Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special. Mariah Carey’s career has been focused on her sporadic and always fabulous appearances in the media and the Christmas spirit for many years. Is that thanks to the song “All I Want for Christmas is You” that she recorded more than 25 years ago, the singer remains on the lists of most listened to songs?
To understand the scope of the phenomenon, some numbers: according to The Wall Street Journal, last year the song was reproduced through different music and video streaming systems 309 million times and reached number one in the Billboard rankings. With such popularity that it even led to a book and an animated movie for boys, this year it was the turn of the Christmas special.
An Anglo-Saxon TV tradition, the project took shape thanks to Apple TV + which launched it on its global platform earlier this month. With a lot of humor and musical guests that include Ariana Grande (soon to have her own Netflix special), Jennifer Hudson and Snoop Dogg plus Bette Midler, Millie Bobby Brown, and comedian Tiffany Hadish as narrator, the special imagines that in this very complicated year for everyone Santa Claus asks Carey for help to save Christmas.
And so she travels to the North Pole to lift the spirits of the industrious elves, a high note, the kind that only she can hit at a time. Exaggerated, colorful and as bright as the singer, Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special it is a pastiche that fulfills its optimistic goal. Available on Apple TV +.