Nicole & Paris: Sam Jones/Fox
December 19, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Tuning into the festivities in Times Square this New Year’s Eve, you can watch the ball drop. Or you can watch Paris Hilton. The socialite and her ”Simple Life” costar, fellow party girl Nicole Richie, will cohost Fox’s ”America’s Party” telecast from the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, the network announced.

The two down-home country gals will host a musical lineup that will include Ashanti, Metallica, Puddle of Mudd, Hootie & the Blowfish, Ice Cube’s Westside Connection, Keith Urban, and DJ Funkmaster Flex. ”Paris and Nicole turned Altus, Ark., upside-down on ‘The Simple Life’ and were the talk of the 2003 Billboard Music Awards,” Fox noted in a statement, ”so imagine what celebratory antics the beautiful duo will get into as they help ring in the New Year on ‘America’s Party.”’ Uh, yeah. Can’t wait to see that New Year’s Eve kissing booth.

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