14
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 14

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 14

Advent calendar day 14 - Dima Bilan

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 13th, we listen to former Russian winner Dima Bilan. 

Eurovision fans got to know Dima Bilan in 2006 when he represented Russia with the song Never Let You Go, which finished second. Two years later, he returned to the contest and won it all performing Believe.

Today’s Christmas song is the well known Wham song Last Christmas. Dima Bilan covered it in the TV show ‘Точь в точь’. The purpose of the show is to dress up like the act whose song you are singing – and no one can be in doubt that Dima here did what he could to look like Wham singer George Michael.

In this series:

Day 13: Tommy Seebach – Vi Ønsker Jer Alle En Glædelig Jul

Day 12: Ilse DeLange – Midden in de Winternacht

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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13
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 13

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 13

Advent calendar day 13 - Tommy Seebach

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 13th, we have triple Danish Eurovision legend Tommy Seebach.

Tommy Seebach took part in the Eurovision Song Contest three times for Denmark. In 1979, he finished 6th. Two years later, in a duet with Debbie Cameron, he came 11th and finally in 1993, unfortunately 22nd. The latter meant that Denmark wasn’t able to participate in the following year, something he was blamed a lot by the media. In 2003, he passed away only 53 years old.

Due to his early death, Tommy wasn’t able to experience the massive success his son Rasmus Seebach have had in Denmark. The son has written several songs about his dad, and also covered his 1993 entry Under Stjernerne På Himlen.

Today’s advent calendar is titled Vi Ønsker Jer Alle En Glædelig Jul, which translates to ‘We wish you all a merry Christmas’. It has Tommy Seebach in front, and sings about a traditional Christmas as known in Denmark; plenty of presents under the tree that is decorated with a gold shining star at the top, Christmas elves with red hats, candy, nuts, well known songs and home backed cakes.

In this series:

Day 12: Ilse DeLange – Midden in de Winternacht

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 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

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Tis The Season Of New Eurovision Songs

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Tis The Season Of New Eurovision Songs
http://archive.org/download/escinsight_20181211_news_600/escinsight_20181211_news_600.mp3

With short lists, song snippets, and full playlists, the National Final season is gathering steam as the first major selection, Albania’s Festival i Kenges, approaches.

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Tis The Season Of New Eurovision Songs

Junior Eurovision 2019 has a home, Alligators are out while Riga Beavers are in, and familiar names in Malta. Ewan Spence and the Insight team cover the latest news from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

As we work through the first stages of the National Final season to select the performers for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, remember you can stay up to date with all the Eurovision news by listening to the ESC Insight podcast. You’ll find the show in iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. A direct RSS feed is  available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

Categories: ESC Insight

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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