NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, December 20, 2015, 2:00 AM
Patty Smyth (l.)said she wishes she had made a Christmas album years ago. But hubby John McEnroe probably won’t be featured on any album soon.
Scandal singer Patty Smyth says that her husband John McEnroe likes to sing Christmas songs, and that’s unfortunate.
“His singing isn’t the thing that really moves me,” Smyth tells [email protected] She is making the rounds to promote her first Christmas album “Come on December.”
“(But) he loves to sing, God bless him,” she says.
According to Smyth, who had massive ’80s hits with “The Warrior” and “Hands Tied,” she loves when her tennis star hubby of 18 years plays guitar while she sings holiday songs. But that booming voice McEnroe famously used to yell at umpires doesn’t exactly lend itself to “Silent Night.”
“What happens is that he starts singing and he drowns everybody out because he’s got a big voice,” Smyth says. “You can tell from his speaking voice (that he’s loud), but he doesn’t sing very well. I tell him ‘just play, I’ll sing.’”
Smyth’s holiday album, which includes classics like “Do You Hear What I Hear,” and “Auld Lang Syne,” is her first recording in 16 years. It also has an original number called “Come on December,” for which she has high hopes.
“I’d love to have a Christmas classic under my belt,” says Smyth. “It’s hard to write a Christmas song.”
Apparently recording a Christmas album isn’t easy either.
“I really wanted to do a Christmas record 20 years ago and just didn’t really get around to it,” she said. “Isn’t that sad?”
Smyth, a New York native, also finds it sad that tourists flood New York City at his time of year and ruin it for locals.
“I hate all these people in my town,” she says. “I want them out. I really don’t understand. This is what all my friends talk about all day long. (Tourists) are on the Upper West Side, they’re in Central Park. They need to go home now. The traffic is so bad. It’s horrible.”
There is one thing that would really make Smyth happy this holiday season, but she doesn’t think she’ll get it.
“I saw a ring that I wanted that I told my husband about and it’d be awesome if he would remember and go get it because he knows where it is — but he won’t,” she says “He always does his Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve. I don’t think he’ll get it together.”
THE BALL IS IN THE OBAMAS’ COURT
Tennis star Serena Williams is ready for the President’s call.
Williams, who was named Sports Illustrated’s 2015 Sportswoman of the Year this week, tells News’ sportswriter Christian Red that “everyone” has called to congratulate her.
“I mean, everyone, literally everyone,” she said — admitting that doesn’t include President Obama and the First Lady. But she expects that to change soon.
“No, but he always does,” she said. “They always do, so maybe soon. It’s been amazing. It’s been overwhelming really.
Don’t expect any “belfies” from workout guru Jillian Michaels. They fall under “softcore porn” in her book.
JILLIAN SAYS BUTT OUT
Jillian Michaels graces the Jan./Feb. cover of Women’s Health, and tells the mag she’s not into butt selfies, or “belfies.”
“I’m not into fitness professionals who post selfies that show off their butts or other body parts,” she says.
“Come on, that’s not fitness — it’s softcore porn. God bless, but let’s call it what it is. We’ve come so far, and this is where you’re taking the movement? Put your clothes on. I get it — you love your body and bravo that — but it’s not fitness.”
CAFFIENE FIX FOR ROBERT
Robert Downey Jr. shows off another of his many talents, double fisting coffees and walking at the same time on Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles.
The “Iron Man” star wore a casual suit with a T-shirt, topped with a plaid hat and a crossbody man purse.
TONGUE ON THE MENU FOR FLATLEY
Michael Flatley put on a PDA show for fellow diners at Old Homestead Steakhouse the other night.
A spy at the Meatpacking District hotspot says the “Riverdance” star was making out with his wife Niamh O’Brien between bites of his $ 350 imported Japanese Kobe steak and baked potato.
The “Lord of the Dance” icon got a kick out of the menu description of the Kobe beef coming from hand-massaged cows, said our source, and loved his banquette, where Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, and Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour, also used to hook up in the open.
NO CATS ALLOWED IN THE WHITE HOUSE
Donald Trump isn’t the only New York billionaire with White House aspirations.
Gristedes owner John Catsimatidis said he would have ran for President this year but couldn’t because he was born in Greece and came to the U.S. when he was 6 months old.
“My father screwed me,” Catsimatidis joked Wednesday night at the Grand Havana Room on Fifth Ave. for the birthday of lawyer and politico Brad Gerstman. Also in attendance was Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, “Sex and The City” actor Jack Hartnett, and State Sen. Marty Golden.
KID THINKS TRUMP ROCKS
Kid Rock (pictured with Michael Douglas) trie to stay away from political commentary at Lincoln Center, but offered some opinions on the GOP race for nomination.
Controversial Republican rapper Kid Rock wasn’t interested in talking about the presidential race at a Lincoln Center event just before the weekend. At least not without a little arm-twisting.
“Oh, you’re not getting me into that s—!” the 44-year-old “Cocky” singer told [email protected] when we asked him to weigh in on the race for the White House.
“Trust me, when I start running my mouth, you’ll know it,” he assured us. Then he started running his mouth just a little bit after we asked him if there were any candidates he liked.
“Um, I mean I do,” he said. “I like what Trump has to say. Shaking things up. (And) Ben Carson.”
In fact, it seems like there’s no one on the GOP side Rock doesn’t like.
“Even though Ted Cruz is a little wacky sometimes I kind of dig some of the stuff he says sometimes … getting a flat tax, getting rid of the IRS.” Rock said.
“But it’s still kind of early and let’s face it, at the end of the day, I’m probably not that qualified to be speaking on political science.”
Rock has previously said that he considers himself a conservative when it comes to money and the military, but “lean(s) to the middle” on social issues.
KRIS BUYS PAD OF HER OWN
Kris Jenner has purchased a two-bedroom, four-bath condo in Los Angeles for $ 1.65 million, reports real estate site, Trulia.
The space has been completely remodeled, and is done in a modern style. The 2,524-square-foot condo was built in 1980 and is in the Westwood/Century City neighborhood. The kitchen and bathrooms have Carrara marble, while the floors are French oak and limestone.
The drive is far from Jenner’s massive mansion in Hidden Hills, which has been taken over by her daughter Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West and their two kids, North and Saint. Maybe Kris needs some private time?
PENTATONIX TO TOWER OVER NYC
The Empire State Building’s annual holiday LED tower light show synchronized to “Dance of The Sugarplum Fairy” will play along with tunes from the Grammy-nominated a capella group, Pentatonix.
Famed lighting designer Marc Brickman will choreograph the dazzling display.
The show will be hosted by iHeartMedia on Sunday at 7 p.m. and can be seen on the ESB’s official YouTube page immediately following the show if you can’t get a good look live.
SNOW DAY FOR NINA
Nina Dobrev seems to be having the time of her life duiring her ski-filled Utah vacation, as her social media posts seem to show.
Nina Dobrev is enjoying a snow-filled break in an AirBnB mountaintop house that’s more than 8,000 square feet.
The house, which guests can ski directly into, is in Park City, Utah, and rents for $ 560 a night.
Dobrev has invited her entire family to enjoy the seven-bedroom, five-bathroom house and we’re guessing she got herself a sweet deal on the vacay, based on how excited she is about it and how much she’s posting about it.
WAX ON, WAX OFF, KARATE KID MASON
Mason Disick is already preparing to take on anyone who bullies his famous family — or maybe he wants to fight his mama’s much younger fling, Justin Bieber.
The 5-year-old son of Kourrtney Kardashian and Scott Disick takes Karate classes in Calabasas, Calif.
He looked into it, chopping a foam block with his tongue out.