It was the morning of Christmas Eve when Ryan Seacrest made a surprise visit to Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Greeted with a running hug from patient, Chase, the visit proceeded with live performances from Billboard chart-topping country duo, Dan + Shay.
The Nashville-based band started the visit with their own rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” before jumping into current number-one “Speechless.” They came full-circle and finished with their first ever country hit, “Nothin’ Like You,” from the debut album Where It All Began.
Between songs patients asked all three special guests pressing questions. Chase naturally stepped in as interviewer wanting to know, “If you were stuck in an elevator and forced to listen to only one song, what would it be?”
Both Dan and Shay had an immediate answer come to mind:
Dan: Happier by Bastille and Marshmello
Shay: I will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
Chase’s answer? “Fireflies” by Owl City.
This prompted a quick follow up question – Have you ever been stuck in an elevator? While patients recounted some laughable elevator moments, Ryan Seacrest took the cake when he told a story from New Year’s Eve three years ago:
“It was a normal day. We were riding up to the ball to practice for New Year’s Rockin’ Eve when our elevator got stuck.”Ryan Seacrest
Firefighters were called, and everyone involved was relieved the incident did not happen while broadcasting live.
With the holidays in mind, another patient asked,“If you could be a character in any holiday movie, who would you be?” While the entire studio laughed at Ryan’s quick-witted answer that his height would categorize him as an elf, Shay won the prize for best response.
“I would be the good guy… in every Hallmark movie ever.”Shay Mooney
After celebrating Christmas Eve, and Ryan’s 44th birthday, the visit concluded with a toy giveaway from JAKKS Pacific and a meet & greet with all three stars.
We are unbelievably grateful for Dan + Shay, Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and all those who came together to make this Christmas Eve in #SeacrestStudios one patients and families will never forget.