Thursday, November 29, 2007

green evergreen

The annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" special was on NBC last night. The show counts down to the lighting of the Christmas tree outside 30 Rock. Yet somehow they missed the shot of the lights going on. At the key moment, the camera was still on the people pushing the button. It would have been better to see the dark tree become illuminated, especially in HD. Poor Nick Lachey. He co-hosted the show alongside Ashley Tisdale and the perennial Al Roker. After Al said that the "High School Musical" DVDs would be on many Christmas wish lists this year, Nick suggested that 98 Degrees CDs would make excellent stocking stuffers. Yeah, if it were 1999.

Josh Groban sang "O Come All Ye Faithful," Carrie Underwood sang "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and Tony Bennett sang "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." Ashley Tisdale did a fine job with "Last Christmas" but Taylor Swift did some damage to "Silent Night" with her twang. They put Celine Dion up in the Rainbow Room, perhaps as a way to disguise that her performance was probably pre-recorded. I thought she made weird facial expressions toward the camera while singing. I wanted to look away but couldn't. It was as if she was attempting to make sexy faces while singing "The Christmas Song." Ewww. New York audiences got to see an extra hour of the show starting at 7:00 p.m. They heard an additional song from many of the performers who were on the network show at 8 o'clock. The hour included Natasha Bedingfield singing "O Holy Night" and Josh Groban singing "Little Drummer Boy."

Al Roker was trying to sound eco-friendly when he actually said the words, "the owner of Rockefeller Center announced the first-ever green Christmas tree." Huh? Of course he meant that the lights are powered by solar energy panels on the roof and that the tree was cut with a hand-held saw. Maybe union writers could have phrased it better.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taylor Swift certainly did some damage - to her vocal chords and our eardrums. Anyone, even those not musically trained, should have been able to hear how off-pitch she was. I wouldn't stick around to hear her sing live and a local club! People are being fooled by recording studios able to make anyone sound good. I guess we now have proof that Taylor can't sing live. What a shame.

Blogger Melissa said...

I agree T.Swift was horrible, it was painfull to watch. I wish she had sang the song in it's standerd formate.


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