Headlines: Kelly Clarkson set for Specials, Reality Stars Headed to Nashville Parade

NBC’S ‘CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER’ SPECIAL RETURNS WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2 TO CELEBRATE AND REVEL IN THE FESTIVE HOLIDAY SEASON – NBC is ringing in the holiday season with its iconic “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 8-10 p.m. ET/PT. Viewers will be treated to festive performances by Kelly Clarkson, Goo Goo Dolls, Earth, Wind & Fire, Brett Eldredge, Jimmy Fallon, Tori Kelly, Leslie Odom Jr., Dolly Parton, Pentatonix, Dan + Shay, Gwen Stefani and Meghan Trainor. The evening includes a special holiday treat with Clarkson and Eldredge performing together, along with duets featuring Parton and Fallon, and Trainor and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame supergroup Earth, Wind & Fire. The cast from the Tony Award-winning hit “Ain’t Too Proud” will perform a musical number and the Radio City Rockettes will also make an appearance. Clarkson, Parton, Pentatonix, Stefani and Trainor will perform at various locations around the country. NBC News’ TODAY co-anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin and Al Roker will host.  – Read more at NBCUMV.com

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration – ABC serves up an extra helping of holiday magic this Thanksgiving with a nostalgic fifth anniversary edition of “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” THURSDAY, NOV. 26 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST). Original hosts Derek and Julianne Hough return, kicking off the night with a glittering new holiday performance, while Trevor Jackson (Freeform’s “grown-ish”) hosts from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Together, they will take viewers on a wintry ride through fan-favorite performances and new heartwarming family moments. Viewers will also get a brand-new sneak peek into Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure coming in 2021 to EPCOT in Florida. Derek Hough and Julianne Hough sing and dance through a medley of holiday classics in a fantastical new show open. Kelly Clarkson belts her version of “Underneath the Tree” (2016). – Read more at WDTVPress

This Year’s Nashville Christmas Parade Goes Virtual, Adds Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen, Louis York, for King & Country And More – The 93rd annual Nashville Christmas Parade is going virtual this year due to the pandemic and will be aired on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m. on News Channel 2. CeCe Winans, Danielle Bradbery, for KING & COUNTRY, Jimmie Allen, Louis York and The Shindellas, Oak Ridge Boys, Lauren Alaina, Melinda Doolittle, Mitchell Tenpenny, the Nashville Children’s Theatre, Sandi Patty, Shy Carter, Benita Washington and Runaway June, who will be introduced by Radio Disney Country special correspondent Lindsay Ell, will all perform during the one-hour virtual program. Dolly Parton will also offer a special holiday greeting during the parade program. – Read more at MusicRow

A year after ‘Voice’ success, Ricky Duran is ready to start with new single, ‘She Closed Her Eyes’ – “I’ve been working a lot on all this music behind the scenes since COVID started,” said Duran, in a phone call from Los Angeles, where he was working on an EP due out next year. “I’ve been trying to use this time to write as much as possible, record as much as possible.” All of that labor will soon bear fruit, beginning with his first single since his time on “The Voice,” “She Closed Her Eyes,” which will be released on Dec. 4 on all platforms. Duran says the single is already available for preorder on Amazon and Apple Music. “I’ve had a tug of war with some record deals,” says Duran, “but I’ve decided to go ahead and release it on my own to start. I feel I owe it to the people who supported me to give them some new music.” – Read more at Telegram.com

Former ‘American Idol’ winner Kris Allen weighs in on COVID’s impact on the music industryWSPA.com

Thanksgiving 2020: Taylor Hicks shares a family recipe for mac & cheese – Some dishes are worth waiting for, Taylor Hicks says. And that’s exactly what happens when his family gets together to celebrate Thanksgiving. “Every year at the Hicks household there is always someone late to the gathering,” says Hicks, a singer-songwriter and former “American Idol” winner. “We all roll our eyes and wait patiently and look at our watch ‘hangrily.’ The Hicks mac and cheese is always late, but it never disappoints. This recipe has been a family heirloom and we will patiently wait for its arrival for years to come!” – Read more AL.com

Meet Taryn Papa, a contestant on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ – She is from Middlebury, graduated from Holy Cross High and now lives in Nashville. And by-the-way, she works with country music superstar Blake Shelton and has performed on national television, impressing not only Shelton but music legends Kelly Clarkson and Gwen Stefani, as well. Meet Taryn Papa, a contestant on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ and an aspiring singing sensation. Community Karen spoke with Papa about her journey on ‘The Voice’ and what it’s like to work with Shelton. Get a sneak peek of what it’s like behind the scenes, what grosses her out, and her most embarrassing moment. And learn how you can help her next week, when she appears in the show’s ‘Knockout Rounds’ Tuesday night.Rep-Am.com

Tamara Jade grew up in Bowie. Now she’s a rising star on NBC’s ‘The Voice.’ -Bowie native Tamara Jade’s journey to compete on NBC’s “The Voice” all started as she attended Prince George’s County schools. At Ernest Just Middle School, her principal made her sing at all the school events, Jade said. And one day, the principal walked up to Jade in the hallway and said “Sign up for this” and walked away swiftly. Jade realized it was an application to Suitland High School’s visual and performing arts program, which she applied to and attended. Program director Maria Saldana remembers Jade being vibrant. – Read more at Baltimore Sun

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