“There’s no compromising when it comes to what song selection there is!” joked CNN political contributor Roland Martin, donning his trademark ascot, after the annual Christmas in Washington show taping in Washington last night (it airs on TNT Friday, 8 p.m. ET). The biggest star of the night may have been the quite-pregnant Mariah Carey, who seems to be packing in as many holiday festivities as she can before the baby’s born — she has another Christmas special airing tonight (on ABC at 9 PM ET), not to mention her latest album, Merry Christmas II. But it was Glee’s Matthew Morrison who animated the show the most with his loose tie and ukulele Christmas (but not dancing – boo-hoo) crooning.
Morrison couldn’t take his eyes off the Obamas when they climbed on stage for the finale, where an overwhelmed Carey held Obama in what looked like a death grip hug. Hosting it all and keeping things low key was Ellen DeGeneres, whose partner Portia De Rossi, donning a pony tail and crimson red dress, looked on from the front row, seated between rapper and daddy-to-be Nick Cannon, Carey’s husband, and First Grandmother Marian Robinson.
The show also featured Annie Lennox, Andrea Bocelli and Maxwell.
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