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'O Holy Night': You choose the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- POLL

The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. (We’ve already covered “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let It Snow!” and “The Little Drummer Boy.”) If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.

UPDATE: The polls are closed, and we have our winners! Listen to YOUR ultimate holiday playlist here.

The music for “O Holy Night” was composed in 1847 and set to the French poem “Minuit, chrétiens” (opera singer Enrico Caruso recorded the French version in 1916). The lyrics we know today were written by a Unitarian minister based on the French text.

Producer David Foster ushered the song into pop music with his 1993 rendition for Michael Crawford, which might explain why our six favorites are from 1994 until now. Listen to all six (plus a bonus!) and make your pick. Yonder breaks a new and glorious vote!
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Carrie Underwood responds to 'Sound of Music Live!' backlash, in the biblical sense

You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country-grown morality out of the girl…or something like that.

Carrie Underwood was well aware of the risk she was taking by stepping into the habit most famously worn by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music Live!, so we thought she might just stay mum on the various opinions thrown her way.

Some critiques were fun:
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'Sound of Music Live!': The original film's Von Trapp children respond

More than 18 million people tuned in to listen to the sound of Carrie Underwood and a new group of Von Trapp Family singers Thursday night during NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! But what did the actors who played the Von Trapp children in the 1965 film version think? EW talked with four of the seven to see if it became one of their favorite things or if they wanted to say so long, farewell to the live theatrical adaptation.
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Join us for a 'Sound of Music' live blog!

UPDATE: The live blog is on! Join us here.

High on a hill was a blog quite live… or something like that.

You may have heard Carrie Underwood will be portraying Maria von Trapp in NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music, airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

The show will follow the Broadway version of the musical, which predates Julie Andrews’ slightly different, iconic movie. About the inevitable comparisons to the film, Underwood told EW, “You do have the movie and then you have the music, and the music even transcends the movie. Everybody’s seen the movie, and the music goes even farther than that.”
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'The Sound of Music': We rank every song

With a few exceptions, there are no bad songs in The Sound of Music. (Which exceptions? We’ll get to that.) But even though this musical contains what might be Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s most consistently hummable score, every number in it isn’t created equal.

So on the eve of NBC’s big live production — which airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET — EW has taken the liberty of ranking every song that’s ever appeared in Music, including both the original Broadway production and the movie. We’re not talking about specific performances; we’re talking about the tunes themselves, and how they stack up when pitted against their musical brethren.

How did your most beloved tunes — your favorite things, if you will — fare? Finding out is much easier than making a romper out of a pair of curtains:
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PopWatch Planner: 'The Walking Dead,' 'Out of the Furnace,' 'The Sound of Music Live!' and more

What’s worthy of PopWatching this week? The first week of December means holiday programming is in full cheery swing with an SNL special, a CMA caroling fest, and a Sound of Music live reboot. But it’s still early, so don’t let the Christmas fever get out of hand. Casey Affleck fights to the bone in Out of the Furnace, in theaters this Friday. And you’ve got zombies to deal with in the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead tonight.

All times listed are Eastern.

SUNDAY 12/01

The Walking Dead, 9 p.m.,  AMC mid-season finale

Will slow and steady win the zombie race for TWD‘s mid-season finale? Will a Governor/Rick prison face-off give fans a thrilling (albeit familiar) end? Be sure to catch up on all of this season’s slow-growing action with Maricela Gonzalez’ recaps.

MONDAY 12/02

CMA Country Christmas, 9 p.m., ABC

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles hosts this holiday special featuring country stars performing treasured Christmas tunes. The lineup includes Sheryl Crow, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, and more.

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Ouch! Carrie Underwood's onstage fall and five more pro recoveries -- VIDEO

Whether they make you laugh or gasp, we’ve all witnessed beloved performers take a tumble onstage. Carrie Underwood was able to instantly recover from her recent fall, like the pro that she is. Take a look at five other celebs who recovered from what could have been really bad spills:
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Jimmy Fallon and Carrie Underwood transform rap songs into country ballads -- VIDEO

I’ll bet you didn’t know that in the ’90s, Jimmy Fallon and Carrie Underwood performed together as singing duo Jim Carrie. (Carrie looked very grown-up for her age, considering she was born in 1983.) The two double-handedly invented a new genre: country-rap, or c’rap. Their country-fried takes on classics like “Straight Outta Compton” (which, in this iteration, is about a “crazy mother-effer named Ice Cube, from the gang called Fellas With Attitude”) and “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” will have your toes tapping and your eyes watering. Who knew that “The Humpty Dance” would sound so moving as a ballad?

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Carrie Underwood supports marriage equality

Add Carrie Underwood to the list of celebrities supporting marriage equality.

The country singer, whose new album was released last month, was responding to a question by The Independent regarding how she reconciles her Christianity with the more liberal mores of the music industry. Underwood responded, “Our church is gay-friendly. Above all, God wanted us to love others. … We have to love each other and get on with each other. As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love and want to marry. I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.” READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: Finding 'The Voice,' life advice from Stephen Colbert, and celebrating mom

There are a few mysteries to solve this week, starting with a new one from Sherlock Holmes on the second season of Sherlock on PBS, then moving through the start of season finales to discover the winner of The Voice. Later in the week, find some great pop culture graduation gifts (’tis the season…) like the new Stephen Colbert book, and then don’t forget to do something nice for your mom next Sunday. Have a great week!

SUNDAY
Sherlock returns to Masterpiece Mystery, PBS, 9 p.m.

Making plans for Sunday nights the next few weeks is elementary, my dear PopWatchers. Benedict Cumberbatch is back as everyone’s favorite detective and Martin Freeman joins him as Watson for the second season of the beloved Steven-Moffat-and-Mark-Gatiss series.  This week: Could Sherlock be in love? Check out Ken Tucker’s preview below.  READ FULL STORY

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