NEW YORK — If there’s one memorable way to ring in the new year, it’s in New York City’s Times Square, where an estimated 1 million people come together, including numerous celebrities, to watch the ball drop. In the heart of it all, “MTV’s Club NYE 2013″ rang in 2013 in style with a dance party hosted by “Jersey Shore” stars Snooki and JWoww and Jeff Dye of “Money From Strangers.”
To kick it all off, Ne-Yo got the NYE spirit in Times Square pumping with “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)” and also taught Snooki some dance moves. Later he professed to Snooki that his resolution was to bring R&B music back in 2013.
Next, Sean Kingston took the stage and performed “Rum & Raybans.” Jamaica’s finest was welcomed with “Sean Shades” as the audience raised their hands to bring in the new year.Rita Ora brought her swagger as she got the crowd screaming along during “This Is How We Do (Party).”
After some dance jams courtesy of the Knocks, “Switched at Birth” starlets Vanessa Marano and Katie Leclerc showed up in the studio and took photos with fans.
Shortly after, Conor Maynard topped off his explosive 2012 with a high-energy performance of his single “Turn Around.” He also told Snooki and JWoww that he’d love to perform with them in 2013.
To cap things off, Ke$ha took over with her song “C’mon.” She chose to perform the single following recent reports of radio stations taking her latest single, “Die Young,” off the air following Sandy Hook elementary school shootings.
MTV News caught up with Snooki, JWoww and Jeff backstage before the show, and they spoke about their high-profile gig. “I think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to host such a huge event. MTV, Times Square, it doesn’t get any better than that,” Jenni said.
When asked if he has any New Year’s resolutions, Jeff Dye said, “I’d like to find more change on the ground.”
And without hesitation, Snooki revealed, “I want to get ripped. Shredded wheat. I’ve been seeing a trainer since October, so hopefully that pays off soon.”
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