The Voice fall cycle finale airs in mid December and often features festive Christmas performances. So why not produce a clip show of the most unforgettable songs?
On Thursday (Dec 4) the first special, the hour long The Voice Holiday Celebration featured past performances from current and former coaches, artists and special guest stars. In between the musical performances, the current crew–Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend–shared their thoughts on The Voice Christmases past and present. Host Carson Daly tied it all together.
The episode opened with Pharrell, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton performing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from The Voice season 7 finale, December 2014. After, Gwen noted that season 7 was her first as coach. Blake shared that season 7 marked the beginnings of a special friendship with Gwen. A year later, after nasty divorces, the two became a couple.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Pharrell, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine Blake Shelton – Season 7
Top 4 finalist Katie Kadan and John Legend sang “Merry Christmas Baby” during the season 17 finale performance episode in 2019. John compared the performance to singing in a blues club.
Katie Kadan and John Legend sing Merry Christmas Baby Season 17
Blake Shelton has a close relationship with standards crooner Michael Bublé, who has appeared on The Voice as mentor and performer. WAY back in season 3, December 2012 (!!!) Michael dropped by to sing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).”
Michael Buble sings Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Season 3
In season 15 TWO GREAT AMERICAN IDOL alums (and The Voice coaches) came together to perform. Watch Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson sing “O Holy Night” in December 2018. Kelly notes that she had wanted to sing with Jennifer for the longest time. She was sick, but refused to miss the opportunity.
Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson sing O Holy Night – Season 15
Also in Season 15, Gwen Stefani and Latin artist Mon Laferte sang “Feliz Navidad.” Gwen had to work with a coach to learn the “exact accent.” To be honest, the performance is pretty awkward.
Gwen Stefani and Mon Laferte sing “Feliz Navidad” – Season 15
Dolly Parton and Jennifer Nettles joined forces in Season 11, December 2016, to perform “Circle of Love,” backed by a few of that season’s artists (Winner Sundance Head is standing on the far right, runner-up Billy Gilman on the far left).
Dolly Parton and Jennifer Nettles sing Circle of Love backed by Season 11 The Voice artists
Blake Shelton shared that during season 3, he recorded a Christmas album. He needed a backing choir and he chose Team Blake. Eventually, he won the season with country artist, Cassadee Pope. Another team member, Terry McDermott nabbed runner-up. Here they are in December 2012 backing Blake on his rendition of “White Christmas.” Check out former coach Christina Aguilera grooving along.
Blake Shelton sings White Christmas backed by Team Blake – Season 3
Watch Sia in a red and green wig play a gift inside of a gift box, singing “Snowman” on Season 13, December 2017. Gwen Stefani said she and the singer-songwriter put out Christmas records at the same time, and worked with some of the same people.
Sia sings “Snowman” – Season 13
Before Kelly Clarkson became a coach she sang “Underneath the Tree” from her holiday album Wrapped in Red during season 5, December 2013. It was just a few months after she married her now estranged husband, Brandon Blackstock. It feels like a lifetime ago. I couldn’t find a clip on You Tube. Make do with this pretty picture.
And Kelly performing “Underneath the Tree” on this year’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center
Kelly Clarkson performs “Underneath the Tree” Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2020
John calls season 9 winner, Jordan Smith from Team Adam Levine, one of the greatest The Voice winners of all time. Watch him sing “Mary Did You Know in December 2015. The singer recently signed with a Christian record label.
Jordan Smith sings Mary Did You Know – Season 9
The show ended with engaged couple (but not then!) Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani singing “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” back in season 13, December 2017. Blake confessed the he never performed on stage with choreography and backup dancers before