The Vancouver-themed opening for Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays was spot on as Michael gallivanted around the Canadian city as a hockey player, a harbor visitor, and even posed as a Royal Mountie – further validating his position on America’s Most Likable Men List. I doubt the NHL would still be in a lockout if they’d brought Buble to the table for negotiations. And although it’s been said many times, many ways, Michael Buble delivers on all of his performances during his Holiday Special…and in life.
Though the show was mired with commercial breaks, it pulled off everything a Michael Buble Christmas Special can and will. Teaming up with cross-genre singers for duets, charismatic jokes delivered eloquently by Mr. Buble (including a Happy Hanukkah shout out to his manager, agent, and lawyers hehe), and the overall magic that makes Mr. Michael Buble so popular among the “Women, aged 28-45″ group. In all his skinny-tied, Mad Men-esque splendor, Buble croons some of the popular, classic, and traditional Christmas songs we all know and love as well as a couple of his own holiday ballads – and made sure there was plenty of fake snow to accompany. Everyone loves fake snow.
Highlights include a team-up with the other most popular Canadian of 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen, whom I’ve heard that Mr. Buble has a little crush on. Cute. After some friendly competitive banter, they sing a “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree/Jingle Bell Rock” mashup. Rod Stewart sang a mesmerizing rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, in a perfectly tailored suit. Legen-dary. And a modern technology segment brought us back to the 1950′s, in which Michael Buble sings a “White Christmas” duet standing next to Bing Crosby. Excellence, indeed.
I thought the duet with Elmo and then later with Blake Shelton fell flat, but then again, I am, admittedly, not the audience in which they were trying to appeal. Plus, all I could think of was, “Elmo scandal” and it was kind of distracting. But, I’m sure the kids and Moms loved it as they sang “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.”
I was waiting for “O Holy Night”, my favorite Christmas song that usually showcases talented singers’ voices the best, but Michael stuck to the songs that were undoubtedly the most popular in the 1950′s. You have to know your audience and go with the theme. But, they weren’t remiss in mentioning our Military folks, whom everyone should take the time to remember, especially during the Holidays.
Overall, Home for the Holidays was as eventful as a Holiday Special could be; heart fluttering, nostalgic, sweet, great music with a live orchestra, charming smiles, dapper men, and an ending with the Buble family gathered on stage. Thank you, Mr. Michael Buble. And, please – you have yourself a merry little Christmas, now.