Premiered November 26, 2012
R & B singer and judge from The Voice Cee Lo Green hosts his first Christmas special. It features a concert recorded last October 10 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
|Cee Lo Green & his band on a very festive stage.|
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
"What Christmas Means To Me"
"The Christmas Song"
"Run Run Rudolph"
"Merry Christmas Baby" (with Rod Stewart)
"Silent Night" (with Eric Benet)
"All I Need Is Love" (with The Muppets & "Voice" contestants)
|Cee Lo & Rod Stewart performing "Merry Christmas, Baby".|
|CeeLo and Eric Benet sing 'Silent Night'.|
|Cee Lo, the Muppets and The Voice team close the show with "All I Need Is Love"|
J.A. Morris says:
I suppose your enjoyment of this special depends on how much you like Cee Lo Green's music. I can take or leave him, but I enjoy some of his songs (especially "F*ck You"). He has a likeable stage persona here as the host.
|Cee Lo backed up by his masked drummer.|
I wasn't crazy about most of his guests. Rod Stewart is someone I can deal with in very small doses, and I don't watch The Voice, so a reunion of Cee Lo's team doesn't interest me. But I did appreciate the song selection here. "Run Run Rudolph", "What Christmas Means To Me" and "Merry Christmas Baby" aren't nearly as overdone as other Holiday hits.
But thing that prompted me to watch this was the Muppets. I grew up with the Muppets and they've long been synonymous with Christmas tv specials. Even though most of the original Muppeteers have either died or retired, it's always fun to see the Muppets. Cee Lo has a nice rapport with them, he's not "too cool" to interact with the Muppets. And it was particularly nice to see old school Muppets like the Snowths make an appearance! If you grew up liking the Muppets' performance of "Mahna Mahna", you'll probably enjoy the live performance here of "All I Need Is Love".
This special is currently available On Demand through most cable/satellite services.
Cee Lo's Magic Moment will be most enjoyed by Cee Lo Green enthusiasts, but if you like the Muppets it's worth watching at least once.
J.A. Morris' rating:
2 and a half candy canes