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Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 7 December

Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 7 December

Today we bring you a song that exists in *many* languages, and most of us probably think it sounds best in our own language. No matter which language it is performed in, though, it is sure to bring the Christmas spirit. Jari Sillanp√§√§ represented Finland in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul. He performed “Takes 2 to Tango”, finishing 14th in the semifinal, with a total of 51 points, thereby not qualifying for the grand final.
Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 6 December

Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 6 December

People always want what they don’t have, right? Or at least very often, they do… This song is about just that; just listen to the first verse! A lot of people would swap in a heartbeat! Vesna Pisarovic representes Croatia in the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest in Tallinn. She performed the song “Everything I Want”, finishing 11th with a total of 44 points. She also wrote the 2004 entry for Bosnia&Herzegovina, “In the Disco”.
Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 5 December

Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 5 December

It’s always double the fun when Eurovision artists find each other across borders, musical styles and ages. Here we have no less than three, or perhaps we should say four, Eurovision countries represented, even though there are just two singers on stage… Norwegian Wenche Myhre represented Germany in the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest in London. She performed the song “Ein Hoch der Liebe”, finishing 6th with a total of 11 points. Australian Johnny Logan hardly needs an introduction, but still; He represented Ireland in the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest in Haag, when he won with “What’s Another Year”, receiving a total of 143 points. He also won the contest in 1987 in Brussels, performing his own “Hold Me Now”, earning 172 points. And to add to his status as the king of Eurovision, he composed the winning entry in 1992; Linda Martin’s “Why Me?”.
Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 4 December

Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 4 December

It’s Friday, and we’d like to set the mood with an up-tempo sing- and dance-along friendly tune. Sometimes the words performed by the artist can be returned *to* them by the people watching, and I suppose this is one of those instances. All quite a few Eurovision fans want for Christmas is…this guy!   Tom Dice represented Belgium in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. He performed “Ma and My Guitar”, finishing 6th, with a total of 143 points.
Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 2 December

Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 2 December

I don’t know what the weather has been like for the rest of you lately, but here in Iceland the weather gods have apparently decided to give us a seriously white Christmas. Unless, of course, we’re blown off the island or drown in the white stuff before Christmas gets here… Hoping you all stay nice and warm, whether you need layers of wool or just a t-shirt to accomplish it! Nusa Derenda represented Slovenia in the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. She performed the song “Energy”, finishing 7th with a total of 70 points.
Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 1 December

Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar; 1 December

It’s finally December, which means Christmas is on it’s way! Most of us are looking forward to the Christmas season; Eurovision singers apparently as much as the rest of us! We want to share the spirit of advent and Christmas with all of you, with the help of a nice selection of former Eurovision entrants, who all sing (more or less) traditional Christmas tunes. Today is the first of December, and what makes more sense than kicking off the Xtra Eurovision Advent Calendar with a song that starts with the words…”It’s the first of December”?! Olivia Newton-John represented the United Kingdom in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton. She performed the song “Long Live Love”, and finished 4th, receiving a total of 14 points.
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