NEW YORK (AP) — When Bruno Mars hit the stage for his first TV special, he could feel the music — in his bones and in his veins — and it shows.

Mars’ energetic and slick dance moves and smooth vocals are at the forefront of “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo,” which debuts Wednesday on CBS at 9 p.m. Central. He recorded the special at the Apollo Theater in New York’s Harlem, performing the majority of his album “24K Magic.”

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Says Mars: “You got to perform (the music) a few times to get it in your bones, to get it right, to work out all the kinks.”

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Mars said he chose to film the one-hour special at the Apollo, which he calls “a magical place,” because of the venue’s rich history in music.

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