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Reba McEntire Helps Pentatonix Put A Country Twang In 'Winter Wonderland'

"The key is finding the right song."

Acapella group Pentatonix continues to solidify their country cred. Their performance of "Jolene" with Dolly Parton (which they later reprised on The Voice with coach Miley Cyrus) just earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. This week, they premiered their Christmas special on NBC and got a little caroling help from yet another country music legend: Reba McEntire.

The group — made up of Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Avi Kaplan, and Kevin "K.O." Olusola — traveled to Nashville to get some advice from Reba on how to put on a great Christmas special. "How long should we prepare for something like this?" they asked her. "Do we need ugly Christmas sweaters?"


According to Reba, "All of that is very important, but the key is finding the right song." And when you hear the group's take on "Winter Wonderland," sung in an old-fashioned diner and featuring Reba's iconic twang on lead vocals, you'll consider their mission accomplished.

We'll be playing this on repeat for the rest of the holiday season, along with Pentatonix's other creative Christmas covers. We're clearly not the only ones obsessed, considering the group's new holiday album, A Pentatonix Christmas, has sold half a million copies.

Check out their cozy performance in the video below:


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