FiKmis is over, but thankfully Christmas and New Year’s are about the start. For some that means food, for others that means holidays and for still others it means watching television. But instead of watching those traditional Christmas films, we at wiwibloggs will be watching shows featuring some of your favourite Eurovision stars! Here’s a guide so you can follow along!
24 December – Beat for Beat – Norway, NRK1 23:20 CET
In this episode of Beat for Beat, the popular Norwegian musical show based on the Irish show The Lyrics Board, Eurovision alums Alexander Rybak and Maria Haukaas Storeng will face Norwegian musicians Kine Ludvigsen Fossheim and Peter Johansson in a Christmas-themed quiz. Whether you want to improve your Norwegian, solve some riddles or just enjoy Christmas tunes, this is the perfect fit for you!
24-25 December – Jul med Carola – Sweden, SVT1 2:00 CET
Looking for a television programme with Christmas tunes to put you to sleep? We got your back! Three-time Eurovision favourite Carola Häggkvist will sing you to sleep with her Christmas lullabies. The programme will also be repeated several times and the broadcast is available online via SVT Play — the tool you use to watch Melfest every year.
26 December – Csézy Concert – Hungary, ATV 14:20 CET
Hungary’s Eurovision 2008 star is still going strong ten years later. Hungarian private channel ATV is going to broadcast her special Christmas Concert on the afternoon of Boxing Day.
26-27 December – Gala Navidad – Spain, RTVE 22:30 CET
Their romantic relationship may be over, but their friendship lives on. And now last year’s contestants Amaia and Alfred are set to perform alongside this year’s Operacion Triunfo contestants in their annual Christmas special. Bonus: OT 2018 winner Famous will collaborate with Eurovision 2018 bronze medalist Cesar Sampson on the latter’s “Nobody But You”.
28 December – The Voice of Holland – Netherlands, RTL4 20:30 CET
Although not as Holiday-ish as other programmes, The Voice of Holland is definitely one to mark on our guide. The line-up features Eurovision 2014 and 2018 star Waylon and Eurovision 2013 singer Anouk. Both known for their honest commentary, they make the original version of The Voice format one worthy of your viewing.
29-30 December – ABBA at BBC – United Kingdom, BBC Four 23:55 GMT
Feliz Navidad! We would have loved to see the ABBA Christmas Special we were promised some years ago, but that one has been postponed. So for now we’ll have to rely on old concert footage. Luckily, the BBC has planned a special which will showcase some of the group’s best performances at the BBC.
30 December – Zolotoy Gramafon – Russia, Channel One 21:20 MSK
Any follower of the Russian music scene might know that in Russia, musicians love a good award show and they have plenty of them. One of the more prominent ones of them, Zolotoy Gramafon, will be broadcast on 30 December on Russia’s Channel One and will have an all-around Eurovision star line-up as usual.
31 December – New Year’s Musical “Zolushka” (Cinderella) – Russia, Rossiya time TBC
We can tell you that the wiwibloggs team is most looking forward to this television broadcast, a Russian adaption of the classical European fairytale Cinderella. It will feature Eurovision 2016 heartthrob Sergey Lazarev in the main role as Prince Charming and will also feature Russian pop King Philipp Kirkorov, among many other stars. “You Are The Only One” is one of the songs included in its soundtrack.
We hope you will enjoy your festive season. Surely a show featuring a Eurovision star a day will usher in great things for the new year!