Ryan Seacrest’s Rockin’ New Year

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TV’s Amer­i­can Idol host re­turns for the 12th time to ring in the new year as party master of the starstud­ded Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest. The 42-year-old an­chors the coast-to-coast cel­e­bra­tion from New York City live Dec. 31 on ABC. What’s the best ad­vice Dick Clark, who died in 2012, ever gave you? He told me, “You’ve got to make this look so easy that peo­ple think they can lit­er­ally step in and do your job. If it’s that seam­less, then you’re do­ing it right.” Who’ll be your mu­si­cal guests this year? In Hol­ly­wood, Fergie will host Fifth Har­mony, Flo Rida, John Leg­end and Alessia Cara. In New York City, we’ll have DNCE and Bruno Mars. Demi Lo­vato will be live in St. Martin and we’ll bounce to Ja­son Derulo to cross the mid­night point. That’s just a few. What does Amer­i­can Idol mean to you? It was my big break. It be­came a cul­tural phe­nom­e­non that we didn’t see com­ing, and to be a part of that ride was some­thing I can’t even put into words. Do you make New Year’s res­o­lu­tions? We all set out to be fit, eat bet­ter, ex­er­cise and do the things that we know we should do for longevity. But this year I think what I’m go­ing to at­tempt to do is a dig­i­tal diet for a day: I will put my phone down and ac­tu­ally con­nect with what’s in front of me without look­ing down.

What were his child­hood New Year’s Eve dreams in At­lanta? Go to Pa­rade.com/seacrest to find out.

Seacrest with Dick Clark in 2011

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