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Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 18 December

Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 18 December

A happy and uptempo song to get you in the “last weekend before Christmas” mood! We’ll have to wait another week (ish) for him to actually show up, but bear with us… Santa Claus *will* be coming to town! Glennis Grace represented the Netherlands in the 2005 Eurovision in Kiev, finishing 14th with her entry “My Impossible Dream”, earning a total of 53 points.
Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 15 December

Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 15 December

Exam season tends to turn brains into mush, and this has to be the reason why 15 December appears to have slipped our minds… To make up for this, we bring you today (three days late, sorry!) two winners, performing two Christmas songs.   Olsen Brothers won the contest for Denmark in 2000, earning 195 points for “Fly On the Wings of Love”.
Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 17 December

Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 17 December

The 2004 Eurovision Song Contest gave us so much, both good and bad. One of the good things it gave us was a wonderful voice from the north, and ever since, this song has been a prerequisite for getting in the Christmas spirit for quite a few of us. And since Christmas is just a week away; here we go! Jónsi represented Iceland in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul. He finished 19th, receiving only 16 points for “Heaven”. He retutned to the contest in 2012, when he performed “Never Forget” with Greta Salóme. They qualified for the grand final, but finished in a disappointing 20th place, with 46 points.
Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 16 December

Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 16 December

So, the UK’s track record in Eurovision Sonc Contest is overall pretty good, but in recent years their results have been…not all that brilliant, shall we say? These guys were gonna change all that, and even though they achieved a decent result, it was still somewhat of a disappointment. Do we all get a hint of the Christmas spirit, listening to their take on this Christmas song? Blue represented the United Kingdom in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf. They performed the song “I Can”, finishing 11th, with the nice round number of 100 points.
Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 14 December

Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 14 December

Today we bring you one of the biggest fan favorites in the history of the contest. Having represented her country an amazing *three* times, achieving two very good results (and one not so good), she would be welcomed back by a majority of the hardcore fans. Chiara represented Malta in the 1998, 2005 and 2009 Eurovision Song Contests. In her first attempt she finished 3rd with “The One That I Love”, earning 165 points. She returned in 2005, making it all the way to 2nd place, receiving 192 points for “Angel”. In her latest attempt, in Moscow in 2009, she performed “What If We”, and finished in a very disappointing 22nd place, with only 31 points.
Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 13 December

Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 13 December

In the Nordic countries, especially in Sweden and Norway, today is an important day. It’s called the Lucia day, and celebrates a Catholic saint who brings light into the dark nights. Children everywhere dress up in white robes, carry silver stars and candles and walk through the dark, behind a girl wearing a crown of lights. For some strange reason, there are no videos out there of Eurovision artists singing the traditional Lucia song, so instead we bring you a Norwegian song about the lighting of a thousand Christmas candles. And who better to bring us some light in the December darkness than Norway’s first (or at least half…) *and* latest winners?! And for good measure we’ll throw in one of the country’s “nul points” too… Elisabeth Andreasen, or Bettan, won the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest for Norway, as half of the duo Bobbysocks. They won with “La det swinge”, earning a total of 123 points. Alexander Rybak won in 2009, with “Fairytale”, receiving a record-breaking 387 points. Tor Endresen represented Norway in the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin. He performed “San Fransisco”, finishing last, with 0 points.
Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 12 December

Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 12 December

So, we’re at the halfway mark, and to celebrate that we give you a Norwegian (and Belarussian) gem. (No, there’s no prize if you guessed who…) Alexander Rybak represented Norway in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. He won the contest with his own song “Fairytale”, with a total of 387 points.
Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 11 December

Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 11 December

Some Eurovision singers disappear into the great “nothingness” after returning home from the contest, while others…don’t. Behind today’s door in our Advent Calendar hides a singer who has had an amazing career after taking part, and winning, in 1988. We are of course talking about the one and only Celin Dion, who’s here to get the third advent weekend started! Celine Dion represented Switzerland in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin. She won the contest with “Ne partez pas sans moi”, earning a total of 137 points.
Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 10 December

Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 10 December

As we have mentioned before; it’s always a lot of fun when we see a Eurovision mix-up of some sort, for instance artists from different countries performing together  or Eurovision songs being covered in new languages. Today we give you the most amazing mix-up of them all; a wonderful Italian Eurovision entry turned into an Icelandic Christmas song, performed by a two time Eurovision entrant. Gunnar Ólason represented Iceland in the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen as part of the duo Two Tricky. They performed “Angel”, finishing last with 3 points. He returned to Eurovision in 2011 in Dusseldorf, as part of the group Sjonni’s Friends. They finished in 20th place, having received 61 points for their song “Coming Home”.
Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 9 December

Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 9 December

Today, we’re heading to Sweden, the Mekka of Eurovision for many fans. And for our calendar present, we give you no less than two former Swedish entrants, with a total of four (FOUR!!) Eurovision participations between them. One is rather known for her many wonderful versions of Christmas songs, and here is one of them. Carola represented Sweden in the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest in Munich with “Främling”, finishing 3rd with 126 points. She returned in 1991 in Rome, winning the contest with “Fångad av en stormvind”, receiving 146 points. In the 2006 contest in Athens Carola was back, this time performing “Invincible”, finishing 5th with 170 points. Gabriel Forss represented Sweden in the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, as part of the band Blond. They performed the song “Bara hon älskar mig”, finishing 14th with 36 points.
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