OneRepublic and Kelly Clarkson are just two of the performers appearing Thanksgiving night on ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration. And “Disney’s” basically all you need to say to get the guys in OneRepublic to agree to appear.
“Anything that’s Disney is legitimately our favorite thing,” admits OneRepublic singer Ryan Tedder. “I’ve been to Disneyland four times this year, maybe five.”
“So…if we get a call or an email saying, ‘Hey, so Disney’s asking…’,” he laughs, “before they even get the sentence out we’re like, ‘Yeah, yeah, we’ll do it!”
In addition to getting a Disney World visit, Ryan says he loves the concept of a holiday special.
“[They’re] are one of the only TV specials where every age group …gets together to watch,” he points out. “It’s a very family-driven thing and it doesn’t exclude anybody. It’s like, if you’re human, you’re gonna enjoy a holiday special.”
Also on the bill for the special: Boyz II Men, rapper Flo Rida, Alessia Cara, JoJo, and country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.
The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration, hosted by Derek and Julianne Hough, airs at 8 p.m. ET Thanksgiving night on ABC.