Carols by Candlelight had Marina Prior, Kate Ceberano, Denis Walter, Anthony Callea and even Santa Claus -but it was the sheer spirit of a child who stole the night.
Young Natalia from Sydney, who joined Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson at the host podium to share her story about how music was so important to her life soon proved she didn’t want to stick to a script. First she deliciously cracked a gag using her white cane after which Stefanovic offered to hold it for her.
“You’re talented,” she quipped.
Then after singing Jingle Bells, she insisted on a second song, Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer.
Wisely, Stefanovic and Wilkinson weren’t about to stop her. And with that, Bon Jovi was sung for the first time at Carols by Candlelight.
It may very well have been the last priceless Live TV moment of the year (although a bug down Lisa Wilkinson’s dress was a late contender).
It also helped everyone forget about the technical glitches that had plagued the broadcast earlier in the evening when vision became impaired for everyone, during Hi-5′s lead-up to the arrival Santa Claus.
Santa very nearly didn’t make it to the ceremony.
This year’s broadcast was particularly enjoyable when watched in tandem with Twitter.
Sitting here listening to carols by candle light live from Melbourne! Love it! Happy Christmas eve!
So clearly they came back to Lisa & Karl too fast from the Kylie insert. Karl looking around & Lisa adjusting her dress.
hi-5 BROKE #CAROLS!!!!
Channel 9, my niece will be giving you some “feedback” about being deprived of seeing Stevey in action. #carols
Why is Kate Cebrano on Carols? We aren’t celebrating the birth of the alien lord Xenu, please p*** off. #thanks
Ya know what, that Kate Cebrano can belt out a song. I think she will go places. #carols
“O Holy Night” is one of my most favorite #carols and they’re moidering it. Moidering it I tells ya.
Can somebody also tell Kate that O Holy Night is not about sex?
Time for Denis Walter to host CBCL… Karl and that bird Lisa just don’t cut it…
Denis Walter is always a highlight for me of #carols 🙂
1 Birchmore yes!. 2 Birchmores no
Will pay good money for someone at Channel Nine to bugger up the transmission again.
Highlight of the carols, def little Natalia singing livin on a prayer!
this girl should host #carols every year….what an absolute legend!!!
First time living on a prayer has been done at carols by candlelight lol
this little blind girl is the most incredible little thing. A pretty good taste in music to boot #carols
Robert Milsyyyy is on carols! What a babe!!!!!!!!! In a suit as well.
Millsy, I know I’m not 13 anymore but I still love you
Channel 9 #carols Happy Christmas (war is over) version conspicuously leaves out ‘war is over if u want it’ lyrics…wonder why?
Who will sing at Carols by Candlelight in 100 years when all the former Australian Idol contestants are dead?
Lisa looks really beautiful tonight
I want @AnthonyCallea to sit on my bedside table and sing me carols… Ditch the grey suit and put on some reindeer ears.
mum changed the Carols, to some ridiculous show on SBS… change it back woman!
The Emmanuels… ALL The Emmanuels! should stick to playing guitar…
Silvie Paladino – possibly the best female voice in the country
Well it has only taken until the last 15 minutes of the show, but #carols is finally the number 1 Trending topic in Australia 🙂
Melbourne’s Carols By Candlelight never disappoints. I love it!
Loving that Channel 9 is seemingly the final bastion of Christmas carols and the messages behind them. Kudos for maintaining tradition 9 🙂
Silvie. Just wow. The difference between singing a song, and meaning it.
Monkey magic on sbs. The world before Carl &Lisa primal chaos reigned. Heaven sort order.but the phoenix can fly only when no carols are sung
It just wouldn’t be xmas eve if we couldn’t watch carols and bag the talent!!
aaahhh Christmas Eve, when everyone becomes a singing and fashion critic
WTF – When did David Hobson become a Thunderbird???
Ch9 running overtime AGAIN! The Carols should have been finished at 10:45pm according to their EPG