Kelly Clarkson's 'Cautionary Christmas Music Tale' about a diva

Kelly Clarkson. (WENN.COM)

Kelly Clarkson. (WENN.COM)

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:34 PM ET

Kelly Clarkson, you are a contradictory creature.

It was just a few months ago that Clarkson appeared in the first episode of the new Robin Williams sitcom The Crazy Ones. Williams plays an advertising executive, and his firm was trying to recruit Clarkson for a McDonald's commercial.

Long story short, the ad firm coveted Clarkson for her big voice and wholesome appeal. But she was determined to break free from that image and do something more sensual.

"You want me to sing about meat," said Clarkson, playing herself. "I want to sing about sex." She subsequently sang a song with the lyrics, "It's not the meat, it's the motion," as she gyrated up against James Wolk's character. Williams said Clarkson's display "woke up the puppet."

And now Clarkson is starring in her own Christmas special. There isn't much more wholesome and traditional in show business than a Christmas special, right?

Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale debuts Wednesday on NBC and Global. Clarkson has described it as the comedic story of a "diva" who learns her lesson and eventually discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

But of course, there are tons of songs thrown in, too. So it's kind of like if Ebenezer Scrooge sang Silent Night while bashing Bob Cratchit with a cane.

And it all has a happy ending, naturally.

Blake Shelton, Reba and Trisha Yearwood all are on board as guest stars. Others set to make cameo appearances include the afore-mentioned Robin Williams, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Whoopi Goldberg, William Shatner, Danica Patrick, Heidi Klum, Ken Jeong and Jai Rodriguez.

Is it just me, or does it seem as if these multi-star-from-all-walks-of-life TV Christmas extravaganzas have made a bit of a comeback over the past few years? These new efforts usually aren't as corny or drippingly sincere as the ones in the 1960s and 1970s - you can't do anything these days without a certain degree of irony - but networks clearly are willing to give the format a try again.

Clarkson is one of the most successful performers ever to emerge from the televised singing competition genre, which now largely appears to be dying in North America, save for Shelton's The Voice. Clarkson won the first season of American Idol and has gone on to sell more than 20 million albums worldwide.

The truth is, one of the main rationales for the existence of Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale is to sell even more albums. Conveniently, Clarkson recently released a Christmas record, titled Wrapped in Red. And shockingly, the songs included on the TV show have been lifted directly from that album, which features five original tracks as well as the usual collection of Christmas faves.

Hey, nothing says Christmas more than convergence and commerce.

Will any of this reawaken Robin Williams' puppet?

Oh right, that's a different Kelly Clarkson. The wholesome one is all about Christmas.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca


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