O, what a holy night it is! Songbird Nicole Scherzinger, who has still never released an actual solo album in the United States, has just dropped a studio cover of the holiday standard “O Holy Night.” It’s taken from the dubiously titled compilation A Very Special Christmas – Essential, a new collection of holiday tunes to benefit the Special Olympics. Ah, Nicole, she of the charitable spirit and giving heart. Stealing Rachel Crow‘s childhood on The X Factor must have been a one-off.
At any rate! It’s a stirring rendition of the tune, all melodramatic production and dramatic vocals, although it’s a crowded game for divas this year — with Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis, Ariana Grande and Mary J. Blige all dropping major holiday releases, Scherzy’s facing fierce competition — but she handles it ably.