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Mariah Carey Stars in ABC Christmas Special

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam Music Group/Disney/ABC Television Group(LOS ANGELES) -- Mariah Carey is working hard for the title of Most Festive Pop Star.  After releasing her new album Merry Christmas II You, topping the charts with "Oh Santa!" and singing at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in New York City, she's starring in her own ABC holiday special on Monday night.

The special, Merry Christmas to You, was taped last month at the Orpheum Theater in L.A. and it features Carey singing Christmas classics old and new, as well as helping to make some of her fans' holiday wishes come true.  She also welcomes a couple of special guests: Randy Jackson, who plays bass on "Here Comes Santa Claus," and her own mother, Patricia Carey, an opera singer.  Mom and daughter duet on a medley of "O Come All ye Faithful" and "Hallelujah Chorus," which is also featured on Mariah's new Christmas CD.

Carey also performs "Oh Santa!" on the special -- that's the opening number -- as well as a handful of other songs from Merry Christmas II You.  She also features some songs she recorded on her first holiday album, back in 1994, and closes the show with "All I Want for Christmas is You."

Merry Christmas II You airs at 9 p.m. EST.

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