West Garden Grove, she also had friends at Pacifica High School and attended events there as well.

“I’m not going to say I was the most studious kid,” she said with a laugh. “I got decent grades, but the education part wasn’t my top priority. It was activities like prom, cheerleading and ASB [Associated Student Body]…those were my things. I just feel so badly for all of those kids that are missing that and are going through all of this right now.”

Since the state began practicing social distancing and officially went on lockdown, Villaclara has been working from her Los Angeles home where she lives with her husband and their twin son and daughter, who turn two on May 2. She sequesters herself to one room of the house for eight hours a day to work on the show, but when she’s done it’s full mama mode.

“We’re singing a lot of songs, and there’s a lot of ‘Baby Shark’ happening here,” she said. “We’re doing puzzles inside, bubbles in the backyard and lots of walks around our neighborhood.”

Though she admits that she’s not the best cook, she has been trying out new recipes and said she’s been craving some of her mother’s signature dishes.

“My parents still live in the Orange County house I was born and raised in, and I haven’t gotten to see them in so long,” she said. “I called my mom and was like, ‘How do I make the Spanish rice you make?’ So she FaceTimed me and we made it together over FaceTime. I think right now, we’re finding unique ways to connect with our friends and loved ones.”