Ryan Seacrest and American Idol season 9 winner, Lee DeWyze teamed up on Saturday afternoon (Nov 8) to help light the Macy’s Christmas tree in Chicago.
“I know it’s such a big tradition, so it’s cool to see all the families come together and usher in the holiday season, which I can’t believe is already here,” said Ryan. He oversaw the tree lighting with Chase, a 4-year-old Make-A-Wish Foundation child.
“New Year’s, I’ve done it for a decade or so, obviously, it’s happened for a long time and this is one of the longest standing traditions at 107 years, and a lot of incredible people have been on this stage, so I’m honored to be here in Chicago for it,” he said.
“It feels good. I’ve done a lot of events but this one is special,” said Lee. “This is in my hometown. My family was here. There’s something special about this for me,”
“My dad, my uncle and I, we’d always come down here [for the tree lighting] because my uncle used to love it Downtown. We’d come down here, we’d be a part of this. It’s just crazy to now be here performing at it. It’s pretty awesome,” Lee said.
“It’s the best because not only do I get to do what I love up there, which is perform, but also kids are singing ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ and with Make-A-Wish and everybody here. This is all positive and good energy. It’s all about good things. I love being home for me it’s like a double whammy.”
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Watch Lee DeWyze perform “Santa Clause is Coming to Town” and “Hallelujah”
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) November 8, 2014
Santa Clause is Coming to Town
Hallelujah with a Choir