'Christmas at the Opry' premiered Thursday night on NBC
In a clip from NBC's Christmas at the Opry, the talk show host and the country singer took the stage to belt out a rocking rendition of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town."
Backed by a full band, the pair took turns belting out the lyrics before coming together for the chorus. Clarkson, 41, wore a sparkling green dress while Judd, 59, wore a black suit with golden lapels.
The two-hour holiday special, hosted by Judd, aired Thursday evening on NBC and is now available to stream on Peacock. An encore will air on Dec. 20 on NBC.
Christmas has a big place in Judd’s musical career – and in her heart.
"I remember it was a big deal because we always chopped down our own tree…We would literally march out and pick one and cut it down. We had time and that was such a gift. I didn't know it at the time,” the multiple Grammy-award singer recalled.
“We had no TV, no telephone. And we made things. It was a way of life for us. We sang, and of course, we prayed," she said.
The singer-songwriter talked more about Christmas to Billboard in 2014, explaining that her five favorite Christmas songs are “Ave Maria,” “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” “O Holy Night,” “Silent Night” and “Mary Did You Know?”
Meanwhile, Clarkson hosted and performed at this year's Christmas in Rockefeller Center holiday special and tree lighting ceremony.
The “Stronger” musician has released two holiday albums, 2021’s When Christmas Comes Around … and 2013’s Wrapped in Red.
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