Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve: Ke$ha resolves not to become a d---bag

kesha-nyeImage Credit: Lou Rocco/ABC Merry New Year! Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy, and a reported 1 million revelers welcomed 2011 from Times Square in New York City last night. ABC’s live broadcast of Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve boasted a classic boy-band bash, with the well-preserved Backstreet Boys and the New Kids on the Block collaborating for a medley of their greatest hits, but it was wild-child Ke$ha who stole the show. Performing her hit song, “Tik Tok,” she literally rode Santa Claus, whacked what appeared to be an Easter Bunny pinata, and urged the crowd to “make 2011 our bitch!” Later, on the ABC stage with Seacrest and the boy-band headliners, Ke$ha responded to Seacrest’s question about resolutions with a quick, “Not become a d—–bag.” Nice. (I think that’s actually in the third verse of “Auld Lang Syne.”)

Ke$ha’s irreverence was refreshing. Poor Jenny McCarthy was saddled with crowd-duty, and it was actually impressive hearing her sell lines like, “I am so excited to be down here,” and “I wish I could wake up every morning to this.” Sure you do, Jenny. Which made Seacrest’s under-his-breath line so perfect at the end of the evening, as McCarthy prepared to sign-off: “She wants a drink so badly.”

Other highlights — intentional and unintentional — of Dick Clark’s annual shindig included:

– Jennifer Hudson stalking television viewers with every Weight Watcher commercial before finally belting out a killer rendition of “Feeling Good.”

– Mayor Mike Bloomberg kicking it old-school, urging the partying kids to “Be there or be square.” Holla.

– Dick Clark snogging his wife after the ball dropped.

– McCarthy teasing a uniformed Marine — from New York, no less — that they might kiss at midnight, only to end up smooching what appeared to be her new Boston boyfriend instead.

Happy New Years, folks. (Thank you for correcting my English, Clarence Beeks.) Have a great 2011, and let Ke$ha’s high-minded goal rub off a little on all of us.

What did you think of the show? And what year do we have to wait for until cheap-glasses manufacturers will finally give up trying to shoehorn the new year’s digits on to a set of novelty frames?

More New Year’s Eve TV:
Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper ring in 2011: The Special Relationship continues

Snooki’s ball dropped: Raise your fratboy-party Dixie Cup to 2011!

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  • Dbag

    Too late, Ke$ha…

    • Chris

      Agreed. And an Autotuned d-bag at that.

      • Katie

        Sure thing and please why santa cluas. Christmas has already passed

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      • AcaseofGeo

        I’m glad she’s not gonna be a d****bag cuz adding that to ripe skank would be going over the edge.

    • Snsetblaze

      I was thinking the same thing as soon as I heard it.

      • Just Me Too

        How did Kesha ever happen? She is like an awkward little sis trying to be cool and failng miserably.

    • LOL

      Ke$ha looked like a man, baby! Austin Powers tried to pull off her wig.

      • Amy

        We thought the same thing.

      • Jean Genie

        Same here. The blue lipstick’s just as disgusting as Lohan’s “F*** You” nail.

      • Flip

        I thought the same thing. Ewww!!!

      • Peggy

        she did look like a man it was sad

    • saywhat

      Agree, Way too late for her…

      • Duane

        Another Ke$ha HATER. *Kanye shrug* Whatever.

    • Flip

      Forget Gaga being a man. I think Ke$ha’s a man! During her performance last night, I seriously thought one of her male back-up dancers was in drag, lip-synching her songs. She looks so fat and manly in the face. Yuck!

    • Jeff

      I’m going to remove the ‘e’ from my name and replace it with the symbol for boron.

      That will make me cool!

      • Scott

        I really wish there was a like button here so I could like this.

    • Summers Eve

      “Ke$ha’s irreverence was refreshing.”

      Hopefully that was a sly reference to her d-bag-ness. Otherwise it starts to become clear why all the cool people like Ausiello and Slezak left EW, cuz, seriously, EW?

      • stevenjaba

        Slezak left? OMG, I hope not. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen stuff by him as recent as last week.

      • Mystic

        He’s at TVline.com now.

      • Shasta

        WAIT, WHAT? Going to tvline right now.

    • anrazx

      omg ,My friend Vanessa, a 25 yrs lady, has announced her wedding with a millionaire young man Ronald who is the CEO of a MNC. It’s amazing, she said she just posted her profile on a millionaire d’ating s’ite called –Meet’wealthy. ℃○M- and received his chat invitations a few days later. Then, everything went so well that I can’t believe it’s true! Every love story will unfold on it’s own. you can start your own wealthy love story for real at there too ! –Anyone notice Paul Greenberg from the Vacant Lot? When asked by jenny McCarthy, he was they guy comparing Canadian New Years to New York’s.

    • Indy 11

      aw, That’s what I was going to say.

    • SXiPPY

      Does anyone else think Ke$ha looks like s young John Travolta in drag? She totally does! Like a hybrid mix of Travolta and Debbie Gibson.

      • TJ. Church

        Minus any talent.

  • Chris

    “Santa Clause”? Really?

    • chattypatra

      Maybe that is Jeff’s favorite Christmas movie!

  • johnny d

    C’mon Dick give us a break and retire already. Kesha is retarded and the Backside Boys should head into the sunset with Dickie! Ryan is the show.

  • Jordan

    How about Natasha Bedingfield? I think her 2 recent singles are just a complete slap to her label.

  • lynne

    I was in Times Square and the whole thing was awesome. You can’t please everyone. At this gig, there is always gonna be something unexpected. Just the way it is….

  • Mark Mays

    Apparently, Dick Clark is so rich and powerful that NO ONE is allowed to tell him how horrible it is to see and hear him. This is not touching or inspirational. It is sad, exploitive, horrifying, sick, unwatchable. Please someone, if you love him, please tell him, he just has to let it go. Please! For him!

  • aly

    oh ke$ha….. you are just so silly sometimes. also, maybe think before you think because things might get a little ugly :\

  • aly

    whoops! i mean think before you SPEAK (:

    • Janice

      LOL…I think you had it right the first time, Aly :)

      • aly

        lol thanks and ya it probably is true! :)

    • ‘k

      I like “think before you think”. Think. Think some more. THEN speak.

      • aly


  • KJ

    Think before you think is probably good advice, too! :)

  • pastafarian

    Anyone notice Paul Greenberg from the Vacant Lot? When asked by jenny McCarthy, he was they guy comparing Canadian New Years to New York’s.

  • Sharon Williams

    Everything was fine except they played New York New York song instead of traditional ‘“Auld Lang Syne’ song at 12:00. Think of the people that don’t live in New York and they are the biggest watch New York count down! It really upset me and probably won’t watch anymore over it! Most people don’t want change of things like that!

    • BA

      They have always played New York New York after the ball has dropped. At least, as long as I can remember.

    • A parent who gets it!

      Some people are just idiots! Boycott watching a show because of a song change rather than to the poor judgement of the producers who a trailer trash new age whore speckle the airwaves with visuals and words that have no place on a network show at anytime. The one night we let the kids stay up late to bring in the new year and they have to ask me what those words mean. I’d rather wait to answer those inevitable-questions when they come home from school and not have them originate from my home TV. So, in summary, you are an idiot, Ke$ha is far worse than a d-bag and the parenting of our younger generations continues to fail miserably. Wake up now before we plummet into a classless society that will forever become the new norm until we can find a way to stoop to an even lower level (which I’m confident we WILL achieve over a short period of time).

      • A parent who gets it!

        That would be “producers (ABC) that allow a trailer-trash new-age whore like Ke$ha to speckle the airwave…” Hey it’s early and I’m rushing to catch the first sunrise of the New Year.

      • aly

        its already january 2 whoa time changes confuse me sooo much! :\

    • Suck it!

      ALS was played for a minute before NY, NY, stupid!

    • Jean Genie

      I preferred NYNY over Auld Lang Syne. ALS sounds so depressing right now.

    • PN

      It defines the city when they play Frank Sinatra’s song New York, New York. They did play Auld Lang Syne a lot in the late ’70s ’80s and ’90s when the New Year started in Times Square every time I watched on ABC. but after 2000, they played Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York more often. And that crowd sings along with Frank’s booming voice coming out of the speakers. And I loved it when New Kids, Backstreet Boys and Kesha sang it! Even Joey–Frank Sinatra is his favorite singer!

  • Katie

    I really think ke$ha is puting it off this year if ypu know what I mean

    • Howard S. Terne

      At least Ke$ha celebrated differently than her usual way, which is to play “Where’s the jizz gonna go?”

  • Larry David

    Dick Clark just made me sad. Put out to pasture already

  • Lisa Simpson

    Larry I think you meant just put him out to pasture already, and I agree with you. Dick Clark should no longer be on the air, it is truly depressing

  • Fuzzy

    Please retire Dick. God bless for all you’ve done but you’re painful to watch!

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