The country singer is bringing it in with someone who helped put her on the road to superstardom. She's reuniting with with the host of American Idol as the headlining performer on ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2016 With Ryan Seacrest on Dec. 31.
Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato and Wiz Khalifa (featuring Charlie Puth) also are slated to appear in New York, with others including One Direction, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Fall Out Boy, Ellie Goulding and Rachel Platten in the Hollywood segments guided by Fergie.
Carrie will have a major showcase with Ryan and reporter Jenny McCarthy in Times Square throughout the night, both before and after the ball drops at midnight.
"I've been lucky enough to be a part of it before," she said, "and just being in Times Square on New Year's Eve, there's so many people and such a great energy. To be in the midst of the craziness, it's really cool." Still, she hopes it isn't too cool outdoor-temperature-wise: "That is a big deal, in terms of what I wear and how many layers I put on. And do I go for the long underwear?"
She also appreciates meeting up with Ryan again. She added, "I've known him since Day One of all of this." Ryan digs her too, recently saying that she's "so special. She's just so endearing, and you know how talented she is. It's seamless for her, and to see the rise she's had and her ability, it's unlike most people in our business, let alone coming from the series. I think it adds to the narrative of the night, on New Year's Eve, for both of us."