Have Yourself an 'American Idol' Christmas
With Halloween in the rearview mirror, season seven favorite Brooke White is already dreaming of a "White Christmas." Plus, THR highlights seven top holiday performances from Kelly Clarkson to Scotty McCreery.
With Halloween celebrations underway on Wednesday -- and trick-or-treating rescheduled to Nov. 5 in New Jersey by Governor Chris Christie's executive order -- one American Idol season seven favorite is already dreaming of a white Christmas.
Brooke White will digitally release her new CD, White Christmas, on Nov. 6 via iTunes. Other online retailers will release the record Nov. 27.
The 11-song collection includes holiday classics -- including "Blue Christmas" and "Silent Night" -- and three original songs, “Christmas Card,” “California Christmas” and “I Love Christmas.” For production duties on the holiday album, White teamed with Chris Seefried, who produced and co-wrote songs from Fitz and The Tantrums’ debut album including “MoneyGrabber” and “Don’t Gotta Work It Out.” Seefried also produced “Wonderland” off season 10 finalist Haley Reinhart’s debut this year.
Scotty McCreery "Christmas With Scotty": The season 10 winner has released a holiday CD filled with Christmas cheer, but we especially love the Elvis Presley fan's take on "Santa Claus is Back in Town."
Last year, season 10 favorites Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams recorded the classic song, "Baby, It's Cold Outside." It is perfect for a night in front of the fire:
Who can forget the 2003 American Idol Christmas special, with this duet between Clay Aiken and Kimberley Locke (with a spirited introduction by season two winner Ruben Studdard)?
From that same special, season one champion Kelly Clarkson turned in this quietly beautiful version of "My Grown Up Christmas List."
It wouldn't be Christmas without a reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," and who reads it better than season eight runner-up Adam Lambert, along with Justin Bieber, The Script, Selena Gomez, Flo Rida and others at the Q102 Philadelphia Jingle Ball?
Who else got William Hung's "Hung for the Holidays"? We still get a laugh out of his "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer":
Season five runner-up Katherine McPhee is a Smash these days, and her Christmas album from two years ago gave us this awesome cover of Billy Squier's "Christmas Is a Time to Say I Love You."