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Best Moments of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest

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RYAN SEACREST NYE
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It’s been nearly a decade since Ryan Seacrest took over hosting duties for the man of midnight, Dick Clark. This year’s show on ABC wasn’t much different from other years: stars, musical performances, and a midnight kiss. But there were a few moments that set the 2015 event apart:

• New York was cold. The temps hovered in the high 20s and low 30s with a wind chill was in the teens. Basically, Ryan and Jenny McCarthy—and, you know, the thousands who turn up to watch—are troopers.

• Idina Menzel lied: The cold does bother her anyway. Her live performance of “Let It Go” (which was released in 2013, mind you) hit a new high note… one not typically heard from Tony-winning singers.

• Everyone in Hollywood, performers and host Fergie alike, needed a stylist. But Fergie did try many times to get it right.

• One Direction performed together, squashing rumors that Niall is leaving the group. Teen girls worldwide breathed a sigh of relief.

• Jason Derulo made a political statement while singing “Wiggle.” And, yes, you read that correctly.

• Nashville/Nashville got in on the action; with performances by Gavin DeGraw and Lady Antebellum (who mixed things up with a clean, country rendition of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop”).

• Ryan Seacrest gave Taylor Swift his coat because she forgot to wear a shirt.

• And of course T-Swift killed it leading up to the ball drop because she looooves New York:

• Unfortunately for all the nearby soldiers, Jenny kept her New Year’s kiss in-house this year; she locked lips with husband Donnie Wahlberg.

• Elton John closed out the NYC portion of the show with performances from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, while Fergie ended the night with (pre-recorded) performances from Hollywood.

What did you think of the show? Did it ring in 2015 properly? Did it “Shake Off” 2014 the right way? Discuss.