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12
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 12

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 12

Advent calendar day 12 - Ilse DeLange

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As 12th, we go to the Netherlands to hear Ilse DeLange. 

In 2014, the Netherlands came in as a strong runner up. With the country pop ballad Calm After The Storm, The Common Linnets finished second with 238 points. The duo consisted back then of Ilse DeLange and Waylon. While Waylon would return solo to the contest in 2018, we are yet to see Ilse do the same. She was a well known name in the Netherlands before the contest, and still enjoys great popularity.

Today’s Christmas song is titled Midden in de Winternacht, which translates to ‘In the middle of the winter night’. It is one of those songs, which most Dutch can sing along to. It is a children song which describes how all of nature and mankind praises the birth of Jesus Christ.

In this series:

Day 11: Celine Dion – Oh Holy Night

Day 10: Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & Wine

Day 9: Zoë – La Nuit Des Merveilles

Day 8: Il Volo – Christmas Medley

Day 7: Alexander Rybak & Didrik Solli-Tangen – Presents

Day 6: Sakis Rouvas – Xronia Polla Christmas

Day 5: Litesound – Shooting Star

Day 4: Grethe Ingmann – Jeg Så Julemanden Kysse Mor

Day 3: Carola – Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus

Day 2: Francesco Gabbani – La Mia Versione Dei Ricordi

Day 1: Johnny Logan – Save This Christmas For Me

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12
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 11

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 11

Advent calendar day 11 - Celine Dion

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As 11th, we listen to 1988 winner Celine Dion.

Canadian Celine Dion won the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest representing Switzerland. She would later achieve status of international superstar, but back then, she was rather unknown to most.

Oh Holy Night is originally from 1847, and French, but over the years many artists have covered this song and in various languages. The song tells about the birth of Jesus. Celine Dion’s version features on her 2004 album These Are Special Times which sold to 5 times platinum.

In this series:

Day 10: Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & Wine

Day 9: Zoë – La Nuit Des Merveilles

Day 8: Il Volo – Christmas Medley

Day 7: Alexander Rybak & Didrik Solli-Tangen – Presents

Day 6: Sakis Rouvas – Xronia Polla Christmas

Day 5: Litesound – Shooting Star

Day 4: Grethe Ingmann – Jeg Så Julemanden Kysse Mor

Day 3: Carola – Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus

Day 2: Francesco Gabbani – La Mia Versione Dei Ricordi

Day 1: Johnny Logan – Save This Christmas For Me

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10
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 10

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 10

Advent calendar day 10 - Cliff Richard

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As 9th, we listen to a top selling Christmas song from Cliff Richard.

Cliff Richard represented the United Kingdom twice at the Eurovision Song Contest. He came 2nd in 1968, and 3rd in 1973. Sir Cliff Richard however didn’t need Eurovision to secure himself word fame as he has been topping charts and selling albums worldwide since the late ’50’s.

The Christmas song Mistletoe & Wine hit the charts in as different countries as United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Poland and Slovenia.

It was originally from the musical Scraps, that was based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl. Cliff changed the lyrics to this song to have a more religious theme and released his version in 1988.

In this series:

Day 9: Zoë – La Nuit Des Merveilles

Day 8: Il Volo – Christmas Medley

Day 7: Alexander Rybak & Didrik Solli-Tangen – Presents

Day 6: Sakis Rouvas – Xronia Polla Christmas

Day 5: Litesound – Shooting Star

Day 4: Grethe Ingmann – Jeg Så Julemanden Kysse Mor

Day 3: Carola – Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus

Day 2: Francesco Gabbani – La Mia Versione Dei Ricordi

Day 1: Johnny Logan – Save This Christmas For Me

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09
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 9

Advent calendar day 9 - Zoë

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As 9th, we listen to 2016 Austrian participant Zoë.

At the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, Austria was represented by young Zoë. With the song Loin d’ici, she reached the final and afterwards finished 13th.

Just like her Eurovision entry, today’s Christmas song by her is also sung in French. La Nuit Des Merveilles translates to “The night of miracles”. In this song Zoë asks Pere Noël if he received her letter. In between mentioning the snowy weather, the lights and Christmas night itself, she adds that all she wants, is love for everyone.

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08
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 8

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 8

Advent calendar day 8 - Il Volo

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As 8th, we listen to a medley from Italian Il Volo.

At the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, Italy was represented by the operatic pop trio Il Volo. With the song Grande Amore, the three men pulled home a third place. 

Today’s advent calendar entry is a Christmas medley containing internationally well known songs like Jingle Bell RockLet It Snow and It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of Year.

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07
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 7

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 7

Advent calendar day 7 - Alexander Rybak & Didrik Solli-Tangen

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As 7th, we listen to Alexander Rybak & Didrik Solli-Tangen.

Alexander Rybak won the Eurovision Song Sontest in 2009 with the song Fairytale. He came back to the contest here in 2018 where he finished 15th.

Didrik Solli-Tangen stood on the Eurovision stage the year after Rybak’s win, in 2010 performing My Heart Is Yours on to a 20th position.

In the Christmas song below, the two joined forces. With quite some humour, the song tells about how the two men keeps spotting the same girls. They are ready to give away the presents under the Christmas tree, if the other one would back off. At the end, they agree that girls come and go, but their friendship will remain, and as such the presents are for both of them.

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