Ryan, Jenny, Fergie -- and Miley! -- Are Ready to Ring in 2014 on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve"
It's December 31, and if you're staying home to ring in 2014, there's only one thing that's probably going to be on your TV tonight: Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Ryan Seacrest, along with Jenny McCarthy in New York's Times Square and Fergie on the West Coast, will usher in the new year on ABC with some of the year's biggest music stars -- including 2013's most controversial star of them all, Ms. Miley Cyrus.
Miley will be performing live in Times Square right before the ball drops at midnight, which of course raises the question of whether the star plans to strip naked and climb aboard, just like in her "Wrecking Ball" video. "I did imagine her using it as a wrecking ball," Jenny confesses to ABC News Radio. "She still might do a big surprise on stage, but I don't think she'll go that far!"
As for what she'll be wearing, Ryan tells ABC News Radio that Miley's team "did send us a picture" of what she'll be sporting onstage Tuesday night. "I think people should tune in to see what she's going to wear. It's a dichotomy of things," Ryan explains. When Jenny asked Ryan if, in fact, there are "clothes involved," Ryan replied, "Well, you know it's going to be in the 20s, so you have to have something!"
Even if Miley doesn't get nude and swing on the ball, Ryan and Jenny say there are plenty of crazy things going on each year in Times Square to make up for it. According to Jenny, there are naked people in the crowd each year -- sort of. "I think it's the men that have a little too much fun...I've seen men get down to their underwear," she claims.
In addition to Miley, the Times Square performers will include rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, New Wave icons Blondie, Swedish duo Icona Pop, and, live via satellite from Miami and Brooklyn, respectively, Pitbull and Billy Joel. "For the first time ever, we're doing Times Square live and bouncing around to different cities too," Ryan explains. He and Jenny are especially thrilled to have Billy Joel, who somehow has managed to avoid appearing over the last four decades. "He's never done it...This is the first time. It's a real coup to have him. We're excited," Ryan tells ABC News Radio.
Over on the West Coast, viewers will see performances by Robin Thicke, Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, Daughtry, Capital Cities, The Fray and Ariana Grande, with Fergie as mistress of ceremonies for the eighth year in a row. "I grew up with this show, watching it every year in our living room, it was just on. And it's an American classic," Fergie says, explaining to ABC News Radio why she keeps coming back.
"There are new acts every year, so it's fun. It's about improvisation," she continues. "We joke around...I might, er, go on to the non-family-friendly side by accident...so we just have a good time and try to keep it fun and energetic, and it's just part of my history."
As for Ryan, who took over the show as permanent host following the death of Dick Clark in April of 2012, he tells ABC News Radio that being in Times Square on December 31 is an experience like no other. "I remember growing up as a kid, looking at all the people, filling the streets, thinking, 'How could that many people be in one place in a city like that?' [and] wanting to be one of those people, so to be standing there, hosting the show, it's a 'pinch me' type thing."
And after the ball falls, the balloons and the confetti drop, and Jenny McCarthy has kissed some random dude at midnight, how do she and Ryan unwind? "We're starving!" laughs Ryan. "We're so hungry, because we've gotten out there at 7 o'clock, and then we finish after 1 a.m. And I love to eat. It's terrible to eat that late, but I'm so hungry when we get done."
Jenny chimes in, "I have Kentucky Fried Chicken waiting in my dressing room this time around...I was eating strangers' food in the hallway. I was so hungry last year!"
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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