It’s that festive time of year again! In the lead up to the festive holidays, several Eurovision artists have been releasing their Christmas singles and covers over the past number of weeks.
Greek singer Maria Elena Kyriakou is getting into the festive spirit with her cover of Mariah Carey’s Christmas hit, All I want for Christmas is you.
Her version originally appeared last year on the album Super Christmas Concert, given away free with a Cypriot newspaper by radio station Super FM.
But Maria is not the only former Eurovision contestant to have recorded the 1994 track. 2015 Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw sang it back in 2007 with Swedish singer Agnes Carlsson, as did Maria Haukuss Storeng who represented Norway in 2008 as well as Sanna Nielsen.
But Christmas 2015 has seen plenty of other festive music released by former competitors in the Eurovision Song Contest, too. Among them is Austrian band the Makemakes, who represented their country on home turf this May. Their song is Please come home this Christmas, and any profit generated by downloads will be donated to Austrian charity Licht Ins Dunkel.
Italian diva Nina Zilli has released a cover version of the atmospheric Pogues’ song, Fairytale of New York along with British singer Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet.
And beating them all is Paula Seling, who has this year released a whole 11-track album of winter and Christmas-themed Romanian-language ballads. The album is called Povesti de iarna and is the fourth album from the two-time Eurovision entrant.
Lead single from the album is Doi prieteni vechi.