For the second year in a row, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney ring in the new year tonight on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest on ABC.
The CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year couldn't be more thrilled to make the iconic show a Dan + Shay "tradition."
"That was a bucket list moment for us to get to be in New York City, Times Square during New Year's Eve," Dan tells ABC Audio. "And that's something that you dream of your whole life. Everybody in the entire world is watching that... And to be there, the energy was insane. It was electric."
Shay admits his relatives back in Arkansas are pretty impressed, since watching the show is a family tradition.
"To them, it's like 'Oh, man! Things must be going pretty well for you, there!'" he explains.
To turn the page from 2019 to 2020, Dan + Shay will be part of the New Year's Rockin' Eve festivities in Los Angeles.
Dan points out it's crucial to not go too hard until after you're done with your performance.
"It is kinda tough," he reveals. "Everybody else is partying and they're celebrating and counting down, And we're like, 'Okay, we gotta keep it together. We gotta stay sober. We can't party too hard.'"
"Whenever you're done, you're like, 'Whew!' It's a lot of pressure being on TV in front of all those people," Dan continues. "So you try to keep your cool as long as you can, and then you do the show and it's like, 'Alright! We need a celebratory shot of tequila for sure!'"
Tune in to watch Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt, and many more, when New Year's Rockin' Eve kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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