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23
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 23

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 23

Advent calendar day 23 - One

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 23rd, we listen to an untraditional Greek version of “Last Christmas”

The band One represented Cyprus at the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest. They finished 6th with the song Gimme. The band was active from 1999 to 2004. Part of the band was Constantinos Christoforou who had previously taken part in Eurovision in 1996. With the song Mono Yia Mas, he came 9th. After the band split up, he once again returned to the contest. In 2005, his Ela Ela (Come Baby) finished as 18th.

Last Christmas is a song most know very well. It was a big hit by Wham in 1984, and is still today one of those Christmas songs, you can’t avoid. This version by One is however quite different from the original with the verses now made into rap! And of course, it is in Greek.

In this series:

Day 22: Anggun & Ronan Keating – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Day 21: Maraaya – Winter Wonderland

Day 20: Tina Karol – Тиха Ніч (Silent Night)

Day 19: Katy Garbi – O Χειμώνας o βαρύς (Winter Wonderland)

Day 18: Kalomira – Ta Xristougenna Auta

Day 17: Dami Im – All I Want For Christmas Is You

Day 16: Michelle – Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht

Day 15: Nana Mouskouri – Petit Garçon

Day 14: Dima Bilan – Last Christmas 

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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23
December
2018

Albania picks Jonida Maliqi for Tel Aviv

Albania picks Jonida Maliqi for Tel Aviv

Jonida Maliqi

Beating 21 other contestants, Jonida won the 57th Festivali i Këngës, which serves as Albania’s national selection for Eurovision. Their entry is the first song known for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. 

Late November, Armenia presented Srbuk as their participant for the contest in Tel Aviv. Friday, the Cypriot broadcaster announced Tamta as their representative. Tonight Albania picked theirs who are then the third act – but the first song – known for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Tonight’s Festivali i Këngës final were a little different to previous years. The music festival still ran over three days, but featured only one semi-final. On the first evening, all acts performed their entry with a big orchestra. On the second evening, the orchestra was gone and instead focus was on presenting a stage show similar to what we can expect in Tel Aviv. 14 songs continued to the final where an expert jury selected the song that will represent the country in May next year.

See alsoReplay: Tamta to represent Cyprus

The participant

22 acts competing in this year’s Albanian selection:

    • Bojken LakoJeto Jetën
    • Alar BandDashuria -nuk Mjafton
    • Lidia LufiRrëfehem
    • Kujtim ProdaniBabela (Eliminated in the semi-final)
    • Gjergj LekaBesoj
    • Dilan RekaKarma
    • MirudNënë (Eliminated in the semi-final)
    • Soni MalajMë E Fortë 
    • Jonida MaliqiKtheju Tokës
    • Elton DedaQetësisht
    • Elona Islamaj – Në Këtë Botë Kalimtare (Eliminated in the semi-final)
    • Klodiana VataMbrëmje E Pafund (Eliminated in the semi-final)
    • Klint ÇollakuMe Jetë
    • Artemisa Mithi & Febi ShkurtiDua Ta Besoj
    • KellyA Më Ndjen (Eliminated in the semi-final)
    • Bruno PollogatiNuk Ka Stop (Eliminated in the semi-final)
    • Marko Strazimiri & ImbroLeyla
    • Lorela SejdiniVetmi
    • Eliza HoxhaPengu
    • Eranda Libohova100 Pyetje
    • Aurel ThëllimiTë Dua Ty (Eliminated in the semi-final)
    • Orgesa ZaimiHije

Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest

The small country in South-East Europe debuted at the contest in 2004. With the song The Image Of You, Anjeza Shahini came 7th. Today, that is still their second best result, only beaten by Rona Nishliu and her Suus in 2012 which finished 5th.

With 15 participations, Albania qualified for the final eight times. This year, in 2018, Eugent Bushpepa brought the country into the final after two years missing out. Eventually, he came in as 11th showing off his powerful voice with the song Mall.

In the video below, enjoy Engent perform his Eurovision entry live in Amsterdam for the 2018 Eurovision In Concert.

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22
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 22

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 22

Advent calendar day 22 - Anggun & Ronan Keating

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 22nd, we listen to a duet between Anggun & Ronan Keating. 

Today’s Christmas song is a duet between two who both have a Eurovision participation on their CV. Anggun represented France at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Despite high expectations, she however finished 22nd with just 21 points for the song Echo (You and I).

Her partner in this duet, Ronan Keating, did better in his Eurovision participation(s). In 1997, he hosted the contest held in  Dublin, Ireland together with Carrie Crowley. In 2009, he was one of the songwriters behind the Danish entry Believe Again which Niels Brinck sang to a 13th place.

In today’s advent calendar you can hear Anggun and Ronan Keating in a duet on Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.  The song is originally written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, and first performed by Judy Garland in the 1944 musical “Meet Me in St. Louis”. Frank Sinatra recorded it in 1957 with slightly different lyrics, and since then, many artists have recorded it. Recently, Michael Bublé (in 2011) and Sam Smith (in 2014) turned it into big hits for them.

In this series:

Day 21: Maraaya – Winter Wonderland

Day 20: Tina Karol – Тиха Ніч (Silent Night)

Day 19: Katy Garbi – O Χειμώνας o βαρύς (Winter Wonderland)

Day 18: Kalomira – Ta Xristougenna Auta

Day 17: Dami Im – All I Want For Christmas Is You

Day 16: Michelle – Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht

Day 15: Nana Mouskouri – Petit Garçon

Day 14: Dima Bilan – Last Christmas 

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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21
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 21

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 21

Advent calendar day 21 - Maraaya

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 21st, we listen to 2015 Slovenian participant Maraaya.

The Slovene duo founded by Marjetka Vovk and Raay in 2014 is called Maraaya. They represented their country at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest where they finished 14th with the song Here For You. The song reached the charts in not only Slovenia, but also Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Finland and Sweden.

Today’s Christmas song is a well known song; Winter Wonderland. Due to the season theme, it’s considered a Christmas song, but Christmas is not actually mentioned in the original lyrics, but sleigh-bells is. The song is originally from 1934 first sung by orchestra leader Richard Himber and his orchestra, but today more than 200 artists covered it, and it has been released in various languages – of which some do mention Christmas. Bing Crosby’s version stand to many as one of their highlight’s of Christmas.

Below, listen to Maraaya’s version of Winter Wonderland.

In this series:

Day 20: Tina Karol – Тиха Ніч (Silent Night)

Day 19: Katy Garbi – O Χειμώνας o βαρύς (Winter Wonderland)

Day 18: Kalomira – Ta Xristougenna Auta

Day 17: Dami Im – All I Want For Christmas Is You

Day 16: Michelle – Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht

Day 15: Nana Mouskouri – Petit Garçon

Day 14: Dima Bilan – Last Christmas 

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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21
December
2018

Replay: Tamta to represent Cyprus

Replay: Tamta to represent Cyprus

Tamta

37 year old Tamta will represent Cyprus at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The Georgian born singer is well known in Greece and Cyprus for various talent shows, but also the Greek national final in which she finished third. 

Today, Cypriot broadcaster CyBC presented their participant for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel. They have chosen the Greek singer of Georgian origin, Tamta to represent them. On the Eurovision stage, she will sing the song Replay, which is written by Greek-Swedish Alex Papacosntantinou also known just as Alex P.

Alex also wrote last year’s Cypriot entry Fuego, just as he wrote Yassou Maria (Greece 2007), Always (Azerbaijan 2009) and La La Love (Cyprus 2012). We are yet to hear his fifth – and Tamta’s first Eurovision entry. The song will be released at a later point together with the video for it.

Who is Tamta

Born and raised in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, not much looked like a big career in Greece and Cyprus for the young Tamta in her childhood. When she was 22, her and her family went to Greece as so-called economical refugees. They were allowed to stay, and Tamta immediately seeked a music career.

In 2003, she took part in Pop Idol where she finished second. For Tamta, that was break-through she had been waiting for. Her first solo album was released a few years later, and in 2007 she took part in the Greek national selection. She came third loosing out to Sarbel who went to Eurovision. She was expected to take part again in 2015, but failed to reached the deadline from the broadcaster. It was later revealed that her entry would have been the song Unloved which was also written by Alex P.

Tamta has not only taken part in competitions herself. She has also been X-Factor coach and judge in Greece and Georgia.

Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest

The Greek part of the divided Island of Cyprus joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. They are yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest, but they have three times finished 5th tasting a bit of success – and then second in 2018.

When Lisa Andreas came 5th in 2005 with the ballad Stronger Every Minute, the semi-final system had just been introduced the year before. Two years later, the country would fail to reach the final – and unfortunately not just once, but four years in a row. In 2011 and 2013, Cyprus again missed out on the final.

Since 2015, Cyprus was rather consisting reaching the final, but always scoring in the bottom positions – all until 2018 where Eleni Foureira changed things. With the Alex P. written Fuego, Cyprus came 2nd, their best placement ever.

In the video below, take a look at a performance of Fuego live from Eurovision Village in Lisbon, Portugal.

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20
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 20

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 20

Advent calendar day 20 - Tina Karol

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 20th, we listen to Ukraine’s Tina Karol.

Back in 2006, Tina Karol represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Show Me Your Love. She placed 7th. Since then, she has released several albums, been coach in the Ukrainian “The Voice” and three times won the award as ‘Most Beautiful Woman in Ukraine’.

At the Eurovision Song Contest, Tina sang in in English. In today’s Christmas song, you’ll hear her in her native Ukrainian. Тиха Ніч is the title of the Ukrainian version of the song most know in English as Silent Night. It’s originally from 1818 by Austrian composer Franz Xaver Gruber. The title in its original German language is Stille Nacht, Heillige Nacht. is considered one of the most traditional Christmas carols and has status as UNESCO Cultural heritage.

The lyrics in the Ukrainian version are close to the English one, so you can enjoy the song without wandering what she is singing about.

In this series:

Day 19: Katy Garbi – O Χειμώνας o βαρύς (Winter Wonderland)

Day 18: Kalomira – Ta Xristougenna Auta

Day 17: Dami Im – All I Want For Christmas Is You

Day 16: Michelle – Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht

Day 15: Nana Mouskouri – Petit Garçon

Day 14: Dima Bilan – Last Christmas 

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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