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Ryan Seacrest Talks ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ Details

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the 40 years of countdowns and party favors, much has changed in how we celebrate New Year’s Eve.

In the beginning, the iconic ball that dropped in Times Square boasted 100 25-watt bulbs, a street light compared to today's ball: 22,000 LED lights embedded in Waterford Crystal.

When Dick Clark launched his first New Years Rockin’ Eve in 1972, the band Blood Sweat and Tears was the headliner. The show was created to be a hipper answer to CBS’s annual broadcast of Guy Lombardo’s live orchestra performing from the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.

Clark’s show soon became an established tradition, and on Saturday night, it will be another snapshot of popular sound and fashion as 2011 turns over to 2012. Rockin’ Eve co-host Ryan Seacrest granted Nightline a sneak preview of what’s to come, and said that Clark would make an appearance again this year.

“I looked forward to seeing him every year and I was always impressed with how he could make you feel so comfortable,” Seacrest told Nightline anchor Bill Weir. “You’d watch at home and you’d feel like you were part of the party and he was just talking to you. That’s one of his amazing talents.”

Seacrest was brought onto the program after Clark, 82, suffered a stroke seven years ago that impaired his speech and changed his beloved broadcast.

Seacrest said this year’s show includes rapper PitBull, Justin Bieber, guitar master Carlos Santana and the final mega act -- Lady Gaga. Seacrest claimed they didn’t know much about what the Pop princess, known for her outrageous costumes and bizarre entrances, will do.

As for who Seacrest will kiss when the clock strikes midnight, he said his girlfriend, 22-year-old professional dancer and actress Julianne Hough.

“I won’t get to kiss her until about 12:04 or :05 because I do it during commercial break,” he said.

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Ryan Seacrest Ready to 'Get Chills' While Ringing in 2011

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the sixth year in a row, Ryan Seacrest will be welcoming in the New Year live from New York City's Times Square, as the host of ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.  And Seacrest says his favorite part of the gig each year isn't the ball dropping, the confetti, or even all the big names who'll be performing on the show.  No, for Seacrest, it's that one special moment when he realizes that he's standing at the so-called "crossroads of the world."  He tells ABC News, "Every year, you're on the air...and then at midnight, you just stop talking, and you take in that atmosphere, and that environment, and you get chills, no matter how many times [you've done it]....[I get] chills every year."

Though Seacrest is in his sixth year as co-host of the show, and Dick Clark has been doing it for more than three decades, Seacrest says it never gets old.  He explains, "It's something both of us, I know, look forward to every year," saying that he likes "the notion of celebrating at the end of the year."  Seacrest explains, "I know it's been a tough year, the last few years have been difficult.  But to have a celebration, where everyone's in the same frame of mind, is special. And we enjoy hosting that."

This year's show features over a dozen music acts, including the ones who'll be performing in Times Square with Seacrest: Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block.  Asked why artists always seem to jump at the chance to appear on New Year's Rockin' Eve, Seacrest says, "I think it's because Dick has created such an institution in this program,"  but adds, "It also has quite a draw.  You've got about 30 million people watching when that ball drops, and it's a fantastic platform, and a great place for them to celebrate."

One thing that Seacrest has had to learn over the past six years is how to stay warm on New Year's Eve -- since he's originally from Georgia and now lives in L.A., cold weather's not his thing. This year, the enormous snowstorm that recently paralyzed New York won't affect the show, and there's no precipitation in the forecast.  In fact, it'll be above freezing Friday night, according to weather reports.  Seacrest jokes that Dick Clark will be disappointed -- he claims that Clark "deep down inside hopes for some rain and some sleet and some snow to dump on that I've paid my dues, if you will. He's got that type of sense of humor!"

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest gets underway Friday night at 10 p.m. ET.

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