Magic filled the air when the two came together for the first time to sing their latest carol under the garland adorning her set. Clarkson was wrapped up in a black-and-gold turtleneck gown while Eldredge stayed cozy in a red velvet suit jacket. Christmas trees and musicians, both physical and virtual, surrounded the two for their swoon-worthy performance.
“I’ve never done it like this!” Eldredge told Clarkson following their performance about recording a song together (but apart) having never met in real life. He had met Meghan Trainor prior to their “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” duet from his 2016 holiday album Glow, which they recorded separately since they were both in the middle of touring at the time. “But I met you, and when I heard your voice, I was like, ‘Ahhh.'”
Speaking of his unconventional ways of connecting to those around him, the country singer-songwriter went off-the-grid during the recording process of his latest album Sunday Drive by using a flip phone.
“I was heavily on all the social media and everything and just constantly on my phone. And I was like, ‘I gotta just step away from everything, take some time for myself.’ I got a flip phone,” Eldredge said. “But it just really made me kind of focus on myself for a while and just kinda forget what I wanted to say, who I wanted to be and started journaling a lot more. I got a Polaroid camera, was taking photos, actually making everyone count. … Just doing stuff like that made me reflective of my life and where I was and where I am and where I want to go with it.”
Watch their special holiday “Kellyoke” performance of “Under the Mistletoe” below.