Legendary host of “American Bandstand” Dick Clark was honored at the 2010 Daytime Emmys. His sort-of protege Ryan Seacrest gave a heartfelt introduction and then a plethora of stars were both on-hand to perform or had pre-taped a message.
The live performances by the Spinners, Chubby Checker, Marie Osmond and the cast of “Jersey Boys” were incredibly fun. Each artist did one of their own songs — “Jersey Boys” did a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons song — and then after the video messages, the group performed Barry Manilow’s hit and the “American Bandstand” theme song, “Bandstand Boogie.”
Video messages came in from Garth Brooks, Simon Cowell, Cher and Manilow himself, followed by Ryan Seacrest speaking with Dick Clark out in the audience. Clark, who was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and suffered a stroke in 2003, gave a small speech, though one could tell that speech is difficult for him. It was a touching tribute.
We’ll post video as soon as we have it.