Merry New Year! Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy, and a reported 1 million revelers welcomed 2011 from Times Square in New York City last night.
ABC’s live broadcast of Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve boasted a classic boy-band bash, with the well-preserved Backstreet Boys and the New Kids on the Block collaborating for a medley of their greatest hits, but it was wild-child Ke$ha who stole the show. Performing her hit song, “Tik Tok,” she literally rode Santa Clause, whacked what appeared to be an Easter Bunny pinata, and urged the crowd to “make 2011 our bitch!”
Later, on the ABC stage with Seacrest and the boy-band headliners, Ke$ha responded to Seacrest’s question about resolutions with a quick, “Not become a d—–bag.” Nice. (I think that’s actually in the third verse of “Auld Lang Syne.”)
Other highlights — intentional and unintentional — of Dick Clark’s annual shindig included:
– Jennifer Hudson stalking television viewers with every Weight Watcher commercial before finally belting out a killer rendition of “Feeling Good.”
– Mayor Mike Bloomberg kicking it old-school, urging the partying kids to “Be there or be square.” Holla.
– Dick Clark snogging his wife after the ball dropped.
– McCarthy teasing a uniformed Marine — from New York, no less — that they might kiss at midnight, only to end up smooching what appeared to be her new Boston boyfriend instead.
by Jeff Labrecque