Plenty of holiday cheer on tap in Washington, D.C., TV special
BY CINDY CLARK December 20, 2012 10:36AM
First lady Michelle Obama (second from right) and her mother, Marian Robinson, join singers Demi Lovato (left), Chris Mann and others during the “Christmas in Washington” taping on Dec. 9. | AP
Updated: December 20, 2012 10:36AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Even the hottest celebrities aren’t too cool to sing a Christmas carol or two.
Legendary performer Diana Ross, recording star Demi Lovato and of-the-moment Gangnam Style rapper Psy were among the artists who brought a hearty dose of fa-la-la-la-la earlier this month to the 31st annual “Christmas in Washington.”
They were taping the star-studded concert for its premiere at 7 p.m. Friday on TNT. Jingle bells were ringing in a holiday-festooned National Building Museum as Christmas classics new and old were sung to an audience that included President Obama and Mrs. Obama.
Hosted for the second year in a row by Conan O’Brien, the holiday tradition benefits the Children’s National Medical Center.
“It’s good to see that both the president and I were given a second term,” joked O’Brien. “I am worried that the last person the president wants to see after the last six months is another white guy from Massachusetts.”
Other performers included “Smash” star Megan Hilty, “The Voice” favorite Chris Mann and “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery.
Ross, in a royal blue sequined gown, kicked off the show with a medley that included “Sleigh Ride,” “Jingle Bells” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Hilty sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Lovato sang the saucy favorite “All I Want for Christmas is You” and Mann belted out “I’ll be Home for Christmas.” McCreery (who O’Brien noted is “a man blessed with the adult male voice I’ve always wanted”) sang “Santa Claus is Back in Town.”
The crowd, full of Washington VIPs including CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, ate it up with looks of both amusement and bewilderment.
All of the performers came together for a closing medley, which featured Ross capping things off with “Amazing Grace.”
The evening ended with the first family joining all of the performers in singing “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing on stage.”
“Tonight is a chance to get in the Christmas spirit ... it’s also a chance to make a difference in the lives of some very brave young people,” Obama said.