‘Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas’ Shows a New Side of the ‘AGT’ Winner
America’s Got Talent winner Darci Lynne’s holiday special, Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas, premiered on NBC tonight, and it was fantastic! Featuring all of her puppet friends as well as several celebrity guests such as Pentatonix, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, and more, this special had something for everyone.
They managed to pack a lot of content into the hour-long special, but it never felt awkward or rushed. It was packed with laughs, with hilarious highlights including a segment of each of the America’s Got Talent judges receiving a gift from one of Darci’s puppet pals, and some of the signature banter between Darci and her “Golden Buzzer buddy” Petunia…or should that be the other way around?
The comedic high point of the show, however, was a performance of the Eartha Kitt Christmas classic “Santa Baby” with Edna Doorknocker, the puppet featured in Darci’s iconic AGT semi-finals act which saw her serenading Simon Cowell with Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman”. Simon wasn’t in the audience for this Christmas song, but that wasn’t a problem as Darci brought Edna over to various unsuspecting gentlemen in the audience as she sang and cozied up to them. (Thankfully, they were all good sports about the whole thing!)
While Darci did a lot of of the songs as well as a few little sketches with the puppets (including Katie, a cowgirl puppet who we didn’t get to see on AGT) some of the moments that stood out the most featured Darci singing on her own, without any of them involved in the performance. As great as she is doing all the different voices, it was great that she got a couple of chances to sing with her mouth open and show just how good her pure voice is. The “Sleep Well, Little Children” and “What A Wonderful World” duet with Kristin Chenoweth demonstrates this very well, as it proves she can hold her own even when performing with such a legendary talent with out-of-this-world vocal chops.
Between these performances and getting to know a little more about her life growing up in Oklahoma City to becoming the rising star she is today, we were treated to a classy, mature side of Darci that I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of in the future as her career develops. (Though we do hope she doesn’t give up the puppets completely; she’s well on her way to becoming a world-class ventriloquist!)
Check out this video featuring some behind-the-scenes clips from the making of the special, and be sure to let us know what you thought of Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas in the comments below!