Lisa Wilkinson and David Campbell to host candlelit carols

CHRISTMAS TV viewing wouldn't be complete without the Carols.

Joining six-time Carols by Candlelight host Lisa Wilkinson this year is Mornings co-host David Campbell.

The long-time Carols performer is trading his usual singing slot for co-hosting duties alongside Wilkinson in Tuesday's 76th annual event at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

This year is also a milestone for singer Anthony Callea, who will celebrate his 10th anniversary as a Carols performer.

Joining him on stage will be The Voice's Harrison Craig, Rachel Leahcar and Darren Percival, along with long-time favourites Marina Prior, Denis Walter, Silvie Paladino, David Hobson and Tim Campbell.

David Campbell took a few minutes out from his Carols preparations to tell the Guide about his favourite Chrissie memories and what he's asked Santa for this year.

Q: You've performed at the Carols plenty of times before, but are you nervous/excited about hosting for the first time?

A: It is such a special event for everyone watching so even as a singer, you are nervous about not stuffing it up. I am nervous to host but I am in safe hands with the beautiful Lisa Wilkinson. We will have a great time.

 

Q: Has Lisa given you any wise words of advice as a six-time Carols co-host?

A: Not as yet. Should she? Oh God, now I am worried....

 

Q: There are some great performers lined up this year. Which are you most looking forward to seeing perform live?

A: I have no favourites as host. Also, most of them have done Carols with me for many years, how could I possibly choose? It will be nice to see the new guard have a go at a carol or two.

 

Q: What marks the start of the festive season for you?

A: Putting up the tree and decorating it to my ever-extending Christmas iMix: 76 festive songs and counting.

 

Q: What Christmas songs do you listen to at home?

A: Most singers love Christmas songs. They are written in a classic style and are timeless. Dean Martin is always standard with a bit of Mel Torme and Natalie Cole. I loved Rod's (Stewart) album last year. Also a cheeky Boney M sneaks in as well as the David Bowie/ Bing Crosby duet.

 

Q: What were some of your family's Christmas traditions growing up?

A: My Grandma used to do a treasure hunt with clues. Then we would have a party on Boxing Day, which is very English.

 

Q: Favourite Carols memory from your six years as a performer?

A: Definitely when my dad (Jimmy Barnes) and I performed. It was a great moment for us and it seems to resonate with people still to this day.

 

Q: What would you want Santa to put in your stocking this year?

A: More naps please Santa!

 

Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight - Nine/WIN - Tuesday at 8pm



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