Thursday, December 12, 2013
Review: Kelly Clarkson’s powerful voice lit up her NBC Christmas special
We'll be posting videos from the event as they become available.
Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Tale aired on Wednesday night on NBC, and basically a parade of celebrities showed up for a couple of seconds just to tell Kelly “No can do.” But it’s OK, that was all part of the plan. Kelly had to realize that “she didn’t need celebrities” — she had all she needed.
And I’m guessing all she needed was that ridiculously, awesome voice of hers, because damn, it was flawless on all the Christmas songs she performed. She did get some help from Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire on “Silent Night,” but other than that Kelly single-handedly ruled the night.
On comedy, Jai Rodriguez of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fame and The Hangover’s Ken Jeong had more screen time than the other celebrities as Clarkson’s assistant and manager respectively. Also, Blake Shelton appeared ironing, sewing, helping Kelly out and ending up dressed up as an elf.
Good thing is that even if we didn’t get to see much of Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Natalie Cole, Heidi Klum, and others, it was OK. Because, again, Kelly Clarkson’s voice was the star needed for the show. I’m glad that they relied more on Kelly’s voice than comedy.
I wonder if NBC producers are scrambling to find another musical to desecrate next year with Kelly at the helm. You know, like they did this year with Carrie Underwood and The Sound of Music Live. At the end of the day it had more than 18 million viewers, a big win for the network. I wouldn’t doubt it … if the ratings for Kelly’s special were solid. But which musical could work with Kelly as a lead? A Christmas version of Kelly’s first film From Justin to Kelly? Sorry, I just had to mention it.
Anyway, most of the performances Wednesday night are not available online yet; I will add them as they become available. But here’s Kelly’s video for “Underneath the Tree,” which was the show’s closer. Grab a blanket, some hot cocoa and play this nonstop until December 26. Or even better, get Kelly’s album Wrapped in Red and do just that, it’s bound to be a Christmas must-have.