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Posted on Thu. Nov. 29, 2012 - 12:01 am EDT

Sugarplum 16 Holiday Songs Contest starts Friday

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The bracket

Here are the first-round matchups in the Sugarplum 16 Holiday Songs tournament:


: “White Christmas,” Bing Crosby vs. “Feliz Navidad,” Jose Feliciano


: “A Holly, Jolly Christmas,” Burl Ives vs. “Last Christmas,” Wham!


: “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Andy Williams vs. “Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree,” Brenda Lee


: “The Christmas Song,” Nat King Cole vs. “All I Want for Christmas is You,” Mariah Carey

Dec. 6: “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” Gayla Peevey vs. “Wonderful Christmastime,” Paul McCartney

Dec. 7: “Happy Xmas,” John Lennon vs. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Gene Autry

Dec. 10: “Santa Claus is Comin' to Town,” Bruce Springsteen vs. “The Christmas Can-Can,” Straight No Chaser

Dec. 11: “Do They Know It's Christmas,” Band Aid vs. “O Holy Night,” Josh Grobin


Holiday songs are in the air — and in stores almost everywhere.

That means it's time for another round of the Sugarplum 16 Holidays Songs bracket, brought to you by The News-Sentinel and radio station WAJI, Majic 95.1-FM..

Beginning Friday, we'll ask you to vote each workday for your favorite between two songs. The winner will move on to face other winners until you select your favorite holiday song, which will be announced Dec. 21.

As in the past, the lineup of competing songs includes the traditional, the goofy, the slow and the rockin'.

Here's how it will work:

•Each weekday, check the upper-right corner of The News-Sentinel's Features sections or click on the link under Entertainment at to see what two songs are facing off and what song advanced from the day before.

WAJI also will announce and play that day's competing songs at 9 a.m. weekdays during the “Majic in the Morning” show.

•To vote for your favorite song each day, go to the Sugarplum 16 update posted each day under Entertainment at and click the vote link. The votes are being tallied on WAJI's website. Voting goes from 9 a.m. to 8 a.m. the next business day.

Have fun! And happy holidays from The News-Sentinel and Majic 95.1-FM.

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