But the newly crowned Country Music Association entertainer and male vocalist of the year considers the highlight of the special his duet with his mother, Dorothy Shackleford, on the Christmas song they co-wrote, “Time for Me to Come Home.”
“A lot of dreams came true on this thing,” Shelton says.
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 the 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.
Shelton's “The Voice” co-star Christina Aguilera, Larry the Cable Guy and Jay Leno will join the country music superstar in some of the comedy bits.
“It says it all in the title of this show, you know, ‘Not-So-Family Christmas.' You know, me as an artist isn't exactly me as a television personality, and I like to kick and push the limits as much as I can. I'm not an actor or a comedian, but I'm also not somebody that's ever serious,” Shelton says.
“I wanted that to be a part of these skits, and I wanted to be edgy with 'em. And I think that's important for me, and I think it's important for people to see country music in that light, too. We can be edgy also.”