Dami Im stole the show -hands down- last night.
The X Factor discovery soared with her performance of When a Child is Born and rocked the Bowl with Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas -a match fit.
Nine turned on a magical night of performances, for the 79th Carols by Candlelight hosted by David Campbell and Lisa Wilkinson.
But the troupers like Denis Walter, Sylvie Paladino and Anthony Callea were other highlights (even if someone can’t help but oversing each year!).
We got a lengthy look at the new Hi-5 with Santa’s friend Marty Fields and while it wasn’t a memorable first outing, perhaps they will find their place in a setting that showcases their talent.
This year we should really also acknowledge the annual contributions of the Melbourne Gospel Choir, ably supporting profile singers without ever upstaging.
And hats off to the ageless maestro John Foreman.
And if there is any criticism, Twitter has called it again…. we want Humphrey. May just have to campaign for that for the 80th event.
You can catch it all again today from 1:10pm on Nine.
Photos: Les O’Rourke