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The song goes “What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?” So, what are you doing New Year’s Eve? It’s a night as wrought with tradition as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and Easter. Counting down to the ball drop in New York City — or peach drop in Atlanta or music note drop in Nashville — ringing in the New Year with a champagne toast and a midnight smooch with the one you love, and, if you’re celebrating at home, watching “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”

Ryan Seacrest has taken over hosting duties since the passing of Dick Clark in 2012, but most of us recall those years of the “American Bandstand” helping us celebrate with the biggest musical acts in the entertainment industry. Spots on the show were typically reserved for rock and pop stars, but one country singer landed a coveted performance slot on the show before she was the superstar that she is today.


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It was the eve of 2008. Carrie Underwood was just a couple of years past her “American Idol” win. While we knew she was something special, we had no idea the heights she would reach.

Her debut album, “Some Hearts,” had birthed three No. 1 singles, and she had just released her sophomore album, “Carnival Ride,” in October 2007. It, too, had produced a chart-topping single, “So Small,” and when Carrie appeared on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on Dec. 31, 2007, “All American Girl” was just starting its climb up the charts.

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It has to be a special memory for Carrie, as she peeled through a medley of fan favorites from her only two albums. Remember, she had not yet met her handsome husband, Mike Fisher, much less imagined baby boy Isaiah in her life. And Dick Clark, recovering from a stroke, would only be with us a few more years. It’s definitely a great memory!

Is your champagne chilling yet?

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