TV Titans Battle It out in Times Square for NYE
December 30, 2005

Get the champagne ready, because it's time to ring in 2006! This year, TV's top guys will battle it out for the countdown, and "Extra" has your sneak peek.

After missing last year's bash, his first absence in more than three decades, Dick Clark is right back where he belongs. This year, he'll be hosting his annual New Year's Rockin' Eve on ABC with "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest.

Clark has stayed out of the limelight since suffering a stroke in 2004. Seacrest told us that Dick isn't 100 percent recovered, but he said that contrary to published reports, the legend is not in a wheelchair. Ryan says Clark's famous voice is not exactly how we remember it, but it definitely sounds like Dick.

"He's been very focused on being there and coming back on television on his own show," Seacrest told us. "He's getting better and better."

Hilary Duff will be Seacrest and Clark's special co-host from Los Angeles, and for his return, Dick booked the year's hottest act: Mariah Carey performing live in Times Square!

Carson Daly is back on the ball for NBC. Diddy, Wanda Sykes and Mary J. Blige will join Daly as he promises to "Kick 2005 in the Pants" and greet '06 with nothing short of a raging good time.

"We're going to have music and friends stopping by," Daly said. "All live this year, kind of old school, you know."

MTV has a wild night planned. Shakira, Common and Kanye West are just a few of the big names set to party on New Year's Eve as VJ Damien Fahey and Susie Castillo rock the night away.

Regis Philbin was such a hit while filling in for Dick Clark last year, he got his own show this time around. Regis will be joined by the likes of Nick Cannon, Tyler Hilton and "Dancing with the Stars" champ John O'Hurley.

"I got a taste of it last year, it was a lot of fun," Philbin said. "I'm going to be doing the New Year's Eve show on FOX, and we're going to ring in the New Year right there in Times Square with all the thousands and thousands of people."

Over on the West Coast, the Black Eyed Peas will treat hundreds of fans to an outdoor concert, counting down to 2006 with the mother of all block parties.

And Pamela Anderson will join The Pussycat Dolls, performing for 5,000 partygoers on the Paramount Pictures lot.

Looks like 2006 is already off to an impressive start. Happy New Year!

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