Michael Bublé’s fifth Christmas special opened with him singing while perched on top of the iconic Hollywood sign. He walked through a movie set even enjoying the driver’s seat behind a flux capacitor powered DeLorean. The Grinch grimaced at him through a window. Taking the stage at Orpheum Theatre, built in 1926, he commented that there may not be snow in Hollywood but it is a place where people come with the hopes and dreams of being movie stars. “And just like snow, most of those dreams will melt away and turn into slush.” Bublé pointed out that his family is from Canada and his wife is from Argentina. “So if Donald Trump wins, neither of them are going to get to cross the border.” (The American politician has suggested building walls along the northern and southern borders of the United States.) Michael introduced his first guest, new pop singer Tori Kelly.
Interspersed with the performances was Michael appearing in a sketches riding in a tour bus through the streets of Hollywood. On his first encounter, he spotted Jay Leno driving up alongside in a hot rod. Michael called out to him. Jay mispronounced his name but remembered having him on his show 10 or 12 years ago. He verified that Michael was Canadian and then accused him of being another foreigner, which he mispronounced as fareigner, taking a job away from an American.
Michael sang “Here Comes Santa Claus” before introducing a “once in a generation talent”, Céline Dion who performed “O Holy Night”.
Michael continued on the tour bus spotting model Gigi Hadid taking out the garbage and not wearing much. Michael’s hormones got the better of him as he attempted conversation, and Gigi was rescued by her protective beau. After she left, we heard, “Mike, she wanted you…” The bus driver turned around, and it was William Shatner, continuing, “…to leave.” Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings performed next, an upbeat R&B rendition of “White Christmas”.
Michael repeated the segment he did last year in which he took Christmas song requests from social media. One fan asked him to do Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”. Michael commented that it was not a Christmas song so he would not be doing it. The crowd laughed. He did do The Chipmunks’ “Don’t Be Late”, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Jingle Bell Rock”, and “Feliz Navidad”. Michael then performed “Jingle Bells” with Tori Kelly.
Michael aboard the tour bus got excited stopping at Blake Shelton’s house assuring us their relationship status had gone from “it’s complicated” to “best, best friends”. He was even wearing a Blake Shelton T-shirt. Michael hollered for Blake to come out. He did and looked very disappointed to see Michael. “Stop sending me those friendship bracelets, man. I’m not interested.”
The highlight of the night was when Michael Bublé sang in duet with Céline Dion, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”. The few moments when they sang in unison were priceless. Michael closed the show with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.