Dick Clark Puts On A Valiant Face On “New Years Rockin’ Eve”

I happened to be at the club New Years Eve watching ’Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, using the countdown on the TV screen as a marker for the party’s countdown to 2011. But as Ryan Seacrest threw it back to Dick Clark in the studio for the final countdown, I couldn’t help but feel bad…for Dick Clark and his ability to talk following his 2004 stroke.

Was it disturbing to you?

Whether it’s been a house party, or at a nightclub with friends with the TV volume turned down, Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve has been a part of my New Years Eve experience for years. Dick Clark, 81, has always been the one-man-gang bringing in every new year from Times Square in New York City. I couldn’t picture anyone else doing it.

Because of a stroke Clark experienced in 2004, uber-hosting machine Ryan Seacrest has come on and done most of Rockin’ Eve’s heavy lifting; artist interviews, introducing acts and man-on-the-street observations in New York’s Times Square. He’s frighteningly flawless.

Dick Clark returned to the show with Seacrest, and represented himself valiantly, yet his velvety pre-stroke voice has been replaced with a labored, straining, guttural tone, which left him unable to finish his sentences at times. One may see Clark’s performance as disturbing, others may see it as the ultimate example of beating the odds.

Take a look at this clip of the 2011 version, and tell me what you think. Please leave a comment.

Dick Clark Counts Down to 2011 Starting at 3:20 In:


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