Christmas is finally upon us once again. Amongst the food and presents, today will no doubt be filled with music and cheer.
Luckily for us, a plethora of Eurovision stars have taken time this year to release some new festive tunes that we can play throughout the day.
As you gather around the tree and enjoy the holiday, here’s our final roundup of new Christmas songs from Eurovision artists that will help you celebrate the yuletide.
And from all of us here at wiwibloggs, we wish y’all a very Merry Christmas!
New music from Eurovision artists: Christmas 2021 | Part 3
Verka Serduchka – “Wild Christmas”
If there is anyone who knows how to have a “Wild Christmas”, it’s Verka Serduchka (the drag persona of Andriy Danylko). Ukraine’s Eurovision 2007 runner-up gets the party started with a fun track. In the lyrics, Verka notes how Santa Claus crashes into her house. Naturally, the only thing to do is invite him inside to join the festivities: “Have a wild, wild Christmas / And a wicked New Year / Get a little bit wasted / While Santa’s swinging from the Christmas tree”.
The B-side of the single is a “Sweet 80’s Version” of “Wild Chrismtas”.
Benjamin Ingrosso – “En dag när du blir stor”
While Christmas is a happy day for many children, some unfortunately don’t have the best time owing to their family situation or other factors. Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso is thinking of them and tries to offer some hope by saying they’ll be able to have the Christmas they always wanted “En dag när du blir stor” (“A day when you grow up”). The Eurovision 2018 star pulls on his own personal experience for the melancholic ballad. Ingrosso’s parents separated when he was young and he sings about missing his dad at Christmas: “Mum gave us everything and more in addition / But something was missing / I missed Dad the most […] Should they gather around my table / And the Christmas we never got / Shall we get / Some day when I grow up”. Benjamin spoke more about his new festive single on Instagram:
“This song is for all of you who feel lonely at Christmas, who may be missing someone: For those of you who love Disney music, 60s Christmas music and 80s ballads! This song means so much to me and is one of my absolute favourite songs I wrote! Hope you can take this song with you.”
OG3NE – “Christmas On My Doorstep” and “Coming Home With Santa”
OG3NE are giving us a double portion of Christmas in 2021. First up is “Christmas On My Doorstep”. The Eurovision 2017 trio bring their delicious harmonies and add them into an upbeat and merry single with an abundance of festive spirit. As sisters, family is obviously a big part of the Dutch singers’ lives. And this theme comes through into the lyrics, with OG3NE hoping to spend Christmas at home surrounded by all their loved ones: “All I want is fam and friends to gather / To have them travel safely through this snowy weather, ohoh / Just to feel and see they’re doing alright / I’m wishing Christmas on my doorstep, tonight”.
The trio’s second festive single of the year sees them partnering up with Dutch radio station Sky Radio. OG3NE have voiced all the station’s Christmas jingles for 2021 – Sky Radio transforms into The Christmas Station for the festive season and only plays Christmas music. One of these jingles has been developed into a full-length single, titled “Coming Home With Santa”.
Lisa, Amy, and Shelley Vol deliver another cheery song that instantly puts the listener in the festive spirit. In the lyrics, the Eurovision alumni are stuck in a traffic jam on Christmas Day. So they send up a wish to Santa and ask to get a lift on his sleigh: “Coming home to get you baby and I beg for good this time / And I’ve got a special feeling, this Christmas will be white / So run Rudolph, hold on tight / Because I’m coming home with Santa Claus tonight”.
Alexandra Rotan – “O Helga Natt”
A third Christmas new music roundup, and a third Norwegian singer who has recorded their own cover of “O Helga Natt” (“O Holy Night”). This time it’s Alexandra Rotan – one third of Eurovision 2019 televote winners KEiiNO. Alexandra’s voice comes to the forefront of the song and truly shines with a crisp and beautiful delivery of the carol.
Johnny Logan & Irish Chamber Orchestra – “Driving Home for Christmas”
If you were indeed “Driving Home for Christmas”, hopefully you made it there by today. Regardless, we can all enjoy Johnny Logan’s take on the Chris Rea holiday staple. Ireland’s multi-Eurovision-winning star has teamed up with the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) for the song. It’s also a charity single, with all proceeds going to the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland and the ICO’s free education programmes.
Paula Seling – In inima diasporei and “Ziua-i mare, seara-i sfântă”
Paula Seling isn’t just giving us a lone festive single but a full visual album. The two-time Eurovision star has worked with the Romanian government to produce In inima diasporei (In the heart of the diaspora). The project aims to keep Romanian traditions alive, particularly for those who have left Romania and gone to live elsewhere. Paula performs eleven Romanian Christmas carols whilst dressed in a number of traditional outfits. Speaking about the project in the video’s description, Paula notes:
“The material is meant to give each of those who listen to and watch it the feeling of being at home. I can say that it is one of the most exciting things I have ever done. Vertical, sensitive and strong at the same time, full of the love, trembling, serenity and wisdom of our people, all gathered in gilded music and lyrics.”
Seling has been busy getting into the festive spirit this year. The Eurovision 2010 bronze medallist has also recently teamed up with Moldovan singer Ion Paladi for the festive folk song “Ziua-i mare, seara-i sfântă” (“It’s a big day, it’s a holy night”). The accompanying music video sees the pair go round and sing outside an elderly couple’s house. Thankfully, they seem to be the sort that enjoy some impromptu front door singing, rather than those who would slam the door in Paula and Ion’s faces.
If that really isn’t enough and you need a third dose of Paula Seling, you can also check out her new music video for “Un singur dar” (“One gift”). The Eurovision 2014 alum performs alongside Romania’s Eurovision 2008 representative Vlad Mirita. The song was originally included on Paula’s 2018 Christmas album, Steaua Răsare (Rising star).
No Angels – “When The Angels Sing (Winter Version)”
No Angels made a comeback for their 20th anniversary in 2021. Now to round out the year, Germany’s Eurovision 2008 girl group have transformed one of their hits into a Christmas song. “When The Angels Sing” was originally part of No Angels’ 2001 debut album, Elle’ments. This new Winter Version adds in a plethora of sleigh bells, as well as a backing choir, to transform the song into a festive offering.
Birgit & The Swingers – “Sa hoia mind soojas”
Hopefully you’re having a swinging Christmas so far. Estonia’s Birgit most certainly is, as the Eurovision 2013 singer has once again collaborated with Eesti Laul alum The Swingers. That being said, their new Christmas song, “Sa hoia mind soojas” (“You keep me warm”), has a slightly more subdued swing feel to it. Though, we do get a saxophone solo in the bridge, which adds a bit of groove into the climax.
Tulia – Nim Gwiazda Zgaśnie
If you want a traditional Polish twist to your Christmas playlist, then Tulia have you covered. The Eurovision 2019 group have released the new album Nim Gwiazda Zgaśnie (Before The Star Goes Out). Tulia have pulled together a number of Polish Christmas carols and pastorals for the LP, which they add their ‘white voice’ singing style to. Additionally, there are also two brand new original songs – “Gwiazdka Z Nieba” and the title track “Nim Gwiazda Zgaśnie”, the latter of which comes with a music video.
Dima Bilan et al. – “Ночь счастливых надежд”
Eurovision 2008 champion Dima Bilan has joined a group of singers the new single “Ночь счастливых надежд” (“Night of happy hopes”). The Russian star sings alongside Larisa Dolina, Nikolay Baskov, Yulianna Karaulova and the Igor Krutoy Academy Choir. They deliver a cheery and uplifting song about the anticipation of New Year’s. The music video features the four singers with their own decorations and clips of young people enjoying the festivities outside.
Amber – “Dan il-Milied”
There certainly isn’t a time of year that’s more romantic than Christmas (the plethora of festive romcoms should make that obvious). Eurovision 2015 singer Amber is getting particularly romantic in the lyrics of her new festive single “Dan il-Milied” (“This Chrismtas”). Sung in Maltese, Amber answers a very important question: “I answered ‘yes’ this Christmas / Let’s tie our hearts together and say ‘I want to’ / We live together for the rest of our lives / We celebrate and sing / That we are together”.
Amaury Vassili – We Love Christmas
Let is be known that Amaury Vassili LOVES Christmas. France’s Eurovision 2011 singer delivers eleven songs as part of his new album We Love Christmas. They’re all covers of classic Christmas hits, mostly in English but the LP starts with the French festive song “Petit Papa Noël” (“Small Santa Claus”). Amaury has released a few music videos to go along with the album. This includes “Silent Night” with Jean-Baptiste Guégan, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with Roberto Alagna, and the solo single “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”.
Oleksandr Ponomaryov, ALEKSEEV et al. – “Христос Народився”
Six Ukrainian artists have come together for “Христос Народився” (“Christ Was Born”). Lead by Eurovision 2003 star Oleksandr Ponomaryov, it also includes Belarus’s Eurovision 2018 representative ALEKSEEV. They’re accompanied by a symphony orchestra and a children’s choir.
Regína Ósk & Björgvin Þ. Valdimarsson – “Jólasnjór um alla borg”
Regína Ósk formed half of Iceland’s Eurovision 2008 duo Euroband. For Christmas 2021, Regína has collaborated with music producer Björgvin Þór Valdimarsson for “Jólasnjór um alla borg” (“Christmas snow all over the city”). A charmingly simple song, Regína sings of the continuous stream of white flakes falling from the sky: “And outside the Christmas snow falls / It falls and falls / And everything will be beautiful and peaceful in the city”.
Björn Skifs – It’s Christmas
It’s Christmas! Björn Skifs has released his first ever Christmas album. Sweden’s Eurovision 1978 and 1981 star serves up eleven festive tunes, including his single from last year, “(Christmas Eve) After Midnight”. The rest of the LP is full of other brand new Christmas songs – no covers here. There’s a mixture of merry, upbeat offerings and also slower, atmospheric tracks.
Engelbert Humperdinck & Gummibär – “A Christmas for the Family”
British crooner Engelbert Humperdinck recently streamed a special Christmas concert for his fans. For one of the songs, the United Kingdom’s Eurovision 2012 representative was joined by a special guest – Gummibär. They performed a new duet edition of “A Christmas for the Family”. The song originally featured as a solo version on Engelbert’s 2018 album Warmest Christmas Wishes. Anyone got gummy bears on the menu for Christmas Day?
Click on the links below to read our previous roundups of other new Christmas songs released recently by past Eurovision artists:
Which of these new Christmas songs is your favourite? Which festive tracks by Eurovision stars do you enjoy playing during the holiday period? Let us know in the comments below.