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Wednesday
Dec282011

Lady Gaga Selected to Drop NYC's New Year's Eve Ball 

PRNewsFoto/Interscope Records(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga is going from the Monster Ball to the ball drop.  New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has selected Gaga to be the one to push the super-fancy Waterford Crystal button, which will drop the famous ball in Times Square at 11:59 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

Gaga was set to be there anyway -- she's performing live from Times Square on ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

Each year, the New York City mayor selects a special guest to help him drop the ball and do the final countdown to the New Year.  Past button pushers have included Bill and Hillary Clinton and Muhammad Ali.

Speaking to reporters about the selection of Lady Gaga on Wednesday, Mayor Bloomberg said he had never met the star, but had once seen her perform at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.  He added, "I think she's a good entertainer. The one time I saw her, she was a great entertainer."

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Friday
Dec312010

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 me...so 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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