Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays
Saturday, 6.30pm, Seven Oh, admit it — you secretly love Canadian crooner Michael Buble. Well if you don’t, enough of us do to put his Christmas album — this year with four extra tracks — at the top of the ARIA albums chart this week. Yes, the same album, minus those four tracks, topped album charts across the world last year. In fact the only thing to outsell Christmas last year was Adele’s 21. However, despite his amazing ability to flog product, Buble remains intensely likable. Christmas music specials can fall flatter than pancake Tuesday, but this one really is a cracker. Buble first appears in a clever collage of Canadian cliches as a Mountie, a hockey player, a lumberjack and a Vancouver shopper, miming to Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! before he turns up in front of a frenzied home-town crowd in Vancouver. If you’re in need of a little dash of Christmas spirit, this should do the trick. Watch out for a solo by Rod Stewart ( The Christmas Song) as well as duets with Stewart ( Winter Wonderland) Elmo from Sesame Street ( All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth) and, incredibly, White Christmas with Bing Crosby, a Christmas spirit if ever there was one. Stunning technology allows the two not just to appear on the stage together, but to pull off beguiling banter and sing like a pair of angels.