Christmas in Washington
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One of two annual holiday specials produced by George Stevens, Jr. (the other being the Kennedy Center Honors), the variety show first aired in 1981 on NBC before moving to its current home on TNT in 1998. Recorded in Washington, D.C. at the National Building Museum, on the second Sunday of each December before being re-edited for later broadcast, Christmas in Washington is a one-hour concert featuring artists from musical genres. Each guest perform at least one solo, but the marquee performer usually has one or two more songs. The show also has at least one guest from the world of opera. Each of the musical performances are backed by a full orchestra and chorus. The show's finale consists of a medley performed by all the musical guests before the attendees-of-honor, the President of the United States and the First Lady, make a closing statement.
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The host and performers
The show also has a host. For many years, the show was hosted by Dr. Phil and his wife, Robin. However, since 2009, the show has had a single host. The 2013 edition featured Hugh Jackman as host and The Backstreet Boys as marquee performers, marking the first time in six years that a group has been featured as marquee performers. The show airs live on pay-per-view internationally and in most major cities, after which a re-edited 42-minute version (with commercials in a one-hour slot) airs on the aforementioned TNT network.
List of hosts and guests
Note: The marquee performer is outlined in bold.
- 1984: Stars: The Osmonds
- 1995: Host: Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves
- 1997: Stars: Hanson
- 1998: Host: Brooke Shields. Stars: Aaliyah, Kenny Loggins, Martina McBride, Smoky Robinson, Audra McDonald
- 1999: Stars: Christina Aguilera, B.B. King
- 2000: Host: Sarah Michelle Gellar; Stars: Mark Anthony, Chuck Berry, Jessica Simpson, The Corrs, Billy Gilman.
- 2001: Host: Reba McEntire. Stars: Tony Bennett, Charlotte Church, Mandy Moore, Usher Raymond
- 2002: Host: Katie Holmes. Stars: Brooks And Dunn, Alison Krauss, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Yolanda Adams
- 2003: Host: Patricia Heaton; Stars: Ashanti, Kenny Chesney, Joss Stone, Renée Fleming.
- 2004: Hosts: Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw; Stars: LeAnn Rimes
- 2005: Hosts: Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw; Stars: Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Ciara, Jane Monheit, The Click Five
- 2006: Hosts: Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw; Stars: Taylor Hicks, Il Divo, Gretchen Wilson, Chris Brown, Corinne Bailey Rae, Bianca Ryan.
- 2007: Hosts: Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw; Stars: Ne-Yo, Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Jackson, Colbie Caillat, Heather Headley, Katharine McPhee, Andrea Bocelli.
- 2008: Hosts: Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw; Stars: Casting Crowns, Kristin Chenoweth, Julianne Hough, Darius Rucker, Straight No Chaser.
- 2009: Host: George Lopez; Stars: Mary J. Blige, Neil Diamond, Sugarland, Rob Thomas, Usher, Justin Bieber
- 2010: Host: Ellen DeGeneres; Stars: Mariah Carey, Andrea Bocelli, Miranda Cosgrove, Maxwell, Matthew Morrison, Annie Lennox.
- 2011: Host: Conan O'Brien; Stars: Justin Bieber, Victoria Justice, Cee Lo Green, The Band Perry, Jennifer Hudson.
- 2012: Host: Conan O'Brien; Stars: Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Megan Hilty, Scotty McCreery, Chris Mann, PSY.
- 2013: Host: Hugh Jackman; Stars: Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, Anna Kendrick, Janelle Monae, Pat Monahan.
(cites for 1995 and 1998 are at IMDB.com)
Source: for Christmas in Washington 2000: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0271434/