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Ring in the New Year early with the Peas and Matt Goss

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You don’t have to wait until December 31 to celebrate New Year’s Eve! You can "Auld Lang Syne" all this weekend when SKG and Dick Clark Productions tape performances by the Black Eyed Peas, Timbaland, Colbie Caillat, Selena Gomez, Robin Thicke and guitarist Orianthe Saturday and Sunday in the Aria Ballroom to air New Year’s Eve on ABC.

Film crews already descended upon Jet and the Bank nightclubs Thursday to capture attractive, high-energy crowd shots and shout-outs to the performers. Partiers wore hats and wielded noisemakers and the confetti flew, so viewers elsewhere can get that pre-New Year’s Eve Vegas vibe on December 31, no matter where they are.

Las Vegans are encouraged to get in on the live taping — hosted by Fergie — under the proviso that they meet the casting criteria: You must be 21-35, and each applicant must submit their date of birth, phone number and a recent photo to info@skgadv.com. Dress code is “classy, hot, cocktail.”

“This show will be taped in advance at a Las Vegas sound stage so you can watch yourself on TV as you ring in 2010!” read the SKG email auto-responder. The lucky chosen few will be contacted with the details.

The Peas aren’t the only performers taking the stage this weekend for their New Year’s Eve TV special. Vegas’ own Matt Goss—the “King of Cool”—will film a live performance this Saturday night of “Matt Goss Tips His Hat to Sinatra,” to be aired on New Year’s Eve on Fox News nationwide.

The private, invite-only affair will feature all the coolness of Goss’s regular show in the Gossy Room at the Palms, plus a tribute to Old Blue Eyes (after all, it is Sinatra’s birthday).

Producer Robin Antin will also be on hand for Goss’ final live performance of 2009 and perhaps the lovely Daisy Fuentes (Goss’ girlfriend) will be in attendance, too.

Freebie Alert: Two lucky Las Vegas Weekly readers will be awarded two tickets each to attend the Gosstastic private function, which is sponsored by Whispering Giants & The Executive Lounge and Lexus of Las Vegas. To win, email your full name, telephone number and the words inscribed on Frank Sinatra’s headstone to backtalk@gmgvegas.com. The first two complete, correct emails will be named the winners. You must be 21 or over to enter. Dress code is black tie or Rat Pack chic for the men, fabulous or cocktail or both for the ladies. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show begins at 10.

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