This weekend marks the end of 2011 on Saturday and the start of 2012 on Sunday. For most Flint area families, New Year’s Eve would not be the same without watching the ball drop in Times Square with Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest and the ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ countdown TV special. Alysha McCarty of Flint can’t wait to see her favorites, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga perform tomorrow. She said, ‘Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga together on one night, in one place, ringing in the New Year is gonna be awesome!’ Both stars are gearing up for the big gig and Bieber may just have another surprise up his sleeve. A little over 7 hours ago, he tweeted this message:
‘NYE in Times Square NYC with @RyanSeacrest Saturday Night. got something special planned.’
Hmmm…what can it be? One surprise tweet involved a surprise performance with his friend and mentor Usher on ‘The Today Show’. Is someone else going to grace the stage with Bieber unannounced?
The Mother Monster herself is also getting ready to rock, and considers this New Year’s job an honor. Yesterday Gaga tweeted:
‘And I’m so looking forward to performing on NYE+dropping the Ball with Mayor Bloomberg! What an honor as a New Yorker! #citydoll’
According to Wikipedia, the ball has been dropped from the flagpole at One Times Square since December 31, 1907 and every year up to one million people gather in Times Square to watch the ball drop and an estimated 1 billion people watch the video of the event, with 100 million of them in the United States.
Ryan Seacrest is slated to host ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ once again and tweeted about Bieber and Gaga’s performances on December 28th saying:
‘In NYC headed to meeting for #NYRE…we’re finalizing sched for @LadyGaga & @JustinBieber performances. Every sec is calculated’
This year marks the 40th anniversary of ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ and via ABC’s Official website, Seacrest said:
‘Lady Gaga is one of the most exciting and relevant artists of our time, and we’re thrilled to have her join ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ this year in Times Square. I’m especially honored to share the stage with the legendary Dick Clark, who is celebrating his 40th year hosting the show, which he created and transformed into one of the most iconic American television programs. We’re really thrilled to see how this year’s lineup lights up the stage to make it the most memorable show yet.’
Joining Bieber and Gaga will several other music industry giants including: Fergie, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, Taio Cruz and LMFAO.
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest airs in Flint on WJRT ABC12 Saturday, December 31, 2011 beginning at 10 PM EST.