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Carrie Underwood’s Christmas special

CREDIT: Fox

CREDIT: Fox

Wow. I forgot to tape the Carrie Underwood Holiday special on Fox last night. I was playing tennis and came home and never turned on the TV. Shame on me! (The Jennifer Hudson special on ABC next Monday night is now set on my DVR!)

So I’m scanning YouTube for clips. Saw the Clark Brothers (now Sons of Sylvia) with Carrie. Someone taped David Cook’s “Lie,” which is really quite good. Too bad his duet with Carrie “Why Can’t This Be Love” was cut due to licensing issues (I guess Van Halen doesn’t need the money.).

Carrie’s done “O Holy Night” before but it’s always effective:

So you may have seen her sing “Cowboy Casanova” on the CMAs and the AMAs. Now it’s three times in a month on primetime TV! I did like her outfit the best this time around. And I think she sang this one the cleanest. This is the opening eight minutes, which included some pseudo moments from “Idol” 2005. Great cameo by Bo Bice, too, at 6:22.

Here she is singing her biggest hit “Before He Cheats,” followed by David Cook’s “Lie.”

For folks like me who want to see the entire two hours on a TV screen, it will be repeated Dec. 22 on Fox.

UPDATE: Ratings were decent for the Underwood special: about 8.5 million, according to early numbers today.

46 comments Add your comment

JTesla

December 8th, 2009
9:50 am

Thanks Rodney, like you I missed it, but it is great to comehere and be able to catch up.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 8th, 2009
9:51 am

My only complaint was the transition between the skits and the stage work was a little stilted and tedious — i felt it could have been much smoother there — and it tended, to me, to make the show a little slower. The only “holiday” segment was at the end of Dolly’s participation, 2 christmas and a winter-time song, and i agree with someone (Lara maybe?) that was a little misleading. However, I was extremely happy to see a “variety” type show back on television (to paraphrase what Carrie said) without anyone being voted off! I’d have loved to see a duet with Carrie and David, and wish they’d planned ahead and done a couple of songs so they could plug some sort of “holiday” song in when VH blocked ‘em. All in all, if the show had moved just a teensy bit ‘faster’ and had a couple more stars or former AIers thrown in, i think it would have been awesome.

and dare i say it…at LEAST Carrie didn’t have Taylor on the show — may be one of the few this year! *smirk*

Deirdre

December 8th, 2009
9:56 am

I actually wish I’d just waited for the clips. It was long, not at all Christmas-y, and bordered on silly(Carrie is not an actress). However, the music was very enjoyable, Kristen Chenowith and Dolly Parton were hoots! I still have NO idea why Christina Applegate was there. Sons of Sylvia(aka The Clark Bros) were very good in their duet with Carrie. Bo, btw, IS an actor. I thought he did his bit very well. And David Cook was outstanding!!!!

Nana

December 8th, 2009
10:07 am

I will agree that Carrie’s special was NOT a holiday special. Two Christmas songs does not a Christmas Special.

Nana

December 8th, 2009
10:22 am

JT – No problem with the link you posted. Sometimes I like to read comments on other blogs (sorry RH) and was totally shocked and got out of the comments very quickly! If any of you go to read them “BEWARE”.

[...] Musical Artist Carrie Underwood’s Christmas special Wow. I forgot to tape the Carrie Underwood Holiday special on Fox last night. I was playing [...]

golx

December 8th, 2009
10:55 am

It appears Simon has finally landed Paul McCartney for the x factor finale. Wonder if he can get him for AI.

Lara

December 8th, 2009
10:56 am

I agree, Bo is an actor, and a singer and an all around nice guy! Um, biased, me? NEVER!
Thanks for the clips, Rodney – you really didn’t miss anything by not watching the entire show. Kristin Chenowith was hilarious – but she usually is….I will make you POPULAR!!! (sorry, Wicked moment)
Not sure why VH would not let them do that song….I mean, couldn’t Eddie use some $ for his next hip replacement surgery?

kelly&carriefan

December 8th, 2009
10:58 am

Hi y’all,

JT, thanks for that link…but um, for some reason, it’s blocked at the ol’ office. Will be checking it out later. BTW, go to carrie-underwood.org if you feel inclined for more vacation pics.

My short review of the special: I liked it. I thought Carrie sounded really good and was pretty funny at times. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t say that I wish she’d had one of the “Kellies” on. I know she’s friends with them both, With Kelly she could’ve covered Oh, Holy Night. (They have both sung it before) But, I think Pickler would’ve been an amazing addition on a skit and/or as a “Pink Lady.” It’s a shame they cut out the David/Carrie duet as I was really looking forward to it.

Honestly, I think they could’ve tightened it up to an hour and I would’ve been happy…but I’m not going to complain about the extra hour. ;) I will say, that it was a mostly holiday-free “Holiday” special.

Oh, and I’ve read (elsewhere…sorry, Rodney) everyone complaining about “gay jokes” etc. I thought it was funny and played into Carrie’s “naive, small town girl” persona. To me, the bit of finding her sister a date was funny at the beginning, but lost steam midway through.

Harriett

December 8th, 2009
11:16 am

Just by way of FYI, Ryan Seacrest is playing Kris’ song Live Like We Were Dying on his morning radio show quite a bit. It sounds better the more I hear it (I have my office radio tuned to On Air With Ryan Seacrest every morning now).

Kristina

December 8th, 2009
1:16 pm

Did anyone else think Carrie’s selection of “Before He Cheats” was interesting, in light of all the news about Tiger Woods? She should have changed the lyrics to “Took a Ping 9 iron to both headlights” ;)

JTesla

December 8th, 2009
1:35 pm

It is very interesting that she would sing one of her biggest hits. I do like your addition to the lyrics!

Harm

December 8th, 2009
2:14 pm

Nana, the reason that I’ve been missing from the blog is because every single thing in my house decided to quit working at the same time. The heat didn’t work-new thermostat. The washing machine quit in mid wash-decided to replace the floor in the utility room and paint it before getting a new washing machine.Before those things broke,we had already started painting and putting a new floor in the bed room,so we had to finish those projects too!

I like Carrie more now than I did on Idol, I wanted Bo to win! She seems more at ease with her fame now and has gained oodles more personality. I loved the way she can make fun of her self.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 8th, 2009
2:24 pm

I love the bits with Carrie poking fun at herself The Gay Community, like the other so-called minorities, needs to get OVER itself and relax. She wasn’t making fun of Gays. We’ve ALL known at least 1 (well maybe not girls from country oklahoma) truly swishy guy — and probably at least 1 really manly gal. so WHAT? re-fraking-lax, guys and gals, take a page from K&Cfan’s book and just enjoy the humor!!! good GRIEF!

like the addition to “cheats” lyrics…. **smirk**

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 8th, 2009
2:26 pm

oh and K&C… i thought the opening (gay) bit was funny…depp less funny, nicholson WAY less funny…. but the dancer (time and a half) WAS funny… Ace (was that Ace’s voice??? i mean the AI Ace) bit was funny at first but went a little tooooo on and on and on.

but as i said before, what REALLY slowed it down for me was the lazy slow transitions, almost awkwardly slow, between skit and song and skit…

Harm

December 8th, 2009
2:40 pm

Days like today make me miss the drought!!!

JTesla

December 8th, 2009
2:52 pm

You guys still getting rain? If you haven’t started building an ark yet, you might be too late.

kelly&carriefan

December 8th, 2009
2:57 pm

Linny, I don’t think it was necessaril the gay community who was up in arms…I don’t know for sure. I actually thought it was hilarious so did my BFF and he’s a slightly “swishy” guy as you put it. We can laugh at ourselves…makes life more fun. ITA about the bit starting and ending on funny.

Ace was voiced by Neil Patrick Harris. I thought he did an awesome job. And the transitions can’t be blamed on Carrie…it’s not like she directed it too. Even if she can play every instrument… ;)

LIZ McClain

December 8th, 2009
3:03 pm

I was disappointed and my mother thought it was “corny”.

Nana

December 8th, 2009
3:16 pm

I still think the Pink Ladies was one of the better performances. I had no idea that Applegate could sing though. She wasn’t half bad. We all knew that Kristin Chenowith was a good singer. but bless her little pea picking heart, she wanted to sing with Dolly! :)

Harm

December 8th, 2009
3:21 pm

Yes,it’s raining once again JT,it’s getting to be an everyday occurance.Too late for the ark. We also had an earthquake Sunday in east Georgia.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 8th, 2009
3:29 pm

Oh, I wasn’t blaming the pretty lady!!!! I thought whoever directed needed to move along a little bit more snappily… that’s another skit that started out cute but…just sort of kept going about 15 seconds too long.

of course, i’m a product of the Ed Sullivan style variety show — or Andy Williams or John something or other or Smothers Brothers or… well you get the idea (i’m old), but the biggest difference was that those shows didn’t drag on or drag out…. it was act, act act act act… and probably could have actually slowed down a bit! somewhere in a happy medium between the old-style variety show and carrie’s might have been best.

Having said all that, OVER ALL, i enjoyed the show. i just wanted more acts in 2 hours! (i agree, without the skits dragging on and on, the show COULD have fit into 1 hour. then we could cry it was too short and too crowded, LOL!!!

Nana

December 8th, 2009
3:29 pm

Harm – call me on Friday or I will call you.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 8th, 2009
3:32 pm

Ahhh thank you. Neil Patrick Harris. Would have been funny, i think, if Ace could have narrated and then had at some point the dog segue into the human…. if only for a moment.

and Lara, I’m with you — Bo has always been one of my top faves (tho’ Cookie has really taken 1st place now, in the guys, and Carrie for the ladies.)

Nana

December 8th, 2009
3:37 pm

I wish they would bring back shows like Ed, Andy, Dean, Steve and Edie, Perry C, to name a few of the greats. As a youngster, I enjoyed the variety shows especially their Christmas programs. When they said Christmas, that’s what they meant! I can remember in 1956/57 when Ed Sullivan had Elvis as a guest, the cameras weren’t allowed to show him below the waist. Boy, has time changed.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 8th, 2009
3:47 pm

Nana

December 8th, 2009
3:48 pm

I’m going to try to head out and beat some of the rain. Everybody have a safe commute home and be safe.

Harriett

December 8th, 2009
3:51 pm

I am signing off a bit early today. We are having a farewell get-together for a colleague who is leaving. I have been listening to my Christmas music today. I think Alabama’s “Christmas in Dixie” has to one of the top “new” Christmas songs to come along, ever. It sets such a mood for me. I also love Harry Connick’s “When Your Heart Finds Christmas” among the other newer ones. Bye for now.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 8th, 2009
4:11 pm

oh. I meant to say. Carrie’s “Temporary Home” just had me chasing chill bumps!!! Beautiful beautiful song.

Charlene

December 8th, 2009
7:23 pm

I just posted this on another site, but will say it here too…LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!! FOX hit a homerun with this one! It reminded me so much of the variety shows I grew up watching – Dolly, Barbara Mandrell, Bob Hope, Donnie and Marie to name a few. So much fun! My husand is not a big fa of these shows, but last night when it ended, he said, “THAT was a great show!.” Carrie was spectacular and it was nice to see the goofy side of her. Her songs were breathtaking!

Highlander

December 8th, 2009
8:02 pm

I haven’t watched the whole show yet (DVR – my work schedule is definitely screwing up my TV viewing!) but what I’ve seen so far, I’ve liked. I get the “corny” comments but maybe in this day and age we could use a little more corny every once and a while. If nothing else, just to get away from all the ‘reality’ TV!

Queen D, perhaps (judging by the end of the previous thread) we should start referring to Lady Linny as the court instigator! :-)

James

December 8th, 2009
8:17 pm

I normally wouldn’s watch shows like this but I caught the segment where she “introduced” her sister to a “nice guy” who was a “dancer” with the show. Then proceeded to “test” him to make sure he was straight with the dumbest questions I’ve ever heard.

The whole scene was so stiff, staged and awfully written that it if it any indication of the quality fo the rest of the show, I sure am glad I didn’t suffer through it.

Katid

December 8th, 2009
10:47 pm

This show was a giant bag of suck. The skits about “how great I am” didn’t come off with likeable humility – poor kid…who wrote this stuff for her, Bob Saget?

JTesla

December 9th, 2009
12:28 am

Nah it would have been too raunchy if Bob Saget had written it. Watch his standup sometime and you’ll know what I mean.

Nana

December 9th, 2009
6:10 am

Good Morning Everybody.

Today’s Quote: “The most difficult lessons are those with the greatest rewards.”

Hope all of you had a more pleasant drive into work than I did. I’m at the point where I detest my commute in the mornings.

Since the holiday/Christmas season is upon us, a very good CD to listen to is one that I purchased a few years ago and to my knowledge is the only Christmas CD made by any of the idols. It’s called “Merry Christmas With Love” by Clay Aiken. I know alot of people doesn’t care for him, but I will have to say this cd is amazing. If you don’t want to actually purchase it, try going to youtube and listen to some of it. I think everyone would enjoy it. It’s easy to listen to and he does showcase his vocal range. Just give it a try. As with Harriett, I’m into playing nothing but Christmas music.

Deirdre

December 9th, 2009
7:19 am

Morning!

I have to say that waking up to a temperature that is 10 degrees warmer than when I went to bed has to be one of my more pleasant experiences in the last few weeks!

Highlander, linny and I have been friends for a looong time and Court Instigator is a PERFECT title for her!!!! ;-)

Between Charlene and James’ comments, I lean more toward agreeing with James. Although I liked the old timey feel of the show, the execution of the skits and most of the writing was just plain bad.

Nana, I will take your advice and youtube some of Clay’s Christmas cd to see if I like it.

Lara

December 9th, 2009
8:10 am

Good Wednesday morning blogsters! Hope everyone survived the night of bad weather ok…
Got a joke for you, in the holiday season….

How many reindeer does it take to change a light bulb?
Eight! One to screw in the light bulb and seven to hold Rudolph down!

Highlander

December 9th, 2009
8:33 am

Morning, all!

Yeah, D. Isn’t it funny how sometimes a descriptive title fits JUST RIGHT!

And speaking of which, continued thoughts and prayers go out to our Court Jester, the Rickster, and his family.

kelly&carriefan

December 9th, 2009
8:37 am

Goooood mornin’ y’all,

Has anyone heard from Rickster? I don’t expect we will for a while. Rickster, if you read this, thinking and praying for you and your family.

Nana, how’s your daughter doing? Oh, and btw, before the Archies go nuts. He released a Christmas album this year. I’ve heard a couple of songs from it, and it’s really good…

JT, I agree with you, Bob Saget has definitely shed the “Danny Tanner” part of his act. Did you ever catch his roast on Comedy Central? Hilarious…and that’s what they could air.

Highlander

December 9th, 2009
8:38 am

The skits on Carrie’s special were definitely sub-par for a variety show. They reminded me of some of the bad writing you often see on awards shows. Which makes me wonder if they used some of the same writers from the AMA’s or CMA’s.

And I got the feeling Carrie wasn’t quite confident or comfortable with a lot of it, either. But when you look and sound like she does, you can be forgiven quite a bit! ;-)

Lam0210

December 9th, 2009
8:41 am

The show was a hoot. To all those complaining about not enough Christmas stuff, well it was a variety show during the holidays and was advertised as such. Carrie has grown tremendously since her win and she is going to be around for a long time. I loved every minute.

Rodney Ho

December 9th, 2009
8:45 am

New blog entry up! Cos you had a bad day, you’re taking one down, you sing a sad song just to turn it around…

Deirdre

December 9th, 2009
8:50 am

Has anyone else noticed a definite spring in Rodney’s step lately? I’d say marriage is agreeing with him!

rockytop1970

December 10th, 2009
8:33 pm

carrie has some pipes but that’s about it –she has let the fame go to her head– she’s kinda stuck on herself– i think miranda lambert deserves way more credit than carrie

The Millers

December 19th, 2009
11:46 pm

Carrie – it was a great show until the end….sorry….but there are enough people here in America that we should be taking care of first. We all walked away when you started the ‘other countries’ woe. I understand that other countries need help too. But we have veterans and children on the streets and being “Country” they should be taken care of FIRST!

Flo Garman

February 19th, 2010
8:51 am

I’d LOVE to see Carrie Underwood have a regular show, like the Carol Burnett, Sony & Cher Show, Hee Haw etc. I thought Carrie did a GREAT job. I was entertained watched both times. Loved seeing family and the sit/com stuff. Singers etc. We need that kind of show back!!!! Bring it back with Carrie. Country Music has been growing. This will sure help too. Thank You, Flo