Your Couch-Side Guide to NYE 2014

January 2, 2014

Make no mistake, I already spent $27 on my ticket to a local New Year’s Eve Party in downtown Portland, and have every intention of dancing the night away and ringing-in 2014 with my close friends. I’m sure we will have loads of fun and make a multitude of memories. However, being a woman of 25, I also have a great appreciation for a NYE spent comfortably in front of the TV…with a glass bottle of champagne and take-out of some kind.


And yes, this tradition is demonstrated very nicely in the Sex And The City movie.

The truth is, now that I’m older and have the liberty of going to bars with the big kids, I secretly miss the days when there was no pressure to go out and get rowdy on NYE. I know, I know – the grass is always greener, yadda, yadda, yadda.

So anyway, that’s why I was curious enough to Google what I would be missing on TV while I was out on the town this year. I Googled far and wide, but could not find the TV event I was looking for. I am sorry to relay this to those who are unaware of this travesty, but: MTV will not be airing its usual live New Year’s Bash this year.Emojis here.> 


Fellow generation Y-ers, you can probably relate to my emotions; I was raised on MTV’s New Year’s Eve specials! Pining after my favorite celebrities and watching them perform and party with fans in Times Square in front of thousands of New Yorkers – it was all so ideal!

But apparently I won’t be missing out on my childhood NYE fave after all…because it is no longer “a thing.” Instead, MTV will be airing “Girl Code Presents: New Year’s Code,” a one hour special that will feature the cast of the network’s “Girl Code” and MTV2’s “Guy Code” as panelists as they comment on NYE rules for both the sexes, and look back on the best pop culture moments of 2013.


Well, I think it’s official then: no more music on M(usic)TV. Sigh. This disappointing news calls for a whole new guide to New Year’s Eve for those who are staying in this year. I have taken the liberty of ranking your options from best to not-the-best.

Here is Your Couch-Side Guide to NYE 2014:

1. “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” – ABC 10-11pm, and 11:30-2am

This undisputable classic is what I would be watching if I were staying in. This year it will follow a two-hour lead in, “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music” which starts at 8pm. (I think I’ll watch that while I get ready for the evening!) The live ABC special starts at 10pm, and will be co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy in New York, while Fergie plays emcee in Los Angeles. Musical guests include Miley Cyrus, Billy Joel, Fall Out Boy, Icona Pop, Daughtry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. From Los Angeles, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo, Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias, and The Fray are added to the bill.

A variety of artists, seasoned hosts, and I’m guessing there will be some sort of fiasco involving Miley. Sounds like an entertaining choice to me!

2. “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly”  NBC 10-11pm,11:30pm-12:30am

Also live from Times Square, and airing at the same time as “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” this special is in direct competition with our first choice. NBC has chosen to keep their musical guests a secret, and the element of surprise is quite effective indeed. The only information they have offered is that the special “will ring in 2014 with some of the best musical performances from 2013.”

Hmmm, it’s probably best that you at least flick back and forth to this one so you don’t miss something epic.

3. “106 & Party: New Year’s Eve 2013”  BET, 11pm-1am

We know where to find the televised dance party! Tune into BET if you have the urge to shake your groove thang in the privacy of your own living room. Musical guests Trey Songz, A$AP Rocky, Sage the Gemini and more will be featured on the special.

It’s probably worth tuning in to, at least for a while.

4. “New Year’s Eve Live”  FOX, 11pm-12:30am

Mario Lopez hosts a night of live entertainment from the heart of Las Vegas. From the LIGHT Nightclub at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, musical guests Krewella, J. Cole, and Panic! At The Disco are set to perform. The special will also air footage of the iconic ball drop from New York City’s Times Square.

5. “New Year’s Eve Dance Party”  FUSE 9pm-2am

We don’t have a whole lot of info on this one, but we do know it will feature lots of music and dancing! Sounds like the perfect background noise for a small party.


For many, the New Year is about a fresh start and making the next year an improvement over the last. Whether you’re planning to ring in the New Year on your couch or on your feet at a party, may your food be hot, your champagne be chilled, and your New Year be promising!

Tweet us your #NewYearsResolution for 2014. Happy New Year from the @weknowthedj team!

 Jenni Moore (@JenniferKayMo)



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