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A Clay Aiken Christmas

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Lawrence Welk ~ A Clay Aiken Christmas

American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken still needs a hair stylist and better wardrobe, but his silvern vocals are handsomely rewarding on this holiday television special. For reasons never quite explained, the unusual production actually deconstructs the illusion of a seamless TV show by showing cast and crew buzzing about between songs. But this gimmick is easily overlooked whenever Aiken breaks into one of his clear-as-a-bell renditions of a Yuletide classic. Highlights include "Christmas Waltz," with particularly thoughtful lyrics; the touching "Merry Christmas with Love"; and a sassy "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," the last shared with Barry Manilow and Yolanda Adams. Showman Manilow delivers a pleasant medley, and Adams is strong on her pop-gospel turn, "O Holy Night." A cute scene features all the performers talking about unusual gifts, and the finale finds Aiken and friends bringing down the house with "Because It's Christmas (For All the Children." --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Tracks: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Clay Aiken), Happy Holidays/White Christmas (Barry Manilow), Christmas Waltz (Aiken), O Holy Night (Yolanda Adams), Merry Christmas with Love (Aiken), Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Aiken, Manilow, Adams), Silver Bells (Aiken and Quiana Parler), Mary Did You Know (Aiken), Because It's Christmas (For All the Children) (Aiken, Manilow, Adams)
  • Behind-the-scenes footage

Product Details

  • Actors: Clay Aiken, Barry Manilow, Yolanda Adams, Quiana Parler
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: RCA
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GY1QW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By K. N. Nelson VINE VOICE on December 15, 2004
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Elegant and classy, dazzling and heartwarming, humble and great. So many elements make "A Clay Aiken Christmas" totally EMMY WORTHY. Clay has created an instant classic Christmas DVD that will be enjoyed for many many years. In his casual, warm and inviting style, we join him in his living room for an evening as he honors the songs of Christmas that represent timeless values in his beautiful, pure, pitch perfect voice.

I was moved by the consciousness of spirituality that infuses but never overwhelms the production. I loved the fade to black following Clay's glorious rendition of "Mary Did You Know" and the moment of silent reverence it implied. The windows-within- windows concept along with the work in progress format of this DVD will never become boring because it is continually evolving in visually gorgeous, interesting and entertaining streams on so many levels. There is logic to the way each song lead to the other and I was impressed with the smooth and easy transitions in the overstructure.

I loved Yolanda Adams inspired gospel rendition of "O Holy Night". The brilliant Barry Manilow added style and class to the production with his timeless voice and charming manner. Quiana Parler did a wonderful job on her duet with Clay.

Clay provided an abundance of dazzling eye candy and childlike wonderment for kids of all ages with a toy train chugging along under the tree covered with myriad lights and glistening ornaments that were used at times as a glittering framework for the scene unfolding.

The set decoration was perfect, classy and inviting and the camera operator kept the production visually fascinating by attention to all the artistic details and visual treats that continued to unfold as christmas wrappings to reveal hidden treasures inside.
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful By D. C. SWAFFORD on November 22, 2004
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I'm not a fan of traditional Christmas music. However, I am a Clay Aiken fan, so I bought the CD. I had already heard "Mary, Did You Know" countless times online and loved it. It's the best cut. But I was in for a really nice surprise. Clay brings new life to old music and makes every song special on this album. The accompaniment is just right and never takes over. It just enhances Clay's smooth and sincere rendering of the lyrics. At times during the most reverential songs, I felt as if I were hearing worship and wanted to take part in it. While this CD cannot be compared to his "Measure of a Man" - apples and oranges - Clay has once again made a solid and beatiful album that will be listened to over and over for many years.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Myrna - Toronto on December 17, 2004
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I watched the christmas show on tv as well as the DVD. The DVD shows clarity and it's nice to watch something with no commercials. Very well organized. Christmas decorations were just perfect. Showing behind the scenes was very good idea. The set up provides a very homey athmosphere. While watching, I felt like I was in the same room.

Songs between Clay Aiken, Yolanda Adams, Meghan Mullaly and Barry Manilow were well thought out. I enjoyed it very much.

Clay Aiken's song "Mary Did You Know" is a perfect song for him. I'ts a haunting song and makes me very religious. I cry everytime I hear it because it reminds of my husband who passed away 2 years ago.

I look forward to a duet between Clay Aiken and Barry Manilow. I am sure they will be great together. This DVD is worth buying, you and your family can enjoy it for many years to come.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sally Jones on December 3, 2004
Just when I thought there was no hope for Clay Aiken as a vocalist, a ray of hope appears with the timely release of this Christmas Album.

Following 'Idol' Clay fell victim of the trappings of his new celebrity status and became quickly exploited by his management team who allowed his talent to sadly become a vehicle for peddling inferior song material. Clay's financially successful albeit artistically disappointing debut album "Measure of a Man" was simply typically over-produced. Clay Aiken does not need to me mixed-down in the studio like other artists who use beat, moves, looks and marketing to distract attention away from lack of music abilities. Clay Aiken has a powerful voice that needs to be heard up front on a record and he will always need the right manager like Neil Sedaka to make sure he is correctly produced with the right songs and arrangements, That is what will keep Clay Aiken Fan's truly happy.

"Merry Christmas with Love" is one of the best new Christmas Albums I have heard in a long time. In an age of Hip-Hop, this album is a breath of air and hope in that talent comes through in the end. 'O Holy Night' takes you back to the time of Andy Williams Christmas show. It's all about the spirit, passion and message of Christmas. Clay brings such energy and lease of new life to many of the old favorites here on this album. In addition more modern songs like "Don't Save It All for Christmas Day" still bears the traditional feel. Once can not help but feel a lift when the songs builds to full supporting choir while Clay holds so effortlessly those incredibly high notes with so much passion and power. At the other end "Mary did you know" is a quieter emotionally lyrical song that Clay sings beautifully.
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She sang a pitch perfect rendition of "I'll Be Home For Christmas". I don't know why it was left off the DVD but it can be seen on YouTube here:
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