This year's CMA Country Christmas premieres on ABC Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET with repeat showings on the nights of Saturday, December 22 and Sunday, December 23. Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland returns as host with Dierks Bentley , Lady Antebellum , The Band Perry , Keith Urban , Little Big Town , Martina McBride and Scotty McCreery on the performers list.
Colbie Caillat , John Legend and Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins round out the performers lineup, and Jennifer likes seeing acts from outside country music join in the show.
She says, "You can see that lots of people are becoming interested in the show. That it is expanding beyond even country music. That people want to come in and contribute and be a part of it and celebrate as well."
The stars also sit down for fireside chats about their Christmas memories and traditions during the two-hour show. Elements of comedy add an old-school variety show feel to the program.
Says Jennifer, "I love that element of just the entertainment value, and I love that it is entertainment that the family can enjoy."
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