I’m thrilled to yet again be discussing the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting performances. Apparently, this year’s theme was “Don’t forget about me. I had a hit that one time.”
It all started when the Goo Goo Dolls showed up singing “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas,” holding on tight to any sort of fame they still have from 15 years ago. Johnny was literally just swinging his guitar around. He didn’t play one note. I’m not even convinced he knows how to play.
Jewel reminded us that she exists, too, but she actually sounded good, unlike the Dolls. I was hoping for a quick yodel, though.
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds’ duet with Toni Braxton was one for the books, specifically because Toni messed up a line or something and started laughing in the middle of the song. She’s not used to the stage, I suppose.
Don’t get me wrong, there were wonderful performances as well. Someone was smart enough to tape this and my word, you go Audra.
Quite obviously, there will be further discussion on this when The Sound of Music Live! happens tomorrow. I have conflicting views about the whole thing and I’m not yet ready to talk about it until I see it, okay?
Kelly Clarkson sang beautifully, as usual, but I was hoping for a nice ballad instead of “Run, Run, Rudolph.” Can’t win ’em all.
Without a doubt, the best performance of the evening goes to a one Mariah Carey.
She seems a bit covered-up based on her usual attire, but looks fantastic nonetheless. Say what you want, the woman is a genius for singing “All I Want for Christmas is You.” She knows it’s the best “modern” holiday song and she isn’t afraid to let everyone adore her. Somewhat related: How does one audition to be a back-up elf dancer?