Country singer Taylor Swift is set to usher in the New Year with millions of fans after agreeing to perform in New York City’s Times Square just before the stroke of midnight.
“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest made the big reveal after explaining that he will be taking over the reigns of the annual star-studded bash from beloved host Dick Clarke, who passed away in April, and will present the traditional show celebrating the famous ball drop on his own for the first time.
During an appearance on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday, he said, “This one is gonna be emotional. This is the first time in 40 plus years that we’ll be in Times Square without Dick Clark as he passed away. And he’s such a hero of mine and was a dear friend. So it will be special, celebratory, reflective, but certainly emotional.”
But Seacrest won’t have to face the hoards of crowds alone – during the interview, he dropped less-than-cryptic clues all but confirming to viewers that the evening’s performer would be Swift, who made chart history this week after her new album, “Red,” moved more than 1.2 million copies in its first week of release.