Singer Clay Aiken, who rose to fame on the reality series American Idol, shares the spirit of the holiday season in this television special. A Clay Aiken Christmas features the pop star performing a variety of seasonal favorites from his album A Clay Aiken Christmas with help from his guests Barry Manilow, Yolanda Adams, and Megan Mullally; selections include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Happy Holidays," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," and many more. The special was also made available on home video shortly after it was broadcast on NBC. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Clay's remarkable voice and gentle spirit both shine through during several beautiful songs; and performances by Barry Manilow, Yolanda Adams and Meghan Mullally are good too. (Although Barry Manilow seems a little too full of himself!) I think the concept of this show was trying to imitate the Christmas shows of yesteryear, like Andy Williams' specials. My biggest criticism is that it all seems a little too contrived and too scripted, and a little too slow and "low key" in spots. I would rather have seen Clay Aiken in a more natural setting, showing off the amazing talent, energy and quick wit that I've come to expect and appreciate during his concerts. He's an amazing performer when allowed to relax and "be himself." In this Christmas Special, he doesn't seem relaxed, but he still looks and sounds great!