Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton will host his first Christmas special, “Blake Shelton’s Not-So-Family Christmas,” from 9 to 10 tonight on
NBC after “The Voice,” the hit reality show that established him as a television personality.
The Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and reigning CMA and Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year will be joined by his Grammy Award-winning guest stars Miranda Lambert, his wife and fellow Tishomingo resident; Reba McEntire, a fellow Oklahoma native; and Kelly Clarkson, his “American Idol” pal, on songs including “Let It Snow,” “There’s a New Kid in Town,” “Oklahoma Christmas” and “Home.”
The special also will feature a very special duet with Shelton’s mother, Dorothy Shackleford, with whom he co-wrote the song “Time for Me to Come Home,” as well as a number of comedy bits featuring special guests Christina Aguilera (NBC’s “The Voice”), Larry the Cable Guy and Jay Leno (host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”).
“I love Christmas music,” said Shelton in a news release. “I listen to it year-round. I had always wanted to do a Christmas album so getting to do ‘Cheers, It’s Christmas’ was exciting for me, and then to have NBC let me do a special around the CD, well, I still can’t believe it. I am so proud of the performances on the show, the skits are hilarious and the icing on the cake was having the opportunity to perform with my mom, a song we co-wrote together. Christmas has always been about family to me so having my mom and Miranda there — that made it Christmas.”
While the show will feature Shelton and his guests crooning new and classic Christmas tunes, the humor apparently will come closer to Shelton’s notoriously bawdy Twitter posts than the family-friendly gags of “Rudolph Red-Nosed Reindeer.” From the looks of the previews, though, he will have a clay-animated moment in the special — when he isn’t donning tights, frolicking with elves and getting beaten up by a giant cooked turkey.
And check out these NBC preview clips of tonight’s show: