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October 3rd, 2012
01:57 PM ET

Only in America: "Summer Lovin" for the winter

On Tuesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to remix a track more than three decades old.

"Summer lovin ... back from the past," he explained. "He was too cool for school, she was the sweet, innocent new girl, and together John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John made the movie musical "Grease" a stupendous box office blockbuster in 1978."

Now, 34 years since the smash hit, the film's co-stars are joining forces once again, with "This is Christmas," an upcoming seasonal special.

Sharing a peek at the album, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host offers his description:

"The cover showing Travolta, 58, and Newton John, 64 – all smiles, holding matching cups, looking like the cheery co-hosts of a local news morning show."

With a wink and a nod, Morgan notes that the pair "look pretty damn good for their age, which may or may not be down to the gift of nature."

Listing the tracks, Morgan reveals that staples like "Deck the Halls," "White Christmas," and "Silent Night" are all included. But there's also a new take on an old classic:

"The really exciting news is that there will also be a sequel to their smash hit 'You're the one that I want.'"

Written by John Farrar, who created the original title, “I Think You Might Like It” is being billed as a follow-up.

Word on the greasy streets is that Newton-John reached out to Travolta with the idea for the album. Interested immediately, the actor had some ground rules:

"My desire was to make 'This Christmas' an intimate album, not something too ostentatious or showy."

"Perish the thought!" Morgan quipped.

"I'm usually very wary of any sequels to anything. Never go back is my motto – whether it applies to cars, women, holiday romances, music, or movies."

Noting that the album features all five elements, the host explains the two directions this may go:

"A wonderful trip down memory lane for people like me, who had just become a teenager when Grease exploded, so worshiped the very ground Danny Zuko spat on. Or, for the cynics, quite possibly the cheesiest record ever released."

"Only in America," does the host offer his prediction, choosing reality over romanticism:

"The fresh-faced 13 year old boy in me says the former," he admits. "Sadly, the 47-year-old hard-bitten news anchor in me says the latter."
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  1. Griff.

    "Isn't it a little crazy Pierse.. You do your job for most of your life, and then when karaoke becomes available you relise you can actually sing. Now I never fail to exploit my audience, and have lots of fun doing it! I really can sing!!"

    October 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Griff.

    "Compleat shut out! We won didn't we pierse! It's like watching 'Who's really got the Talent!"

    October 3, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Griff.

    "The question is would Mitt Romney want to sleep with Glorious Gloria?? The answer is NO!!!

    October 3, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Griff.

    "You don't understand how to process, on CNN 'You have to collect all the data, and then divide that data! But a 'Processor has no bias' so you lose!!"

    October 3, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. NOBAMA2012

    'Discouraged' workers face tough road back to employment!

    Are you feeling the effects of four years of failure? Why don't you try another four years of the same? Who was it that said that failure is the desire to repeat mistakes with the hope that good results will eventually happen?

    Well you can thank the Failure in Chief, Obama!

    23 million America's unemployed or underemployed!
    Unemployment over 8% for 43 months and counting!
    The price of a gallon of gas has doubled! Under Obama's failed leadership!
    49 million Americans on food stamps!
    3.6 million more Americans on Social Security Disability Insurance!
    Backdoor amnesty for illegal aliens!
    Democrats in the Senate have not produced a budget in four years!
    51% of college graduates cannot find a job! Because of Obama's failed fiscal policy!
    $5.5 trillion in new federal debt, under Obama!
    In Obama's twisted logic, he will not tell Americans, that the top 20% of all American income earners pay 87% of all federal income tax.
    Will not enforce all federal laws equally! Will enforce DOMA!
    Ambassador Stevens was murdered in Benghazi, Libya! Obama lied about his death!
    Obama's foreign policy failures are notable, he has lost. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Libya!

    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
    –Aldous Huxley

    Remember: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Romney/Ryan=2012 and beyond!


    October 5, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. william

    where is Larry King ? he would have been an excellent moderator at the 1st debate,,,go home Jim Lehrer....

    October 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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