I'm here with three gentlemen behind the scenes. Very important in getting this up here for us. First up, jeff strauss, the president of countdown. Fred curtis, you provide the crystal. And this... See More
I'm here with three gentlemen behind the scenes. Very important in getting this up here for us. First up, jeff strauss, the president of countdown. Fred curtis, you provide the crystal. And this morning, how are you going to make this evening so magical for the millions out here? Every new year's is magical. We have 150 million americans watching this star. The ball descends, kissing and bringing in the new year. Over 1 billion people watch our news coverage. It is a global celebration. We're all coming together as one. How cool to be a part of this team that brings this iconic figure every year. And, fred, this year, you are the master of sculptor of the crystal. This year, you're bringing us a new theme with the gorgeous ball. Tell us about it. It's a brand-new ball this year. Completely covered with new crystals and a new design. Over a ten-year period. It's called the greatest gift collection. It's gifts of imagination. So, it's cut, as you see on the panel here. Cut deep into the crystal on both sides to give maximum refraction with the light. It's solid crystal. There's 2,688 of these panels covering the ball. That's awesome. And you actually partnered with st. Jude for the design this year. We partnered with st. Jude. Not for this design. There's one crystal on here that's very special. It was done by a little girl, a patient of st. Jude, that chose her design. It took us back to ireland, the drawing she had done. And I pcut it and engraved it on the crystal. The only one that's different from the rest. And, tim, what kind of special performances are we in for this evening? Miley cyrus, macklemore and ryan. Iconopop. And john legend's "imagine." And justice sotomayor is going to drop the switch for the ball. And she's an inspiration for us all. Let's ring in the new year. Happy new year. Happy new year. Rockin' new year's eve, 2014
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