Here are seven highlights of the special holiday offer:
Chloe x Halle: “Do you want to build a snowman? “
“It’s time for one of life’s big questions: do you want to build a snowman? “Asked Seacrest before introducing a” talented pair of sisters, just like [Frozen‘s] heroines. “For Chloe x Halle’s performance, the sisters once again transformed their backyard to create a stunning home decor overflowing with decorated trees and even light snow falling from the sky. Moreover, their performance would not be complete with their version of Olaf. And while the sisters girded wonderfully spooky harmonies, they wrapped a scarf around their snowball friend.
BTS: “Santa Claus is coming to town”
Joining the singer from Seoul, the K-pop superstars presented the Christmas classic by channeling the man himself, laughing “ho ho ho” as they walked over the set full of gifts dressed in sweaters and comfortable scarves. Halfway through, RM gave his best impression of Santa Claus by asking viewers, “What do you wish for this Christmas? BTS! He later said a very positive note before the band wished everyone happy holidays.
After a heartwarming performance by P! Nk and her 9-year-old daughter Willow, Seacrest teased Ciara’s music video by telling fans the show was going “from one talented mother to another.” He then joked that his kids, Future and Sienna, were trying to take up his job by performing their mom’s favorite song. And that’s not all they did – they also joined in the fun, dancing and singing with their mom. While Ciara and Sienna wore matching vintage 1950s varsity jackets, Future sported a leather jacket and aviators to bring home the vintage-inspired visual.
Disney à Broadway: « Let It Go »
While the members of the Disney cast on Broadway took part in the two previous Disney singers, this one was especially special: it was the first time they had performed on stage – and together – since the closure of Broadway at the spring. Members joined forces at the New Amsterdam Theater in Times Square for the Frozen knocked, and when they sang the line “We will never go back… the past is in the past”, it hit involuntarily loudly.
the Hamilton star delivered a passionate and incredibly fast delivery of The nightmare before Christmas track, mirroring the movements of Jack Skellington from the movie that starred behind him. Before his performance, Odom admitted to Seacrest that he was a little nervous, but after being seen smiling in front of the green screen at home – and standing next to a Jack Skellington-inspired snowman – it was clear that he knew he got there.
Katy Perry: “I’ll be home for Christmas / Little cozy Christmas”
Seacrest put it best when he presented Katy Perry’s performance by saying that she “put her heart and soul – as we’ve come to expect” in her music video, “really go the extra mile (For those who don’t remember, Perry dressed as Ms. Jumbo for her latest Disney Singalong performance). And one way or another, even that was an understatement. Perry began her performance of not one but two Christmas carols attached to the top of a moving vehicle because, of course, she was dressed like a Christmas tree. After fighting to be cut down, Perry the tree was then shown inside a family’s home fully dressed in ornaments and lights while being fed pie between the worms. As Seacrest said, “I have never been so moved by a singing tree”.
Adam Lambert: “Have a Merry Little Christmas”
Adam Lambert had the much sought-after closing slit, which appeared just before legendary Andrea Bocelli finished the special as home fan videos were shown. But to anyone’s surprise, Lambert over-delivered by adopting the less is more strategy, going for some stunning, dizzying notes rather than costumes or green screens. Sitting in his garden, he performed what Seacrest said was “Minnie Mouse’s personal favorite” and balanced sweet and tender moments with unparalleled vocal strength.