Don't let the title fool you: Blake Shelton is inviting his famous wife and his mama, as well as some of his closest celebrity pals, to partake in his first holiday TV special, “Blake Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas.”
The star-studded hourlong special will air at 9 p.m. Monday on NBC after “The Voice,” the reality TV show that established the Oklahoma country singer as a popular television personality. The seasonal celebration also will air at 7 p.m. Dec. 7.
“Some of my earliest memories are memories of Christmases, 'cause it's such a big deal to me, everything from just the event to the music to the Christmas specials that used to come on TV when I was kid,” Shelton says in a behind-the-scenes clip provided by NBC.
“I always knew that I wanted to make a Christmas album if I ever could. Now, the Christmas special is the icing on the cake. And to be able to do it the way that we wanted to do it, which is have fun with it and goof around and try to make people laugh but still do the best we can as far as making some great music along the way ... this has been a blast.”
The TV special will include many of the family and friends featured on the Ada native's first yuletide album, “Cheers, It's Christmas,” released earlier this fall. Fellow Oklahoman Reba McEntire and “American Idol” Kelly Clarkson will join Shelton for duets on the show.
Shelton's wife and fellow Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert also will sing with him on a special seasonal version of his hit ballad “Home.” (Michael Buble, the Canadian crooner who co-wrote and initially topped the charts with “Home,” is hosting his own “Home for the Holidays” special Dec. 10 on NBC, and Shelton will be a guest on the program.)