The show went on without Dick Clark as 2012 turned into 2013.
Ryan Seacrest took over the full hosting duties of the ABC show, which remains named for its founder. "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" was little different from previous years - except for the post-midnight shot of Clark kissing his wife after the ball dropped.
Clark created "Rockin' Eve" in 1972 and his boyish exuberance became an annual fixture in American homes each New Year's Eve since. He passed away on April 18 from a heart attack at the age of 82. Seacrest, his hand-picked heir told Billboard this week he was "unworthy" of the position. "There will never be another Dick Clark. There is and was only one."
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America's new "timekeeper" made sure to mention his old boss repeatedly throughout the night and even repeated the words he used to say to him: "Seacrest, the show must go on."
During the telecast, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his annual appearance on the show and praised Clark, whom he called a "real American."
"There are certain people that are bigger than life. Most people come and go. Dick Clark was here for generations," he told Seacrest while surrounded by security, staffers and fans on the street. "Dick Clark was a real American. He loved the country, loved people, and people loved him."
Over on NBC, Carson Daly handled the countdown chores -- but was a little slow in picking up the count. He missed the start of the one-minute countdown -- and then tossed to actress Angela Kinsey for a quick comment that almost caused him to miss the final seconds of 2012. On CNN, comedienne Kathy Griffin made lewd gestures with host Anderson Cooper and on Fox, Marlon Wayans hosted "New Year's Eve Live!" from Las Vegas.
The various shows featured performances from PSY -- who appeared on both shows as well as appearances from Madonna, Taylor Swift, OneRepublic, Justin Bieber, MC Hammer and "The X Factor" winner Tate Stevens.