- Elton John blasts Russia’s anti-gay laws during Moscow concert
- U.N.: Afghanistan slow to enforce law protecting women
- Heart cancels SeaWorld concert after ‘Blackfish’ documentary
- South Carolina sheriff refuses to lower American flag for Nelson Mandela
- South Africans hold day of prayer for Nelson Mandela
- Mandela not on life support in final hours, friend says
- Ukraine protesters topple, decapitate Lenin statue in Kiev
- Kim Jong-un’s uncle removed from North Korean state documentary
- Thailand crisis deepens as opposition quits Parliament
- Campbell Soup apologizes for SpaghettiOs’ Pearl Harbor tweet
Ryan Seacrest: ‘Rockin’ in another year on ABC
NEW YORK (AP) - Yes, Ryan Seacrest has a New Year’s resolution for 2013: improve his skill at dancing.
“There’s a Significant Other in my life who’s very good at it,” he notes. That would be professional dancer Julianne Hough, a two-time champ on “Dancing with the Stars” in whose proximity “I feel the pressure to be as good as she is. It sounds like a joke, but this is a serious thing for me to accomplish next year.”
So add dancing lessons to the long list of projects that keep Seacrest famously fast on his feet. His numerous broadcast gigs include roles on E! Entertainment and NBC, a syndicated morning radio show for Clear Channel, as well as “American Idol,” whose new season starts next month on Fox. Behind the cameras, he has a swiftly expanding production empire that includes the Kardashian portfolio of reality shows.
But as Monday nears, Seacrest is focused on this annual rite: “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” which, with related programming, will blanket ABC from 8 p.m. until past 2 a.m. EST.
Booking musical acts has been in the works for months, Seacrest says. Performers include Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees, Flo Rida and Pitbull, as well as Taylor Swift, in the headliner position just before midnight.
But Friday afternoon in Manhattan, Seacrest is soon due at a production meeting “to work out the nitty-gritty of the show _ some of which we will stick to, some of which we won’t.”
Already he has appeared on “Good Morning America,” then headed to the rooftop of One Times Square, where the huge crystal ball was poised for its flashy descent, along with half-a-dozen TV teams queued up to tape interviews with him.
An hour later, at ABC `s Upper West Side headquarters, Seacrest has shed his top coat and taken a break to reflect on Monday’s extravaganza. This will be his eighth New Year’s Eve turn for ABC. But it’s his first since Clark’s death last April at age 82.
Clark, of course, originated “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” four decades ago. And it is Clark on “Rockin’ Eve” who gave Seacrest as a youngster his earliest memories of ringing in each new year.
“I’d like to say I can imagine how it’s going to feel, but I’m not quite sure,” says Seacrest. “I looked forward so much to each year that I did the show with him.”
Seacrest recalls how typically he would be posted outside overlooking Times Square, while Clark, who had suffered a stroke in 2004, made brief appearances from indoors.
“Then, right after midnight, I would run inside and stand next to him, and he always has some funny, clever thing to make fun of me about,” says Seacrest, unwittingly speaking in the present tense. “I think I will really miss that moment this year.”
The night will begin with a two-hour tribute, “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Celebrates Dick Clark,” hosted by Fergie and Jenny McCarthy.
Then Seacrest takes over for the countdown show at 10 p.m. EST.
“I definitely will say something about him, and it will be from the heart,” Seacrest promises. “But the night will be, as he would want, a celebration of what’s to come: Dick was always one to say, `The show must go on.’”
By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
- CURL: Obama tells a whopper on IRS scandal
- CHELLANEY: China's game of chicken
- Sen. Rand Paul pushes 'economic freedom zones' for Detroit
- Obamas call to close Vatican embassy is 'slap in the face' to Roman Catholics
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- Russian lawmaker wants to outlaw U.S. dollar, calls it a Ponzi scheme
- 'Dude, I'm dreading that I will have to go': Czech prime minister on Mandela funeral
- New Internet security challenge arises for cybercops
- Wife of Obama aide found dead in burning car in home's garage
- Congress creates a legislative fortress for military sex-assault policy
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Al Maurer provides a common sense, conservatarian, Constitutional conservative perspective from the battleground state of Colorado
Film Reviews and Articles by Kevin Williams
"Critical thinking is thinking about your thinking while you're thinking in order to make your thinking better." - Dr. Richard Paul
Go beyond tourism's "top 10" bus tour destinations with Susan McKee as she explores the varied history, culture, food, and gardens, of the world.
Let it snow
White House pets gone wild!