Country music star and “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton recruited his wife, Miranda Lambert, and his friends, Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire and Christina Aguilera, for a fun-filled holiday special that is airing tonight on NBC. Shelton’s mother is also expected to be a part of the show.
Blake Shelton’s show is titled “Not-So-Family Christmas Special” and will premiere on NBC Monday night. Though the show would be a fun-filled comedic ride, viewers will get plenty of traditional Christmas and New Year caroling from Blake and the guests.
Blake has included a claymation sketch in the middle of his Christmas special. In it, Rudolph is accidentally shot dead by animated versions of Blake and Larry the Cable Guy during a hunting trip. Luckily, other guests on the show do not die as a result of their hunting mishaps. Blake’s show includes four duet partners. Jay Leno also makes an appearance for Skyped-in comedy cameo.
Christina Aguilera makes an appearance via a taping session that was done in Hollywood in November. She does not appear as a singing act with Blake, but instead as a part of a skit in which she scolds Blake for doing a commercial in which he is selling his own branded “Not The Voice Chair”. The only difference between this and the regular chair is the bell that is duct-taped to the arm.
Christina Aguilera’s part in the Christmas special is going to get a rumor going that the judges on “The Voice” are getting along. Blake laughs it away by saying that the judges are indeed getting along, but makes a comment that Adam is Jewish, making light of their on stage rivalry.
According to Blake, the original idea was to do a simple concert-style special with musical guests and a lot of music. However, NBC execs liked Blake’s one liners and impromptu comedic remarks on “The Voice”, leading them to take a step to extract more out of Blake and hence this Christmas special was born. Blake maintains that he is not an actor and his long-term goals do not include being in movies. He does admit that he likes acting like an idiot because he doesn’t take himself seriously.
Live audience members, who were present in the studio during the taping, were handed out questionnaires asking what they liked or disliked about the Christmas special. Blake is known for his wicked humor, but one could sense that the network was still nervous over the Rudolph sketch even though the show was to air at 10 p.m.