You knew damn well that after Dick Clark passed that Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve would turn into a Ryan Seacrest event. And that is okay because Ryan does a pretty damn good job of hosting it but will I be able to handle Seacrest handling this shiznit until he turns 90? I’m not so sure.
At any rate, this year there is an all-star lineup performing 15 #1 hits, including newly-announced additions to the West Coast party Justin Bieber, Jason Aldean, Greyson Chance, Ellie Goulding and The Wanted. In New York, Psy will join the recently announced 2012 American Music Awards winners Taylor Swift and Carly Rae Jepsen, and Neon Trees, performing live in Times Square on MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 on the ABC Television Network.
Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas hosts the West coast party which includes previously announced performers Brandy, Flo Rida, Karmin, One Republic and Pitbull.
And yes, there will be a tribute to the KING of New Year’s Eve who passed away earlier this year. The New Year’s festivities kick off at 8:00 p.m., ET with “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Celebrates Dick Clark,” a two-hour look at the amazing life of Dick Clark, hosted by Fergie and Jenny McCarthy. The special celebrates, through clips and reminiscences, the legendary television personality and producer who rang in the New Year for four decades and launched and nurtured the careers of countless artists. Ryan Seacrest also joins the hosts for a special appearance in honor of Dick Clark.
Beginning at 10:00 p.m., ET, Ryan Seacrest will host “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013” from New York, with Jenny McCarthy returning to interview the revelers in Times Square. Fergie returns to host the Los Angeles-based portions of the specials. The bi-coastal celebration will include over 5 ½ hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, and with Ryan Seacrest leading the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City.
The complete lineup Monday night, December 31 on ABC is:
8:00-10:00 p.m., ET — “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Celebrates Dick Clark”
10:00-11:00 p.m., ET — “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013”
11:30 p.m.-1:08 a.m., ET — “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013, Part 1”
1:08-2:12 a.m., ET — “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013, Part 2”
Will you be watching?