Approximately one million people typically begin their New Year at New York City’s Times Square. Last year was packed for the likes of Ke$ha, Elvis Crespo, and a Backstreet Boys / New Kids On The Block medley performance.
This year might be one to break all attendance records, as the organizers have secured the top two teen idols to perform on the same evening. Bieber will perform first, followed by Gaga just prior to the countdown to 2012. There’s a very good chance the two might end up performing some type of duet or montage, as this is the first time the two are sharing a stage.
This will be the 104th year for the infamous ball drop in Times Square, and the 40th anniversary of it being broadcast on television. The Ball is a 12-foot geodesic sphere, weighing 11,875 pounds, covered in 2,688 Waterford crystals, and capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors.
In addition to those attending the festivities live, there’s an additional estimated one billion viewers around that world that will tune in to ABC Television Network and its affiliates to watch it unfold on their televisions. After many years of Dick Clark hosting this event, the torch has been passed to Ryan Seacrest, and will be broadcasted as “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” beginning at 8 p.m.
The first two hours will look back at some of the highlights and performances from the past four decades, followed by Clark returning to join Seacrest to host the live festivities beginning at 10 p.m. The bi-coastal celebration will include over 5 1/2 hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, as well as the American tradition of Dick Clark counting down to midnight from Times Square in New York City.