Gary Allan Cover; 1100 Springs’ “Great American Trainwreck”; Ricky Skaggs’ G-Run In a Mason Jar

Brody Vercher | December 8th, 2009

  1. Vicki
    December 8, 2009 at 11:10 am

    I love Carrie but that show..well, 2nd hour was much better than the first. She should have skipped the family acts, but the songs were fine but they did need more Christmas songs. If they just did the second hour, she would have had decent reviews. But what I don’t get is she was surrounded by Fox professionals who should know what a good variety show is and obviously they didn’t. I think they thought that all Carrie fans will accept anything Carrie, well, sorry but that show was a disservice to her.

  2. TexasVet
    December 8, 2009 at 11:43 am

    As for Carrie’s special, I pretty much agree with USA Today’s Brian Mansfield’s comments:

  3. Lorria
    December 8, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Carrie’s ratings were great, she pulled in at number 1 for the first hour and 2nd in the next hour due to cbs big bang theory. overall, it averaged about twice as much as the sugarland special in contrast on a monday as well, and they weer up against house, how i met your mother reruns. and the show was great, vicki, and got great reviews. i dont know where you got your info from other than brian mansfield’s

    ew gave it a fantastic review -
    ken tucker- “Carrie Underwood has beaten the odds: at a time of the year when TV is clogged with Christmas specials, she managed to put one together that stood out. It had something for everyone — singing, sentiment, silliness, and sex. And she made its charms last for a full two hours.”

  4. Dan E.
    December 8, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Carrie’s special was so good last night. It showed off her powerful vocals yet again. Also, it showed off her personality and you could tell she was having a lot of fun. My favorite special guest was Kristen Chenoweth. She was amazing, and I would definitely love to see Kristen play Dolly one of these days. I do think there could have been a bigger section dealing with Christmas songs, although everything sung was very well done. “O Holy Night” was indeed one of the best performances of the night. I loved the opening skit of the behind the scenes footage of her in American Idol. That was hilarious. My least favorite thing in the show was when Carrie was trying to find her sister a date. That didn’t work out too well. Other than that minor detail, this was a great variety show and she ended it so well with a remarkable performance of “Change”. I so hope that will be one of her future singles.

  5. Stephanie Rehder
    December 8, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Love the picture for Gary’s new album, not sure I’m crazy about all the weird squiggly things. Either way I’m super excited to hear the new album, woohoo!

  6. TexasVet
    December 8, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Carrie Underwood & Dolly Parton – “I Will Always Love You” duet:

  7. Brady Vercher
    December 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Here’s the version of “O Holy Night” I’ve been enjoying the past few days. Wish the audio quality was better, but that’s one riveting performance.

  8. Dan E.
    December 8, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Carrie Underwood’s Holiday Special had an average of 8.5 million viewers. That’s very good considering the last attempts at a variety show by Rosie O’Donnell and the Osbournes did terrible.

    Brody: The few holiday songs, including the phenomenal “O Holy Night” was included in the second half.
    Also, I’m pretty sure her bikini pictures did not overshadow her special, not by a long shot.

  9. Leeann Ward
    December 8, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Yes, Brady, I really love West’s version. I posted it on my Facebook and even my mom digs it, though she’d have no idea who Emily West is.:)

  10. Leeann Ward
    December 8, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I watched the Underwood special with an open mind. I give Carrie props for being able to poke fun at herself and for seeming very genuine. I actually liked her duet with Brad and wish they’d do an entire album of classics, even if they’re not necessarily the most traditional. I wish more Christmas music had been included. It seemed that they just put it in in the last 15 minutes, which was disappointing to me, since I mostly watched for the “holiday” part of the show.

    While it really wasn’t something I’d personally view again, I think that Underwood fans rightfully have reason to be proud of the show, as she comported herself very well and gave others a chance to shine in the process.

    I agree with Vicki, however, that some of the awkwardness could have been avoided considering the people who were likely involved behind the seens.

  11. Lorria
    December 8, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Louisana Woman, Missisipi Heart.

    the last hour of show was best,all the best songs.

  12. Matt C.
    December 8, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Now, I didn’t watch Carrie Underwood’s special, but I did check out a couple of the clips, and again I’m reminded of how great she is at singing country songs. That her handlers have wrangled her into shriekingly-awful performances of one of the worst catalogs of pop songs ever assembled is truly one of Music Row’s worst murders.

  13. Evie
    December 8, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I saw Carrie’s special last night and I thought it was great. Matt C’s last comment about “shriekingly-awful performances” was out of line. If she truly were that bad she would have been dropped a long time ago, never to be heard from again. She certainly wouldn’t have won the largest talent show in the country, nor would she have attained the success she has in just 4 short years, selling over ten million records. People don’t continue to buy records if there is nothing of value offered.

  14. Karlie
    December 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I’ll echo Leeann regarding her ability to cover traditional country. The whole duet in two separate cities idea seemed forced – although Brad should be a pro at it, since he does something similar with a video screen Alison Krauss at his live shows – and took away the entire chemistry idea behind doing a live duet at all. But Carrie seemed infinitely more comfortable and natural singing that tune than doing the awkward choreography in “Cowboy Casanova.”

  15. Razor X
    December 8, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    If she truly were that bad she would have been dropped a long time ago, never to be heard from again. She certainly wouldn’t have won the largest talent show in the country, nor would she have attained the success she has in just 4 short years, selling over ten million records. People don’t continue to buy records if there is nothing of value offered.

    Ever heard of Taylor Swift, Evie?

  16. TexasVet
    December 8, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    “Ever heard of Taylor Swift, Evie?”

    Great, now this will turn into another TS vs CU catfight.

  17. Jon
    December 8, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Why is the concept that musical value is mostly, if not completely in the ear of the listener so hard to grasp?

  18. Cardsgal
    December 8, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Carrie Underwood has a great voice – no doubt. But she is one of the least interesting people I’ve ever heard; and, everything that comes out of her mouth is poorly articulated fluff. I can’t imagine sitting through two hours of it…

  19. Jo Jo
    December 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Carrie’s variety show was awesome!! She sounded amazing on all her songs and the skits were hilarious, especially the one with her dog, Ace. I was glued to the TV for the full 2 hours! I just hope it is released on DVD!

  20. Vicki
    December 8, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    For me the first hour didn’t run smooth. First, she should have come out with a rousing Christmas song,”Santa Baby” or something. Then go into the whole “Play On” stuff. I think what hurt it was not having the Carrie-David Cook Van Halen Rocker that I heard was extremely done well. Legalities kept it off the program but it would have broken up the two back to back ballads. The dog talking skit was the best skit but many of the others bombed. I thought ok, these Fox big wigs came to her and asked her to do this special. So why didn’t they back up this novice with some good advice?

  21. Stormy
    December 8, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    I see Gary’s staff decided to go with Power Point Border #4. I prefer Power Point Border #6 as it has butterflies.

  22. Rick
    December 8, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Hey, it sounds like Randy Houser’s touring with Jamey Johnson has had a positive musical impact on Randy’s next album! Its the “mystical power of Jamey J.”…

    I’m looking forward to the “Crazy Heart” film. If its half as good as the trailer it should be a hoot. Stephen Bruton’s involvement could only have helped the project’s musical integrity.

    That Colt Ford video for “Mr. Goodtime” is a bit of mindless fun. Colt has a redneck schtick that seems to be working, well on drunkard party-yahoos anyway.

  23. Noeller
    December 8, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I think Houser has always been in the same mold as JJ, but his label probably had a lot more to say about the last album. I’m wondering if he’s maybe got more freedom to be who he is on the follow up. I woulda KILLED to be at one of the “Traler Park Revival” tour dates this past year.

  24. Drew
    December 9, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Absolutely terrible album art on that new Gary Allan record. Not that I really care about that, since I don’t even get hard-copies of albums anymore, but hopefully he reconsiders.

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