Michael Buble's 'Home For The Holidays' Special Features Carly Rae Jepsen, Blake Shelton
Michael Buble, 37, is fast becoming as associated with Christmas as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and George Bailey from It's a Wonderful Life. Last night, the Canadian crooner’s Christmas special, Home for the Holidays, aired on NBC with an appearance from Sesame Street's Elmo and performances by Carly Rae Jepsen, 27, Rod Stewart, 67, Blake Shelton, 36, and — with the help of holographic projection technology — Bing Crosby.
Taped in his native Vancouver, British Columbia, the one-hour television special is Buble's second Christmas special to date. Last year, his Christmas album was the number two selling album in the country, selling 6.5 million copies. Buble admits to having a profound affinity for the holiday, even listening to Christmas music year round. "The Christmas of my youth was full of love," he told Zap2It.
The special was not so much a showcase for Buble as for artists who were promoting and highlighting their favorite holiday tunes, a goal of the special. Jepsen joined her fellow Canadian countryman as they sang a medley of “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Stewart soloed on “Blue Christmas” and Buble joined in on “Winter Wonderland” and a reworked version of “Home” with Shelton. Another special performance featured a hologram of Crosby singing “White Christmas” with Buble.
Jepsen enjoyed her time working on the special. “It was a total ball,” she said. “Michael is a lot of fun. He is very easy and hilarious to work with and was cracking me up. I had to do a lot of takes."
Buble has said he would like this to be an annual event. With two of them already completed, he feels he knows what it takes to make a Christmas show work. “Having last year's special under my belt, I understood about bumpers [separating segments]. And doing it from home made it so much fun," he says. "I'll never again allow anyone to come up with a concept for anything. I am not a control freak. I have a great team around me, but ideas? Never, never, ever!”
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