MANILA, Philippines - Korean sensation Psy may finally have the chance to teach US President Barack Obama how to do the famous "Gangnam Style" horse-riding dance when he performs on the "Christmas In Washington" TV special.
US TV channel TNT announced the list of performers for the annual event that will air Dec. 21.
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They are legendary singer Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Megan Hilty, Chris Mann from "The Voice," "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery and Psy, who will close the TV special with "Gangnam Style."
"Christmas in Washington" will be hosted by Conan O'Brien. TNT said the taping of the Christmas special will be held on Dec. 9 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
The event will benefit the Children's National Medical Center. President Obama, First lady Michelle Obama and other Washington VIPs will be in attendance.
During the US presidential campaign, Obama was interviewed on radio in New Hampshire where he said he already watched the "Gangnam Style" music video and said could do the horse-riding dance.
"I just saw that video for the first time. I think I can do that move," President Obama was quoted by Billboard as saying.
When asked if he was going to dance "Gangnam Style" if he was reelected as president, Obama said he will probably do it privately for the First Lady. "I'm not sure that the inauguration ball is the appropriate time to break that out. Maybe do it privately for Michelle," President Obama said.
It's not known if President Obama has already performed "Gangnam Style" before First Lady Michelle since getting reelected.
Psy held a concert in Thailand on Nov. 28 to celebrate the 85th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which is on Dec. 5.
He will attend tonight's 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Hong Kong.
Psy's "Gangnam Style" is the most viewed video on YouTube, which 850 million views to date.
He is set to release his new album in March next year but said he is concerned about the music video.
"I think I have plenty of dance moves left. But I'm really concerned about the (next) music video. How can I beat 'Gangnam Style'? How can I beat 850 million views?" Billboard.com quoted him as saying.
"Christmas in Washington" has won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Musical Direction.
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