I will admit I was a bit skeptical about Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas special. I haven’t always been a huge Kelly fan, and in the beginning I considered her more of a studio artist, but after tonight I can definitely say “I am a fan.” I was completely blown away by “Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale.” It was amazing, and if you happened to be on Twitter you saw that I wasn’t the only one who thought so.
The show begins with an adorable little girl (Morgan E. Bastin) reading alongside a Christmas tree and fireplace. The story continues throughout the show, and includes many flashbacks to Kelly, her assistant Chad (Jai Rodriguez), and her manager (Ken Jeong.) The story starts with Kelly spending all of her time and energy worrying about promoting herself and her career. It becomes apparent she really doesn’t understand the meaning of Christmas.
For the opening number Kelly sings “Run Run Rudolph” and instantly shows that this is going to be an amazing show. Kelly’s voice was spot on and her energy was spectacular. I had never seen her perform so well, but it would be a common theme throughout the night.
— Marie Bowler (@MarieBowler) December 12, 2013
One of the many show highlights came when Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood joined Kelly on stage to sing Silent Night. The performance took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. They were simply spectacular, and Twitter immediately exploded with praise.
I think Kelly, Reba, Trisha should sing together…..more!!! #ClarksonXMAS
— Anthony Cirilo (@AntonioCirilo89) December 12, 2013
Silent Night was like a religious experience. For reals. I was in my seat bawling .. and covered in goosebumps. #ClarksonXMAS
— Heather Marie (@HeatherBelieveR) December 12, 2013
Kelly continued the show with one amazing performance after another. She didn’t hit a sour note all night, and her renditions of the songs allowed her to shine. I can’t say enough positive things about how phenomenal her singing was all night long. If you weren’t a fan before you definitely will be now!
In addition to Clarkson’s amazing vocals she looked dazzling in variety of gorgeous red dresses throughout the night, in support of her new Christmas album, ‘Wrapped in Red.” Her wardrobe alone became a popular twitter topic with people wishing they could shop in the show’s wardrobe closet.
Soon Blake Shelton joined the show, and although he begged to be part of the finale while Kelly quickly put him to work ironing and hemming her outfits. Blake was hilarious as usual, and left multiple people commenting about wanting him to be the elf on their shelf this year.
— Keepin' it Country (@keepinitblog) December 12, 2013
The show featured multiple other celebrity guests such as: Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Matt Lauer, Jay Leno, Danica Patrick, Heidi Klum, and William Shatner all of whom refuse to do the finale Kelly is desperately trying to put together.
After a few more wonderful songs Kelly has started to give up hope on finding anyone to perform for her finale. She runs away and runs into her assistant, Chad, who she fired earlier in the show. Chad and his sister take Kelly back to the homeless shelter they were staying in, and Kelly begins to see what Christmas is really all about. I can assure you this scene definitely brought tears to my eyes and was executed perfectly.
It didn’t take long before Kelly’s time at the homeless shelter became a viral video, and as the celebrities saw how much Kelly had learned, they now wanted to be part of the finale after all. However, upon discovering the real meaning of Christmas, Kelly quickly decides she doesn’t need celebrities to make the finale spectacular. Christmas isn’t about fame and fortune. So instead of a celebrity filled finale the final performance featured Kelly and the children singing “Underneath the Tree”, which like the other songs performed throughout the night, is one of the songs featured on her latest album “Wrapped in Red.”
— Danielle Pope (@the_popester) December 12, 2013
The show ends with Blake Shelton, dressed as an elf, telling Kelly off and expressing his utter frustration about being excluded from the finale. It is in this scene where we get the epic Bake quote, “”You know who knows the truth about what happened here?! SANTA!! I am Blake Shelton I am too cool for this!!”I can honestly say this was one of the best Christmas specials I have seen in ages. It definitely made me want to rush out and buy the CD and from the many other responses on Twitter it looks like everyone felt the same way. With all that being said I can confidently say this is one CD you don’t want to miss out on. I hope all of you go check it out, and I hope we will have many more years of Christmas Specials from the spectacular Kelly Clarkson.
— Midnite Rambler (@kmich73) December 12, 2013
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*** Author’s note: All the tweets throughout the article are screenshots of actual tweets and are posted with the tweeters permission! ***
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