Christmas World Cup 2020 - Last 16

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

The Group Stages are no more, the Last 16 match ups are upon us! The qualifiers were announced via video on Saturday.


The full voting results for the group stage can be found here


Voting is open for a single day for each match and you must vote for which song is your favourite!


Quarter Final Line Up


The Christmas Song World Cup has come alive, Chris Rea has justified his first seed and has toppled 2016 champion Roy Wood as Nat King Cole makes the quarters for the first time overcoming much fancied Wham!


Quarter Final 1 : 18th December

Driving Home for Christmas- Chris Rea v The Christmas Song- Nat King Cole


Mariah Carey and Darlene Love storm through to the quarters with ease. With the departure of Boney M and Bowie & Bing we will have a Quarter final line up with NO second seeds among the remaining competitors.


Quarter Final 2 : 19th December

All I want for Christmas is you - Mariah Carey v Christmas! (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene Love


It seems the Last 16 this year are full of shocks, the greatest of them all has been achieved tonight!


Quarter Final 3 : 20th December

Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin Stevens v Stay Another Day - East 17


Shocks and spills continue to burst forth....


Quarter Final 4 : 21st December

Step into Christmas- Elton John v Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow - Dean Martin


Last 16 Matches



The Christmas Song World Cup world is in a state of uncertain shock this morning. The Pogues are busy packing up their tournament hotel rooms and frantically arranging return flights earlier than expected. There has been talk of Pogues fatigue, perhaps the people felt they wanted a change and as the East 17 challenge continued to show promise, more people flocked to vote for the Walthamstow boys with glee!


There is furious debate in some corners over the inclusion of East 17 in the competition. Many do not consider it a Christmas song, but it has achieved the impossible and for now, East 17 will stay another day to face the song that is the other story of the 2020 cup, Shakin Stevens. A quarter final made of two fourth seeded songs. This will ensure a fourth seed will be in the semi final line up. Set your alarm clocks for the 20th of December, it is going to be a big clash!


Match 1

Driving Home for Christmas- Chris Rea 70% v 30% I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard


Chris Rea is heading to the quarter finals! The defending champion is OUT!


The first seed from Group A overcame a strong challenge from Mudd to take first spot but is up against defending champion Wizzard after they qualified second in Group B behind surprise outsider Shakin Stevens.


This is a repeat of the Last 16 clash in 2008 that saw Wizzard progress to the quarter finals. Reaching the Last 16 this year has equalled the best performance by Chris Rea in 2008, Roy Wood & Wizzard reached the Quarter Finals in both 2008 and 2012 before taking the crown in 2016.



Match 2

Last Christmas- Wham! 46% v 54% The Christmas Song- Nat King Cole


Nat King Cole edges out Wham! and heads to the quarter finals for the first time. What looked like a comfortable passage has turned into a day trip to hell as Wham head home earlier than anticipated.



Wham! is one of the international giants of the Christmas Song world, having reached the quarter final in 2008, going one better in 2012 before then suffering a shock Group Stage exit in 2016. They took first spot in Group C comfortably this year. Nat King Cole is celebrating his best performance with this Last 16 appearance having been sent home at the group stages in both 2008 and 2012 and not even making the finals in 2016.


Match 3

All I want for Christmas is you - Mariah Carey 83% v 17% Mary's Boy Child Oh my Lord- Boney M

The Queen of Hollywood strides through to the quarter final with a solid win



The "Queen of Christmas" is celebrating success in the UK charts as she finally took a Number One spot with her Christmas tune this weekend. Mariah Carey powered through her group stage and is one of the big hitters in this competition. Her record is impressive with two semi final appearances achieved in 2008 and 2012 but she suffered a shock Last 16 defeat in 2016 to The Pretenders. Boney M have made it to the Last 16 stage twice before and in 2008 were defeated by Mariah Carey.

Match 4

Christmas! (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene Love 79% v 21% Little Drummer Boy (Peace on Earth)- Bowie & Bing

Darlene Love brushes the Bowie Bing duo aside to reach the quarters



Darlene Love topped her group after the twitter vote pushed her above Dean Martin and Mike Oldfield. The Phil Spector track has reached the Quarter Finals twice and the Last 16 was the limit in 2016, Bing and Bowie only made it as far as the Last 16 in 2016. They qualified by some considerable distance in second place in Group H and now face the first stern challenge of their tournament.


Match 5

It'll be Lonely this Christmas - Mudd 19% v 81% Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin Stevens


Shakin Stevens has seen out the clock as he has powered away from Mud. He has waltzed into the Quarter Finals



Mudd saw off the popular crooner Andy Williams to take second spot in Group A and Shakin Stevens has garnered plenty of attention and following ensuring top spot in Group B, fending off the challenge of defending Champion Roy Wood & Wizzard to take top spot. Mudd reached the quarter finals in 2008 and were eliminated at the Last 16 stage in 2012. The 2016 competition saw them go home at the group stages. Shakin Stevens best performance was a Last 16 defeat to John Lennon in 2016.




Match 6

Stay Another Day - East 17 59% v 41% Fairytale of New York- The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl


The greatest upset in Christmas Song World Cup history. The impossible has happened!



East 17 are showing the best form of their Christmas Song World Cup history, having been eliminated at the Group Stages in '08 & '12 and not even qualifying in 2016. Their reward for seeing off Cliff Richard is a tough tie against perennial favourites The Pogues. The folk outfit won their group with ease and have made the final in every championship so far.


Match 7

Step into Christmas- Elton John 67% v 33% White Christmas - Bing Crosby


Elton has found his rhythm and has received a considerable amount of support in the evening voting. It is now looking like the championship of the fourth seeds. Bing fans are either leaving it late or have opted for Reginald! (Ed - That is Elton John's real name btw, Reginald Kenneth Dwight!)



Elton John came back from the grave to steal in front of Brenda Lee to win a place in the knock out stages. The bespectacled showman had been group stage fodder in '08 and '12 before making his first Last 16 appearance in 2016. He is up against one of the best performing crooners with Bing Crosby who can be unpredictable. Not making it out of the group stages in 2008 but a finalist in the following championship and then a Last 16 exit to Slade in 2016.


Match 8


Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow - Dean Martin 55% v 45% Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade


The classic crooner has achieved a shocking result in this extraordinary Last 16 turn. Slade achieved one of the best group leads in Christmas Song World Cup history only to be sent home by Dean Martin. The bookies have given up all hope



Slade gave the most powerful group stage performance of the year, clocking up 313 points as they marched into the Last 16. The Glam rock outfit have been a finalist, quarter finalist and semi finalist in previous outings, being sent home by the Pogues on each occasion. This year sees Dean Martin emerge from the Group Stages for the first time, having overcome Mike Oldfield by a single point.


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