Ryan Seacrest
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Am I the only one who doesn’t care for big, splashy New Year’s Eve plans? I far prefer to put on sweatpants, shake some 99 cent noisemakers, and gorge on mom’s homemade lasagna, all while watching a geriatric emcee count down the year’s final minutes. This Saturday, though, Dick Clark’s not the only seventysomething on the dial, as Regis Philbin (who subbed for an ailing Clark in 2004) leaps over to Fox for a competing telecast. Who’s got the better lineup? Here’s PopWatch’s by-the-numbers look:

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve (ABC, 10 p.m. EDT)
Dick Clark +10 pts
Times Square + 5 pts
Mariah Carey + 25 pts
Hilary Duff – 1 pt
Hilary Duff’s teeth + 3 pts
The Bangles + 2 pts
Chris Brown + 2 pts
The Pussycat Dolls (live? wha?) – 5 pts
Ryan Seacrest (left) – 35 pts
Total: + 6

New Year’s Eve Live with Regis Philbin (Fox. 11 p.m. EDT)
Regis Philbin – 2 pts
Jillian Barberie – 5 pts
John O’Hurley + 10 pts
Donald Trump – 7 pts
Carrie Underwood + 2 pts
Total: – 2 pts

Well that settles it for me, I’m stickin’ with Mr. Clark. Of course, there’s also Carson Daly (along with Wanda Sykes and Mary J. Blige) on NBC, plus MTV’s bash with Shakira and Kanye West, and CNN’s coverage with Anderson Cooper. Which telecast will you be watching? All must be revealed!

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