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Watch Pentatonix and Jennifer Hudson take you to church

Penttonix performing "How Great Thou Art" with Jennifer Hudson during their 2017 Christmas special. Matt Sallee, at left, was touring with the group at the time and has been named an official member. From left:  Sallee, Scott Hoying, Hudson, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado and Kevin Olusola. Hoying, Grassi and Maldonado are all former Arlington residents.
Penttonix performing "How Great Thou Art" with Jennifer Hudson during their 2017 Christmas special. Matt Sallee, at left, was touring with the group at the time and has been named an official member. From left: Sallee, Scott Hoying, Hudson, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado and Kevin Olusola. Hoying, Grassi and Maldonado are all former Arlington residents.

Pentatonix, the a cappella group founded by Arlington’s Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi and Kirstin Maldonado, has made Christmas its time of year.

The group’s Christmas albums, such as the recent “A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe,” are bestsellers; its Christmas-song videos get views in the hundreds of thousands and even more than a million on YouTube; and its Christmas specials on NBC have become annual events.

On Tuesday morning, the group released a preview of “A Very Pentatonix Christmas,” its latest Christmas special, which will air at 9 p.m. Monday on NBC (KXAS/Channel 5) in Dallas. Among the guest stars will be Jay Leno, teenage ventriloquist and “America’s Got Talent” winner Darci Lynn Farmer, and country singer Brett Eldredge.

But the big name is Jennifer Hudson, the former “American Idol” contestant who has become a bigger star than all but a couple of the show’s winners. And in the special, she and Pentatonix do a soaring version of “How Great Thou Art” that benefits from Hudson’s belt-it-out style, with Hoying matching her on lead.

Pentatonix’s “beat box” vocalist, Kevin Olusola, provides a rhythm track with his voice, handclaps and stomps, with the rest of the group — including bass vocalist Matt Sallee, now touring with Pentatonix after the departure of original bass Avi Kaplan — providing background harmonies.

Watch it here.

The special will repeat at 7 p.m. Central Dec. 6 on NBC.

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