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American Idol’s past and future will unite this Wednesday night as season 10 winner Scotty McCreery joins the show’s newest judge, Mariah Carey, to ring in the holiday season at New York City’s annual “Christmas at Rockefeller Center” tree lighting ceremony.
The live show, which airs Nov. 28, also features The Voice coach Cee Lo Green, who is promoting his Christmas CD, Cee Lo’s Magic Moment. Other performers include Voice finalist Chris Mann, Rod Stewart, Trace Adkins, Victoria Justice, and Il Volo. The show is hosted by NBC personalities Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie, with special appearances by Billy Crystal and Bette Midler.
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McCreery joins a growing list of Idol alums who’ve helped light up the Rockefeller Christmas tree, including season seven winner David Cook, season five runner-up Katharine McPhee, season four winner Carrie Underwood and season one champion Kelly Clarkson.
McCreery is supporting his latest CD, Christmas With Scotty, and performed in the Big Apple last week with a Friday night bow at the Beacon Theatre, that doubled as a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief.
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In other McCreery news, the North Carolina teen’s special, Christmas With Scotty McCreery and Friends will air Dec. 1 on the Great American Country (GAC) network. The show features holiday performances with Gloriana, Brett Eldredge, and Jana Kramer.
Below, watch McCreery pay tribute to Elvis Presley with his cover of “Santa Claus is Back in Town” from Friday’s Beacon concert:
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