Christmas is being celebrated all over the world, these days. We bring you here 10 more great Christmas carols sung by Eurovision artists to add to your playlist. Merry Christmas to everyone, no matter when and how you celebrate it.
We already brought you ten Christmas songs by Eurovision artists, which you should consider adding to your playlist. That included artists like Johnny Logan, Cliff Richard, Kalomira, Tommy Seebach and Ilse DeLange. But there are a lot more songs which is worth to pay attention to, so here are 10 more.
1 Dima Bilan – Last Christmas
2 Grethe Inmann – Jeg Så Julemanden Kysse Mor
3 Tina Karol – Тиха Ніч
4 Katy Garbi -O Χειμώνας o βαρύς
5 Celine Dion – Oh Holy Night
6 Litesound – Shooting Star
7 Alexander Rybak and Didrik Solli-Tangen – Presents
8 Il Volo – Christmas Medley
9 Zoë – La Nuit Des Merveilles
10 Dami Im – All I Want For Christmas Is You
Dima Bilan – Last Christmas
You will probably have to look twice to notice that is indeed the Russian Eurovision winner from 2009, Dima Bilan. He performed with this version of Wham’s Last Christmas on the TV show ‘Точь в точь’, where the purpose is to dress up like another performer – and no one can be in doubt that this is a George Michael imitation.
Grethe Inmann – Jeg Så Julemanden Kysse Mor
In Denmark many artists have recorded Christmas songs, both original, but also translations of foreign ones. This one is by the country’s first Eurovision winner Grethe Ingmann. It translates to ‘I Saw Santa Kissing Mum’, and yes, it is a Danish version of the internationally well known I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa originally recorded in 1952 by 13 year old Jimmy Boyd, but later made very famous by Jackson5.
Tina Karol – Тиха Ніч
Moving over to Ukraine, we find Tina Karol’s version of the well known song in English known as ‘Silent Night’. Tína represented her country at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. That time, she sang in English, this time, she keeps it in Ukrainian. The lyrics in this version are quite close to the original, so when listening, you can just enjoy without wondering what she sings about.
Katy Garbi -O Χειμώνας o βαρύς
We continue with another cover version of a well known Christmas song. Here is a Greek version of Winter Wonderland. This one is sung by Katy Garbi who represented Greece at the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest. Katy gets help by a children choir on this one, which in its lyrics are close to the original.
Celine Dion – Oh Holy Night
Canadian Celine Dion won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988 – before she became the superstar she is today. Oh Holy Night is originally from 1847, and French, but in recent years, the most famous version has become one by Mariah Carey. The song tells about the birth of Jesus.
Litesound – Shooting Star
From Belarus, Litesound gave us this Christmas song, which has a bit more guitar on than most songs we heat at this season, although the video starts with one being kicked out of the house! The band represented their country at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.
Alexander Rybak and Didrik Solli-Tangen – Presents
Two Eurovision artists in one. That’s what you get on this Christmas song. The song has been added quite some humour and tells 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.
Il Volo – Christmas Medley
In Italy, we find the handsome trio Il Volo who took part in the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. This trio received big international recognition afterwards, and of course Christmas is also on their repertoire. In this medley you find the internationally well known songs Jingle Bell Rock, Let It Snow and It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of Year.
Zoë – La Nuit Des Merveilles
‘The night of miracles’, that’s what Zoë’s Christmas song here translates to. She represented Austria at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with a song in French, just as this one. 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.
Dami Im – All I Want For Christmas Is You
We end with a Christmas song, which you have probably heard a lot, although maybe not in this version. Here is Dami Im, who represented Australia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest where she finished second. Enjoy.
We at Eurovisionary.com would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas for you and your loved ones.
The professional jury in charge of selecting Albania’s 2018 representative has deliberated and decided that Eugent Bushpepa will be flying to Lisbon in May to represent the country in the competition.
Eugent is a present figure in the Albanian music scene and better known for his rock attempts.
During the last few days, Albania held the Festivali i Këngës 56 in order to select their 2018 representative for the Eurovision Song Contest. It all came to an end tonight. After three televised shows, the professional jury has decided that Eugent Bushpepa will be the country’s best choice for next year’s musical competition. He won with the song Mall.
It still is uncertain if Mall will be rearranged before being presented in Lisbon next year, or indeed whether another song will be chosen.
The final show, hosted by Adi Krasta in Tirana’s Palace of Congres, lasted for more than three hours as all of the 14 songs that made it into the final were performed one last time. Bushpepa was one of the last ones performing and just like a few others, the singer experienced a few sound issues but that certainly didn’t hurt his performance.
The search for the 2018 representative started out with 70 entries submitted for the event. RTSH – Albania’s official broadcaster – gathered the 22 best ones and divided those into two semi finals. This will be the first time Albania will be represented by a man since 2013 when Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko represented the country with Identitet.
Two years without qualifying for the finals
It was indeed time for Albania to test another formula as the country has been struggling to achieve decent results in the past years. Not only has Albania failed to qualify in the last two years but the last time the country ranked among the top 10 was back in 2012 when Rona Nishliu represented the country.
While opting out for powerful divas, Albania didn’t miss out the chance to send a powerful vocalist as Eugent’s vocal range is quite limitless. Below you can watch Eugent’s final perfomance of Mall.
Albania is finding out who is representing the country at next year’s Eurovision tonight. The two semi finals have been held and 14 finalists will compete for the title.
While Albania has been struggling to score good results, this year’s Festivali i Këngës could make a difference if the jury takes a different approach in their choices and leaves behind the powerful divas that have represented the country previously.
Out of 22 acts divided into two semi finals, 14 made the final cut and will perform one last time tonight at Festivali i Këngës 56 hoping to be the jury’s selection to represent Albania at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. As stated, the public will not have a say in the decision but EuroVisionary would like to share a few thoughts before the final saying.
It’s time to let go of powerful vocalists and untouchable divas. 2016’s Eneda Tarifa and 2017’s Lindita were the needed evidence that the Eurovision audience wants more than that and this year’s Festivali i Këngës has more to offer. With this being said, let’s exclude straight away Denisa Gjezo, Mariza Ikonomi and the fan favourite Inis Neziri’s Piedestal out of the picture.
Despite having a great voice and a tolerable song, Elton Deda lacks the Eurovision appeal and will certainly not make a difference for Albania in the competition. The same can be said about Voltan Prodani with the difference that his song – E Pamundur – isn’t that great either. On the other hand, while Tiri may have a sense of Eurovision in him, his song Orë e ndalur sounds all over the place and will also be unable to create a momentum in the competition.
And while duos tend to do good in the competition, NA & Festina Mejzini will not stand a chance next to the Eurovision repeater Luis Ejlli who teamed up with Rezarta Smaja for an incredible vocal performance that could end up on a new trip to the Eurovision main stage.
Moving on to stronger entries, let’s talk Artemisa Mithi. While she can certainly fall within the “powerful divas” mentioned above, the song’s break can certainly make a difference with the right staging and outfit. On top of that, Artemisa seems to be more loose and less serious than the two previous selections from Albania.
We’re down to two female artists and three male ones. While Redon Makashi may as well fall outside of the Eurovision prototype, his song can indeed create a peaceful moment on stage and bring back the traditional elements of a country that acts such as Knez brought back in 2015 for Montenegro. Nonetheless, Albania still has the chance of bringing completely new elements with Eugent Bushpepa who not only presents himself with a very modern look but can certainly sing his lungs out. Who needs a diva when Eugent is ready?
Orgesa Zaimi, Manjola Nallbani or Bojken Lako
We reached the final three and best acts of this year’s Festivali i Këngës. They are all so different and they have so many different things to offer… It’s incredible. Due to their difference and alternative style – look at Orgesa’s look or Bojken’s – they would certainly be a breath of fresh air to Albania in the competition. It worked for Portugal so why wouldn’t it work for Albania?
While Bojken Lako would completely break the mold for Albania with a very unique tone, song and performance, choosing Manjola would not break the country’s trend yet it would break what’s expected for this year’s Eurovision after Salvador Sobral’s victory. The song is the only one in Albania’s national final that brings electronic pop music back and while one can be easily bored with the genre, Manjola’s powerful vocals brings our darling Kaliopi back to our minds with her incredible high notes.
There’s one last standing: Orgeza Zaimi. Why? Because Orgeza includes everything that Albania needs for Eurovision. Not only does she deviate from the Pop Divas group that Albania has been sending in the past years by delivering a very unique style that could remind one of international acts such as Sky Ferreira or Halsey, but she also delivered a great catchy song that while not excluded from the Pop genre has way more to offer than just vocals. It ends up mixing more than one music genre and will certainly be one of a kind in next year’s competition. She would obviously have to work her stage performance, arragements and looks but so far, so good!
Did we get your interest? Check her performance out!
Christmas is being celebrated all over the world, these days. We bring you here some of the best Christmas songs sung by Eurovision artists to add to your playlist. Some of the songs are in English, others in the native language of the artists, but all are to be enjoyed these days.
If you have had your radio turned on in December, you have probably heard Wham’s Last Christmas and Bing Crosby’s White Christmas a countless number of times. Christmas songs are popular at this time of year, and many Eurovision artists have over the years also joined in. We asked our team for some of their favourites, which they recommend you to add to your playlist.
Johnny Logan – Save This Christmas For Me
Three times Eurovision winner Irish Johnny Logan released in 2001 the Danish recorded album Save This Christmas For Me. From that album, we recommend the title song. It is a ballad, which is recommended for a quiet thoughtful time. Maybe in the company of the one you love, knowing that you don’t have to go over mountains and stormy sea to get to him or her, like Johnny Logan does in this song.
Tommy Seebach – Vi Ønsker Jer Alle En Glædelig Jul
Translated from Danish the title of this song is ‘We wish you all a merry Christmas’. It is has three times Eurovision participant 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 and home backed cakes.
Kalomira -Ta Xristougenna Auta
Greek Eurovision participant from 2008, Kalomira has recorded this Christmas song which 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.
Carola – Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus
This carol is one of the most popular Christmas songs in Sweden. It is originally from 1898, and translates to ‘Now thousands of Christmas lights turns on’. It has been recorded by many artists, and is also known in neighbour countries like Finland and Denmark. This version is by Carola, who represented Sweden three times, and won once, in 1991. It tells about how the dark earth is lighted up by candles in the homes, but also that people are lighted up by the message of God’s love and the birth of Jesus.
Michelle – Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
From Germany we have Michelle who represented the country at the 2001 contest. 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.
Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & Wine
From United Kingdom, Sir Cliff Richard sends us his best Christmas wishes with this song from 1988. 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, which went down well with his fans as it sold well, and went to the top of the charts. Sir Cliff Richard represented his country twice at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Francesco Gabbani – La Mia Versione Dei Ricordi
This year’s fan favorite, and 6th place Francesco from Italy serves us here a song, where the title translates to ‘My view on the memories’. It comes with the message that we should let go of the bad memories, and keep the good ones. And remember and live the good memories at Christmas, with your love ones.
Ilse DeLange – Midden in de Winternacht
Do you remember Common Linnets second place from 2014? One half of that duo, Ilse DeLange is singing this song, 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.
Maraaya – Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland is originally from 1934, but here is a fresh new version by Maraaya who represented Slovenia at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. The word ‘Christmas’ is not present in the lyrics, but the word ‘sleigh-bells’ mentioned several times does that it is considered a Christmas song.
ONE – Oι Καμπάνες Κτυπούν
We end with a cover of Wham’s Last Christmas. It is one of the most played Christmas songs on the radio, but this version is quite different than the original as only the chorus stays similar with the verses now made into rap! ONE represented Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002.
As we worked on this article, we came across so many other good Christmas songs by Eurovision artists, so stay tuned for 10 more coming tomorrow.
We at EuroVisionary.com would like to wish a Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.
Festivali i Kenges, Albania’s very own music festival, premiered tonight; a format which has been used as the selection for their Eurovision artist since their debut in 2004.
Tonight, we’ve seen eleven entries take to the stage at the Palace of Congresses in a bid to get to Saturday’s Final. The show promised to bring great music and performances and it didn’t disappoint. There is a sort of Gravitas that comes with the Festival, a grandeur illustrated by the use of an orchestra.
The show started with a series of non competing musical performances, one of which was none other than Eurovision 2015 entrant Elhaida Dani, and after the best part of an hour the first competing artist, Elton Deda hit the stage.
Tonight’s show saw the return of previous Eurovision representative Luiz Ejlli who wasn’t successful in Athens when he crashed out of the Semi Final in 14th Place. There was no qualifier announcement tonight, it was previously reported that all successful artists from the Semi Finals would be revealed at the end of the second semi final.
To keep you all entertained until the second semi final here is Luiz’s performance at Eurovision 2006.
Stay tuned for all the up to date information on Albania’s Eurovision selection, and see who will represent their country in Lisbon next May.
Today Estonian Television (ETV) published the remaining songs competing in Eesti Laul 2018. The reaction from fans was generally negative after the first group, but perhaps a gem is lurking in the second batch.
The final ten songs have now been published and they will compete on February 17 2018. Five of these songs will join five from the first semi to compete in the final on March 3 2018.
The running order for the second semi final is as follows
Marju Länik – Tänaotsuseid ei tee Rolf Roosalu – Show a Little Love Frankie Animal – (Can’t Keep Calling) Misty Eliis Pärna & Gerli Padar – Sky Indrek Ventmann – Tempel Evestus – Welcome to My World Karl Kristjan & Karl Killing feat. Wateva – Young Metsakutsu – Koplifornia Girls In Pearls – Spellbound Nika – Knock Knock
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Not all the songs are available on youtube, but you can catch them all on the official Eesti Laul site. Included in this group of acts, is Gerli Padar, who placed 22nd in the semi final of 2007, with the song Partners In Crime.
Estonia In The Eurovision Song Contest
This year will mark the 25th time Estonia has participated in the contest. During their time, they have won the contest only once. This was in 2001 with the song Everybody by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL.
Everybody was part of a four year run from 1999-2002 when Estonia finished within the top ten. The other acts were Evelin Samuel & Camille, Ines and Sahlene.
Since the semi finals were introduced Estonia have failed to qualify 9 out of 14 years. Of the remaining 5 years, Ott Lepland did best in 2012 with the song Kuula, placing 6th.
Below you can watch the official top10 countdown of Estonia’s most successful entries.