Michael Buble Croons About NBC Holiday Special, Says Carrie Underwood Has ‘Pretty Big Balls’ for ‘Sound of Music’

Michael Buble Croons About NBC Holiday Special, Says Carrie Underwood Has 'Pretty Big Balls' for 'Sound of Music'

But don't call Buble a “throwback artist” — he doesn't like that

It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.

Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Buble returns to NBC on Wednesday night for his third annual Christmas special. The one-hour telecast, which features Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and the Cookie Monster from “Sesame Street,” follows Kelly Clarkson's NBC Christmas special from last week.

The latest installment of Buble's holiday variety show was filmed in early November in the singer's hometown of Vancouver, but through the magic of television, viewers will be none-the-wiser. And it was not hard for the modern crooner to get in the holiday mood a little early, Buble told TheWrap.

“Once Halloween hits, I start feeling Christmas,” he said. “I start smelling it in the air. The second I hear those songs, it's like I've missed them so much from the previous year that it puts me in the spirit right away.”

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With the two Christmas specials, NBC is continuing its song-and-dance routine this month. “The Sound of Music Live,” starring Carrie Underwood, delivered the network its top Thursday since 2009's “ER” finale. More than 18 million people tuned in, and the social media buzz felt even larger.

While Buble didn't see the “Sound of Music Live,” he says that it was a “great decision” for Underwood — and not a safe one. “I just thought, ‘Wow, this girl has pretty big balls,” he told TheWrap.

And Buble doesn't get the backlash — at all: ”It's really easy to critique, it's really easy to destroy — it's hard to create,” he said.

If Buble's holiday special performs closer to the monster-hit “Sound of Music Live” than his new NBC-colleague's modestly rated “Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Tale,” which earned a 1.4 rating in the demo and 5.3 million viewers, the network will be over the moon. But that is both a tall order and an unlikely outcome.

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buble-insertIn tonight's special, Buble has fun with his holiday duets, offers some organic crowd work when he spots the ugliest Christmas sweater of all time, and even lands a few good jokes about his contemporaries — the pop stars he prefers to be compared with instead of the easy Rat Pack option.

While he'll be singing Christmas classics such as “The Christmas Song,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “I'll Be Home for Christmas” and “Let It Snow” in a variety show that may seem like it's from another time, Buble does not want to be classified as an old-school artist.

“I'm a modern kid,” he told TheWrap. “My biggest hits are songs that I wrote. I sit on Top 40 with Katy Perry and Justin Bieber. I never wanted to be a throwback artist, I don't want to live in another time — I certainly don't want to have anything to do with being a retro act.”

“Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special” is produced by Chanci Ventures Inc. Bruce Allen is executive producing, John Pantages is producing and Brad Lachman is directing.

“Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special” airs on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 10 p.m.

  • helene jennings

    Kudos to your Michael Buble for giving props to Miss Underwood. Finally someone with backbone.

    • willisben32

      Carrie Underwood re-run ” Sound of Music’

      Only 3.16 million viewer's = FLOP

      • james

        you are a FLOP Helene

      • kp22kc

        That's pretty good for a show that was just on the week before and had no advertising to back it up. If people didn't know it was being re-broadcast how are they gonna watch it? It wasn't in the TV Guide because it was already printed. It said in the TV Guide that It's a Wonderful Life was airing that night. It aired the following week instead. The 3 million viewers for the rerun of The Sound of Music Live just adds to the over 20 million that watched the first time. By the way, the original movie aired last night and only got 6 million viewers. That was opposite football though.

        • CMK

          Um, it was advertised CONSTANTLY! FOR OVER A MONTH!

          • kp22kc

            Um…the second airing, not the first one, and stop yelling at me. The second airing had virtually no advertising at all because they programmed it too soon.

    • CMK

      Read the article….he admitted he didn't even see the production. He's not saying ANYTHING about her performance….which was AWFUL!

  • Abby

    love it when an amazing artist recognize the hard work of another another amazing artist.

  • mamerto potot

    It is not like Maria role in the Sound of Music needed a Meryl Streep or Judi Dench.

  • Richard Baer
  • Richard Baer

    what happen to my comment

  • willisben32

    Carrie Underwood re-run ” Sound of Music’
    Only 3.16 million viewer's = FLOP

    Everyone told there friends how bad Carrie's acting was and no one watched it

    • james

      you are so stupid Carrie did an awesome job

    • kp22kc

      The rerun had basically no warning that it was being reran. If they had waited another week and had it in the TV Guide and had more time to advertise it, it probably would have done better in the ratings. Plus it was a Saturday night. Bad programming choice! The original movie was reran last night and only had 6 million viewers, is that considered a flop? NO!