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19
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 19

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 19

Advent calendar day 19 - Katy Garbi

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 19th, we listen to 1993 participant Katy Garbi.

Katy Garbi finished 9th at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 representing Greece. Her entry Ellada, Chora Tou Fotos was released as a single from her 5th album, so she was already an established well known artist when she took part.

Today’s Christmas song is also a well known song. It’s Katy’s Greek cover of Winter Wonderland. Due to the season theme, it’s considered a Christmas song, but Christmas is not actually mentioned in the original lyrics. 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.

In this Greek version, Katy is helped by a children choir.

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19
December
2018

Finalists of Montevizija 2019 announced

Finalists of Montevizija 2019 announced

Vanja Radovanović (Montenegro 2018)

A former winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, a former participant of the contest and two artists who previously took part in the Montenegrin national final, Montevizija, will be competing to represent Montenegro at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Israel.


Montenegrin National Broadcaster RTCG (Radio Televizija Crne Gore) revealed yesterday the five artists and songs that will compete in the national final; Montevizija 2019. The jury consisting of Aleksandra Vojvodić Jovović, Branka Banović, Mihailo Radonjić, Slobodan Bučevac og Vladimir Maraš, selected the following five songs for the final:

(1) Nina Petković – Uzmi ili ostavi
Music: Bojan Momčilović and Zoran Radonjić
Lyrics: Nina Petković
(2) Monika Knezović – Nepogrješiva
Music: Vladimir Graić-Graja and Ivan Branisavljević
Lyrics: Snežana Vukomanović
(3) D-Moll – Ti
Music: Dejan Božović
Lyrics: Aleksandar Miličić
(4) Ivana Popović-Martinović – Nevinost
Music: Slavko Milovanović, Vladan Popović-Popa, Marko Milatović
Lyrics: Ivana Popović-Martinović
(5) Andrea Demirović – Ja sam ti san
Music: Andrea Demirović, Michael James Down and Primož Poglajen
Lyrics: Andrea Demirović

Well known names

Ivana Popović-Martinović and Nina Petković participated in this year’s edition of Montevizija. Ivana finished 4th in the final while Nina came 5th.
Andrea Demirović represented Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2009 in Moscow. She failed to reach the final ending 11th in her semi-final.
Vladimir Graić-Graja won the contest back in 2007 in Helsinki as he composed the winning song from Serbia, Molitva.
Montevizija 2019 will take place early next year, but the exact date is yet to be announced. The public vote will just like this year decide the winner.
This year in Lisbon, Vanja Radovanović represented Montenegro with the song Inje. He failed to reach the final as he finished 16th in his semi-final. In the video below, you can see him perform Inje live at the Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam.

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18
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 18

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 18

Advent calendar day 18 - Kalomira

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 18th, we listen to Kalomira.

At the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, Greece came third. They were represented by Greek-American singer Kalomira and her charming Secret Combination. She is born and raised in the US, but became known to the Greeks when she in 2004 won the talent show “Fame Story”.

Her Eurovision entry became a massive hit on charts across the world in countries as different as Turkey, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, United Kingdom and Canada just to mention some – and of course Greece and Cyprus.

Today’s Christmas song is titled Ta Xristougenna Auta. It translates to ‘This Christmas’. She is writing to Santa to tell him that she has been a very good girl, and that she only has one wish: to be with the man she loves. ‘Chestnuts roasting, warm and cozy, mistletoes are all around’, she describes the time while waiting for her guy.

In this series:

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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17
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 17

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 17

Advent calendar day 17 - Dami Im

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 17th, we go down under to listen to Dami Im.

Australian Dami Im took Europe by storm when she participated at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. With the song Sound Of Silence, the Korean born singer came second after winning her semi-final.

Today’s Christmas song is Dami Im’s version of All I Want For Christmas Is You. The song was released by Mariah Carey in 1994, and instantly became a massive hit, which has later been recorded by many other artists. We’ll take a look at Dami’s live performance of this song from 2016:

In this series:

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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16
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 16

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 16

Advent calendar day 16 -Michelle

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 16th, we listen to German Michelle.

In 2001, Germany was represented by Michelle. With the song Wer Liebe lebt, she finished 8th. Over the years, Michelle has released a two digit number of albums and won several awards. She is now 45 years old and still an active singer in Germany.

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht is the world famous song many knows as ‘Silent Night’. This Christmas carol is well known all across the world in varies languages, but originally from 1818 by Austrian composer Franz Xaver Gruber. It’s lyrics has changed a bit of the years, but is still considered one of the most traditional Christmas carols and has status as
UNESCO Cultural heritage.

In this series:

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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15
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 15

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 15

Advent calendar day 15 - Nana Mouskouri

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 15th, we listen to Nana Mouskouri.

Back in 1963, Luxembourg was represented by Greek singer Nana Mouskouri. With the French languaged song À Force De Prier, she finished 8th. Nana, who released her first album in 1960, has recorded songs in many languages not just in Greek and French, but also in Dutch, German, Italian, Portuguese, Hebrew, Chinese and Turkish. Today, Ms Mouskouri is 84 years old.

In today’s advent calendar, we listen to Petit Garçon. The song is originally in English, Old Toy Trains, by Roger Miller released in 1967. The French languaged version came the year after, in 1968. Nana Mouskouri first sang the song in 1972. She has also recorded it in English, but today, it’s the French version, we’ll listen to.

In this series:

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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