Kelly Clarkson Is Dreaming of a White Christmas Remake – and She Wants to Star in It
And she says she wants to star in it!
Attention, Hollywood: Kelly Clarkson has had a lifelong love affair with White Christmas – “my favorite Christmas movie!” – and she’s available for a remake.
“You know how they’re doing musicals on TV now?” she said. “I really want to do that with that movie.”
The singer nominated herself (for the Rosemary Clooney part, no doubt) during her holiday musical extravaganza in Nashville on Friday night. And by all means take her seriously, because she’s earned the right to call herself a queen of Christmas music, especially in her adopted hometown.
The city hosts dozens of live holiday shows during the season, but Clarkson, 34, is the only one to pull off packing Bridgestone Arena – attracting a near-sellout crowd with her star power and over a half-dozen special guests, including Reba McEntire, Kelsea Ballerini, Hunter Hayes, RaeLynn and Ronnie Dunn.
After more than a year off from touring, Clarkson made herself instantly at home on stage on Friday, right down to her bare feet (despite otherwise glamorous costuming).
“I had shoes planned,” she explained halfway through the evening. “I will be honest. They’re really pretty. But they’re backstage. They didn’t make it. I was like, nope. I have a pedicure.”
Then she looked down – instant horror. “Oh, snap!” she blurted out. “I have grocery store feet! Like, they’re real dirty. Don’t look at them!”
No matter. Shoes or not, Clarkson lit up the evening with 11 solos, plucking several from her popular 2013 Christmas album, Wrapped in Red. Among them was “Winter Dream,” which she wrote for her husband, Brandon Blackstock, and which she sang in honor of his birthday on Friday.
“He’s 40,” she announced, “and he’s sexy 40, y’all.”
Clarkson was obviously giddy to be back on stage – and to share it with friends. Ballerini flew in to Nashville for her two songs: a jazzy “My Favorite Things,” a reprise of her performance on the recent CMA Country Christmas special (which re-airs on ABC on Dec. 24) and a heart-tugging duet with Clarkson of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Charles Esten (aka Deacon Claybourne) celebrated the return this week of Nashville on CMT by helping Clarkson lead an audience-participation version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” And Hunter Hayes wowed Clarkson on their “Go Tell It On the Mountain” duet.
“Talented and sexy!” Clarkson gushed. “That’s just rare, brother!”
McEntire, Clarkson, and the SteelDrivers’ Tammy Rogers offered “Softly and Tenderly,” the new single off McEntire’s upcoming gospel double album. Rogers took Trisha Yearwood’s part on the recording, because “Trisha is off with ol’ Garth [Brooks] tonight somewhere,” McEntire explained.
“On vacation in Hawaii,” Clarkson chimed in.
Dunn had canceled the day before due to illness, but then he emailed Clarkson at the last minute to say he would be there after all.
“I wish I sounded like that sick,” Clarkson declared after Dunn delivered a flawless “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
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This was Clarkson’s second “Miracle on Broadway” show, named after the downtown’s main drag that houses the arena. Benefiting Nashville-area charities, the first show, in 2014, really did require a miracle: Clarkson was so sick the morning of the concert, she ended up in an emergency room, but somehow managed to rally. She had to skip 2015 “because I have the worst pregnancies ever,” she told the crowd on Friday. (Her second child, son Remington, was born this past April.)
“But I ain’t having no more babies,” Clarkson vowed, “so we’re planning on making this [concert] a yearly thing.”
The 2014 event raised more than a half-million dollars in ticket sales and donations. Organizers expect to announce a final total for this year’s event in the next several days.