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What did the stars get up to during the holiday season?

04 January 2017 at 18:00 CET
For the majority of people the Christmas break has come to an end and most people are now back at work. For many the holidays are a time of rest and relaxation with a fair amount of partying thrown in for good measure. What about the participants of the Eurovision Song Contest? Was it a case of work, work, work, or did they take some time off too? We checked out the social media accounts of many of the performers from 2016 to find out what they were up to during the festive season. 

Christmas is often a time of indulgence, whether it's alcohol or food, many people splurge and enjoy themselves. Douwe Bob, who represented the Netherlands with Slow Down, enjoyed a traditional Christmas turkey, which he described as a monster on his Instagram account. Check out his video below!

Iveta Mukuchyan was one of the judges on Armenia's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Depi Evratesil (To Eurovision), which took place on Christmas Eve. For Iveta the holidays were filled with concerts and guest appearances. She posed for a snap with her mum shortly before taking to the stage on New Year's Day. 

Juri Pootsman represented Estonia in Stockholm with his song Play. On Christmas Eve he seemed unsure whether Santa was still coming to town and took to Twitter to ask. Maybe he had been a naughty boy and needed to check?

Russia's Sergey Lazarev appeared on several TV shows during the holiday season and went into the recording studio at night, the only time he had for this according to his Instagram post:

Bulgarian singer Poli Genova spent time with her friends and family before travelling to Israel after the new year.

Austria's Zoë continued to perform during the holidays but also found time to relax and unwind. Here she is sporting a traditional Christmas jumper in front of her Christmas tree:

In Australia it's summer time and many take to the beach on Christmas day. Dami Im, who finished second in 2016 with The Sound of Silence ,was no exception but her trip didn't quite turn out how she planned...

France's Amir visited Israel's Dead Sea. The singer lived in Israel from the age of eight and posted photographs from his trip on Instagram.

For many people Christmas and New Year are a time of reflection and remembrance. Ireland's Nicky Byrne raised a glass to his late dad on Christmas day. The singer's father died back in 2009. 

Måns Zelmerlöw, who won the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest and presented the 2016 show live from Stockholm, started off 2017 by taking to the ski slopes of Sälen in Sweden.

The new year means different things to different people. Many choose to take up new year's resolutions, usually involving some form of behaviour change. The dawn of the new year also means that the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is now only five months away!