Christmas is clearly the most wonderful time of the year for Canadian crooner Michael Bublé, who celebrated the holiday season by hosting his fifth annual variety show for NBC on Thursday (Dec. 10). Inviting friends like Celine Dion, Gigi Hadid and Tori Kelly to join in the fun, the crooner made sure this was his most spectacular special yet.
”I put everything I have into this special,” the 40-year-old crooner told People. “I put a lot of heart and soul into it, and hard work and money, and I ask a lot of favours. So there’s a great sense of pride once this is done.” The singer showed of his comedic side opening the special with one-liners about Hollywood's fake snow being made from "tears of botox" and how his Canadian family and Argentine wife wouldn't be able to cross the American boarder in 2016 if Donald Trump is elected.
Delving into the show, Michael called on a host of big names to help him celebrate. "From Celine Dion to Sharon Jones to Blake Shelton to William Shatner to Gigi Hadid, these are people that I’ve spent a lot of time with them and they’re my friends,” says Michael of the famous faces who joined him. After a stirring solo rendition of "O Holy Night," Celine joined her host to sing a rousing rendition of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," which the Quebec-born songstress admitted she hadn't sung "since 1998."
"So we were both 12?" Michael joked, while a bemused Celine look at him and said, "You're good at math," before the pair, holding hands, changed their tone and broke into their hauntingly beautiful duet. The song clearly stirred emotions in both musicians, but they ended on a high note, with a fond kiss on the cheek.
Michael and his band also took suggestions from the audience, performing an "unplugged" medley of holiday songs requested by Michael's social media followers.
Other notable names who joined in on the celebrations included Kylie Jenner, Eva Longoria, the Dap-Kings and Jay Leno. “It was a great comfort in standing with them and laughing with them and singing with them and laughing at ourselves at the same time,” said Michael, clearly delighted with his successful show.