Sunday, December 6, 2009

Jonas Brothers to sing Sunday at Disney World for parade taping

Thousands of ticketholders who hoped to see Jonas Brothers perform in the Magic Kingdom for the 2009 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade taping today will have to wait a couple more days. The trio made an appearance for interviews but Friday’s rain kept them from singing “Summertime Anthem,” which is featured on the new CD All Wrapped Up: Vol. 2.
Instead, Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas will be back Sunday to give it another shot when there is little chance of weather disrupting the taping. Tomorrow’s production schedule — which included spots with host Kelly Ripa, singer Steve Rushton (songs on Hannah Montana: The Movie, G-Force and Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws soundtracks and The Suite Life on Deck TV show) and the Santa Buddies Golden retriever pups , plus the parade floats — also has been shifted to Sunday.
Pre-selected audience members with e-Tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday are invited to return Sunday and will be allowed to attend the 7 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. call. The park opens at 9 a.m. to the public, and while it is possible that you might be able to see Jonas Brothers without an e-Ticket, you can be sure it will be from a distance. More than 5,000 e-Tickets were distributed for their performance alone, and the raincheck allows even more ticketholders to attend during that time.
Celine Dion, who also was scheduled to sing in front of Cinderella Castle on Friday, was moved inside to perform at Disney’s Grand Floridian. She sang “O’ Come All Ye Faithful” with backup from Disney’s Encore! cast choir on a stage erected in the hotel lobby. Then, Dion moved to a balcony to sing “Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day.” The luxurious hotel served as a beautiful backdrop for her set, and most audience members had unobstructed views of the taping as they lined the balconies of four floors. Even the kids found it easier to wait when they had room to move around. The folks at Disney really should consider having a performer tape there each year.
Co-host Nick Cannon, who is filling in for Regis Philbin while he recuperates from surgery, introduced Dion and taped other spots in the hotel.
As with any television production, there is a lot of downtime for audience members. At the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade taping, though, viewers are treated to the theatrics of veteran cast member Billy Flanagan who dances, sings and jokes with them. The man makes me laugh every year. He warns children not to pick their noses or they won’t see themselves on TV on Christmas morning. For adults, one of his classic lines is: If you are here with someone you don’t want to be seen with on TV, now would be a good time to separate. This year he sang Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” while a choir member had the moves down.
See Flanagan and the choir member in action, Cannon heading to his remote, and Dion’s “O’ Come All Ye Faithful” in this short video.



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