Last night, the iconic Barry Manilow took the stage at Rockefeller Center’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, spreading holiday cheer with his renditions of classic Christmas songs. However, the 80-year-old singer’s appearance at the event was met with criticism from some online users, who seemed more focused on poking fun at Manilow’s tanned skin and black turtleneck rather than enjoying the festive performance.
Many social media users made comments about Manilow’s appearance, suggesting he may have had work done on his face or that he’s had too much Botox. Some even compared him to fictional characters such as Martin Short’s character in an SNL skit or Edward Scissorhands. However, Manilow’s loyal fans quickly came to his defense, calling him a “musical treasure” and arguing that his version of “All I Want For Christmas” will always top Mariah Carey’s.
This looks and sounds like Martin Short doing Barry Manilow on SNL. pic.twitter.com/96MtpUPJOP
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Manilow was just one of the many stars braving the chilly New York air to celebrate the start of the holiday season. He was joined by Cher, Kelly Clarkson, Rob Thomas, Chloe Bailey, and other talented performers at the event, which was hosted by Clarkson and featured commentary from “Today” show co-anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, and Craig Melvin.
During the event, Manilow shared his love for Christmas and his plans for the holidays, which involve staying home with his dogs. Clarkson, a fellow dog lover, joked about becoming roommates with
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Despite the online criticism, Manilow’s performance was well-received by the live audience at Rockefeller Center, who showed their appreciation with cheers and applause. It was a heartwarming event that truly captured the spirit of the holiday season.